Human Centered Design helps young women uncover big problems in need of a design solution. This “open architecture” approach delivers maximum impact with minimal materials. By working closely with a variety of communities to co-create, girls to develop products that not only responded to their immediate needs, but also reflected their aspirations.
Saving water shouldn’t just be something that we do when the soil is dry; it is something we need to make a part of our lives, in how we live and what we consume. Sustainability needs to be a part of us no matter how wet or dry the climate is, because we have to think about the bigger picture.
Building coalitions for greater social impact requires that parties align their core goals, interests and priorities. It requires agreement on measurements of success, finding the right partners to complement the work, open and transparent communication, and a strong supporting organization. With these fundamentals, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and other like-minded coalitions have made real social impact for the betterment of all.
Teju Ravilochan, co-founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Institute recently received the best advice of his life: “You’re intelligent. But your job is not to be the smartest person in the room. It’s to bring out the best in your team.” This advice resonated deeply because he knew she was right. This is the No. 1 thing that most leaders need to work on.
When it was revealed that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was gearing up for a global lobbying campaign against anti-smoking laws, CVS Health resigned its membership in the chamber.
General Mills, the company behind brands like Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Bisquick, Progresso and Hamburger Helper, announced it’s going to start requiring its egg, dairy and meat farmers to treat animals better.
Every year, the Urban Land Institute recognizes outstanding examples of successful public spaces that have “socially enriched and revitalized the economy of their surrounding communities.” We couldn’t wait to learn more about these projects and how they revitalized their surrounding downtowns. Read on to catch a peek at the six most innovative urban spaces of 2015.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
Vermont’s largest city has been making smart investments in renewable energy for years. Now, their hard work has finally paid off.
These days you’ll hear lots about growth-hacking, social media savvy, PR pushes and marketing. Tom Chi, part of the founding team of Google X, thinks it’s important to add one more option to that list: making your product more meaningful.
By Marcus Barber A recent article on TriplePundit suggested that Californians are keen to lower their water usage but don’t know how to go about doing so. That article (found here) also indicated that even the most ardent of conservation efforts don’t seem to be helping the state meet its reduced water target, and that … Continued
How can banks join forces with NGOs to create partnerships that redefine social innovation? In this interview with Marc Stoiber, Audette Exel of the Adara Group shares the answer.
Open source. It’s a concept from the world of software development, where programmers often collaborate to improve code then share the results at no cost. But could the open-source approach also help solve the vexed issue of unaffordable housing?
Veterans who have returned from active military duty often need to obtain employment and reintegrate into civilian life. Despite all the veteran benefits offered by the government and various DVBE organizations, many employers hesitate to add veterans to their workforce.
One social enterprise and nonprofit decided to take food waste and create a culinary school to teach felons and foster care youth how to cook. Meals are given to people in need, with a focus on the elderly. Once the culinary students graduate, they are hired by restaurants or social enterprises. It’s a brilliant model that is shaking up societal norms.
Bain Capital and Blackrock have created dedicated impact practices. High net-worth individuals and family offices are gathering to share deals, ideas and experiences. Foundations are sharing best practices. And yet, the amount of dollars invested in real projects and actual businesses is still a minuscule percentage of all invested capital. What’s holding us back?