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Don’t Fear The Bots--Fear The Humans Who Control Them - #1116
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June 14, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Eleonore Pauwels, a research fellow on emerging cybertechnologies at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, recently published a report highlighting the threats and opportunities for global policy makers.

The threats should scare you. It isn’t that the machines will take over; rather, it is that people can use AI maliciously and in ways we cannot detect. For instance, people can use AI to make a CT scan convincingly appear to show a healthy person has a cancerous tumor. Imagine what could be done to your credit rating or your bank account--or to everyone’s credit rating or bank account at once.

Conversely, AI can be used to improve peace and conflict resolution efforts, she says. By monitoring public radio communications in local languages using AI trained translation tools, threats can be identified and addressed earlier.

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The GIIN Founder Provides Impact Investing Definition - #1115
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June 12, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Increasingly, people want to be seen as making impact investments. Some in the socially responsible investing sphere, for instance, have started to describe their practice as a subset of a broader theme of impact investing. If there isn’t an agreed-upon definition, it is hard to measure its growth or much else about it.

This makes the definition used by the nonprofit Global Impact Investing Network, almost always referred to simply as the GIIN (pronounced like the drink), important. Speaking with co-founder and CEO, Amit Bouri, I asked for his definition. (You can watch our full interview in the player at the top of this article.)

“Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon investors’ objectives,” he said.

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Why Bill Gates Partners With Rotary To Eradicate Polio - #1114
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May 31, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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When I asked Bill Gates, 63, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, why polio, he began, “Polio is a terrible disease.” An hour later, speaking to a group of Rotarians in Spokane, Washington, he said, “You know, we're going to get to the end of this and Rotary will be the reason that will happen.”

Before continuing, I must note I am a Rotarian who has occasionally been paid to speak at Rotary events. Even for me—perhaps especially for me—the pairing of the Gates Foundation with Rotary seems unlikely, almost akin to the well-known viral story of the elephant who befriended a dog.

The Gates Foundation has nearly 40 times the assets of the Rotary Foundation’s $1.25 billion. While Rotary engages in a variety of global public health initiatives it does not have the expertise of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization or UNICEF—the three organizations that round out the five key members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

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Technology and Transparency Are Watchwords For This Life-Science Company - #1113
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May 29, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Reginald Swift, CEO and founder of Rubix LS, is working to accelerate cures for rare diseases by utilizing new technology and increasing transparency between patients and companies.

Interview with Reginald Swift, the CEO of Rubix LS.

The following is the pre-interview with Reginald Swift. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: For-profit

Revenue model: Currently providing consultation services to commercial entities as well as providing innovation towards the federal government via grants and contracts.

Scale: Our devices are currently in clinical trials, but our commercial entity has reached a network of 60 subject matter experts in a number of regions that have supported the industry through various capacities.

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Design Thinking Expert Leads Nonprofit Expedition in Bolivia - #1112
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May 28, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Recently, Chris Federer led an expedition of CHOICE Humanitarian volunteers from Utah on an expedition to Bolivia. While there, the volunteers worked to add a new room and roof to a school.

Following the volunteer expedition, Chris led the Bolivian staff of CHOICE through an exercise to help them develop new fundraising capacity. The goal is to enable each in-country team around the world to develop some fundraising capacity that is independent of the headquarters team in Utah.

Be sure to tune in to the recorded interview with Chris to learn more about his experiences in Bolivia. Below, he shares some of his insights for facilitating meetings and planning sessions using design thinking.

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As Global Population Grows This International Collaboration Works To Ensure Adequate Food And Water - #1111
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May 24, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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“In 30 years, nine billion people around the world will need clean water and food on a planet that will only be able to adequately supply an amount sufficient for a third of us,” Dr. Ku McMahan, 37, says. Lacking a silver bullet solution, he leads a four-country collaboration called Securing Water for Food.

SWFF, pronounced swiff, is a $35 million partnership among the US Government agency called USAID, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Government of South Africa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

SWFF makes grants to social entrepreneurs around the world working to help farmers grow more food using less water, to enhance water storage or to improve the use of saline water to produce food.

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This Entrepreneur Is Working To Improve Financial Inclusion With Blockchain - #1110
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May 22, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Using blockchain technology and data science, Victor Santos, the CEO and co-founder of Airfox, is working to improve financial inclusion for the 1.8 billion people living on the planet without access to traditional banking services--a prerequisite to truly emerging from poverty.

Interview with Victor Santos, the CEO and co-founder of Airfox.

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We’ll be discussing Financial inequality:

Low-income individuals constitute the majority of the “unbanked” who do not have accounts at deposit institutions and lack access to mainstream financial services. Globally, 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked. These people often have no choice but to rely on high-fee payday lenders, check-cashing stores, and other expensive alternatives to manage their money. with Victor Santos.

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Investor: Climate Greatest Challenge And Investment Opportunity Of Our Age#1109
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May 18, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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“I firmly believe that wealth means very little in a planet that is dying, ” says Ibrahim AlHusseini, 45, founder and CEO of FullCycle, an investment firm that seeks to reverse climate change profitably.

AlHusseini, an immigrant to the United States who grew up in Saudi Arabia, points out that immigrants have contributed to the U.S. economy, noting that Steve Jobs’ father was an immigrant as is Google founder Sergey Brin. AlHusseini says his perspective as an immigrant helps him to appreciate American capitalism’s meritocracy. Similarly, he gained his appreciation for nature scuba diving near his hometown of Jeddah.

FullCycle, which launched in 2018 and has made a single investment in Synova Power, a company that is scaling proven waste to energy technology. The company’s process converts solid municipal waste to syngas, which can be used as fuel.

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This MS Thriver Has Devoted Her Life To Helping Others Thrive Too - #1108
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May 14, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Nancy Davis was diagnosed with MS nearly three decades ago. Initially debilitated, she has not only found a way to survive with her relapsing-remitting form of the disease, she founded an organization, Race to Erase MS, with the singular goal of finding a cure. Along the way, the organization has funded research resulting in 17 new MS treatments, helping many with MS to thrive like her.

Interview with Nancy Davis, the COO of Race to Erase MS.

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What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

We want to find a cure for MS and increase the quality of life for everyone afflicted with this disease. We accomplish this by funding cutting-edge research through our Center Without Wall program which is a unique collaboration of eight of the best MS research centers in the country which participate with them of always communication and never duplicating research.

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How A Small Bank Plays A Big Part In Inclusive Economic Development In The Mississippi Delta - #1107
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May 13, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Bubba O’Keefe stands on the stage of the Paramount Theater, backed by the banker who financed his acquisition, Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp, appraising the damage, as if conjuring a poorly formed vision of what could be.

Shortly after acquiring the old vaudeville theater which had been sitting empty in the center of Clarksdale, Mississippi, the roof collapsed, filling the theater with debris and opening it to the sky.

O’Keefe is a big deal in this small town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Once home to millionaire cotton farmers, Clarksdale is, like the rest of the Delta, about 80% African American. Its population of about 16,000 to 18,000 people, has been declining for decades.

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