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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…


Riders Ride For Health: Because Saving Lives Is Always In Style

Guest post by Beth Goldman The Schwab Foundation defines a social entrepreneur as “someone achieving large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.” Case in point: Riders for Health, a group that has literally been “driving” global change for over twenty years via motorbikes. Talking about riding in style! Currently located in seven countries, the organization provides health workers across Africa with reliable transportation and…


Humanitarians Rush To South Sudan Amid Deadly Attacks

At least 200 people have been killed in South Sudan, where cattle camp raiders are terrorizing the region. According to local authorities, most of the attacked areas are on the Ethiopa side of the border. Incentivize spoke with International Medical Corps (IMC), which has teams on the ground responding to the inter-communcal violence. To date, 67 casualties have arrived at Akobo Hospita. The caseload includes 61 patients with gunshot wounds – including 5 children. IMC has one surgeon and one nurse on-site who are managing…


We Are In The Universe And The Universe Is In Us

“…when I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us.” ~Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’ll admit I’m an unabashed proponent for most things stunningly sciency and set to cinematic music. When I absorb this kind of content I become emotional. I become incentivized to seek answers and share them. In a visceral sense, I become filled…


Architecting Health: Designing Buildings To Heal

“When you go to a hospital you expect to heal. That’s not always the case.” ~Michael Murphy, Founding Partner and Executive Director of MASS Design Group At this moment in time and beyond, design thinking is a practice and movement that every city and community should be embracing. At the end of February, a slew of designers and scholars came together at the Rockefeller Foundation headquarters in New York for the Social Impact Design Summit, where they discussed ways to use socially responsible design to improve…


The Answers to Changing The World May Come From Outer Space

It’s a one-day mission…To explore strange new worlds…and save our own. On April 21-22, NASA and society organizations all over the world will co-host the International Apps Challenge on seven continents and in space! Designed to integrate open data from global space agencies, the challenge will revel in the minds of scientists and innovators who are collaborating to solve the Earth’s biggest problems — the ones affecting all of humankind. Yes, it’s quite the undertaking. And get this, anyone can compete in the event. Of…


The Goody Awards Launch At SXSW

The SXSW madness has officially begun, and film and tech geeks are swarming through downtown Austin, staying hyper-connected, social media-equipped, and ready to network their faces off. It just so happens that during their long days of taking names and making deals, they can also spread some social good love via the online recognition program and mobile site, the Goody Awards. CEO and Founder, Liz H. Kelly, explained, “While CNN Heroes does a great job recognizing a few do-gooders, the Goody Awards will let everyone…


Song Obsession Of The Week: ’15 Minutes Away’ by K’naan

You’ll start to see a trend in the Song Obsession Of The Week series very soon if you haven’t already caught wind of it. The music featured in this category all consists of tunes consistently played in my Spotify. I met K’naan four years ago in Hollywood right before he went on stage at a social change film festival held at the Egyptian Theater. He was magnetic. While he performed, his booking agent and good friend of Incentivize, repeatedly said to me, “listen, listen to…


Every Day is International Women’s Day For Women in CSR

Our good friend and Senior Vice President and Director of Global Marketing at FENTON, Susan McPherson, wrote an insightful piece about the role of women in corporate social responsibility for TriplePundit . Highlighting three key CSR facets including green (sustainability), compassion (philanthropy), and transparency (open, consistent and honest dialogue), she brings attention to concrete examples of women making positive strides in each. Under the Women in Green domain, McPherson describes the work of multiple female change agents paving the way for other leaders in social…

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Celebrate International Women’s Day And Learn About EmpowHER Institute & THARCE-Gulu

Today is International Women’s Day, a time to commemorate women’s accomplishments around the world and spotlight the continued mission to establish gender equality. In honor of the occasion, I’d like to share some inspiration I’ve recently had the pleasure of interfacing with, as a result of connecting with two different organizations focused on female empowerment.     EmpowHER Institute A few months ago, I participated in an mentoring program for middle school girls in East Los Angeles. That’s how I met a 13-year-old student named…


Power Saves The Music And Music Saves The World

Musician and filmmaker Ari Gold (not super agent Ari Gold) created Power Saves The Music to put music at the fore of education in schools across the country. While working with VH-1′s Save the Music Foundation, Gold and his charity initiative put musical instruments into the hands of eager young kids ready to play! It doesn’t get much better than this. Here’s a video of some ecstatic students in Jersey City. To learn how you can support music education in the U.S., check this out…

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