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The Power of Storytelling to Change Lives - #1121
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June 25, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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CaringCrowd, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson is a, sponsor of the Your Mark on the World Center.

Robyn Shumer discovered the power of storytelling in her own life when she began to share her experience dealing with an eating disorder. She began with a TEDx talk but couldn’t stop telling her story.

She organized What’s Your Story USA, an organization built around helping people to tell their stories. Dillan DiGiovanni is a two-time TEDx speaker who has participated in the events.

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‘Supportive Housing Is The Solution To Homelessness’ - #1119
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June 20, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Tori Lyon, the CEO of the Jericho Project, which operates supportive housing units for 2,500 for formerly homeless individuals in New York City, joined me for a discussion about her work. She asserts simply that “Supportive housing is the solution to homelessness.”

She explains how operating supportive housing is less expensive than having people live on the streets, where they are frequent flyers in shelters, emergency rooms and jail cells--all of which are expensive to operate.

Tory is passionate about finding ways to help even the most challenging residents. She explained how she worked with four different agencies to convince a man living in the woods on Staten Island with five pets to move--with all the animals--into one of the Jericho Project’s housing units. It has been a challenging 18 months. The animals are now gone and he remains housed.

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A Microcosm Of Sweden's Refugee Integration Efforts In Karlskrona - #1120
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June 21, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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What Sweden is doing about the refugee crisis is impressive. This country of about 10 million has received more refugees in recent years than any other rich country. Still, refugees face a difficult time running the bureaucratic immigration policy gantlet and integrating fully.

Jean Pierre Candiotti, 33, an immigrant from Peru, leads the Refugees Transition Lab in the UNECSO-protected seaport town of Karlskrona with a population of about 36,000 people. Much of his effort focuses on helping refugees and other immigrants learn to become entrepreneurs.

Most of the refugees he helps are from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and Kuwait. “They come to find their dream life, to find a better life, to find peace,” Candiotti said in an interview we conducted in his office in Karlskrona during my visit.

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This Epidemiologist Serves As A Guide To Up And Coming Scientists - #1118
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June 19, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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When Charlotte Hughes Huntley, an epidemiologist, began to write and produce a podcast about her experiences finding her way in a challenging career field, she quickly developed a following. Today, she is as respected as a career guide as she as an epidemiologist.

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Successful Crowdfunder Offers Tips For Raising Money For Nonprofits #1117
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June 18, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Charlotte Hommel was touched by the death of a friend’s child and decided to do something about the suicide epidemic in America. She used her employer’s crowdfunding site, CaringCrowd (which is open to the public) to raise money. Over two campaigns, she was successful in raising over $15,000.

A longtime employee of J&J, Charlotte applies her passion for solving social problems as a volunteer, often by raising money. She is a big fan of crowdfunding and CaringCrowd especially. She offers some tips for users below.

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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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