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Posted By Social Edge
On 7 June 2015 - 3:32am

For at least a couple of decades now, we’ve seen an incremental, yet steady growth of impact investing within the investment community – that is, the use of capital to generate measurable social or environmental improvements alongside financial returns. This growth, while not insignificant, has not reached anywhere close to its full potential, estimated to be as much as $200 billion. A recent announcement by global investment powerhouse BlackRock that it will unveil its own new vehicle to channel capital for social good could change all that substantially and trigger a boom in impact investing.

That’s tremendously good news for people like me who are working to direct impact investment into urban communities. At the same time, this ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 7 June 2015 - 2:43am


It has been a mixed year for those seeking a foothold on the arduous climb to education reform in Pakistan. But there is also good reason for optimism. The journey, no doubt, will be in small steps and will require patience and perseverance. It will also require a public voice to demand quality education and an efficient system of schooling for all children.

Dedicated organizations and activist groups continue to strive for reform, hoping to see systemic change. The largest and boldest education experiment in Pakistan is the non-profit education system run by The Citizens Foundation (TCF), which provides primary and secondary schools for underprivileged girls and boys in the country’s poorest ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 7 June 2015 - 1:33am

Remember the 2009 romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You? Early on, one character remarks that although you are unlikely to meet someone special in a bar, everybody claims to know somebody whose one-night stand led to true love.

Likewise, everyone knows somebody who got a job through a regular application process. Since this is the path of least resistance, most people are content with it. Yet the overwhelming evidence is that people find jobs based on whom they know and how they spend their time.

Since co-founding Amani Institute, an organization dedicated to providing new talent to the social sector, less than 20 percent of our staff have been ...more

On 6 June 2015 - 5:10pm


Here are the top things you can say to make a relationship work, from All There Is:

You look great.

Can I help?

Let’s eat out.

I was wrong.

I am sorry.

I love you.


“All There Is” by Dave Isay grew from the StoryCorps initiative, is a project to record the oral histories of individuals.  StoryCorps has collected stories from more than 75,000 people, in an attempt to record the history of people who rarely appear in history books.  In 2010, Isay published another book from StoryCorps stories, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps.  All There Is celebrates love, with ...more

On 5 June 2015 - 5:05pm

Large Banyan Tree at Riverbend Park Jupiter Florida

Large Banyan Tree at Riverbend Park Jupiter Florida

There are many images that come to mind when we think of Asia, from dragons to beautiful beaches, spanning varied cultures.  One of my favorite views is that of the banyan tree, for it must be strongly grounded in the earth, which also allows its larger branches and leaves to provide overreaching shade.

It was under a banyan tree where the Buddha felt his calling to a new level of enlightenment.  Under these same trees, Gujarati businessmen hold their meetings.  It is even used as a place for political meetings: Recently in Malaysia, the state assembly met underneath the ...more

On 5 June 2015 - 2:39pm

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 4 June 2015 - 7:46pm

(Photo credit: Planting Justice)

WHO? Gavin Raders, the executive director of the Oakland-based social venture Planting Justice.

WHAT? Planting Justice is an organization that is fighting for food justice, economic justice and sustainable local food systems in the Bay Area, California.

HOW? Glad you asked.

We talk about “food apartheid” in America. Many millions of people do not have access to the fresh and affordable food that they need in order to be healthy, so we’re seeing a rise in diabetes, heart disease, cancers—preventable, diet-related illnesses that our grandparents, and great grandparents, didn’t see until much ...more

On 4 June 2015 - 5:05pm


Is Today Just Another Day?

No, it is most certainly not…

And as a leader – for we are all leaders – in business, nonprofit, government, or a mom or stay-at-home dad, a single person, a roommate, or the President of the United States, we must be clear on Life, and our calling.

Each day is a precious day filled with promise.

We must treat it with joy and care. This morning you may have gotten up and worked out, had some oatmeal and a power bar, headed to work, lunched with colleagues, a late dinner meeting, and then home to feed the dog.

You basically did the same thing yesterday.
Is it the same day as yesterday?

It most certainly isn’t. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 4 June 2015 - 9:00am

Self examination cannot be completed alone. ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 3 June 2015 - 8:11pm

“Organizations and leaders that can adapt to change are the ones that will survive and thrive in today's world.” That’s how American Express Foundation President Timothy J. McClimon opened the leadership Twitter chat we hosted during the last week in May.

This week, American Express and Ashoka are welcoming 20 of the brightest young social entrepreneurs from around the United States—we call them Emerging Innovators—to New York City for a leadership Boot Camp.

They’ll each receive advice from established innovators, one-on-one ...more