Month: December 2017

How to Support Conservation Efforts and Keep Your Feet Warm: Bartrams Socks Review

I smile when I see the United by Blue catalog in my mailbox because I know it will take me on an adventure. National Parks are frequently the backdrop for their clothing, accessories, and home and camping gear. For summer 2017, they photographed Ph.D. marine biologists with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust at a conservation fishing tournament who measured and tagged fish to investigate declining fish populations in Key West. They do so many good things as a company and when I went through their catalog, I couldn’t help but stop at the socks. Here is my full Bartram Socks review that...

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How to Get Your Impact Startup Off The Ground: Lessons From Combat Flip Flops

Is it possible to change the world one pair of flip-flops at a time? You bet! Donald Lee and Matthew Griff, founders of Combat Flip Flops, not only built a successful retail business but also help underserved communities all over the world by empowering them economically with employment opportunities. As social entrepreneurs, Lee and Griff created a business model that drives “multiple bottom lines” – profits, social change, and sustainable economic growth. How did the company come about, what unique challenges did they face, and what’s their secret for success? The Multi-Million-Dollar Business Idea Similar to many social enterprises...

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What To Do With the Full Scale Collapse of Major Media

Speaking of the full-scale collapse of major media, we thought we’d share this article from our friends at www.activistpost.com which discusses this issue. Want to be more informed? Why are you reading the resources that are in your news feeds? Who is really paying for these conglomerates? Let’s investigate the full-scale collapse of major media and why you need to know about it. As I indicated in a recent article, the B-team, or even the C-team, is now heading up the national evening news in America. These anchors’ faces and voices (Muir, Glor, and Holt) are not even faint reminders of...

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6 Lessons Every Social Entrepreneur Can Learn From Living Goods Award Winning Success

Listen to our exclusive interview with Living Goods founder, Chuck Slaughter. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud There’s often the impression that for-profit business models and positive social impact are at odds with each other. Before you draw any conclusions, consider these results achieved by Living Goods, a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award winning company: Reduced under-five mortality rate by 25% for less than $2 per person per year Reduced drug prices by 17% at clinics and drugstores in areas where it operates Reduced the supply of fake drugs by 50% Living Goods made all these powerful...

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Interview with Ryan Foland: How Mastering Communication Can Change Your Life

Exclusive interview with communication master, Ryan Foland. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud Ryan Foland is a master of communication who’s creating change one word at a time. In this interview we discuss the power of good communication and some tips that will help you get to the next level. Some of the topics covered include… How he built his personal brand as a communication expert. His 3-1-3 theory. What he’s learned about communication that has been breakthrough. What you need to know about effective communication – what people look for. What makes people listen to you...

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How To Choose a Social Enterprise Idea That Will Fire Up Your Life

If starting a for-profit social venture seems quite daunting, you’re not alone. That’s why it is our mission to keep giving you inspiration. How to choose a social enterprise idea that will fire up your life? Read here to figure this out and get solving the world’s problems through business! There are many aspects to consider. Not only your business idea needs to be commercially viable but it also has to deliver a meaningful social impact that’s sustainable. Most successful social ventures are grounded in the founders’ visions, have a memorable brand story built on their missions, and are...

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What Makes a Great Entrepreneur (One Powerful Expert Tip)?

What does it take to be a great entrepreneur? Isn’t that a burning question we all have? Ask several different people and you might get a lot of variation in the answers. Maybe the better question is: What kind of entrepreneur do you want to become? Every time I interview someone I have the honor of learning from them just as you would any mentor. The more I talk to a wide range of amazing people the more I find a common and consistent message. Great entrepreneurs are on a mission and they play for something bigger than themselves. ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Making Good Decisions

What decisions are you making? How do you know you are making good decisions? Understanding why you want to make a difference and the internal and external options you have right now to make it happen can show you what you can do today to get on the path to bringing your vision to life or narrowing down what it is exactly. However, it’s one thing to say I want to change my life—or the world—and another to follow through with it. Life happens no matter what we do. And if we don’t bring consciousness to our decision making,...

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Guy Kawasaki: Secrets to Startup Success

Exclusive interview with the Guy Kawasaki. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud Guy Kawasaki is a Silicon Valley name that needs no introduction. Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz  and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson...

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Stop Struggling to Find Your Social Business Idea and Read This!

In a previous article I went over ways for aspiring entrepreneurs to come up with social business ideas. That article focused on ideation, or creating new ideas from scratch, or else finding opportunity to reapply and reinvent old ideas. If you haven’t read that article, I encourage you to do so, as this one is a sort of continuation. I’m going to jump into more specific examples of where and how you can come up with social business ideas. Don’t feel bound to this list! If you find your interests, passions, and ideas drifting in different directions, you owe...

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