Social Impact

The Man Behind TED Talks on Persuasive Speaking

The Man Behind TED Talks on Persuasive Speaking

Published by OZY

Are we in the midst of a public-speaking renaissance? Chris Anderson thinks so. As curator for the TED Conference and someone who’s seen hundreds of talks over the years, he’s come closer than most to unlocking the secret of being an effective, persuasive sharer of ideas. TED Talks, once focused mostly on tech, entertainment and design, have since evolved to feature more global issues and deeply personal insights, such as rediscovering the passionate “hum” that drives burned-out workaholics,...

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Inside the World Economic Forum

Inside the World Economic Forum

Published by WSJ.Money (www.wsj.com/money)

KLAUS SCHWAB WAS just 32 when he chaired a fateful meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in 1971 that pushed European business leaders to be accountable to all stakeholders—employees, customers and governments—instead of just their shareholders. Since then, Schwab's little nonprofit has grown into the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based organization where, over the years, heads of state, corporate executives and top economists have converged to help expand the Organization for Economic Cooperation...

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A Pop-Locking Prof On Hip-Hop

A Pop-Locking Prof On Hip-Hop

Published by OZY

Only an academic would call himself a “hip-hop practitioner,” and yet Jooyoung Lee isn’t your typical prof. For nearly five years, Lee interviewed dozens of aspiring rappers in South Central Los Angeles, often at a weekly open mic where young Black men sought a creative alternative to gang life. No, Lee doesn’t rap himself. But the assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, affectionately nicknamed “Joocey” by his LA interview subjects, held his own while working...

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John Wood: Leaving Corporate America to Change the World

John Wood: Leaving Corporate America to Change the World

Published by Inc.com

Who hasn't dreamed of ditching their day job to help change the world? John Wood stopped dreaming one day and actually gave it a shot. At 35, the director of business development for Microsoft's Greater China Region called it quits following a life-altering trek through Nepal then launched Room to Read, a 15-year-old nonprofit that's on track this year to reach 10 million children through its literacy and girls' education programs. But creating a movement like his isn't natural for someone steeped...

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Are You Really a ‘Social Entrepreneur’?

Are You Really a ‘Social Entrepreneur’?

Published by Inc.com

Your business helps society, so you should call yourself a social entrepreneur, right? Ask Bill Drayton--the man who coined the phrase. While he didn't spawn the movement, Bill Drayton has been called the godfather of social entrepreneurship and first coined the phrase "social entrepreneur" in writing more than 40 years ago. Since then, he has led a multi-generational effort to do good in society by starting and running Ashoka, which provides startup financing and support services to a network...

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5 Ways to Create a Social Movement in Your Company

5 Ways to Create a Social Movement in Your Company

Published by Inc.com

Company execs are known for making bold pledges to boost their corporate social responsibility programs. Look no further than Alex Gorsky, the CEO and chairman of Johnson & Johnson who recently committed $25 million in financial and product contributions over the next five years to Operation Smile, the medical charity that offers free cleft surgeries. But at this corporate behemoth, with around 128,000 employees, there's one specific worker -- Sweden-based Cathy Dalene -- who helped ramp...

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Social Enterprises Have a Hard Time Landing Capital

Social Enterprises Have a Hard Time Landing Capital

Published by The Wall Street Journal

Social enterprises are getting a hard lesson in the realities of doing business. In recent years, more startups have appeared that aim to do traditional nonprofit jobs—such as training the homeless or providing services for the sick—while trying to make money. They think that going for-profit allows them to compete more aggressively for talent, shake off the control of big donors and move more nimbly than traditional charities. But as these small ventures try to scale up, they're having...

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Answering: ‘How Will You Change the World?’

Answering: ‘How Will You Change the World?’

Published by The Huffington Post

ABU DHABI// "How will you change the world?" That was the question posed at the launch of the third annual Hult Global Case Challenge, which tackles global poverty this year. To entice a participant pool of more than 4,000 teams made up of college students and alumni from around the world, Hult International Business School dangled a $1 million carrot to fund the three proposed solutions that could best help:
 One Laptop per Child place 10 million laptops in the hands of children in the next...

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Winning formula aims at powering up Africa

Winning formula aims at powering up Africa

Published by The National

NEW YORK CITY// Thousands of students competing in this year's Hult Global Case Challenge were given one task - to help a charity called SolarAid deliver off-grid solar power and light to 1 million households by the end of next year. Here is an overview of what was developed by New York University in Abu Dhabi, which fielded one of the winning teams. ... Click here to read the rest of this article. -Neil Parmar Published in The National...

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