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Accelerating Progress Toward Global Solutions Requires Collaboration, Says Nonprofit Founder - #685
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August 22, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Rick Ulfik, the founder and board chair of We, The World, says the impact of organizations acting independently is limited. He argues for active collaboration among the world’s leading NGOs so they can have greater impact.

He says organizations working alone have “horizontal impact” but when they work together they have “vertical impact.” He observes too much of the former and not enough of the latter.

Coming up in September, We, the World is leading an event it calls 11 Days of Global Unity, part of an ongoing series, focused on bringing organizations together to tackle the world’s big problems collaboratively and strategically.

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iDonate Helps Nonprofits Engage Donors Giving More Than Cash - #684
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August 21, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Built around the premise that it should be easy to donate your car, boat or RV to a charity, the iDonate donor engagement platform has become a full service product suite to help nonprofits make donations easier for their donors.

Preliminary Interview with Ray Gary, the CEO of iDonate.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

Crowdfunding page:

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

iDonate was born out of a higher call to unlock giving potential and make nonprofit operations easier and more effective. We were inspired to make it possible and easy to give out of cash and out of wealth, using both vehicles to help move the 2 percent.

We invented the world’s first noncash gateway where we electronically process vehicles, boats, stock, and many unique assets such as grain and collectibles – even llamas!!! To date, we’ve processed millions in noncash donations for many different causes.

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The Bigger the Problem, the More Creative We Must Be! Learn How! - Monica Kang - #683
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August 20, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Monica Kang is an expert on creativity and passionate about solving the world’s big problems. She shares how to be more creative in her new book, Rethink Creativity.

Interview with Monica Kang, the Founder & CEO of InnovatorsBox.

The following is the pre-interview with Monica Kang. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

Making creative thinking accessible and relatable for all. 87% of the global workforce believes that they cannot be creative and feel stuck at work. We want to change this narrative and show how you can live your full potential.

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This Pioneer In Social Enterprise Still Leading Innovation After 3 Decades - #682
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August 16, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Echoing Green has been investing in social entrepreneurs and innovation for nearly three decades. One lesson stands out, says President Cheryl Dorsey: “The leader is the secret sauce of any great social enterprise.”

Throughout its history, Echoing Green has been granting fellowships to innovators who had little more than an idea to change the world. Its accumulated data suggests it’s working.

The nonprofit organization approaches its grantmaking with the mentality of a venture fund, seeking to invest in leaders who will have a big impact. Since 1987, the organization has backed 798 “fellows” who have done work in 85 countries and 39 US states. Those fellows and their organizations have gone on to raise over $5 billion.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2P4oRBs.

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So, An Impact Investor, A Social Entrepreneur And A Sea Turtle Walk Into A Bar... - #681
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August 15, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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No, an impact investor, a social entrepreneur and a sea turtle didn’t literally walk into a bar, but the way their lives intersected is no joke.

Three years ago this week, a Texas A&M marine biologist, Christine Figgener, uploaded a video of her team removing a four-inch plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle. The evocative video immediately went viral and now has 32.6 million views on YouTube.

The video not only inspired the current activism around plastic straws that has me carrying around paper straws and a law banning plastic straws in Seattle, but it has people thinking about all single-use plastic more critically. That movement has provided a catalyst for impact investors and social entrepreneurs who have solutions to ocean plastic.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2MGBEZb.

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This Pair Is Working To Integrate Refugees Into Parisian Employment And Community - Konexio - #680
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August 14, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Jean Guo, CEO, and Binta Jammeh, COO, of Konexio are working to provide digital skills training to improve the educational and career potential to some of the 200,000 refugees living in Paris. Just as important, they are strategically helping them to connect to the broader Paris community to help them fully integrate into their new community.

Launched less than two years ago, Konexio is already showing results, with most of the participants reporting that they use the skills they learned. Almost three quarters report getting jobs!

Interview with Jean Guo, the CEO, co-founder of Konexio.

The following is the pre-interview with Jean Guo. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

The problem that Konexio seeks to solve is the pressing issue of integration and employment for vulnerable populations, notably refugees and migrants. This problem revolves around three key facts:

There are currently 65 million displaced persons globally.
In France, where Konexio operates, there are over 200,000 refugees and asylum seekers, and the unemployment rate within this group is over 50%.
On average it takes 20 years for refugees to reach the same employment level as nationals.

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Business Is Booming For This Social Entrepreneur and ‘That’s A Bad Thing’ - #679
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August 13, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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John Hanrahan, co-founder and medical director of the People’s Health Clinic in Park City, Utah will provide 9,000 patient visits this year to uninsured members of the community. Business is absolutely booming and John says, “that’s a bad thing.”

Don’t misunderstand, he’s thrilled to do the work and proud of the service the organization offers as the primary health care provide for thousands of residents in this small, affluent resort town. His concern stems from the fact that but for this small, nonprofit organization, many of these people would go untreated--some would certainly die.

Hanrahan is also the incoming District Governor for Rotary for the district encompassing the entire state of Utah, including 46 clubs and about 1750 Rotarians. I’m not finished. He’s also the founder of the Hope Alliance, a humanitarian organization serving communities in the developing world.

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Successful Social Entrepreneur Launches New Venture Selling Toys With A Purpose - #678
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August 09, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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After creating the top-selling organic baby food company, Happy Family, and selling it to Groupe Danone in 2013, Jessica Rolph, 43, is ready to go big again.

Joined by Rod Morris, 46, co-founder and President, Rolph, who serves as CEO, has launched Lovevery, a toy company employing scientific research about early childhood development to create toys that help babies learn.

Lauren Loktev, a partner at Collaborative Fund, which invested in Lovery through its partnership with Sesame Workshop, Collab+Sesame, says she was impressed by the products.

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This VC Aligns Her Investing With Her 'Liberal Hippie Roots' - Cody Nystrom, SJF Ventures - #677
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August 08, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Cody Nystrom, 35, is a venture capitalist who makes healthcare investments for SJF Ventures where she is a Managing Director. For her, it was important for her work to align with her values.

“I was raised by two hippie parents in a remote area of Alaska about 45 minutes from Fairbanks. They would have probably died at the time if they had been told I would end up in a career in finance,” Nystrom says.

She graduated at the top of her high school class and then from her engineering class at the University of Virginia. Still, she says, “I was a first-generation college student with no idea about professional jobs in the real world.”

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2ANGnH3.

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Design Thinking May Not Only Change Education, It May Change the World - #676
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August 07, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Kathleen Fritz has been working to teach K-12 teachers how to teach design thinking skills to their students. Along the way, she’s helped them learn skills that improve their teaching in all areas.

Interview with KATHLEEN FRITZ, the Founder/CEO/Instructional Coach of CREATOMbuilder, INC.

The following is the pre-interview with KATHLEEN FRITZ. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

I started this project five years ago to address the challenge, " How do you make design thinking accessible to kids?" I realized that you have to start with teachers first: without them there is no rigor. But this raised a bigger question, "How do you help teachers to make the shift from direct instruction to innovators and facilitators of learning?"

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