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Experts Share Insights On Tech For Good - #1195
December 10, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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In a series of discussions at the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management, hosted by Originate and BCG Digital Ventures, experts comment on "Tomorrow's Technologies." For one on social good, I was invited to moderate. The panelists were:

Margret Trilli: President & Chief Investment Officer of Impact Assets
Rebecca Masisak: CEO of TechSoup
Gunnar Lovelace: Founder, Thrive Market & Founder & CEO, GoodMoney
Peter Felix: Director of Inventory Control, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

About Margret Trilli:

Margret's 25-year career includes executive leadership, investment and operating roles for large and small companies including Barclays Global Investors/Blackrock and Charles Schwab. Currently, Margret is the President and Chief Investment Officer of ImpactAssets where she recently led the firm through the $1B AUM milestone. ImpactAssets advises philanthropists on their impact investing across the spectrum of asset classes and impact themes. The firm specializes in helping families and foundations set impact and investment strategies and realize them through their donor-advised fund, which is the only donor-advised fund dedicated to the catalyzation of impact investing.

Margret graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a degree in Economics from University of California Santa Barbara.

About Rebecca Masisak:

Rebecca sets the strategic direction for TechSoup and provides executive oversight of all aspects of the organization and its global operations.

She joined TechSoup in 2001 to launch its e-commerce donation platform, moving the organization from a local Bay Area focus to a national reach. In 2006, she founded the TechSoup Global Network to scale the program’s impact globally. Ms. Masisak became CEO of the organization in 2012, after having served the prior six years as co-CEO.

She previously worked as a strategy consultant with Coopers & Lybrand and in leadership roles at several Internet businesses. She holds an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Business School. Ms. Masisak was named one of the Most Influential Women of the Bay Area 2017 by San Francisco Business Times and co-leads the Bay Area Social Enterprise Leadership Forum.

About Gunnar Lovelace:

Lovelace is an active impact investor and operator focused on creating scalable examples of business as a force for good. His last company Thrive Market has competed successfully in the massive trillion-dollar US grocery market against the likes of Amazon and many others, has millions of users, 700+ employees, raised over 200m and is the first e-commerce company to go zero waste from distribution center to landfill. His new company Good Money is conscious mobile banking where every customer becomes an owner over time.

About Peter Felix:

Peter Felix is the Director of Inventory Control for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, a leading Southern California Non-Profit. He has championed the use of technology in supply chain management, finance and constituent relationship management (CRM) to effectively manage the over 85 millions pounds of food received and distributed annually to the food insecure in Los Angeles County.

About Originate:

Originate designs and builds custom software products that solve complex problems for organizations of all sizes and verticals. Originate is the behind-the-scenes innovation partner behind some of the world’s most recognized blue-chip brands and transformative startups. The company works across diverse sectors including real estate, financial services, retail, consumer goods and more to turn disruptive ideas into business opportunities for clients. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Originate has global presence with offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Berlin. Visit us at www.originate.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

About BCG Digital Ventures:

BCG Digital Ventures is a corporate innovation, incubation, and investment firm. They invent, launch, scale, and invest in industry-changing new businesses with the world’s most influential companies. Their diverse, multidisciplinary team of entrepreneurs, operators, and investors work cross-functionally, rapidly moving from paper to product to business in less than 12 months. Founded in 2014 as a subsidiary of Boston Consulting Group, they have Innovation Centers and satellite locations in four continents and continue to expand their footprint across the globe.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Climate Change But Were Afraid to Ask - #1194
December 09, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist who leads the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and is the host and producer of the PBS series Global Weirding. I asked her everything you want to know about climate change but were afraid to ask.

Hayhoe has a positive, upbeat manner that leaves listeners feeling as if she’s talking about planning the best birthday party ever rather than warning about climate change. Perhaps that is her appeal. She has earned a reputation—she’s been named to Time’s 100 most influential people list and Fortune added her to their World’s Greatest Leaders list—for being able to communicate climate science better than most.

She explained why a difference as small as two degrees actually matters, why she calls it global weirding, how she explains climate science to skeptics who are religious, and the respective roles of big business, entrepreneurs and individuals in fighting climate science.

Customarily, I think it is my role as a Forbes contributor to distill a source’s insights into digestible bites for my readers. Hayhoe is such an effective communicator that I’ve instead chosen to provide you with a lightly edited transcription of most of our conversation (I still hope you’ll watch or listen to the full interview.)

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2YzW7FV.

How This UC Berkeley Professor Teaches People To Become Changemakers - #1193
December 03, 2019 04:03 PM PST
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Alex Budak co-founded a crowdfunding site called StartSomeGood.com, a platform for social entrepreneurs and other changemakers. As he became acquainted with people around the world who were starting to do some good, his passion increased.

He continues to advise StartSomeGood and now works as a full-time faculty member at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He’s teaching people how to become changemakers. He shares some of his insights below and in the video above.

The following is the pre-interview with Alex Budak. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

Expert Tips:

Tip 1: Companies, communities and, indeed, our world are calling out for a new type of leader. A leader who is resilient, creative, collaborative and optimistic. A leader who can work across sectors and hierarchies and defies stereotypes, and the status quo. A leader ready and able to create the future.

I call this new type of leader a changemaker.

Tip 2: The mindset and leadership skills a changemaker needs are all learnable and practicable by each of us. The mindset includes traits like resilience, humility, trust, collaboration and smart risk-taking. Leadership skills include influencing without formal authority and inspiring others towards a shared vision.

Tip 3: To teach changemakers, we must change the way we teach. The best way to become a changemaker is to practice becoming one. My course includes frameworks and theories grounded in research but then encourages and inspires students to take what they are learning and put it all into action. University education must get students out of their seats and into a mode of doing!

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A Top Female Rotary Leader Says Recruiting Women Is A Growth Opportunity - #1192
December 04, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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On World Polio Day, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jennifer Jones who now serves on The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees and who previously served on the Rotary International Board of Directors and as its Vice President. In that capacity, she reached the highest rank achieved by a female in Rotary.

Rotary excluded women until a United States Supreme Court ruling on May 5, 1987 that opened the door for women to join the organization.

Jennifer was a reporter who covered Rotary before women were allowed to join and remembers attending at least one club meeting with all men. She was treated well and later, when the opportunity presented itself, she joined.

She has risen through the ranks in an unprecedented way. Speculation abounds that she could one day be Rotary’s first female president.

In our discussion, we talked about her experiences and thoughts about women in Rotary. She points out that because women slightly outnumber men in the world and are also underrepresented in Rotary, an emphasis on recruiting women represents an opportunity to grow Rotary’s membership.

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My Nominee For The Title Of ‘The Most Interesting Man In The World’ - #1191
December 02, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Warner Woodworth, now 78, is an emeritus professor at the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. Describing him that way is sort of like saying that Bill Gates used to work at Microsoft. While true, it fails completely to capture the essence of the person.

Warner has had a hand in launching 40 NGOs, has worked with social innovators around the world, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus.

His politics are distinctly liberal. At BYU, a famously consevative and pious school owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has been advocating for worker ownership for two generations. While worker ownership isn’t incongruous with capitalism it is a hallmark of socialism. He says he advocates for “humanistic capitalism.”

He admits his work isn’t always appreciated. “I get my share of criticism from my colleagues and my students and letters from their parents and letters from their church leaders, sometimes to church officials in Salt Lake or the administration, but bless their hearts, the big boys [at Church headquarters] have always said, ‘Warner, you do something unique, something we value greatly. You're reaching lots of people, none of us can. And you're not just talking. You're making change in the world.’ So it's worked out to be a pretty positive experience.”

Warner loves the Church but isn’t shy about his politics. For instance, he visited one of the migrant caravans from Central America as it arrived in Northern Mexico, advocating for better treatment for them.

As we visited, Warner shared his experience living in Brazil for two years at age 19. “I saw the oppression. I saw the poverty. I came back saying, ‘I know my mission in life. I know my purpose, it's to help people like them and to learn from them and collaborate and build partnerships.’”

And that is what he’s done for 50 years.

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Rotary President Mark Maloney Dismisses Suggestions Of Personal Greatness - #1190
November 29, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Visiting with Rotary International President Mark Maloney is a bit like visiting with an old friend. He is absolutely without pretense despite being the elected leader of 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.

Having contributed 34 years to the fight to eradicate polio, he emphasizes his role as one of the million rather than allowing he might be one in a million.

While acknowledging that 2019’s polio case count is up from 2017 and 2018, he is confidently optimistic that Rotary—with help from its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative—will complete the task soon.

Interview with Mark Daniel Maloney, the President of Rotary International.

The following is the pre-interview with Mark Daniel Maloney. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is your personal or professional connection to polio?

Rotary's long-term, sustained battle against polio has defined our organization for decades.

Where are you presently focused?

In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries, with more than 350,000 new cases a year worldwide. Since then, Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have reduced the incidence of polio by more than 99.9 percent, and vaccinated more than 2.5 billion children against the virus.

Now only Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to report cases of the wild virus, and eradication is within grasp, but we still have work to do.

We will end polio forever, but only if we remain steadfast and vigilant. World Polio Day is a time for Rotary and supporters from all over the globe to come together, recognize the progress we have made in our fight against polio, and plan the action we must take to end polio forever.

How do we get from where we are to total polio eradication?

Looking at all we’ve accomplished so far, I’m optimistic that the end of polio is within our grasp, but we must remain steadfast and vigilant as we address the remaining challenges to eradication.

When we reach our goal, polio will become only the second human disease eradicated on the planet, and children will never again have to face this terrible, disabling virus. Rotary must continue to connect the world in the effort toward polio eradication. It is up to us. Let us finish the job.

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Rotary’s PolioPlus Chair Commits To Finishing What It Started In 1988 - #1189
November 27, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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In 1985, Rotary International made the decision to tackle polio eradication. In 1988, it officially launched the effort, hoping to complete eradication by 2004 when the global service organization celebrated its centennial celebration. Now 15 years late, Michael McGovern, the volunteer chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee says he and Rotary are committed to finishing what they started.

Early in his Rotary career, which spans more than three decades, one of the members asked him out for drinks and asked him to make a pledge to fight polio. “That was an expensive drink,” he says of his commitment. He’s still following up on that today.

Interview with Michael K. McGovern, the Chair of Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee of Rotary International.

The following is the pre-interview with Michael K. McGovern. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is your personal or professional connection to polio?

Chair of Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee since 2014

Where are you presently focused?

We have the wild poliovirus cornered in the smallest geographic area in history, and Rotary is doubling down on our commitment to end polio for good.

How do we get from where we are to total polio eradication?

We must remain vigilant in rallying global political and financial support as we push towards a polio-free world.

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JB Dondolo Garners J&J Matching Funds Using CaringCrowd - #1188
November 25, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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B Dondolo, a nonprofit named for the father of the founder, Lumbie Mlambo. The organization is working to improve health outcomes at the Igusi Clinic. One of the projects completed was to provide a water filtration system.

Prior to completion of the system, the clinic lacked clean water--imagine trying to operate a medical facility without a source of clean water.

Lumbie, working with development director Ronda Bowen, raised almost $10,000 on CaringCrowd. Almost half of that amount came from a match from Johnson & Johnson.

Preliminary Interview with Lumbie Mlambo, the Founder / CEO
of JB Dondolo, Inc.

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.

Lumbie Mlambo is the CEO and Founder of JB Dondolo, Inc.

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

To replace old, rusty and busted water pipes with new ones at the Igusi Clinic.

What has been your experience using CaringCrowd?

We've been very fortunate to have all donations matched by Johnson & Johnson. From the funds we raised, we were able to have the sand and water samples collected and tested in the lab by the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). With the lab results, NUST was able to suggest a filtration system appropriate for the area. We purchased the system and installed it. Then we retested the water with NUST and the water was found to be clean and safe for consumption.

We've also used the funds to renovate Igusi Clinic. We replaced the doors, windows, roof, repaired cracks, painted the entire clinic, mothers-in-waiting cottage, kitchen, and nurse cottages. Also, we fenced the clinic, installed signage and gated it.

We are currently installing a shed around the filtration system to keep animals and people safe.
Matching funds. It made it a lot easier to raise say $5k (example) because we only had to raise half of that. Therefore, we were able to raise funds fast.

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Here’s How You Can Likely Offset Your Carbon Footprint For Just $20 Per Month - #1187
November 22, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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You can probably offset your entire carbon footprint for just $20 per month per person in your household. The process is easy, and you can simply set up a monthly plan and forget about it, so it takes no time. Here’s one way to do it; I’m sure there are others.
Cool Effect is a nonprofit that operates a crowdfunding site at CoolEffect.org for buying carbon offsets. Every project on the site not only offsets carbon but also does additional good.
Cool Effect CEO Marisa De Belloy joined me for a conversation about carbon offsets you can watch in the player at the top of this article.
She describes climate change as the “issue of our time.”
The first step in offsetting your carbon is to determine your impact. The average American emits 16.6 metric tons of carbon per year. If you want to get into the weeds, you can use this calculator or any of the variety of calculators available online. It may be easier to simply guestimate how your footprint compares by weighing things like the size of your home, the car(s) you drive, whether you have solar panels on the roof, etc.

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

Formerly Incarcerated Entrepreneur Helps Those Facing Time To Live Their Best Lives - #1186
November 20, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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My cousin, who is currently in prison, shared with me how much Michael Santos’ work was changing his life so I had to invite him on the show. Michael helps people prepare for and have the best experience possible in prison to help them be successful leaving it.

“My name is Michael. I mean, I'm a guy who made a lot of bad decisions as a young man. I was 20 years old when I thought it would be kind of fun to traffic in cocaine,” Michael begins. “And it turned out to be a really bad decision.”

“By the time I was 23, I was arrested by federal authorities and locked in prison and facing a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. I made some bad decisions even at the earliest stages after my arrest. I should have been accepting responsibility and working toward reconciling with society for the bad decisions that I had made. Instead, I pleaded not guilty. I went to trial. I perjured myself on the stand,” he continues.

“And it was while during that awkward stage between sentencing, between conviction and sentencing that I just had this change of mindset. I was exposed to the work of Socrates and that work completely changed my life and influenced the way I served nine thousand five hundred days in prison”

Michael has since gone on to become successful, helping prisoners--and those facing prison--to make the most of their lives.

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