impact

Advocacy Through Industry, with Raan and Shea Parton, Apolis Global

Apolis is a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide. Brothers Shea and Raan Parton grew up in the privileged surroundings of Southern California. To ground the brothers in reality, their parents traveled with Raan and Shea. Seeing how the rest of the world lived afforded the boys a perspective shift. This early experience of diverse cultures made them comfortable enough to eventually move from the passive role of tourist to participant: “The most rich way to experience places or cultures is to be working there and to be part of it.” By the time Shea was in high school and Raan in college, they shipped their first orders…

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129, Martin Burt, Fundación Paraguaya | The Poverty Stoplight

Martin Burt wants to eliminate poverty. He lets the poor measure poverty for themselves. Here are two truths that I’ve learned about social entrepreneurship. One, there is not a single, straight path to becoming a social entrepreneur. Two, it’s important to measure your impact. Martin Burt of Fundación Paraguaya illustrates both points. Martin’s path to social entrepreneurship began in Paraguay in the early 1980s, when it was ruled by a dictator. Because his family was not part of the dictatorship, he found it difficult to find a job. What does a social entrepreneur do in this situation? Start the country’s first social enterprise, of course. He started a microenterprise development…

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072, Sasha Dichter, Acumen | Impact Measurement with Efficiency, Speed and Rigor

Impact measurement is critical to success as a social entrepreneur. We become social entrepreneurs because we want to make an impact, but how do we measure our impact without detracting from our resources that are making an impact? Investors, business owners and customers can view our impact with different lenses, and therefore have completely different impact measurement needs. Impact measurement can be complex and resource-intensive, but does it have to be? Is there a better way? Sasha Dichter of Acumen has a better idea – lean data. Lean data uses short, simple surveys, delivered via mobile phone to assess whether or not people’s lives are better as a result of…

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072, Sasha Dichter, Acumen | Impact Measurement with Efficiency, Speed and Rigor

Wendy Lipton-Dibner, Author, Focus on Impact

Impact, or the desire to make a sustainable difference, is a megatrend that social researcher Wendy Lipton-Dibner has been tracking for years. Wendy is a best-selling author. Her latest book is Focus On Impact, The 10-Step Map to Reach Millions, Make Millions and Love Your Life Along the Way. Keep in mind, when Wendy says “impact” she uses a broader definition than one might use when talking about impact investing. Still, for more than 35 years, Wendy has been researching the question of why focusing on making a sustainable difference leads to greater business outcomes. Wendy points to “the social shift” that occurred when social media became widely used. Suddenly, one-way…

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What Will You do With This One Short Amazing Life?

Impact: There is Precious Little Time I don’t think about it often, but there is one universal truth all humans share. We have precious little time to make an impact. Do you ever think about that? If you’re anything like me, every once in a while the universe comes along, taps you on the shoulder and whispers in your ear, “Remember why you are here.” Whether we are going to plant a tree, write a book, be a good parent or change the world, we’d better hurry. Of course we want our lives to matter. Who doesn’t, right? But once we understand our place in time, we sense that, if we are going to make an…

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What Will You do With This One Short Amazing Life?