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    Exploring And Ending Modern Homelessness, Let’s Give It A Try

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    Since the dawn of social media, there has been great debate over whether or not online activism constitutes “real activism.” The term slacktivist evolved when supporters of digital social change campaigns began to participate in droves via cyberspace. This is a pointless argument. There are always going to be people who do their part to contribute to a cause by retweeting, downloading Twibbons, and liking a campaign’s Facebook page. In the same vein, there are going to be humanitarians who form committees, travel to conflict…

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    Dell Shines A Light On How 100 World Changers Are Redefining Tech

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    This past weekend, I went to see the DreamWorks animation “Rise of the Guardians,” which follows the story of Santa Claus, the Tooth Ferry, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and Jack Frost as they come together to protect the children of the world against Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman. Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and it got me thinking about the rise of human guardians roaming the real world–the change makers who dedicate their lives to improving society through entrepreneurship and philanthropy….

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    The New Presidential Paradigm

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    President Barack Obama did not just win re-election tonight. His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition. ~Howard Fineman

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    Los Angeles Social Innovators Gear Up For The Fast Pitch

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    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…

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    Lessons Learned from 9/11

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    New York, New York, the greatest survivor to teach me how to survive ,we’re at your service. I wrote the following post two years ago, as a Day of Service passage for the 9/11 victims, survivors, and their loved ones. Do you remember where you were on 9/11?  What messages from the media and global voices resonated with you most?  Most importantly,  how did the event affect your perspective on humankind? September 11th drudged up the darkest and most luminous parts of humanity–our propensity to…


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…


Detachment And Play

“Play is that which is done just for itself, for fun.” ~Alan Watts British philosopher Alan Watts delivered Eastern ways of thinking to the Western world, which I’m guessing was no small feat. I believe that ultimately, he was trying to express that the mystery of life isn’t always meant to be understood, but embraced.

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Nuru Project: Stunning Photojournalism For Social Change

Photojournalist Wendy Watriss once wrote that “photojournalism at its best embodies our ability to benefit the issues and people with whom we connect.”  I couldn’t think of a better reason to snap a few shots. Some of the most iconic images of all time have been bestowed upon us by photojournalists. From pictures of the anti-war movement during Vietnam to quiet, tranquil moments of peace captured through the lens, photographs evoke emotions in us in an instant. That’s powerful, and that’s why JB Reed, a photographer turned social entrepreneur, is…

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Which Brand Wins? McDonald’s vs. Wendy’s

You want fries with that environmentally hazardous, potentially cancer-causing cup, or would you like to reduce the of terminal illness in your country? You want electrically shocked chickens with that shake, or would you like non-abused animals in your sandwich? Two major fast food restaurant chains are making moves to be more socially responsible, and they’re doing more than giving customers additional salad options. According to Greenbiz.com, McDonald’s is launching a pilot program to phase out polystyrene beverage cups, while testing out double-walled paper hot cups to…


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 @ http://collaborationforgood.org


Clinton Global Initiative University: Hoop Dreams And Hope For Social Change

There is a stigma attached to the millenial generation—one that suggests it largely consists of self-entitled lazy slacktavists. However, there is also a burgeoning group of innovators in this demographic, a rising army of capable and creative crusaders for social good. This is evident in the tremendous turnout of college students participating in the Clinton Global Initiative University’s (CGI U) Commitment Challenge, a competition bringing college students together to address the world’s toughest problems. More than 1,000 students from 250 universities around the globe are…


Janelle Monae Rallies Fans And Seeks Social Justice For A Young Boy’s Family

“Tightrope” singer Janelle Monae is on the top of her game. She’s been nominated for a few Grammys, has been given the fashion thumbs up by Karl Lagerfeld (a rare feat that JUST might be harder than winning a Grammy) and has a cameo in the hit single, fun.’s “We are Young.” So it’s great to see her raising awareness for issues she truly cares about. Last night, the soul singer tweeted to her fans asking them to show their support for the life of…


Three Ways To Make Your Non-Profit Rock in 2012

Guest post by Jeff Ramos Some non-profits just seem to be all the rage these days. It always seems like everyone is talking about their work. Every time they come up in your newsfeed because another celebrity has signed on to help them out. All their post go viral. They make it look… well… easy. And you have to wonder, what are they doing differently? It’s tempting to think they are just lucky or maybe even blessed, but they’re not. They are just thinking differently…


Calling All Future Thomas Edisons: Will.i.am Wants To Make Your Invention Come Alive!!

Doesn’t seem like rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor and producer Will.i.am is taking a break since Black Eyed Peas announced an indefinite break last year. The “I Got A Feeling” singer is helping young inventors bring their ideas to life and make life more awesome, as part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education challenge “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If….” From now until March 28th, young people across the country can enter the no-purchase-necessary contest by explaining how math and science can…


Paint A Ton Of Social Good With PictureHealing

They say a picture paints a thousand words. In the case of the new smartphone app PictureHealing, an image can do a ton of social good. Through fancy, fun photo-sharing, PictureHealing empowers users to support three charities of their choice. Incentivize caught up with the certified B Corporation’s CEO, Christopher Brereton, to get the lowdown on PictureHealing’s social entrepreneurial secret sauce. Incentivize: How is PictureHealing different from other charity apps? PictureHealing is different in a few key ways, one major one being that the app…

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