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New Fashion Design for Titanium Glasses Seeks Funding on Kickstarter - #1062
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February 05, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Aditya Kasana, founder of Josh Pano, a socia enterrpise selling affordable, titanium eye glasses and working to prevent or cure blindness by funding cataract surgeries in India. The frames manufactured in Japan, are stylish and contemporary. For every ten pair sold, Josh Pano funds a cataract surgery.

Josh Pano is seeking funding on Kickstarter.

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This Octogenarian Still Innovates To End Extreme Poverty - #1061
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February 01, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Dr. Paul Polak, 85, is working with the zeal and enthusiasm of a freshly-minted college graduate, but he combines his passion with decades of experience to create outcomes at scale.

Polak’s first success was in delivering treadle pumps to farmers in India. Tens of millions of people have used the devices in the 30+ years since he organized a distribution channel around walk-up outdoor movies—think drive-in movies without cars.

At a time when most poor Indians did not have televisions at home, an opportunity to watch a film in the evening was quite a novelty. The plot of the film revolved around a father seeking to come up with the dowry for his daughter to marry. It only became possible after he purchased a treadle pump to irrigate his tiny farm.

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FundRazr Founder Shares Nonprofit Crowdfunding Insights - Daryl Hatton - #1060
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January 31, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Daryl Hatton, the founder and CEO of Fundrazr, joined me to talk about the ways in which nonprofits can most effectively use crowdfunding.

He shares insights about the idea of micro-campaigns, targeting specific projects and outcomes with tiny fundraising goals of just a few hundred dollars. For instance, a pet adoption nonprofit will have more success, he says, raising money $500 at a time for a single pet adoption than raising tens of thousands to run the same program.

The key, of course, is to have a crowdfunding site that makes setting up new campaigns remarkably easy. Daryl says, look no further than FundRazr.

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This Teenage Ambassador for Wonderbag Is Addressing Three Global Problems at Once - #1059
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January 30, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Chiara Savage Schwatz, a teenage changemaker, is working to raise money to help families in South Africa obtain Wonderbag slow cookers. These ingenious products require no energy! Families use them by bringing a pot of food up to a high temperature over a fire or stove and then by inserting the pot into the superinsulated bag to finish cooking, reducing the total energy required to cook the food.

This single tool helps reduce fuel consumption and indoor smoke. By reducing fuel, usually charcoal or wood, she is helping to reduce deforestation and to slow climate change. By reducing indoor smoke, she is improving the health of everyone inside the home, especially the women in children who tend to spend the most time there.

By using donations to make the devices free or affordable to low-income families, she is helping to address global poverty. When low-income families can spend less on fuel, more money is available for clean water, food and education.

So, the Wonderbag is one intervention that addresses three key problems: poverty, global health and climate change. Chiara is one powerful teenager!

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If Jon Oliver Were Clean and Positive He’d Be Zach Atherton - #1058
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January 29, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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With help from Producer Alicia Gettys, Zach Atherton, the star of the new web-based show Solution Time, hopes to bring comedy to solutions journalism. In other words, you might say he hopes to be a clean and solutions-oriented version of Jon Oliver.

Interview with Alicia Gettys, the Producer of Solution Time.

For-profit/Nonprofit: For-profit

Revenue model: Currently our funding has come from sponsorships. In the future, we will pursue ad revenue, sales from branded items, and memberships.

Scale: We have produced three episodes on Ending Veteran Homelessness, Food Waste, and the Cliff Effect.

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Big Impact Sometimes Requires 'Unreasonable' Goals - #1057
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January 25, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Unreasonable Impact, a collaboration between Unreasonable Group and Barclays, has its sites set on advancing social entrepreneurship at massive—even unreasonable—scale.

Unreasonable Group founder and CEO, Daniel Epstein, 32, says the world needs to create 212 million new jobs over the next four years to bring idle, mostly young people into the work force and to absorb lost employment from automation and other economic shifts.

At the same time, he notes that the world faces a variety of other societal and environmental challenges.

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A Little Fun Goes a Long Way Educating Girls in Morocco - #1056
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January 24, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Simo Elalj, based in Paris, wanted to help educate girls in his home country of Morocco. He found a way to have fun and impact at once, selling plastic toy goats to raise money for the nonprofit Education for All Morocco.

Khadija Id Ahmed Ouali, one of the girls educated, in part, by the proceeds from Simo’s program, joined us from Morocco for a conversation about the impact of the program on her life.

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The ‘Emprezz’ Is Having Fun And Doing Good - #1055
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January 23, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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No one has more fun doing good than Gwen Allen. She is constantly in motion, running her coffee shop and her growing entertainment and media business. In her heart, she’s all about doing good.

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Blockchain Technology Could Revolutionize Global Logistics - #1054
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January 22, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Eric Piscini, CEO of Citizens Reserve, joined me to discuss the startup's efforts to revolutionize global logistics.

He envisions the ability to scan a code on a toothpick flag on your perfectly prepared steak, to see where exactly it came from, all the way back to the birth of the cow. In addition, he says, the device can even track the temperature controls along the logistics chain, to know that the meat is safe to eat.

Improving logistics can significantly improve the way that we validate the safety and efficacy of drugs and vaccines, potentially improving global health.

Streamlining logistics could also drive reductions in transportation costs, reducing carbon emissions.

Citizens Reserve is raising money via a Regulation D 506 C offering, available only to accredited investors. Eric hopes to raise another $40 million, having already raised about $12 million.

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How Blockchain Technology Will Improve Securities Markets - #1053
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January 18, 2019 06:00 AM PST
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Much of the attention the blockchain and cryptocurrency markets received in 2017 and 2018 as waned as Bitcoin’s price has fallen about 75% from its peak. One area within the space that is growing in favor despite the broader negativity is securitized tokens.

In this case, the word securitized refers to turning blockchain tokens into legally compliant securities rather than, as some of us with finance experience would naturally infer, a bundling of assets (or tokens) to be sold as securities.

The value of all publicly traded stocks is on the order of $300 trillion. That measure doesn’t include privately traded stocks or any other security, like bonds (which exceed stocks in value) and derivatives. Reversing the nomenclature, the business of tokenizing securities has the potential to be big business.

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