Chelsea Souter is a social impact strategist devoted to implementing business strategies that increase competitive advantage while creating positive societal benefits. You can follow her musings on organizational design, behavior change, leadership development, shared values, responsible tourism, and storytelling @ChelseaLura.

The Unsustainability of Incarceration

Prisons now fall into the category of big business; many are currently privatized so there is monetary incentive for increased cell occupancy. That’s a whole other kind of prisoner’s dilemma. Here’s why it’s unsustainable in more way than one.

Reality Tours – A Different Way of Travel

One of the original innovators in responsible tourism, Global Exchange’s Reality Tours, runs customizable trips to over 40 locations around the world including many countries rarely visited by tourists such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Iran, Cuba, Palestine and North Korea. Reality Tours promote peace through citizen diplomacy delegations, which creates personal engagements while traveling – real people and their personal stories, not just statistics.

Saleforce’s Benioff on the Future ‘Corporate Spring’

Yesterday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff kicked off Dreamforce 2011, the largest cloud computing event of the year with over 45,000 in attendance and 35,000 joining online. Benioff took the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to the pulsing sound of Metallica drawing an image of the future of social enterprise with Salesforce at the helm. … Continued

Invigorating Local Economies with Tourism

Imagine your last memorable vacation. Now imagine your trip if you had known it provided jobs that protect nature, grow local economies, and nourish communities. Makes it feel that much better, right? Currently, 40% to 80% of each dollar spent by a tourist leaves the area it is spent in. It doesn’t have to be … Continued

Engaging Moms in the Fight for Clean Air

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. On Wednesday Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF), an organization created to harness the power of moms, hosted its first Twitter Chat for moms on the disparities in African American asthma rates compared to the general population. As stated on its website; “Our children … Continued