SDG17 – Partnerships for the Goals

These social entrepreneurs are achieving Sustainable Development Goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Use Your Business Skills to Make a Direct Impact, with Kate Hayes, Echoing Green

Direct Impact is Echoing Green’s experiential leadership development program for mid-career professionals. You know the statistics about boards of directors. According to a survey by Deloitte, 90% of board members believe that retired CEOs are the most effective board members. Yet, they admit that limits the diversity of thought and perspective. More and more, boards seek input from younger board members with a diverse perspective. But where do they find board-ready younger candidates? At the same time, private sector companies are looking for ways to develop their top talent with experiential, hands-on learning for 21st-century skills. Skills such as self-awareness, empathy, curiosity, communication, and humility are necessary to operate in…

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The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility, with Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud

Rachel Hutchisson has spent more than 20 years working at the intersection of business and social good. Blackbaud is a technology company that powers the social good community. Rachel Hutchison is Blackbaud’s VP, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, and a thought leader on corporate social responsibility. Rachel believes that “Good is for everyone.” She teaches companies to embrace what she calls Human Social Responsibility, putting people at the center of their strategies. Rachel was born into a family of college professors. “My grandfather, father, aunts, and uncles were all professors…and my mother was a teacher,” she describes. “That meant I also grew up around a lot of books, conversations, and ideas.”…

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Five Impact Entrepreneur Fellowships Up for Grabs, with Mary Rick, Impact Hub MSP and FINNovation Lab Collaboration

The Impact Hub Minneapolis – Saint Paul and the FINNovation Lab have teamed up to create a new impact startup incubator. Now they are offering five $50,000 fellowships. Social Entrepreneurs have a new place to gather. The Impact Hub Minneapolis – Saint Paul (MSP) has teamed up with the FINNovation Lab to occupy a new space at FINNEGANS House in Minneapolis’ East Town District. The Impact Hub MSP will focus on co-working, collaboration, and events. FINNovation Lab is providing venture services for impact entrepreneurs. According to Mary Rick, CEO at FINNovation Lab and Impact Hub MSP Collaboration, “Our mission is to inspire, nourish, and scale inclusive impact enterprises, entrepreneurs, and…

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Elisa Birnbaum, Author of “In the Business of Change: How Social Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Business as Usual”

In the Business of Change features stories of changemakers who use the power of business to address society’s most pressing problems. Elisa Birnbaum is the publisher and editor-in-chief of SEE Change Magazine, a digital publication of social entrepreneurship and social change. You may recall her interview from June 2017. Elisa has a new book out, In the Business of Change: How Social Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Business as Usual. The book highlights how social entrepreneurs are using business savvy to create change in their communities. Elisa tells stories from a wide-range of sectors, including employment, food, art, education, and social justice. Each chapter focuses on lessons learned and measurable impact. The…

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The Stories that Change Us, Jackie Biederman, Changemaker Podcast

Changemaker Podcast tells social good startup stories, inspiring life lessons, and unexpected ideas. Why do people and businesses want to learn to tell stories? According to Jackie Biederman, host of the Changemaker Podcast, “That’s how we’re wired as people. We want to tune in to stories.” Stories move us. They take us out of our logical brains and help us to connect with one another. When people hear stories of social good, they are engaged, informed and inspired. Because social entrepreneurs are everyday people like you and me, when listeners hear their stories, they see themselves as possible changemakers too. The stories inspire people to act. Listeners are more inclined…

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Focus on Purpose, with Meghan French Dunbar, Conscious Company Media

Conscious Company Media is the first multimedia organization in the country that specifically focuses on purpose-driven business. Meghan French Dunbar grew up in the mountains of Colorado. She saw early examples of how to run a business. “Both of my parents started and operated their own small businesses and were incredibly supportive of everything my brother and I did,” she explains. She was driven to succeed from an early age. “I was an achiever. I idolized my older brother and was obsessed with excelling in all sports, especially soccer and basketball. I was always driven to achieve academically as well and saw everything as a competition.” Meghan also saw the…

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Leading an Economic and Political Systems Shift, with Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK is the membership and advocacy body for social enterprises in the United Kingdom. Peter Holbrook started his career with the retailer Marks & Spencer. He also worked at The Body Shop. In both cases, he watched values-based companies change after their Initial Public Offering. Peter wanted to have a social impact with his work, so he worked for Oxfam and for Greenpeace. There, he found organizations that were working on purpose but were missing some of the innovation and drive of for-profit enterprises. In 2001, he launched Sunlight Development Trust, a community owned and managed charity. Sunlight Development takes an innovative approach. They work in the Medway…

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Telling Stories at the Intersection of Business, Environment, and Society, with Jen Boynton, Triple Pundit

Triple Pundit is a media company covering the conversation on sustainable business. The argument for a triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet, has been going on for more than 100 years. In 1916, two shareholders, the Dodge brothers sued Henry Ford in Dodge v. Ford Motor Company. The courts ruled in favor of the Dodge brothers, stating that a: business corporation is organized and carried on primarily for the profit of the stockholders.” In 1970, economist Milton Friedman published his article “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits.” Friedman argues that any money spent by a company on “social responsibility” takes away from the benefit…

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118, Avnish Gungadurdoss, Instiglio | Tying funding to results

Instiglio is a nonprofit with a mission of maximizing the social impact of every cent spent on social programs. They accomplish that by tying funding to results. Avnish Gungadurdoss grew up on the island nation of Mauritius. He was drawn to do social work at a young age. “I remember being taken by how much the poor’s trajectory was completely dependent on where they were born,” he told me. “To me that was a crazy thought, that life is up to the random chance of where you were born.” While working in the field and seeing firsthand the gap between the promise of social programs and their outcome, he recognized that…

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111, Anne Field, Award-Winning Writer, Editor, Journalist | Not Only For Profit

Anne Field is interested in “not only for profit” businesses. Anne Field is an award-winning writer, editor and journalist and author of the Forbes blog, “Not Only for Profit.” Just over ten years ago, she wrote an article on for-profit social enterprises and impact investing. At the time, the term impact investing was new. The B-Lab had just been formed, and new social enterprises were blooming. Anne became fascinated how companies could make a profit with a purpose. Today, Anne is best known for her Forbes blog Not Only for Profit. She writes about for-profit social enterprises and impact investing. She primarily focuses on the startup journey. She is one…

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