Kickstart My Heart With A 3D Printed Robotic Hand


My desires are simple. I want the impossible to be realized, and I want the future to get here faster. With today’s technology and advances in the sciences, it’s really not a tall order. While we may not have hot tub time machines in our backyards to expedite the process, we do have some titillating products on the market that are opening minds to what is possible on a tangible level. Yes, I’m talking about 3D printing. All the rage at SXSW, the Kairos Society…

Los Angeles Social Innovators Gear Up For The Fast Pitch


Who says Los Angeles doesn’t have heart and depth? On October 24th, 20 of LA’s most promising nonprofit entrepreneurs are sharing their freshly minted communications and business skills during the culmination of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch, a free two-month training program that connects nonprofit leaders with business mentors and funding opportunities. During the event, 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an enormous audience filled with investors, philanthropists and foundation executives. The grand prize is $45,000 in awards. Presented by…

The Clinton Global Initiative & Mashable Social Good Summit Take Manhattan


  New York, New York, here we come! There’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be this weekend than my old stomping grounds. The Clinton Global Initiative is holding its annual meeting in Manhattan on Sept. 23 to 25, and Incentivize is going to be there to see all the magic happen!  With more than 1,000 participants including global leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, nonprofit organizers, and celebrity activists convening to instigate social change, mountains are sure to fall. Focused on how business and human capital…

A Seer’s Public Heart Check


Guest post by Klayton Korver I woke up this morning with this thought in my head. We can only do great things in small ways.  This isn’t the mindset I’ve had over the last few years while working in the for-profit /non-profit world. Having spent a great deal of time considering what the world needs and wants (i.e. this country, our city, culture, the 20-30 somethings), I think I’ve been looking for the most dramatic way I can make an impact. What has happened as a…

Roozt Tuesday: Rock Out For A Cause With Rockin’ Baby This Mother’s Day


Our friends at Roozt, the world’s online marketplace for cause-brands, are featuring some fantastic cause-brands just in time for Mothers’ Day. If you’re a new or expecting mom or know some that could use a handy and fashionable way to carry their little ones, check out Rockin’ Baby. For every Rockin’ Baby sling purchased, the “Mother to Mother” brand will donate a sling to a mother in need and educate her on the importance of holding her child. Made out of 100% cotton, the pouches…

5 Keys to Success For Social Entrepreneurs


Guest post by Jack’s Soap Co-Founder Bridget Hilton Diving into entrepreneurship is a commendable action. Deciding to plunge into social entrepreneurship is enlightening. However, deciding to build a business that turns a profit while benefitting the earth and humanity poses great challenges. Cynics believe there’s no way to do good, while reaping financial rewards. We beg to differ. Here are five keys for creating and sustaining a successful social enterprise. Build a Brand Unfortunately, charity is generally not thought of as “sexy”. Websites are often…

The Power Of Community & Social Enterprise, LA Style


Guest post by Michael DeHart When a business has the single goal of generating individual success and profit, they tend to create quid pro quo partnerships. These alliances spawn out of a need to pool resources to stay competitive, but once the problem is resolved the partnership is disregarded. Back in July of 2011 when Google+ came out swinging touting its superior ability to connect friends with integrated video conferencing, Facebook and Skype quickly joined forces leveling the playing field. Fast forward to last week…

The Magic of Hub LA’s Community


It’s been less than a year since I was exposed to the Hub LA community, but they’ve had an impact on me that I’m already grateful for. Having studied finance through college, and blindly taking to advice from a few successful entrepreneurs, I found myself being rather individualistic, and very focused on making money. At one point though, when I heard the advice that I shouldn’t have any time for friends and family, I found myself wondering if entrepreneurship was for me. It was about…

The Startup World And Social Enterprise Are Still Boys Clubs


Guest post by Ethan Austin A few weeks ago I attended South by Southwest (SXSW) for the first time ever. I think the best way to describe it was kind of like a Las Vegas for nerds. SXSW is filled with incredible panel discussions, amazing speakers free food and live music. But what really makes the place magical is the serendipitous nature of the event that leads to authentic bonding and new friendships. SXSW is about randomly meeting cool people while in line for breakfast…

5 Ways The Cloud Can Expand Your Mission And Improve Your Operations


With metrics like cost per dollar raised and percent “overhead” used to determine ratings for non profits, it’s no wonder that we focus so much of our time on lean solutions. We sacrifice quality for cost, efficiency for hours logged, and try to have more do-it-all types. It’s unacceptable, but fortunately there’s a way to rapidly focus and improve your IT solutions in the cloud while simultaneously improving your delivery of services too. Sound too good to be true? Read on. cross posted @

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