social impact

047, Sammie Rayner, HandUp | Social Good in Your Neighborhood

When it comes to social good, we often think we have to do something world-changing. In his book All the Trouble in the World, P. J. O’Rourke said Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes. If you think about it, that’s human nature. We love the grand gesture, the transformational speech or the disruptive technology. In the meantime, we pass homeless people on the street and we wonder what to do. I understand this feeling well. I’ve often been torn while thinking about how best to serve: do I give a homeless person cash, perhaps enabling them to practice alcoholism? Or, do I…

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047, Sammie Rayner, HandUp | Social Good in Your Neighborhood

046, Laurie Lane-Zucker, Impact Entrepreneur | Public Benefit Enterprise Zones

Public Benefit Enterprise Zones is a new idea with old roots. Laurie Lane-Zucker has had a long and interesting path to Impact Entrepreneur. He was the Executive Director at the Orion Society, a highly respected environmental organization and publisher of Orion magazine. In 2007 he launched Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, a GIIRS Pioneer Company, a Founding Member of Mission Markets. Laurie is also the founder and manager of the LinkedIn group, Impact Entrepreneur, with nearly 10,000 members from more than 150 countries. (If you join right away, you could be the 10,000th person!). Impact Entrepreneur was recently recognized as one of the “Best LinkedIn Groups for Small Business.” Recently,…

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046, Laurie Lane-Zucker, Impact Entrepreneur | Public Benefit Enterprise Zones

045, Francesco Piazzesi, Echale a tu casa | Housing As Community Development

Francesco Piazzesi uses housing as a means of community development. He grew up in the construction equipment industry. He noticed that the brick mason who spent his days building houses went home to a tin shack with a dirt floor. In many countries around the world, including Mexico, 2/3 of the houses built are built by the owners. The homeowners gather whatever materials they can afford and, step by step, over many years, they build their house. These houses are often not safe or sanitary and the vast majority have dirt floors. These houses also are not desirable, therefore, the homeowners do not build wealth to pass along to their…

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045, Francesco Piazzesi, Echale a tu casa | Housing As Community Development

043, Mike Vo, we2o | $62.4 B in Untapped Funds for Charitable Giving

Charitable giving seems to be stuck in a time warp. While we easily bank, shop and communicate across mobile apps, online charitable giving is not always the best user experience. This poor user experience came to the attention of Tesla Motor’s Director of Quality Product Engineering, Mike Vo. Something else came to Mike’s notice. After 5 years of working 90+ hours per week with almost every day of the year, his accrued personal time off, or vacation time, was about to be forfeited. Mike wondered how common this problem was, and if he could do something with those unused vacation hours. In the US alone, every year there is $52.4…

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043, Mike Vo, we2o | $62.4 B in Untapped Funds for Charitable Giving

#GoAndDo Challenge

Join the #GoAndDo challenge! When Neetal Parekh of Innov8Social was on the podcast Social Entrepreneur, she issued a challenge. Tell us, how you will create a social impact. What impact do you want to have on the world? Are you digging wells in sub-Saharan Africa, or raising good kids in suburbia? Are you writing code that will change the world or writing a song that will move hearts? The social impact you want to have is up to you. We’re here to support your dream.  Here’s how the challenge works. Describe the impact you want to have. Tell us how you want to achieve it. Post a picture on Instagram or send a…

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#GoAndDo Challenge

042, Neetal Parekh, Innov8social | An Easy Button for Social Impact

Social impact expert Neetal Parekh wants to make an easy button for social entrepreneurs. Neetal was born in Oklahoma City. Her parents had immigrated from India. She and her family moved frequently, about 20 times in 20 years. When Neetal and her family visited their family in India, she observed the gap between wealth and abject poverty. Even as a child, she thought about how she could close that gap – to make an impact. Neetal trained as an attorney and, as part of her job, she wrote blogs about changes in law. In 2011, California proposed two pieces of legislation that allowed for-profit companies to pursue social impact while…

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042, Neetal Parekh, Innov8social | An Easy Button for Social Impact

The Impact Measurement Challenge

Calling all data geeks and entrepreneurs. Here’s a business opportunity. Although there are better definitions out there, an entrepreneur is someone who identifies a perceived pain or a desired gain in the marketplace and uses innovative approaches to resolve the pain or bring about the gain. Well, I have a pain for you. As I have been interviewing entrepreneurs for the Social Entrepreneur podcast, one pain point comes up again and again. They tell me that their greatest desire is to create social and environmental impact. However, it is difficult, time consuming and expensive to measure impact. The time and effort that they spend measuring impact reduces the resources that they…

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The Impact Measurement Challenge