journalism

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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Journalism as a Force for Good, with Tina Rosenberg, Solutions Journalism Network

The Solutions Journalism Network is supporting rigorous reporting on social problems, with an eye on what works. May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. Around the world, journalism is experiencing a watershed moment. According to a Knight-Gallup survey, 84% of Americans believe that the news media is key to a healthy democracy. Less than half, 44% can name an objective news source. Mobile, social media, and the ease of online publishing have disaggregated the news into billions of channels. 58% of those surveyed say that more sources can make it harder to stay informed. 73 say that the spread of inaccurate information on the internet is a major problem. Local…

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Things Just Got Real

Well, things just got real. I just created promos for my *gulp* brand new radio program. Seriously. Did I just type that sentence? Here is what the promo sounds like.   In case you have not heard, we have the opportunity to produce a weekly, one-hour, drive-time radio program. The show will reach tens of thousands of new listeners. In order to launch, we’re running a crowdfunding campaign. So far, more than 50 people have jumped in to help. As I’m writing this, we’re 35% of the way to our goal. If you want to be part of the movement to bring Social Entrepreneur to the radio, click here to…

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Things Just Got Real

A Storytelling Platform for Social Entrepreneurs, Elisa Birnbaum, SEE Change Magazine

SEE Change Magazine is a global digital magazine focused on social entrepreneurship and social change. Like most people I speak to, Elisa Birnbaum’s career path was circuitous. She studied political science and law. “I was going to save the world as a human rights lawyer, of course,” she says tongue-in-cheek. But along the way, she found that she had a gift for writing. When she graduated from law school, she told herself, “I’m going to take some time off to see what this thing called storytelling is all about.” That was more than 15 years ago. Elisa honed her journalistic skills with several organizations. Her portfolio includes articles for the…

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Tell the Whole Story

When we tell the whole story, we have hope. It lifts us up. We are energized to make a difference. You’ve probably heard the saying “If you aren’t outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Yes, there is so much to be outraged about from climate change to civil rights. Outrage is the appropriate first response to these issues. If you aren’t outraged, all you have to do is look at the latest headlines. If that’s not enough to send you over the edge, log on to Twitter, Facebook or your favorite social media channel. Pretty soon…yup. Outrage. But here’s the problem with outrage. Constant outrage leaves us feeling powerless, hopeless and…

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Tell the Whole Story

The Journey of a Social Entrepreneur with Kari Enge, Rank & File Magazine

Rank & File is a values-based business magazine for purpose-driven entrepreneurs. The process of becoming a social entrepreneur has often been described as a journey. And, as anyone who has traveled realizes, a journey changes you. There is no one more qualified to talk about the impact of a journey than Kari Enge, Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Rank & File magazine. She has a thing for travel. When Kari graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, she landed an internship at The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth. Through her hustle and simply saying yes to opportunities, Kari earned a full-time position….

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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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081, Zuleyma Bebell, ImpactAlpha | The TechCrunch and CrunchBase of Impact Investing

ImpactAlpha provides business reporting in the area of impact investing. ImpactSpace is an open data platform providing information for the impact investing marketplace. It’s easy to see why people compare these two platforms to TechCrunch and CrunchBase. The goal is to grow the impact investing space. ImpactSpace first came to my attention when NextBillion (Episode 54) announced a media partnership (announcement here). ImpactSpace is quickly becoming the standard profile source for thousands of companies and investors. There you can find the profiles of over 6,000 impact companies, more than 2,000 impact investors and more than 3,000 impact deals. Zuleyma Bebell began her university career thinking that she was going to…

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081, Zuleyma Bebell, ImpactAlpha | The TechCrunch and CrunchBase of Impact Investing

075, Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation | Civil Society in a Time of Transformation

Civil society is often referred to as a third sector of society, with business and government being the other two. The very nature of civil society is undergoing transformation – from how we gather information, to how we engage in debate to how we support one another. Alberto Ibargüen has a unique perspective on the rapidly changing nature of civil society. He grew up in a family that practiced impassioned political discussions in two languages. He practiced law, worked in the Peace Corps, spent a career in journalism and now heads the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation works to create informed and engaged communities. They do so…

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075, Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation | Civil Society in a Time of Transformation

054, Scott Anderson, NextBillion | Social Entrepreneurship through a Journalist’s Lens

Scott Anderson sees social entrepreneurship through the eyes of a journalist. He has been the Managing Editor of NextBillion since 2010. In 2004, C. K. Prahalad published his groundbreaking book Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits. At the time, Scott Anderson was a business journalist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He had a chance to read the book and to interview C. K. Prahalad. It left an impression. A few years later, the World Resources Institute published The Next Four Billion, a study of the market size and business strategies to reach the base of the pyramid. As a follow-up to this report, the World Resources…

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054, Scott Anderson, NextBillion | Social Entrepreneurship through a Journalist’s Lens