Social Change Nation's Podcast | Make a dollar AND a difference

Hey Change Nation, we are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring an entrepreneur who found his calling and purpose for changing the world through entrepreneurship. CEO and Co-founder of EdenWorks, Jason Green, was able to use his background knowledge of bioengineering and physical sciences to create a sustainable, healthy way for growing food in urban cities. Just like his mantra says, “Everything that we know is broken, suboptimal, and so we must start from scratch.” This is exactly the mindset Jason used to develop his vision of rooftop gardens in cities as a way to provide more healthy sustainable food options! Check into the podcast below to learn more about his story and how EdenWorks operates!

 

Show Notes:

  1. Who is your Hero?

-Elon Musk

 

  1. What is one tool you would recommend to others that has helped your business grow?

-Welding! Helps to build new farm prototypes and products.

 

  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

-The challenge vs. opportunity. There is no such thing as a bad experience, everything is an opportunity to learn.

                                   

  1. What is the one thing everyone can do right now to start changing the world?

-Everything you think you know might be wrong. You have to challenge everything you hear and that seems obvious to learn more. Everything is bound for change in reality.

 

Direct download: Jason_Green_EdenWorks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am CST

Hey Change Nation, we are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring an entrepreneur whose social business model actually provides the gift of clear sight to those with vision impairments! Founder of Panda Sunglasses, Vincent Ko, speaks about the start of his social venture and how it is impacting the sight of the world! Panda Sunglasses creates unique, hand-crafted sunglasses that then provide medical eye exams and prescription glasses to the vision impaired through the buy-one give-one model! Vincent also introduces us to an eye-opening quote that can inspire any entrepreneur to accomplish their goal of a social venture business model. Check out more of his story and the impact of Panda Sunglasses in the podcast!

 

Show Notes:

  1. Who is your Hero?

-Tony Shea, a guy who ask is there a better way and how can I do something different.

  1. What is one tool you would recommend to others that has helped your business grow?

-MOT- Most Important Task. Technology and other distractions can keep you too busy, but if you limit yourself to five most important tasks to complete you will be more productive!

-The Producerati.com - an online tool that allows you to collaborate with others through working for 25 minutes than taking a 5 minute break.

  1. What is the best stress relief for you?

-Traveling! It is the best “tool” to help you re-focus, experience new things, and learn more about your business and yourself.

 

  1. What is the one thing everyone can do right now to start changing the world?

-”There has to be a better way.” -Start asking yourself if there is a better way to do something and eventually you will start finding solutions and new ideas!

 

Get in touch with Vincent and his team: zookeeper@wearpanda.com

 

Direct download: Vincent_Ko_of_Panda.mp3
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Hey Change Nation, we are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring an entrepreneur who is not only a pioneer to many other startups and change agents, but also is one the individuals who has helped shape and inspire me to become more involved in the ‘social good’ space. Get ready to meet... Jared Angaza! This guys has devoted countless hours to serving others and finding innovative ways to adapt as changes occur in social good and social business! From a young age, Jared has loved telling stories in order to connect with others on a deeper level. He seeks to inspire others through his creative agency and blog writing, while also helping others tell the story of their entrepreneurial journey. Check into the podcast below to hear great advice from a seasoned change agent with a fire for social change that will get you even more excited about your own journey ahead!  

 

Visit Jared’s website HERE!

 

 

Show Notes:

  1. What is the best book you have ever read?

-The Art of War   

  1. What is one tool you would recommend to others that has helped your business grow?

-Dropbox, Redbooth (task management), and Evernote!

  1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

-My parents have always taught me to believe in myself, the power of one, and the interconnectivity of the world. Also, love deeply to everything and everyone.

  1. What is the one thing everyone can do right now to start changing the world?

-Expect that the dreams you have and the movement that you want to make is actually going to happen. If you move with that in mind, dream big, and believe it can happen, that is how big movements are started. Believe it can be done and it will be done!

Direct download: Jared_Angaza_talks_Change_Agency.mp3
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Hey Change Nation, we are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring an entrepreneur who found a new use for an old product- a great way to be innovative! Co-founder Zach Holzapfel and his team realized that by implementing a social mission into their business, they could not only impact consumers of the product, but also others in the world who need resources for a better livelihood, thus, Mission Belt was formed! This company has the one belt that can give you a perfect fit every time. How you ask? No holes, no size requirements! The belts innovative design allows a new way to wear an old product without showing wear and tear! Even better yet, for every belt sold, Mission Belt donates $1 to the Kiva foundation, a peer-to-peer non-profit organizations whose mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty! Check into the podcast below to learn more about Mission Belt!  

 

Show Notes:

1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

-Be your authentic self. Be authentic!  

 

2. What is one magazine you recommend we should all subscribe to?

-The Economist -great ideas for businesses to keep moving and look for new ideas and ways to do things!

 

3. What is your favorite thing to do for a fun escape?

-Hitting up any body of water, river, lake, or pool and just chill out.

 

4. What is one tool you would recommend to others that has helped your business grow

-Google Docs!

 

5. What is the one thing everyone can do right now to start changing the world?

-Be a producer. Pay your own way and help someone else along the way. You can’t get anywhere waiting around for something to happen, you have to go out there and make it happen!

 

Direct download: ZAch_H_of_Mission_Belt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am CST

Last week in social entre 101 we talked about crowdfunding. (if you missed it, click here to check out the audio version) If crowdfunding platforms are an amateur sport, venture capital is where the professionals go to play. That’s not to say you shouldn’t explore this option as a new startup, but it is a game that is played by a vastly different set of rules than the crowdfunding game. If you’ve never heard of venture capital before, it’s essentially where someone (or some business) has a lot of free cash to invest.  They then give you that cash so you can build a product, pay salaries, market, or anything else you need to do to get your business off the ground.  In exchange for this cash infusion, the investors will want to take a percentage of your company.  That percentage will vary depending on the amount of money invested and how generous the investors are. 
 
Make no mistake, venture capitalists are primarily in this game to generate big financial returns for themselves. This means they’ll only invest in you if you convince them that you have a good chance of building a profitable company. Fortunately for us, a new generation of socially minded investor is entering the market.  These cats will still be giving you money to get a big financial return for themselves, but they are also genuinely interested in the social impact you will make. 

One of the biggest benefits of venture capital will come in the form of mentorship.  Because these investors have an interest in seeing your company succeed, they will usually come on board to mentor you as you grow your cause-based business. When you are negotiating with them, you’ll have the ability to propose the terms on how much mentorship will be involved.  In my opinion, the mentorship and networks created by a strong investor relationship can be even more valuable than the money itself.  If you go after venture capital, be sure you build mentorship in as part of the agreement.

Important note: My mission in this section is to talk about the unique needs you’ll have as a social entrepreneur seeking venture capital.  But I’m not a venture capital expert; you need to get your hands on more exhaustive resources if you go down this road.  I recommend The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital by Andrew Romans.  It’s a proven resource that’ll get you all the tools you need to understand the world of venture capital.  Another great book on the subject is: What Every Angel Investor Wants you to Know by Brian Cohen.

Once you have that understanding, you’ll be happy to know that there are venture capital funds out there specifically geared toward finding and funding cause based businesses like ours.  Let’s have a look at the top five:
 
Note: this list is constantly growing, so I keep all my resource lists up to date atwww.socialchangenation.com/resources/
 
1.) Acumen Fund – This is one of the best known cause driven investment funds out there.  It’s also one of the more competitive, but if you’re working to create social good in Latin America, Africa, India, or Pakistan, you can’t beat having these cats in your corner.  Even if you’re not going to be working in these regions, I’d highly recommend reading up on Acumen because they have some great resources and insight on social enterprise investing.
 
2.) Investors Circle – This is the largest and most active investor in early stage social entrepreneurs.  I also really like that they serve as a ‘matchmaker’ of sorts to pair social entrepreneurs with investors that best fit them.  With $200 Million invested in over 300 social ventures, these cats are definitely worth looking into.
 
3.) Good Capital – Investments primarily focus on ventures that seek to create innovative, market based solutions to poverty and income inequality. They are especially notable for their network of mentors and investors who can help you not only with cash, but with guidance. 
 
4.) City Light Capital – I really like this crew.  Many of them were traditional financial advisers who were deeply impacted by the events of 9/11. Those events caused them to shift gears and start investing in resolving society’s most pressing problems. The result is a caring team of investors who have a nose for sniffing out entrepreneurs ready to make a dollar AND a difference.   
 
5.) Skoll Foundation – This foundation isn’t atraditional venture capitalist, rather, they tend to issue grants (which don’t take a portion of your company), below market rate loans, or some combination of both.  Better yet, Skoll is one of the best known names in Social Entrepreneurship.  Their network is phenomenally robust, but be ready for increased competition.

Let me know as you have questions on this, and keep it real.

P.S. If you haven't checked in with me in awhile, hit reply and get me a quick update!

-Josh
@joshschukman

Direct download: Venture_capital.mp3
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Welcome to Friday. Last week, I asked you to ask yourself some questions that will help you figure out how you want to fund your social venture. If you missed that, or any other lesson in Social Entrepreneurship 101, you can always click here for the audio lessons. 

During the next few weeks, I’m going to walk you through the top resources I know about that are specifically geared toward funding purpose driven startups. These are the organizations that I learned about from talking with hundreds of social entrepreneurs, but there are more popping up every day.  Go towww.socialchangenation.com/resources/ for a list that’s constantly updated. 

Startup cash for Social Entrepreneurs can be divided into three main categories: crowdfunded cash, venture cash, and fellowships.  This week, let's focus on crowdfunding for social entrepreneurs:
 
If you haven’t heard of crowdfunding before, it’s essentially a social network for raising cash.  People post profiles about different projects they want to fund, from businesses to charitable endeavors, and other parties give money to the project. Oftentimes, the ‘donors’ are giving this cash in exchange for gifts.  For example, let’s say you wanted to crowdfund your first product.  You could create a profile, share your story, your purpose, and ask people to contribute in exchange for being the first group to benefit from your product/service.  
 
Let’s check out the top resources:
 
1.) Indiegogo – This is one of the most well-known and well trafficked crowdfunding platforms.  It’s also known for being more ‘cause’ focused, making it a natural fit for those of us in cause based business. Hostel KC is a purpose driven hotel I work with that had huge success with Indiegogo.  Hostel KC promises to build a home for the needy with every 300 beds booked. It’s in startup mode, but its founder didn’t want to wait to start living out her cause-driven mission.  So, she took to Indiegogo, shared her dream, her love for the people of Jamaica (where she was building the house), and raised plenty of cash to jumpstart construction of their first donated home.  You can check out Hostel KC’s Indiegogo page here. I’m proud to report that the house is fully funded and will be built in Jamaica in early June. Check out this video interview I did with Hostel KC founder about her successful campaign.
Raising money on Indiegogo certainly wasn’t a walk in the park. If you’re going this route, you’ll need to follow Hostel KC’s lead: be proactive about asking your local contacts for money, building buzz through social media & news releases, and, most importantly, offering incentives.  Donors to Hostel KC’s campaign could receive books, free nights at the hotel, and even a trip to Jamaica, depending on the amount given.  You will have to incentivize people to give if you hope to be successful with Indiegogo. 
 
2.) WonderWe – The new kids on the block.  WonderWe combines the best of social networking with the best of crowdfunding.  It's also exclusively dedicated to crowdfunding for social causes. Because they are newer, competition for dollars is less intense, making this an option you should definitely check out.  
 
3.) Start Some Good – As one of the fastest growing crowd-funding sites, this is a great place for social entrepreneurs because it is purpose based.  They also are a smaller community in comparison to Kickstarter, so you can get more attention here.  Start Some Good is also one of the most supportive crowdfunding teams I’ve seen.  If they approve your cause to be listed, they’ll work with you to help make it a success.  Check out some examples of how they help here
 
4.) Crowdrise – Crowdrise is specifically geared to raise money for charitable (non-profit) causes.  But, this can be a great fit for you if you want to raise cash and build some buzz for the non-profit your business will support.  For example, in the Indiegogo section I talked about Hostel KC raising money to build a home in Jamaica.  Hostel KC partners with Food for the Poor, a non-profit that has been building homes for the poor for thirty years.  The money Hostel KC raised went to Food for The Poor, and allowed Brittain, the Hostel’s founder, to start donating to her cause much earlier than she might have otherwise.
If you don’t want to wait to make a large donation to your charitable partner, Crowdrise may be a great tool for you. In the process, you’ll have a large platform to tell the story of the business you are creating to sustain that initial impact.
 
5.) Pozible – ‘An agile platform for dynamic, inspired people’.  This is pozible’s mantra, and it shows why this platform can be the perfect fit for us.  While it is not exclusively for social entrepreneurs, it is a hub for creatives, inspirers, and do-gooders of all stripes, so its audience could be a natural fit for you.  Definitely worth checking out as a potential option.
 
Final note: Crowdfunding sites vary widely in terms of how they profit (usually they take a small percentage of funds raised), goals you have to meet, and types of projects they allow.  It is critical that you develop an understanding of these things so you can find the platform that is best for you.  I’ve given you a very brief overview here, but I highly recommend you grab a tool like The Crowdfunding Bible or The Crowdfunding Book that will get you the inside scoop.

-Josh
@joshschukman

Direct download: Crowdfunding.mp3
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As we roll forward in social entrepreneurship 101, it's time we started chatting about how you'll fund your social venture. This is the question I'm most frequently asked about. Next week, I'll start getting you some resources to find funding, but first, I want you to start by asking some questions of yourself:  

One of the largest challenges I see cause based entrepreneurs face is how to raise the cash needed to launch their businesses.  In the early days, you’ll be refining your story, developing your process, and linking up with your customers.  So, it’s highly likely that you will need some ‘seed’ funding to keep you rolling until orders start coming in.  Luckily, there’s an entire crop of crowdfunding resources, venture capital firms, incubators, and loan programs that exist specifically to fund social ventures.  I’m not saying it’s going to be easy.  You’ll have a lot to master, from honing your investor pitch to learning the ways of crowdfunding, but in this chapter, I’m going to tell you everything I’ve learned about funding from the world’s leading social entrepreneurs.  I’m also going to put tools in your hand that you can start using right away to get the money you need to launch your movement. 
 
Questions to Start With       
 
Before we dig into those tools, I want to make sure you’ve asked yourself a few questions about going after early stage funding.  Asking yourself these questions will help you avoid some of the mistakes I’ve seen other change agents make:
 
1.) Do you really want to give up a percentage of your company to outside investors? 
If you seek any kind of venture capital, the cats with the cash will want a percentage of your company.  The level of control they’ll want varies wildly and depends on a lot of things, but you need to ask yourself if this is even a road you want to go down.  It may end up being something you have to do, but just be sure you’ve thought this through ahead of time. 
 
2.) Will extra cash cause me to avoid taking revenue generating action? 
There are some colossal examples of this, probably the most well known is pets.com.  Story goes like this: pets got around a half a billion dollars in cash from investors in 1998.  Everyone thought pets.com was the next big thing, they ran a commercial during the Super Bowl, and then the company collapsed in 2000. Why? Lots of reasons: the dot-com bubble was largely to blame, but a deeper investigation shows that pets spent a ton of the invested cash without really focusing on key business metrics like profit, controlling spending, and building up loyal customers. 

This is an extreme example of a trend that happens far too often at new startups. Getting flooded with cash can cause you to focus on flashy things like marketing, branding and idea creation, while losing sight of your core business of sustaining social change. Remember, where there is no profit there is no purpose.  No margin, no mission.  Be sure that you don’t let startup cash take your attention away from the things that actually keep your business and your cause healthy.   
 
3.) Do we really need the money?
I know this question sounds simple, but you’d be amazed at how ‘free’ money can stop you from thinking about all the ways you may be able to boot strap your cause minded startup. For example, many companies offer a ‘pre-order’ option for their first product or service.  Basically, this means you’d offer a product before you have it completely developed.  Of course, you need to be honest about this, but I’ve seen many companies use this as a great way to build early buzz, a fan base, and ensure they have the funds before creating their first run of products. 

Chew on those questions this week, and next week, we'll start chatting about funding resources for social entrepreneurs.  In the meantime, keep it real <<First Name>>

-Josh
@joshschukman

Direct download: questions_to_ask_on_funding.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am CST

Hey Change Nation! We are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring Bridget Hilton, an entrepreneur who is literally helping our world to hear every day! The passion she brings to the table fuels her business for social good, LSTN Headphones!   

 

Bridget Hilton, got her inspiration for LSTN Headphones after watching a viral YouTube video of a woman hearing her own voice for the first time.  She knew then that she wanted to help give the gift of hearing to the hearing impaired and created LSTN to achieve that mission. Headphones were a natural fit for her social enterprise because Bridget had worked in the Music Industry since she was 15 and believed in the power of music to change lives. LSTN Headphones offer top quality acoustics and an incredibly unique design featuring a sustainable wood casing.  For each pair sold, LSTN donates gives the gift of hearing to one of the 360 million people worldwide who are hearing impaired.   Bridget shares many tips and tricks of how she has grown her social enterprise to impact over 15,000 patients in under 2 years.  Listen in to find out more about Bridget and how LSTN is changing the world through music.  Pick up your own headphones and listen to the next Voices of Social Change podcast with a pair from LSTN that looks good, sounds good, and does good.

 

 

Show Notes:

1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

-Life is Short/You Only live Once.

-Ask yourself, “Am I living the life I want to live.”

2. What are some books you recommend we should all read?

-Four Hour Work Week and Four Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss

-The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Brawn

3. What is your favorite thing to do for a fun escape?

-Traveling and doing things outdoors.

4. Share one online or offline tool you have used to grow LSTN Headphones:

-Shopify–Ecommerce Solution

   -No Design Skills Needed

   -Sell one product or millions

   -Accept Payments Instantly

5. Describe one thing everyone can do right now to start changing the world:

-Put your money where your mouth is and buy products that are made by companies that give back.

Direct download: Bridget_Hilton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am CST

“your profitability = your ability to profit others.” – Social Change Nation

Welcome to another fantastic Friday.  As you're now well aware, Friday is the day we dish out a fresh installment of social entrepreneurship 101.  These are the lessons I learned from interviews with 101 social entrepreneurs. If you've missed any, click here for the audio versions. Today, let's talk about profit...

The only way to turn a profit in cause-based business is to profit others far more than you profit yourself.  That doesn’t mean you’ll take a vow of poverty, in fact you can do quite well in this business, but it does mean that you have to be other centered.You’ve already shown where your heart is with your story, now it’s time to show it with your money. Cause minded consumers will demand accountability and transparency when it comes to your profits.  They will understand that you need to profit to continue to grow your impact, but they’ll want to know exactly what you’re doing with those profits.  Let’s dig into some examples of how cause based companies are handling this: 

  • Tom’s Shoes – Tom’s created the one-for-one model: buy a pair of shoes = give a pair to a child in need.  Now, many companies have duplicated this model as it’s a proven way to demonstrate transparency.  Another benefit of this model is that people understand it and can easily share the impact they made with their friends.  If people can’t easily understand or share your story, you’re going to have trouble growing your movement.
  • Life Equals – Life Equals is a one-for-one company too, but they take it a step further by actively showing the number of people their products have helped via a ticker on their website’s homepage.  To date, Life Equals has used product sales to give nutritional supplements to over 100,000 children.  Anyone looking to join the nutrition revolution can see this ticker, understand it, and share it with others.
  • Mission Belt – Mission Belt donates $1 to Kiva for each belt sold.  Kiva is a non-profit that gives microloans to budding entrepreneurs.  Once these loans are repaid, that money can be re-lent, meaning that every dollar Mission Belt donates is recycled time and time again.  I love this model because it fosters entrepreneurship and creates a transparent impact that customers understand. 
  • Sword and Plough – On top of its ‘quadruple bottom line’ S&P donates 10% of its profits to veteran initiatives. This system may be excellent for you if you don’t have a product/service that leads naturally to a one for one fit.  Just be sure to tell the story as well as S&P does (photo credit):


Sword and Plough uses this diagram to transparently communicate every step of its process and profit with its customers.
 
Take a cue from these great companies when it comes to your profit. Use an ‘impact ticker’ like Life Equals to share your cause, create an ‘impact story’ like Tom’s that is easy for people to pass along, and show your customers a map of your whole process, like Sword and Plough.  Profit is the lifeblood of any entrepreneurial venture, and in our case, we need to take it a step further and show our followers exactly how we’re using our profits to better humanity.  The steps above will help you get there.
 
Social Entrepreneurship is a tough business.  Yes, you’ll have fun, meet incredible people, turn your dreams into reality, and create social change.  But you’ll also have more 15 hour days than you can count, scads of sleepless nights, missed social events, and ebbs and flows of cash like you wouldn’t believe.  Because of this, you need to devote a small portion of profit to keeping yourself sane.  Cook up a nice dinner once in awhile, go to a movie, take a vacation (one that fits your budget, that is :), or buy some fun item.  Bottom line: you need to take care of yourself too.  We change agents are ripe candidates for burn-out because we’re dunked in social problems every day.  Take a little bit of the profit you’ve worked so hard for and re-invest it in yourself.    

P.S. One of my favorite thought leaders on profit is Mike Michalowicz.  Mike’s writings are funny, informative, and a breath of fresh air for entrepreneurs of all stripes.  Check out his books Profit First and The Pumpkin Plan for a roadmap to profits in your cause minded business.

P.S.S. Have you ever hit 'reply' and told me what you're up to in the world of social entrepreneurship?  If no, hit me back now.  I'd love to hear from you.

 

-Josh
@joshschukman

Direct download: Profitability.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am CST

Hey Change Nation! We are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are bringing back Olivier Kamanda, who has some good news about social entrepreneurship as he shares about his social venture Ideal Impact!

 

This chat with Olivier was the second in our series featuring entrepreneurs working through the Halcyon Incubator in Washington, D.C. Ideal Impact is a community oriented tech company designed to bridge the gap between those who want to serve and organizations that vitally need support.  The App serves as an online platform that matches people with opportunities to volunteer, donate, support, and advocate for various causes based on the news stories they follow.  Olivier developed the algorithm that categorizes 97 percent of all news websites to find the articles specific to your personal interests. Olivier discusses many things vital to the life of a new social venture, including the decision to have a for profit structure. He wanted Ideal Impact to be a company whose mission is to build a community around worthy causes while generating sustainable income.  Olivier’s impact through his company and his experience in politics, law, computer science, and as volunteer Sous-Chef has made his story newsworthy in his community and across the country.  His last words in the interview were encouraging others to act and not sit back when they feel moved by particular causes or movements.

 

Are you ready to make in impact that is newsworthy?

 

 

 

Tune in next Wednesday to continue our ‘Best of SCN’ series!

 

 

 

Show Notes

 

1.) Who is your personal Hero?

  • Barack Obama

 

2.) What is your favorite book to read?

 

3.) What is one online or offline tool you are using to grow your business?

  • Pocket -Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. It has the ability to save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite.

 

4.) What is the best piece of advice you have received?

  • From Oliver’s mother, “Always work harder than you think you have to.”

 

5.) What is another awesome Social Venture we should all check out?

  • Hand Up - It sets up the homeless with crowd-sourcing websites for donations.

 

 

Check out the Ideal Impact Website HERE!

 

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This podcast is broadcasted proudly from the Kansas City Startup Village.

 

Direct download: Olivier_K.mp3
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"Make people feel like they can become part of something greater than themselves, and they’ll love you for it."

That's a little quote I dreamed up as I was chatting with social entrepreneurs around the world.  If there is one thing that makes a successful social entrepreneur stand out, it's their ability to bring people into causes that are bigger than any one person. In today's installment of social entrepreneurship, let's talk about how you build a team that is dedicated to your mission. If you don't think you're at the point of building a team, think again - even if you're finding volunteers or committed customers, you need to be thinking about building your movement from the earliest of days.  (btw, if you've missed earlier installments of social entrepreneurship 101, click here for the audio versions)  
 
There has never been a better time to build a team as a cause based entrepreneur.  Study after study has shown that the vast majority of employees feel they lack meaning in their work. A full two-thirds of employees are currently dissatisfied at their jobs, and a big reason is lack of purpose. Millenials new to the job market also indicate that they value meaning above high salaries and classy benefits.  As a result, job-seekers are hunting for companies offering cause-minded careers.  This means that cause based entrepreneurs like us have opportunities that are tailor-made for today’s best and brightest. 

How great is that?!  Not only are you going to build a movement around an issue that’s near and dear to your heart, you’re going to be able to use that story to draw in the best talent that the world has to offer.  Pretty cool huh? Now, I know that you may not yet be building a team, but I’m still really stoked for you.  By getting an understanding of what today’s team-member is looking for, you’ll be able to share your story in a way that will have people biting at the bit to work for you when the time comes.  
 
Let’s check out two examples of how other cause-based companies have used their story to build stellar teams:

  • Upworthy.com – If you haven’t heard of these guys, check em’ out now.  Upworthy is, bar-none, the best place on the internet for purpose driven content.  But what I really love about Upworthy is that their job board is a manifesto for their cause.  It’s packed with lines like “be part of a team having real impact” “We’re changing how media is done” and “life’s fun on a rocketship” (check out the full page here). You can feel Upworthy’s crusade mentality from the get-go.  Create that same moment on your job board.
  • Sword and Plough – Talk about a bunch of change agents, Emily and Betsy are the military veteran founders of this cause minded company.  S&P touts a ‘quadruple bottom line’ because they re-employ vets to make the company’s high quality bags, re-purpose military surplus materials in their manufacturing, and their profits help support military families. The company’s manifesto is a prime example of how to draw in a cause minded team (photo credit):

I dunno about you, but I get chills down my spine every time I read that.  Live out a manifesto like Sword & Plough’s, share that story with the world, and you’ll build a powerful team.
 
You now see how you can use your story to help you build a team of dedicated change agents.  The story of your team has other advantages as well.  Cause minded consumers want to know that you have a happy team who is well taken care of.  Upworthy touts its incredible benefit program, unlimited time off, and family centered culture that make it a great place to work. Sword & Plough is an example of a company that takes that even further: its team is part of its purpose.  By re-employing veterans in its manufacturing process, S&P is combatting the high levels of unemployment among military veterans and training them with skills needed to succeed in today’s marketplace.  Boldly make statements about how you treat your employees and you will draw in a great team, great leaders, and great customers.

-Josh

@joshschukman

Direct download: Teambuilding.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am CST

I hope you're having a stellar Friday.  On my end, I'm deep in wedding planning and ready for some cooler fall weather! Football season is also kicking into high gear, so I'm pretty jazzed about that. Anyway, for our next installment of social entrepreneurship 101 I want us to move into the nuts and bolts of social entrepreneurship.  These are the things like legal structure, funding, product creation, etc that make this whole world tick. Ready to rock? Good. Let's do this:

You’re entering the world of cause-based business at a very exciting time. Millenials are using their enormous influence and buying power to shift the course of business forever. Today’s consumer is no longer content with a business that drives toward the single bottom line of profit.  Instead, shoppers are demanding that companies adhere to the triple bottom line: people (or purpose), planet, and profit. 
 
In the next few emails, we’ll cover the nitty gritty: building your team, funding your cause-based startup, and some special legal structures you can take advantage of as a social entrepreneur. As a start, let's talk about how to create a product that is driven by social good.

The way you produce your product will be just as important as your purpose to a cause minded consumer.  In the minds of today’s millenials, too many businesses are guilty of processes that exploit workers, the environment, and consumers.  Because of this, you will need to develop a production process that demonstrates your commitment to the people and planet components of the triple bottom line. 
 
Let’s explore what other companies are doing:

  • LSTN Headphones – Take a look at the picture below, and you’ll see the result of a beautiful process:

 

Photo Credit: LSTN Headphones

These headphones are constructed from repurposed wood that would otherwise go to landfills.  The wood design also creates a unique sound that is more pure and crisp than the unsustainable plastics used in other headphones.

  • Sword & Plough – I love their motto about the materials they use: “if it doesn’t have a great story, it doesn’t make it [into our manufacturing process].”  The main fabrics for S&P’s line of bags come from surplus military material that was otherwise headed to the trash.  They’re also dedicated to hiring vets at every stage of their process, something that puts S&P in a class of its own.
  • Modavanti – Modavanti is an example of a company where process = purpose. Fed up with worker abuses by the fashion industry, Modavanti developed a system to create transparency for all the products it offers.  Each item of clothing on its site must come from companies that respect worker rights, worker safety, and pay a fair wage. Additionally, Modavanti uses a ‘badge system’ that ranks its products in such areas as: ‘eco-friendliness’ and ‘US sourced materials’.  
  • Indosole – Talk about a unique process, Indosole transforms old tires into beautiful sandals. Indonesia, where Indosole is based, has a massive problem with tire waste.  So, Indosole uses its process to tackle the mountains of discarded tires and employs lots of Indonesian craftsmen in product creation.  


The soles of these flip flops used to be tires!

I hope you now see how your process becomes part of your story.  Your customers will expect that you’ve created a sustainable process from day one, so this is not something you can delay.  Build it into your business at the beginning and then make it part of the story you share with the world.    

-Josh

@joshschukman

Direct download: Intro_Nuts_and_Bolts.mp3
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Welcome to this latest installment in Social Entrepreneurship 101. If you missed the other lessons, check out the audio versions here. Today, let’s chat about your partners who’ll help you build your venture.

The fundamental truth of social entrepreneurship is this: we’re all in it together. Social entrepreneurs are the most generous, caring, and helpful people on the planet.  But we’re also business minded.  So, as you create your movement, come up with ways to create synergies that result in a win for all parties involved.

As I’ve built Social Change Nation, I have been humbled by the extent to which cause based leaders have supported my work.  They’ve connected me with other social entrepreneurs and offered incredible guidance as I’ve built my own cause based business.  In return, I interview them on my podcast, promote them, share their story, advertise for them, and provide tools to help them grow.  In the process, I build my credibility as a connector and as someone who always has the right resource for any challenge in the cause based space.

You will need to create similar partnerships to grow your business. Here are the three keys I’ve found to ‘partner up’:

1.) Partner with a non-profit to carry out your social mission.  One thing I know is this: building and running your cause based business will take everything you’ve got. Don’t try to start your own non-profit on top of that.  Instead, partner with an existing non-profit.  For example, LSTN headphones partners with the Starkey Foundation.  Starkey has the distribution channels, manpower, and a long history of giving the gift of hearing to the remotest places on the planet. Considering LSTN’s mission is to use its headphones to help the world hear, this is a very natural partnership. But don’t think that delegating social mission to a non-profit means you don’t have to be involved.  LSTN’s founder, Bridget, manages a highly successful headphone company, but still makes time to travel with Starkey and personally give the gift of hearing to people around the world.

2.) Partner with other cause based businesses.   My strongest partnership has been with Cause Artist.  While I focus on empowering social entrepreneurs, Cause Artist is devoted to cause minded shoppers. This created a beautiful synergy as we partnered to create the social good shopping guide, a directory and coupon package of cause based businesses. Partnerships power your movement.  Social Change Nation has grown exponentially because I took the time to develop partnerships with like-minded businesses.  You must do the same if you hope to succeed. 

3.) Partner with your customer.  One of my favorite examples of this is Life Equals. For each vitamin sold, Life Equals gives a nutritional supplement through its non-profit partner Vitamin Angels.  Life Equals customers typically join a subscription plan, meaning they provide ongoing support to Vitamin Angels.  As a result, Life Equals treats its customers as partners: they receive regular updates on their donation, tools to share their cause with friends, and sample vitamins attached to a sharable card.

What are some other ways you could partner with your customer?  Here are a few other ides to get you started:

-For each purchase, send your customer a story of someone your cause has helped.  Put it in a format, like a small postcard, that they can easily take a picture of and share via social media.

-You could follow the lead of a company like Sevenly and engage your customer base to vote on the cause you support for that particular month.

-You could offer your customers volunteer opportunities with your partner non-profit.

-When you are in the field serving your partner non-profit, grab a video of it, make it short and sharable, and send it to your customer base. They’ll love seeing this side of you and they’ll love sharing the video with their friends.  Check out LSTN’s video page for some great examples of this.

Bottom line is treating your customer as a partner in your cause will make your work all the more rich and will fulfill your central charge as a cause based entrepreneur: to involve people in social justice. Partner early. Partner often. Partner synergistically.

Peace out,

-Josh
@joshschukman

Direct download: Profitable_partners.mp3
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Welcome back to our series on social entrepreneurship!  I’m working to get you the basic foundation you’d need to get rolling as a social entrepreneur.  Oh, and btw, if you didn’t catch the first parts of the series, I’ll be posting it all on the podblog. Click here if you missed out.

Today will be a longer one, but we’re going to be covering a really important topic: how to create a product or service that will be your business and drive your social good efforts.  Let’s start things off with a quote from a social entrepreneurship rockstar:

“Think of your product as the first date, it’s your first chance to win over and impress your customer.  It’s gotta be right and it’s gotta be the thing that stands on its own and draws them in.  Once you’ve taken your customer on a great first date, only then can you move to the second date: your cause.”
 
-Tyler Merrick, Project 7
 

One of the biggest mistakes I see cause based startups make is leading with the cause rather than leading with the product or service.  I know that for you and for me, our causes are the major reason we got into this business.  But for our customers’ sake, we’re going to need to weave that cause into product lines that are second to none.  Remember that for us to build a movement, we have to build a following of loyal and dedicated change agents.  In order to do this, your customers will have to be just as sold out on the features and benefits of your product as they are on your cause.

Tyler of Project 7 taught me a ton about this.  Project 7 has evolved into a highly successful cause based company that sells a very unique line of mints and gums.  Each product line is tied to a donation in 1 of 7 cause areas, from education to health. Their gums and mints are really unique and they even have a large partnership with 7Up that will take them to new heights.  But Project 7 could have crashed in its early days had Tyler not refocused his efforts on his products.  At that time, Project 7’s products were essentially no different from others on the shelves, except for the cause.  As a result, people would make “pity purchases” of Project 7’s cause based gum, and then switch right back to Wrigley’s or whatever else they were chewing.  So, the stores carrying Tyler’s products stopped buying more because customers were not making repeat purchases.

It was a moment of truth for Tyler.  He realized that he had two options: either make his product stand out, or risk going under.  Thankfully for us, Tyler chose to double down on re-launching his product.  The new and improved Project 7 saw the creation of such unique gum flavors as: birthday cake, coconut lime, front porch lemonade, and a host of other jazzy options (you can check them all out here). Tyler also rebranded his packaging.  Originally his gum packages led with the cause and followed with the features and benefits of the product.  His new packaging flipped that: unique branding, tasty flavors, and creative design drew in customers.  Once they were loving the features and benefits of Project 7’s gum, they’d read about Project 7’s work on the back of the packaging and be even more sold out on the company. Take a page from Tyler’s book and avoid a similar challenge in your business.  You must create a second to none product so that you can drive social change.  

Here are some tips for you to think about as you think about what you’d like your venture to offer the world:

How well suited is your product to your cause?

This is an important question to ask from the beginning because making fundamental changes to your product along the way will be really challenging. Ideally, you will want to develop a product that weaves your cause naturally into it.  Some examples:LSTN sells headphones and helps the world hear, Panda sells sunglasses and gives the gift of vision, and MADI sells intimate apparel and donates women’s underwear, one of the most under donated items at women’s shelters. Remember that your product is the star of the show.  If you’re going to sell it well, you need to be just as dedicated to your product as you are to your cause.  It’s worth devoting a great deal of time and resources to getting this right on the front end.

A quick note: I’ve seen cause based companies, like Project 7, have success when their product is not as tightly tied to their cause, but I think this is a very difficult road to go down. Tyler benefitted from the fact that he had formerly run a business that created boutique food products, so he brought a natural understanding of that world to Project 7. Unless you have a similarly compelling reason to pursue a product unrelated to your cause, I would advise against it.

Here are the types of products that are best suited for cause-based businesses:

1.) High margin items. These are items for which you can charge a premium price so that you generate the kinds of profits needed to fund your purpose mission. Oliberteis able to commit itself to providing decent employment to Ethiopians because its unique and high quality shoes create enough margin to support fair wages.

2.) Cutting edge or proprietary technology.  This is true for any business: if you have a patented technology or one that is tough to duplicate, you’ll have a competitive edge. Mission Belt has a patented ‘no holes’ belt.  Instead of holes, its belts always fit the wearer perfectly because a unique zip technology replaces the standard belt buckle.  Mission holds the patent on this technology, thereby ensuring ongoing support for Kiva, their cause partner.

3.) Products that literally weave the story right in. Indosole’s founder Kyle Parsons was your typical surfer dude until a trip to Bali transformed him forever. Shocked by the level of pollution in that country, Kyle set out to create a movement that repurposed junk, reimagined the lives of Indonesians, and gave re-birth to ‘trash’. Kyle and his team employed Indonesians to create some of the awesomest shoes and sandals I’ve ever seen.  They’re made from repurposed tires, one of the biggest contributors to Indonesia’s pollution problem. The result is a one-of a kind product with a built in cause.

4.) Services that employ marginalized populations.  Until now, I’ve talked a lot about products, but services can be an excellent match for cause-based companies. Samasource employs marginalized populations around the world in micro-work projects for businesses. The fact that Samasource provides a service allows them to link up with virtual employees in regions where unemployment is staggeringly high.  Central to Samasource’s mission is a training program that gets neglected populations the skills they need to succeed in virtual business. In this way, Samasource is using its core service to solve the social problem it is addressing: high unemployment among marginalized groups.

5.) Products with multiple causes.  My favorite example of this is Sword and Plough. Sword and Plough calls itself a ‘quadruple bottom line company’ because it weaves several missions into one product.  A fashion company, Sword and Plough is currently focused on a line of high quality bags and totes.  Their products are made from repurposed military fabrics and product sales support military families.  But that’s not all, the company is dedicated to hiring military veterans.  The result is a cause-based company that has social purpose flowing through every bit of it, and that makes for a pretty cool story that customers are sharing like mad.

Your product is the star of the show, your cause the supporting actor. Devote yourself to building a product that is worthy of star-level treatment, and your supporting actor will shine as well.

As always, if you have questions, or need help walking through this, hit reply and I’ll hit you back with a crazy witty response :)

Peace and love change nation,

-Josh
@joshschukman

Direct download: What_will_you_offer_for_social_good_product.mp3
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What’s krackin’?  I hope you’ve been having a swell day, and are ready to rock your Friday with some words of wisdom about social change. Before we break into today's lesson on social entrepreneurship, I wanted to apologize that I haven't put out a 'best of' episode of the podcast here in a bit.  That's my bad, and I'll work to get it rolling again soon.  The reason is exciting - our new podcast has been a blast and taking up good chunks of our time, but still, no reason we can't get some best of episodes in your earbuds.  I'll work on that this weekend and get those rolling again.  

Alright, 'nuff said on that...You’ll remember last week in social entre 101 we chatted about crafting your why (remember, if you’re still having trouble on that, hit ‘reply’ and I’ll help you).  So, I’m assuming you’ve started that up (don’t worry if it’s far from perfect - the key is, you’ve started!). Anyway, today, let’s build off your why and start talking about your people...

Any cause based movement must start with people at its core.  There are the people you will serve through your social mission, the people you draw into your movement who will become your customers, and the people you’ll build partnerships with along the way. In my upcoming book I’ll chat more about all of this, but for the purposes of social entre 101, let’s just chat about the people you serve:

The story of the people you serve needs to define everything you do. The people you serve are your ‘why’ and they are what makes your whole movement tick.  The people you serve will help you build every other piece of your business: they will define your brand, they will draw in your customers, and they will become woven into the story of your products and services.  This is why you must get clear about the people you are called to serve.  I say this because it is only a highly personified ‘why’ that will keep you engaged through the trials and tribulations that will inevitably come.  A deeply personalized ‘why’ is also the only way I’ve found to truly galvanize a movement and bring people into your cause.

Let’s look to an example of this.

Bridget and Joe of LSTN on a service trip. Photo credit: LSTN Headphones

LSTN Headphones is a cause based business that is devoted to helping the world hear.  LSTN’s founder, Bridget Hilton (in above pic, on right), has a deeply genuine and personal reason for serving people who are hard of hearing.  Bridget is a lover of music. She was born into it and it has been what she’s lived and breathed ever since.  From record companies, to bands, to musical instruments, she’s been in on it all. So, you can imagine how dramatically Bridget was impacted by a YouTube video of a 39 year old woman who was hearing for the first time. Bridget was deeply moved by the video, and it caused her to ask uncomfortable questions of herself.  Where would her life be without beautiful music?  Why did so many people lack access to technology that would give them the gift of hearing?  How was it fair that she could hear and build a career around music when so many could not?

It was at this moment of deep personal reflection that Bridget created LSTN Headphones.  The company’s mission is a beautiful blending of Bridget’s passions with her desire to serve others.  LSTN Headphones are premium headphones constructed from repurposed wood.  The sound quality is as beautiful as the headphones themselves.  But it is their purpose that makes them truly stand out: for each pair of headphones sold, LSTN donates a hearing exam and hearing aids via the Starkey Foundation.  I want you to focus on the way that Bridget defined her why: She was impacted by a deep emotional moment, a moment that struck Bridget to the very core of who she is.  Bridget was so deeply moved by the woman in the YouTube video that she had no choice but to act.  If you want to be a social entrepreneur you have to have Bridget’s passion for the people you will serve.  You have to be so moved by a social problem that you have no choice but to act.

Remember that the people you serve are your why. They are the story you need to tell everyone as you build your cause based movement.  As you grow, the people you serve will come to define your brand.  LSTN’s retail website is filled with videos and pictures of people receiving the gift of hearing.  The packaging for each pair of headphones sold features the story of LSTN’s people and cause.  And finally, LSTN’s customers literally wear LSTN’s story, creating conversations that grow LSTNs movement and impact exponentially.

I hope you now see why finding clarity about the people you serve will be a critical first step you take in creating your cause based business.  It is their story that will weave into everything else you do.  And it is their story that we will use to help you do all the things you will need to do to build, brand, structure, and grow your business.

Take it easy out there change nation, catch you on the flipside.

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I mentioned that you can get a $1k grant to start your social venture in this podcast - click here for more info.

 

“We’ve got trouble?”

 

It was the 5th time in about as many days that I’d heard this question from Arion.  Despite the fact that it typically followed one of his many classroom disturbances, it always made me smile inwardly. The little dude was a troublemaker to be sure, but he was also one of my favorite students from that year.

The year was 2003 and I was a newly minted AmeriCorps member: just 18 years old, fresh out of small town Kansas, and ready to take on the world by tutoring 5th graders in inner city Cleveland.  Of all my students, Arion was the one who would have the deepest impact on me. Arriving to the U.S. as refugees, Arion and his family faced challenges unlike any I had ever known. ‘Simple’ tasks such as signing on for utilities, finding jobs, navigating U.S. culture, and expressing themselves linguistically were all massively difficult challenges for Arion’s family. Given this, it is little wonder that Arion was often distracted in school.  After all, the guy wasn’t even sure how to ask me if he was ‘in trouble’, “we’ve got trouble?” was close as he could get.

 

Ironically, Arion’s grammatically incorrect question is a profound statement on his own predicament. ‘We’ve got trouble’ is a pretty accurate description of the sorry state of affairs in most of inner-city America.  There are thousands of kids, just like Arion, who are in trouble simply because they wound up in the wrong zip code or wrong school.

 

Arion is my ‘why’.  He’s the reason I startedSocial Change Nation, he’s the reason I believe passionately in cause based business, he’s why I volunteer with Big Brothers, and he’s why I get up every day and build a movement for change agents.

 

I tell you this to show you that your journey as a social entrepreneur starts with a heartfelt why.  If your ‘why’ is money, power, fame, or any other vanity metric, then this isn’t the community for you. SCN is for change agents who have, or want to develop, a deep and profound ‘why’ for launching a cause based business.  If you don’t take the time to craft a strong ‘why’ that you’re deeply connected to, nothing else I’m going to tell you will matter. It’s your why that sharpens your purpose, keeps you focused on your people, and ultimately allows you to profit yourself and our planet.

 

Fortunately, if you’re getting this email, chances are good that you have already planted the seeds of your why. Our job will then be to shape your why into a tangible and sustainable movement.  I know we can do it, together.  I know this because I’ve done it, helped others do it, and wholeheartedly believe that you will always regret it if you don’t live out your why.

 

Oh, and by the way, I have a little tool I’ve put together for you that should help get you started. Take a look at this little questionnaire below, reflect on it, then answer the questions.  As you answer them, you’ll begin to see your why clear up.  If it doesn’t work, email me back and we’ll work on it together:

 

  1. Tell me the story of your ‘a-ha’ moment - that moment when you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you were destined for social entrepreneurship.

  2. Tell me the story of one person, or one community that has inspired you to work for social good?

  3. What community (or type of community) do you want your business to serve?  Why?

  4. How do you want to serve your customer? Why in this way?

 

All for now, keep it real, homeslice.

 

-Josh

 

P.S. I mentioned you could get a $1k grant to start your social venture in this podcast - click here for more info.



Direct download: Week_4_starting_with_why.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am CST

“We’ve got trouble?”

 

It was the 5th time in about as many days that I’d heard this question from Arion.  Despite the fact that it typically followed one of his many classroom disturbances, it always made me smile inwardly. The little dude was a troublemaker to be sure, but he was also one of my favorite students from that year.

 

The year was 2003 and I was a newly minted AmeriCorps member: just 18 years old, fresh out of small town Kansas, and ready to take on the world by tutoring 5th graders in inner city Cleveland.  Of all my students, Arion was the one who would have the deepest impact on me. Arriving to the U.S. as refugees, Arion and his family faced challenges unlike any I had ever known. ‘Simple’ tasks such as signing on for utilities, finding jobs, navigating U.S. culture, and expressing themselves linguistically were all massively difficult challenges for Arion’s family. Given this, it is little wonder that Arion was often distracted in school.  After all, the guy wasn’t even sure how to ask me if he was ‘in trouble’, “we’ve got trouble?” was close as he could get.

 

Ironically, Arion’s grammatically incorrect question is a profound statement on his own predicament. ‘We’ve got trouble’ is a pretty accurate description of the sorry state of affairs in most of inner-city America.  There are thousands of kids, just like Arion, who are in trouble simply because they wound up in the wrong zip code or wrong school.

 

Arion is my ‘why’.  He’s the reason I startedSocial Change Nation, he’s the reason I believe passionately in cause based business, he’s why I volunteer with Big Brothers, and he’s why I get up every day and build a movement for change agents.

 

I tell you this to show you that your journey as a social entrepreneur starts with a heartfelt why.  If your ‘why’ is money, power, fame, or any other vanity metric, then this isn’t the community for you. SCN is for change agents who have, or want to develop, a deep and profound ‘why’ for launching a cause based business.  If you don’t take the time to craft a strong ‘why’ that you’re deeply connected to, nothing else I’m going to tell you will matter. It’s your why that sharpens your purpose, keeps you focused on your people, and ultimately allows you to profit yourself and our planet.

 

Fortunately, if you’re getting this email, chances are good that you have already planted the seeds of your why. Our job will then be to shape your why into a tangible and sustainable movement.  I know we can do it, together.  I know this because I’ve done it, helped others do it, and wholeheartedly believe that you will always regret it if you don’t live out your why.

 

Oh, and by the way, I have a little tool I’ve put together for you that should help get you started. Take a look at this little questionnaire below, reflect on it, then answer the questions.  As you answer them, you’ll begin to see your why clear up.  If it doesn’t work, email me back and we’ll work on it together:

 

  1. Tell me the story of your ‘a-ha’ moment - that moment when you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you were destined for social entrepreneurship.

  2. Tell me the story of one person, or one community that has inspired you to work for social good?

  3. What community (or type of community) do you want your business to serve?  Why?

  4. How do you want to serve your customer? Why in this way?

 

All for now, keep it real, folks.

 

-Josh

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What’s happenin’?  I really can’t tell you how excited I am for the things we have on the horizon here at Change Nation.  From the reformatted podcast to the book we’re writing, to the online classes we’ll be launching, this is definitely a swell time to be an agent for social change.

 

To celebrate, I want to take you to school - social entrepreneur's school that is :)  Don’t worry, there’s no homework involved, I’ll just be gracing your inbox with a new set of tips every Friday. These are the basics of everything we’re putting into our book, online course, and videos.  I’m giving it all to you, because I think you have it in you to become a champ in social entrepreneurship. So, keep your eyes on that inbox every Friday morning so that we can help you grow from aspiring social entrepreneur into a rockstar for social change. Don’t like reading emails?  I’ve got you covered - I’ll be narrating this entire series on my podcast too.  Click here to subscribe to that.

 

Here’s what you can look forward to learning about over the next few weeks:

 

Everything I Learned from 101 Social Entrepreneurs (aka social entrepreneurship 101 ;)  

 

  • How to craft your why

    • This tells your customers you’re being authentic, and it’s the biggest part of your branding and marketing efforts as a social entrepreneur.

  • Your people, your purpose, and your product (or service)

    • How to build out who you help, how you help them, and how you build a community of customers.

  • Speaking in your brand’s voice

    • People love catchy brands that have a creative way of communicating with them.  In this email, I’ll tell you how to do that.

  • Storytelling like a hollywood superstar

    • People relate to stories.  You need to be able to tell yours like a champ to win people over.  It’s easier than you might think, and I’ll show you how...

  • How to get the dollar to make the difference

    • I’ll provide you with all kinds of avenues for getting funding - including a $1k grant for anyone willing to do some customer interviews (which you should be doing anyway!)

  • Legal structures for social entrepreneurs

  • Sustaining your impact

    • The best ways to create the profit that fuels your purpose.

  • What about community?

    • There are tons of communities out there for new social entrepreneurs, let’s check out a few of them and get you networked in.

As always, my content will be packed with real life examples & tools. I’ve interviewed more social entrepreneurs than anyone on the planet, so each of these mini-classes will be packed with real life insights, setbacks, and successes.  Heck, I’ll probably even throw in some new videos and such for you too.

 

Alrighty, that’s about it for now, stay tuned, keep it real, and get ready to rock and roll as a social entrepreneur.

 

-Josh

 

P.S. If you haven’t already, hit me back and tell me what started you on your journey to social entrepreneurship?

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Hey Change Nation! This is the fourth week in July of our series featuring the 'Best of SCN'! Focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting, I believe this interview will be interesting to many. This week we discuss an area of social entrepreneurship that Social Change Nation is very passionate about: Urban Innovation. Clara Brenner, the founder and director of the Tumml has been able to change urban cities and for good with her non-profit urban venture accelerator Tumml! Their mission is to empower entrepreneurs to solve urban problems. With a hands-on approach, Tumml provides entrepreneurs with the tools to help scale their impact and enhance quality of life in cities everywhere.  Clara shares many stories of urban impact ventures that have solved community issues in unique ways with the help of Tumml.  She explains the importance of meaningful mentorships, raising capital, and picking the right legal structure to the success of an urban impact social enterprise.  The main goal of Tumml is to help develop these startup organizations to where they are solving community’s problems in their own city in a way that can be applied to cities across the country.  

Clara recognizes that in order to make meaningful changes in urban communities, there needed to be a different solutions than the abundance of traditional non-profits or charities that have similar approaches.  That is where she got the name Tumml, which is Yiddish for “shake up”.

 

How will you be an urban innovator and shake up your community in 2015?

 

Tune in next Wednesday to continue our 'Best of SCN' series!

 

Show Notes

1.) What is one book we should all read?

   -Age of Gold by H.W. Brands

2.) What is your favorite tool you are using to grow Tumml?

  -Zen Payroll

3.) What is your favorite thing to do for fun?

  -Go Hiking

4.) What is the First thing we can all do right now to start change the world?

  -Look to see what innovators are out there and support them!

 

Contact Clara!

 

 

Check out the Tumml Website HERE!

 

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Hey & happy Friday!

 

Man, I have gotten totally jazzed these last few weeks getting back into the groove of things here at Change Nation. As I’ve taken a dive back into the world of social entrepreneurship, I’ve become more convinced than ever that we are on the ground floor of the largest movement in a generation. The idea that entrepreneurs can make a dollar AND a difference isn’t just some passing fad, rather we change agents are a force that will transform business for good.

I’m so convinced of this in fact that I say this to big business: beware of us.

 

I say this because I can see how the trends are moving, and the simple fact is that if traditional businesses don’t start practicing social entrepreneurship at some level, they will be left behind.  Let’s unpack the stats that are making me believe this:

 

  1. ) Millennials - You really can’t have any conversation about social entrepreneurship without bringing millennials into the mix.  In case you hadn’t heard, millennials are the young ones who were born from 1980 on. I’m one of em’, and we all pretty much grew up with computers and the internet. Because of this, we’re the most plugged in, connected, and otherwise wired generation that’s ever come along. Though we make up a relatively small percentage of the population, we have a massive impact on things like culture, technology, and (surprise surprise) the internet.  Given the fact that so much business happens online now, it’s little wonder that a disproportionate number of millennials also happen to be billionaires (Mark Zuckerberg anyone?). Anyway, the fact that we make up a big chunk of the workforce, have $200 billion in annual buying power, and also demand socially conscious products makes us a force to be reckoned with for businesses of all types.  

  2. ) Millennials want meaning over money.  Yup, you read that right.  More than a fat paycheck, millennials want work that has meaning.  Businesses have to beware of this, or they’ll risk losing out on top talent.

  3. ) Millennials will chose cause based products over regular ones any day of the week (and twice on Sunday).  Stack two products on the shelf that are equal in every way, except for one has a cause and another doesn’t.  The traditional product will lose out every time.  Millennials are even willing to pay more to a company exercising social good (source)!

  4. Millennials are rabidly loyal to cause based brands.  Millennials want businesses of all kinds to do good for the world, and they reward the ones that do by buying from them again and again and again.

  5. Millennials have great BS detectors.  Some of us were practically born with smartphones in our hands, so we’ve gotten really good at making sure a company is being authentic.  If a business isn’t genuine in its social mission, we’ll find them out, expose them on social media, and make sure that they never get a millennial dollar again.  

 

Big business should beware of us in social entrepreneurship, but only in the sense that I think they should change their behavior or risk losing us as customers.  So, next time anyone tries to tell you that social entrepreneurship is ‘just a fad’ show them the stats above and see what they think.



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Hey Change Nation! This is the third week of our series featuring the "Best of SCN"! Focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting, this week we are bringing back my interview with Pure Joy Foods! Founder, Ari Raz, feeds off his passion for food and nutrition as he runs his social venture providing food to those in need. Pure Joy Foods was founded in February 2014 and is dedicated to delivering high quality nutritious food to as many young children as possible, whether or not their families can afford it.  As of now, they primarily focus on premium organic baby food, but hope to grow into providing different food products as their customers mature.  Ari sheds light on the nutritional issues facing children in the United States.  22 million children are using food stamps, and are not being exposed to nourishing organic foods that are harder to access in lower income areas. Pure Joy Foods partners with the nonprofit organization Martha’s Table by providing them with 1 nutritious food item for every 5 items sold!  This interview is also the third in our series of interviews featuring fellows of Halcyon Incubator social venture accelerator of of Washington, D.C.  We focus in on Ari’s plan to utilize the incubator resources to help his company be more professional, communicate better, and build its social mission. He also shares his desire to see the need for new structure and components put into place in order to accommodate those in the social entrepreneurship movement! Check out the interview below!

 

Tune in next week for our last July podcast featuring the "Best of SCN" series, some amazing practical tips, and wisdom from social venture companies making a 'Dollar AND a Difference.'

 

 

Show notes:

1.) What is the best book you have ever read?

-Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco

-Fed Up With Lunch by Sarah Wu

-Rebuilding the Foodshed by Phillip Ackerman-Leist

 

2.) What is the Best piece of advice you have ever received?

-“Try to become the least important person in your organization.”  

-A successful organization is one that does not always need you there, but needs you pushing it forward onto the next stage.

 

3.) What is the favorite tool you are using to grow Pure Joy Food?

-Tasting parties for parents to help generate interest and gain subscribers.

 

4.) What is a social venture to watch besides Pure Joy?:

-Datasembly: Making Public Data more accessible.

-Arcadia Foods: Mobile Farmers Market

 

5.) What is the first thing everyone can do to start changing the world?

-Believe that you have the power to make a difference!

 

Connect with Ari Raz HERE!

 

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An audio version of the blog post for the week.  Josh goes one on one to chat about the latest in his life and journey toward becoming an agent for social change. 

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Hey Change Nation! The podcast you’re about to tune into is the second of our "Best of SCN" series, taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the stories of some amazing social entrepreneurs. This week we take it back to when we had our first ever in studio interview! I had the privilege to talk as we talk in person with the founder of Bella Minds, Jenn Shaw. Bella Minds is a for-profit social enterprise that focuses on teaching tech education to mid-career rural women enabling them to work, live, learn, and lead by using the power of technology.  The core mission of Bella Minds is to help women fighting both sexism and ageism in technology.  Jenn is originally from a small town and knows first-hand the struggle of rural women to receive the technical training required to advance from their careers.  Jenn drops tons of helpful insights for change agents and social entrepreneurs.  She shares her knowledge on leadership, humility, and teaching from the unique perspective of a self-titled “Founder/CEO/Janitor.”  Jenn also tells her personal story of helping her best friend learn technology skills and drastically improving her ability to provide for her family in her rural community.

“What is leadership?–Helping others, even if it is one person.”

Who will you help today?

 

Tune in throughout July to hear more of our "Best of SCN" series, some amazing tips, and practical wisdom from social venture companies making a 'Dollar AND a Difference.'

 

1. Who is your Hero?

-My Mom

 

2. What is your favorite tool you are using to grow Bella Minds?

-Coffee!

 

3. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

-Just do it.

 

4. What is a Fun escape you turn to when the problems of the world get you down?

-Wine with Girlfriends is always a go-to!

 

5. What is one thing we can all start doing to change the world?

-Start by helping someone today.

 

 

Connect with Jenn on twitter @missjennshaw  @bellaminds  @nytechwomen  ny.techwomen.co

Check out the Bella Minds website HERE!

 

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Hey Change Nation! This podcast is the first in our "Best of SCN" series, taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the stories of some amazing social entrepreneurs. This week we are bringing back one of my first live interviews with none other than Kyle FitzGerald of Life Equals– an amazing cause based company right here in my hometown of Kansas City! Life Equals offers multivitamins both direct to consumer, and via channels such as Whole Foods.  In turn, each purchase of multivitamins here in the U.S. leads to a one-for-one donation of a supply of multivitamins to a child in one of 50 countries where undernourishment is an extreme problem.  

Considering that malnourishment can be directly tied to some of the largest health issues in developing nations, Kyle and the team at Life Equals are tackling one of the world’s most pressing problems with their business. For every vitamin you buy, Life Equals gives another children's multivitamin to undernourished children in 44 countries worldwide and 33 states here in America!  Listen below!

 

Tune in throughout July to hear more of our "Best of SCN" series, some amazing practical tips, and strong wisdom from social venture companies making a 'Dollar AND a Difference.'

 

Check out the Life Equals website HERE!

 

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Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

 

 

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Hey Change Nation! I hope you enjoyed part 1 with Zane Wilemon of CTC International earlier this week. His story is truly inspiring to many change agents out there looking to get started, network with others, or build positive relationships for social good. The CTC International team is described as "misfits for good" in their manifesto, and that alone emphasizes the importance of team members and how individuality is a treasure. They are dedicated to empowering individuals and " ...igniting the human spirit with the freedom to dream." In this segment Zane shares some important tips for all entrepreneurs and organizations that may help your team function more unified but also keep you in line as a leader. Take a listen below and get connected with Zane to find out more!

 

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

Krochet Kids -Great group who’s doing it right!

Kammok -Outdoor line of products!

 

2. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

TripIt -Syncs flights, taxi ride locations, logs hotel information and more!

 

3. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

Be still. If you lose your center as a leader, then your mission, team, products, and everything is lost. Don’t overlook taking the time to just be still.

 

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey.

 

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

Listen to yourself.

 

 

Contact:

-Check out the CTC International website HERE!

-Visit American Eagle to get your own LOVE Bracelet! Post your story on Instagram and Twitter with #LoveIsProject

 

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

 

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This week’s podcast is very exciting for all entrepreneurs and startups, because at some point or another all of you have had this moment. The ways in which change agents develop the means for their causes are extremely unique, and speaking with us today is someone who found himself through venturing out to try new things, not only for personal gain, but for the ability to bring together communities and make a difference. Zane Wilemon, Founder and Director of CTC International, speaks with us this week on his journey to entrepreneurship through social good business. Discovering his passion for the children and people of Kenya, Zane found opportunities to apply his skills for good! He often refers to the saying, “UBUNTU: I am, because we are” displaying that it’s not about one person, it’s about coming together and forming partnerships, and establishing meaningful relationships with others. This vision of unity enables individuals to be truly impacted.

“Today, CTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps Kenyans build and manage the sustainable infrastructure necessary to meet the challenges of everyday life, employing over 60 local Kenyans and serving the 60,000 residents of Maai Mahiu in the Rift Valley.”


Listen to Zane’s tips on personal growth, business partnerships, and passion-application below!  

 

Check out the CTC International website HERE!

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones – they’re the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

 

 

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This interview with Sydney Smith of B Corporation has been a truly inspiring conversation, and I hope it has been able to spark a sense of urgency in the lives of Change Agents out there! In Part 2 this week I go through some questions with Sydney to get a feel for what we can be doing now to change the world and impact others positively. I also wanted to land on two important topics discussed throughout our conversation covering ‘Taking A Stand’ and also 'Cause-Based Funding' / 'Socially-Minded Investing'. Many of you listening are encountering some of the same questions I had, and luckily we are able to hear insight from an official B Lab ‘Standards Analyst’ on these very topics! As you listen be sure to remember to ‘Take A Stand’ for your cause, your business or organization, and strive to make a difference in the lives of others. But also, don’t be afraid to first build a solid business in order to provide sustainable and effective products that support the true heart and cause of your business. 

 

 

1. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

Go to our website and take the free assessment that helps educate you about your own business from a social and environmental perspective, as well as impact measurement on the world!

 

2. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

Work with like-minded businesses in your network and supply chain. You are bigger than just your business. If you are making partnerships, there is a valuable network created that can help you maintain a sustainable business.

 

3. What is your favorite fun escape?

Traveling in Latin America!

 

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

"Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity" by Michael Shuman.

- Covers leveraging the capitalism that comes from within your community, and finding new and alternatives ways to invest in your community or start your own local business.

 

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

All businesses, purpose-driven, traditional, startup, or any organization- even non-profits, should think about what they are doing right now and measure it. Take the B Impact Assessment and measure what matters to you as a company!




 

Contact:

Check out the B Corporation website HERE!

Take the B Impact Assessment!

 

 

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Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

 

 

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Listen to the Episode Below

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I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to share with you this week’s social good podcast, as the topic is one that I have encountered increasingly with the majority of Social Change Nation interviews, and people that I network with. I am so privileged to share with you an interview that many listeners have also requested. Today I speak with official B Corporation / B Lab ‘Standards Analyst’, Sydney Smith! If you’re interested in any of the B Corp. talk and the current movement this is the podcast for you! Sydney unpacks numerous important pieces of information in this interview from company structure to community involvement, and B Corp. Certification to the B Corp. Ambassador Program! Just about any interest you may have in the certification process will be shared with us by Sydney in this segment and later on in the week with part 2! There are many helpful links below that Sydney and I have discussed, check them out and contact either of us with questions!

Enjoy the Podcast!

Resource Links:

B Corp. Website

B-Impact Assessment

Legal Road Map

State Legislations




Contact:

Connect with Sydney Smith on LinkedIn

 

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

 

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Listen to the Episode Below

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This week's interview is unique because there is a BONUS Podcast with key take-away’s from my conversation with Haley Samuelson of Catchafire! There are two main areas I wanted to hit on from our conversation. The areas to focus on are intrapreneurship and 'answering-the-nag'. Both of these topics have surface more and more throughout the journey of my social venture and the stories of entrepreneurs I’ve been privileged to connect with and interview. The messages within each of these are too important to keep to myself, I hope you find the meanings helpful in your own social good journey! 

 

Intrapreneurship:

-If you are working with a company and you create a new idea or project for them and you lead the project, you become a leader of a micro-movement within the larger company.

-Consider whether or not Intrapreneurship is the avenue for you. I believe there are people out there right now who have the skills and talents needed for this important area of social good, but think they ‘have’ to first become and entrepreneur and invent something completely new, but the answer is you don’t have to start there!  

-You have to take the time to discover the things that fit within your path.

-Find your niche, whether it be within entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship.

 

Answering-the-Nag:

-At some level you’ve had the nag to create social change and make a difference in the world for a personal or public cause.

-Take the first step to stop the nagging so you can fulfill the needs of others with your skills by using them for social good, entrepreneurship, or intrapreneurship.

-Don’t be consumed by the nag anymore. Act on it. Don’t wake up years from now and realize you’ve ignored it.

-Acting on your nag. If you have the skill, talent, and the passion to serve a community or create some sort of social change in a certain area and you don’t do it, you are doing a disservice to all the people you could potentially help. (It’s the rough truth!)

 

I hope you found some of these key points useful in your journey of either entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship or even just beginning in the social-good space. Please connect with me if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them!

 

 

 

Contact:

Check out the Catchafire website HERE!

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

 

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

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Listen to the Episode Below

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We are back with part 2 of this week’s interview with Hayley Samuelson of Catchafire! In this segment we dig into the purpose of serving on or with a social good mission. A large part of this is made up of ‘intrapreneurs’. Don’t know what an 'Intrapreneur' is? Well you’re about to find out! Not only is the traditional entrepreneur a huge factor in the social-good sector of business, but their team and the human resources who promote the social mission everyday are also just as important! In this section we also explore more of what it means to become a B-Corp. and the certification process for those of you interested in this new seal of approval for businesses that make a ‘Dollar AND a Difference’.

 

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

DoSomething.org

 

2. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

Asana – Project Management tool that is amazing at keeping your organization organized.

 

3. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

A Don’t forget to ask for help when you need it. Its really difficult to start alone, use resources of people who can aid you in your journey!

 

4. What is your favorite fun escape?

Going back to the Pacific North West.

 

5. What is a caused based book we should all read?

Good to Great by  - helpful for understanding social business.

 

6. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

If you have a skill to share, go to www.catchafire.org and learn how you can apply yourself to change the world! OR, go out and get started on your own ideas by taking real action!

 

 

Contact:

-Check out the Catchafire website HERE! ‘Register’ to learn how you can use your skills!

-OR Connect with Hayley!

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones – they’re the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!

 

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Listen to the Episode Below

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Is finding capable and motivated volunteers for your business a challenging process? Are you a non-profit or a start-up organization needing direction in certain areas of weakness? Well the good news is that there are many volunteers out there who have the skill sets you need to propel your business forward. But, the even better news is that there is a social venture who is dedicated to helping you find and match up with unique and knowledgeable volunteers! This week we are featuring Catchafire, a social good business who provides skilled volunteers that want to make a difference, and places them on important projects for organizations like yours! Purposeful volunteering and successful and efficient project implementation are just some of the many benefits organizations and individuals gain when partnering with Catchafire! Listen in below as we interview Hayley Samuelson, Chief Story telling Officer of Catchafire!

 

Check out the website HERE!

 

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Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

 

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Listen to the Episode Below

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We’re back for Part 2 of our interview with Jonathan Brush of CollegePlus! As if the first interview session wasn’t inspiring enough, Jonathan brings more insight and expertise to the topic of Higher Education. The revolutionary changes that have been happening in the education system are not all bad, and CollegePlus is a great positive example of a premium and affordable educational service to thousands of students! In this segment Jonathan walks us through a simulation of the first-step needed to start changing the course of your career or life today through a mock phone call with myself and Social Change Nation! Jonathan discusses the importance of taking the first step because nothing can be lost by trying, and it’s totally free. Here’s the key you need to know: It is actually about YOU! Your skills. What You are gifted at. Learn to increase your gifts and build on your skills by starting the rest of your life with College Plus! 

 

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

  • Organizations focusing on what people believe, business or personally related, who help others to effectively communicate their messages. These have been great partners to work with who are also making a positive impact on others!

 

2. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

  • Google Hangouts- this tool allows us to connect with students more effectively and quickly. This form of Google Hangout also acts as a follow-up to any live events we hold and ultimately connects others.

 

3. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

  • Everyone thinks that it is the job they have to look for. If you are a change agent you might think you have to have ‘that’ job in order to change the world. Here’s the key you need to know: It is actually about YOU! Your skills. What you are gifted at. Learn to increase your gifts and build skills, then find experiences to exercise those. Once you figure out what you are good at and what you can do, your job opportunities could be endless. Stop looking for the perfect job, and start looking for who and what you are.

 

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

  • Essentialism” by Greg McKeown -focuses on the message that you can’t do everything and helps you focus on what you can do.

  • The Last Lion” Winston Churchill -amazing biography for making a difference in the world.

 

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

  • Execution. If you can train yourself to take the next step, no matter how small, it is the one big difference that separates people who can make a difference in the world. Move on your action and just do it!

 



Contact:

Connect with Jonathan Brush and check out the College Plus website HERE 

 

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Direct download: Part2-_College_Plus.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:20pm CST

Are you set-up for an “A+ Life”? Well let’s face it, you don’t have to be the perfect student to succeed and accomplish your dreams. However, in order to reach your goals you must first have some established. This week we are covering the important topics of higher education through debt management and career fulfillment with none other than Jonathan Brush of College Plus! Jonathan found importance in purposeful and customized education at a young age. He has more recently discovered the great need for debt management and affordable education for students during his 11 year term as Director of Admissions at a traditional college. College Plus gives people an opportunity to earn a fully accredited bachelor's degree in a way that is purposeful: to help them figure out why they are in a specific degree or if they even need one for their goals, a way that is flexible: to weave in real life learning experiences, and finally a way that is affordable: allowing students to graduate with no debt, preparing them for accomplishing their goals. Tune into the Podcast below for some amazing insight on a topic and problem almost every student faces!

 

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Direct download: College_Plus_Part1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:22pm CST

This week we’ve dedicated one podcast to discovering the story and background of a social enterprise company that changes lives through socks. These aren’t just any socks, the sustainable and unique design stands out from the rest. Mitscoots Socks was created by Tim Scott after he realized the high need for socks by those who were homeless. Volunteering for many organizations, Tim found individuals asking for these items, “food, water, oh and do you have any socks?” Through experiences like this, Tim found the need of a one-for-one business model built around this request, and Mitscoots Socks was born! To listen in on details of his story and catch some great insight on how Mitscoots now has employment opportunities for the very people they aid, listen in below!

 

 

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

    Project 7, 2 Degrees Food, and Bogo Brush

2. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

      Having a founder of the organization be a voice that is actively involved in the Social Media for your business. 

3. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

      Don’t wait. Don’t let the “I don’t knows” keep you from starting something that could change the world. Let your company grow and look back to see the truth in your growth.

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

      My inspiration comes mostly from Harvard business case study analyses regarding large existing companies. Filling in the gaps to see where the business could have gone has been a good learning experience.  

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

      Don’t wait until you have a company, just start doing it. There are huge impacts a single individual can have that greatly effect others.

 

 

Contact:

Check out website Here!   

 

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Direct download: Mitscoots_Complete_Episode.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 8:46pm CST

 

 

Have you taken time to relax lately? Learn how to become a “Hammocker” with us as we talk this week with Joe Demin of Yellow Leaf Hammocks! The challenge has been posed as, “Do Good. Relax. ” and by purchasing one of their hammocks, you can do both! In part 2 of our interview with Joe he unveils some of his journey regarding the “B Corporation” certification for those of you curious about the process. We also discuss some of the major benefits of “Doing Good” globally and how partnerships with other companies such as ‘Made In A Free World’ can elevate you and your own business! Listen in below for some great tips and advice from an entrepreneur who is changing lives, one hammock at a time.

 

 

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

●  Nisolo, a fashion brand company making high quality shoes and leather footwear that is being handmade in Peru.

2. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

●  The Made in a Free World, Freedom Software. Asana, a project management tool.

3. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

●  The one thing that differentiates a lot of successful companies comes down to execution. Focus on execution and follow-through with your sales and customers! Come up with a plan and execute it fully.

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

●  Banker To The Poor by Muhammad Yunus- It is a Must Read!

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

●  Being nicer to people every day, stay loose and give a smile! Also, Buy a Hammock, it will change your own life because by relaxing, but it also improves the livelihood of a person to help an individual out of slavery and economic despair.

 

 

Contact:

Connect with Joe Demin now!  joe@yellowleafhammocks.com

 

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Direct download: Part2-_Yellow_Leaf.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 11:38pm CST

“Do Good. Relax.” Wait, did you just say I can do good for others by relaxing? The answer is, YES! This week we chat with an inspiring entrepreneur who traveled solo for 600 miles in a cab to bring life to what is now ‘Yellow Leaf Hammocks’!  Joe Demin came from a background in finance and real estate development, but realized that he wanted to do more good for communities and people around the world. In a trip to Thailand, Joe stumbled across one of the most comfortable, well-designed, and beautiful hammocks that ultimately changed his view on business. This gave him inspiration to change lives of villagers trapped in exploitation and debt slavery. To hear how Joe started Yellow Leaf Hammocks, ways villagers benefit from each hammock, and how YOU can get one, listen in to the podcast below!

 

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Direct download: Yellow_Leaf_Part_1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:02pm CST

It's time for Part 2 of our interview with the social media, marketing, and brand strategist professional, Alexandra Ostrow! Alexandra created WhyWhisper Co. in order to help cause-based businesses and social ventures share their message through content on social media, and a variety of other very organic marketing strategies. An important first step to take with your cause-based marketing strategy is to focus on one, possibly two, social platforms at a time. Where is your Target Audience located? Listen to online communities to find out where your customers are interacting online, and who they are interacting with. Once you focus on building your content strategy with one platform, it can help to grow online presence with other communities and social medias as well. Listen in for some great tips from Alexandra and myself regarding the importance of online marketing strategies from our personal experiences!

 

 

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

  • StandBuy.us - A Crowdfunding site for the cancer community, supporting individuals and their loved ones during cancer treatment.

1. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

2. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

  • Believe in yourself and follow your gut. Large scale change starts with each of us as individuals and it sometimes can feel that you aren’t making headway, but you are! Know that the more change agents that are out there, the greater ability there is for us to create impact!

3. What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Taking time to play with my pets, and also escaping to the beach!

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

  • A Path Appears -presents many non-profit and for profit ways of creating impact in story-telling form.

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

  • Find something you care about, start educating yourself obsessively and start talking about it.



Contact:

Tweet to Alexandra with questions you may have! 

Visit the WhyWhisper website HERE.

 

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Direct download: WhyWhisper_Part_2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:41pm CST

Are you looking for a way to create, curate, and effectively promote content or your business mission? Then this is the Podcast for you! This week we really dive into the meaning of social media marketing, having a plan for your business, and taking the small steps to effectively reach your goal. Our guest with us is none other than Alexandra Ostrow of WhyWhisper! Alexandra is a content and marketing specialist whose vast journey of working for corporations and major clients has led her to create a marketing and strategy firm who focuses on social impact! “WhyWhisper works with innovative leaders to empower human rights, health, education, and conscious consumption.” To learn more and get connected with Alexandra, listen in to the podcast below!

 

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Direct download: WhyWhisper_Part_1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:17pm CST

Hey Change Nation! It's time for Part 2 of our interview with Tito Alvarez, the founder of ‘beyond Beanie’! In this half of the podcast we discuss the importance of the social entrepreneurship movement in Europe, where it is growing, and how Tito sees its future development. The mission of ‘beyond Beanie’ is to provide a means of economic stability for artisans, but also provide quality, hand-made and personally signed products to socially conscious buyers like you! Their website features the stories of each artisan's growth through employment at bB, and also where they are today. Tune into part 2 and catch the helpful tools Tito has used in growing his social good business in just under a year. This podcast is a great resource for individuals to learn insights provided by a company that makes a Dollar AND a Difference. Listen below!

 

 

1. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

  • Evernote and Skype. These are two tools that I have found very useful in my operations.

2. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

  • To believe in yourself. If you you believe in yourself there is no stopping your limits!

3. What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Exercise and going on walks or runs.

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

  • To put your fears and doubts aside, start dreaming, and then live out your dreams.



Contact:

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Direct download: Part2_Final_-Tito.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:12pm CST

This week we speak with our first Social Good Entrepreneur from Switzerland! Tito Alvarez of ‘beyond Beanie’ has an inspiring story of how he makes a ‘Dollar AND a Difference’ for people around the world. It all started with the realization that change was needed, steady implementation of critical building blocks, and then creating a business with a mission that helps others through authentic, fashionable products! Tito first started ‘beyond Beanie’ after visiting Bolivia and seeing the need for economic support and growth for artisan women selling their products on street corners. The purchases you make through ‘beyond Beanie’ help Tito to support artisans in Bolivia as well as children in orphanages in need of meals and school supplies! Check into the podcast to see how social change and social entrepreneurship are working in Europe and Switzerland through companies like ‘beyond Beanie!’  

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:17pm CST

Hey Change Nation! It's time for Part 2 of our interview with Mason Wartman, founder of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. In this part of the interview, Mason shares his top three areas to focus on for success in business or a social venture. Mason also provides insights to questions such as, what do you focus on from the start? How can you define who you are as an entrepreneur? Lastly, we discuss the importance of remaining open to the opportunities that will arise along the way. Listen below to find out how Mason has used these areas of focus to accomplish success with Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, and make an impact on lives every day for just $1! 

Mason wraps up the interview by answering our blitz questions to provide you with great advice and resources! Check out our show notes below for those! 

 

 

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

2. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

  • We use Squarespace a lot for the business and to host our site. They have been great to work with and it looks really sharp.

3. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

  • Success is at the intersection of focus and persistence. Just keep it really simple, don't take on too much. You will make a ton of mistakes, so try to limit the things that you can mess-up, especially starting out. Persist through difficulties and you will be less discouraged. Pick your areas for success one at a time.

4. What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Reading comic books, like super hero, spiderman, the avengers, it’s simple stuff to escape and I love it!

5. What is a caused based book we should all read?

6. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

  • If you want to make the world a better place in the future, start with the children today.  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure.” There will be homeless individuals in the future, so change the way you treat children now, help them grow up positively with schooling and encouragement because it will change their future, and OUR future.



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Direct download: Mason_wartman_part_2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:47pm CST

This week’s podcast takes a twist on traditional cause-based businesses. Social Change Nation was privileged to interview Mason Wartman, the founder of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mason originally started his business and finance career as a research analyst on Wall Street, but quickly found that after only three years his future would plateau. Thus, Mason decided to leave Wall Street and fulfill his dream of becoming an entrepreneur by changing the course of his future to something that would challenge him. Only three months after establishing Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, a customer helped Mason start what is now the main mission of Rosa’s. By offering to pay for the next homeless person's $1-a-slice pizza, Mason realized how this could catch on and other customers followed suit. Check into the podcast to see how Mason is serving close 100 free slices a day because customers have decided to step-up and make a difference with their dollar! 

 

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Direct download: Rosas_Fresh_Pizza_Part_1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:32pm CST

Hey Change Nation we are back with part 2 of our interview with Dan Friedman of Thinkful! In this half of our talk with Dan we discuss some of the key motivators to spark a change in his life and his decision to join the Thiel Fellowship as a college student under 20 years old. Though the University experience was great, Dan and friends still had an itch to do something more for the world despite their academic endeavors. Dan realized he was studying the broader world but not being a part of it and wanted to do something that had a bigger impact.

Another great insight discussed is the important aspects of what the future of higher education will look like from Dan’s perspective, and how he is using Thinkful to give students real world experience through their projects!  

 

Show Notes:

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

  • Watsi- a funding marketplace for health care and patients around the world.

2. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

  • Focus on the problem, and then keep your focus on the problem until you are sure you understand it. Even if that means going to work in that industry, or doing something other than starting a non-profit or company at first.  

3. What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Go on a Yoga retreat.

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

  • We should all take more time to think about what drives us individually, then make sure what we are doing is in line with that.

 

 

 Contact:

dan@thinkful.com 

 

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Direct download: Dan_Friedman2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:51pm CST

A Forbes 30 under 30 Entrepreneur who is transforming Higher Education through Thinkful, a social venture he founded in 2012 as part of the Thiel Fellowship. This fellowship encourages bright college students to take time off from school and start disruptive ventures.

Today Thinkful is reaching tens of thousands of students and teaching them skills in technology, programming, data science, and design all through their unique one-on-one teaching system! Thinkful targets students who are looking to start a new career, want to grow in their current career, and who are interested in starting their own companies.

 

Listen in as we talk with Dan about new and exciting developments within the field of education! 

Direct download: Dan_Part1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:49pm CST

 

Join us for Part 2 of the interview with Michael Limatta on bridging the digital divide, Google Fiber, and creating tech opportunities! Check out the Connecting for Good website.  

Direct download: Michael_Part_2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 9:00am CST

 

Did you know that there are many in the United States without internet connectivity? Michael has been a longtime Change Agent in Kansas City and his passion is for bridging this digital divide. Join us today as he talks about Google Fiber and connecting the un-connected in Kansas City.

Direct download: Part1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:30am CST

We are back for part 2 of our interview with Kiran Bhatraju and Ryan Nesbitt of Arcadia Power.  In this section we are able to dive deep into the unique business model and how they are able to provide the same utility infrastructure and positively impact the environment.  They also talk about the partnerships they have made with other causes based organizations and how they incentivize customers to share their mission with others.   Kiran and Ryan wrap up the interview by answering our blitz questions and giving great advice and resources that can be found below in our show notes.

 

Show Notes

  • What is a social venture that we all should checkout?
    • Give It Forward - Crowdfunding companies to help people pay for healthcare, funerals, and other unexpected venture
  • Online or offline resource that all social entrepreneurs should use?
    • Trello - task management software
  • One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
    • Be nice and courteous. It can really go long way.
  •  
  • What is your favorite fun escape?
    • Visiting Maine
  • What is a caused based book we should all read?
  • What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?
    • Make small changes in our daily lives to make a social impact.

Contact:

ryan@arcadiapower.com

kiran@arcadiapower.com



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Direct download: Arcadia_Power2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CST

This week we talk with two change agents and disruptors in the energy industry.  Kiran Bhatraju and Ryan Nesbitt are the founders of Arcadia Power.  Arcadia Power is energy provider that gives consumers the choice of clean and sustainable energy for their utilities.  Kiran and Ryan have engineering a way for consumers to make a small change to their utility bill that can have a major impact to creating sustainable energy.  Arcadia Power ensures consumers that for every kWh of energy used, and kWh is produced and put on the grid by a pollution-free renewable source.  This unique model allows energy consumers to use their Utility Bills to help reduce pollution and CO2 emissions cause by the production of electricity.  

 

Listen in as Kiran and Ryan share how they built a caused based energy provider that is able to generate profit and environmental impact.  They both give great perspectives on social business and sustainable energy coming from political, engineering and medical backgrounds.  It is clear from listening to Kiran and Ryan that clean, non-pollutive energy is on the center of everything they at Arcadia Power.   

 

What energy is at the center of your company driving your mission?



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Direct download: Arcadia_Power1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CST

We are back talking sustainable and ethical fashion with Zoe Schumm of 4 all Humanity.  Zoe talks about the process of working with third world countries and touches on how she chooses areas to partner.  We then move into the rapid fire section where Zoe gives us some quick quotes and helpful resources that are listed in the show notes below

*BONUS* Josh gives his thoughts on the trends in demand for sustainability and accountability discussed by Zoe.

 

Show Notes

  • What is a social venture that we should all checkout?
  • What is an online or offline resource that all social entrepreneurs should use?
  • What is a quick piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
    • Change does not happen overnight, be persistent!
  • What is a good cause based book we should all read?
  • What is the first thing we can all do right now to start changing the world.
    • Be nice to each other. If really treated each other the way we like to be treated it would have a profound impact on society.

 

Last Thoughts:

Even if you are scared or unsure what you are going to do take that step and keep moving forward.  You will not regret it.



 

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Direct download: Part2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CST

FAIR TRADE FASHION.  What does that mean to you?

 

This week we sit down with Zoe Schumm, a fashion designer using her design skills and business sense to create social change.  Zoe believes that fair trade is more than just a company policy or practice.  She believes that fair trade fashion should empower artisans to hone their craft and change their lives. Zoe founded the women’s clothing brand 4 All Humanity with her husband in 2012.  Zoe seeks out artisan communities, connect them to the global market, and provide technical assistance to help their small business grow.

 

Zoe talks about how her journey to start her own fashion brand at a young age, and how her knowledge of supply chains inspired her social mission.  She shares about overcoming obstacles of working in developing countries as well as her greatest accomplishments impacting the lives of both artisans and students in developing countries.

 

Zoe also breaks down the main issue with fashion industry only caring about the end consumer and not caring about the producers of the product.  4 All Humanity shifts that focus and creates equal emphasis on both quality end products as well as the quality of life for those producing their products.  This philosophy is what separates them as a social venture.  

 

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Direct download: Part_1_5.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CST

Josh - Live from Kansas City! 

Hey Change Nation!  Josh is flying solo today on this BONUS podcast. This is our way of saying thanks to all of you in Change Nation and to send a special welcome to all our new listeners!

SHOW NOTES:

1.) Shoot Josh an email at josh@socialchangenation.com, say hey, and let us know how we can best help you!  We'll answer every email :)

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3.) Open up the Social Entrepreneur's Toolbox and Join Change Nation by signing on here

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Direct download: BONUS_Tools_for_Social_Entrepreneurs.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:35pm CST

Part 2 of our interview of Phil Ozorkiewicz of OJOS Eyewear involves some specific questions that dive deep into his journey to social entrepreneurship and how he founded OJOS. We finish with quick but insightful one-off questions in the rapid fire round. Check out the notes below for quick links for some of the things mentioned by Phil during this interview.

 

Show Notes

  • What is a social venture besides OJOS that we all should checkout?

    • Water.org - safe water and sanitation solutions that give women hope, children health, and communities a future

  • What is an online/offline resource you are using that you think all social entrepeneurs should use?

  • What piece of advice would you give to an inspiring change agent

    • The first steps can be incredibly scary, but don’t stop.  Keep pouring your heart and soul into it because it will pay off.

  • What is a favorite fun escape?

    • Motorcycle riding and surfing

  • What is a caused based book that we should all read?

  • What can we do right now to start changing the world?
    • Change the way you interact with everyone daily.  Your positive energy can impact someone in a powerful way.

  • Contact

 

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This week we talk with Phil Ozorkiewicz, founder of OJOS Eyewear,  about sustainable fashion and social entrepreneurship.  OJOS is an amazing company because it uses unique products of exceptional quality to help solve global environmental issues in several ways.  For every pair of sunglasses sold, OJOS plants 10 trees in countries that suffer from deforestation .  OJOS also uses their carrying pouches as a means for social stewardship. All “impact pouches” are made via a micro-financed grassroots campaign with indigenous women in India to create jobs and support a way of life. These pouches are made with organic cotton, all of OJOS packaging and print is made with 100 percent recycled papers, and  the company’s unique display cases are  made from pine-wood reclaimed from Colorado.  On top of all that, OJOS voluntarily taxes themselves a 1% “Earth Tax” to donate to worldwide organizations that work to protect, preserve, and sustain healthy environments.

 

Phil does a great job explaining how he structured his company to impact the earth and its citizens  in so many ways through generating revenue.  He strongly believes that you still can be profitable while still striving to be as sustainable as possible.  OJOS Eyewear sought out B-Corp certification early on, and Phil talks to the benefits of the decision and the choice to be cause-based.

 

“It wouldn’t be right and we wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves if we did create these environmental and social initiatives as the structure of our company.” - Phil Ozorkiewicz

 

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We are back with Part 2 of our interview with Tyler Merrick of Project 7.  Tyler answers some of our rapid fire questions and gives great advice and  insight that is definitely worth the listen!  

 

BONUS: Josh wraps up the interview by focusing on some key takeaways and asks the important question..

How do you define success?  

 

Show Notes

  • Who is your hero?

    • My Dad

  • What is the single most defining moment you have had as a change agent?

    • The second chance to fix what did not work with the initial strategy for Project 7.

  • What is your favorite tool you are using to grow Project 7?

  • What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received?

    • It is a marathon, not a sprint

  • What is one fun escape you turn to?

    • Sitting at the beach and being grounded by relation to other worlds across the ocean.

  • What is the first thing anyone can do right now to start changing the world?

    • Love yourself first

    • Moonlight your dreams

  • Contact

 

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This is a  MUST LISTEN PODCAST for any social entrepreneur in the consumer product space.  We get to chat with a social entrepreneurship leader; Tyler Merrick.  Tyler is a leader in the social entrepreneur movement and founder of his own social venture called Project 7.  Project 7 sells gourmet gum, mints, and other products we consume everyday generate sustainable impact in 7 areas of need around the globe.  

 

Tyler candidly tells us his story of becoming a social entrepreneur leaves nothing out.  He shares how he has had many peaks and valleys in his road to social entrepreneurship and stresses that it will be like that way for most founders of social ventures.  Tyler highlights great teaching points from his own mistakes made when transitioning into the social business space as well as with his initial strategy for Project 7.  He gives analogies and personal stories to suggest a gradual shift into social entrepreneurship and urge against a dramatic career change to social entrepreneurship. Tyler shares on how to tell the story of the great product to get people involved in a great cause without selling the cause for “pitty purchases”.

 

Tyler is a true leader in this movement and genuinely get what achieving sustainable impact is all about.  He illustrates how the way they he measures the success of Project 7 has evolved over time.  Tyler finds satisfaction in his work from positively impacting consumers using a product, retailers selling the product, and non-profit partners being able to help more people with donations generated by the product.

 

 

Tune in to part 2 of this podcast on Wednesday, March 18th.

 

 

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We are back with Julie and Sheila of Lions in Four talking with them about how they made the decision to create their own non-profit and work specifically with women in India.  They also give some great advice for new social entrepreneur deciding whether to partner with an existing non-profit or start their own. Finally, Sheila and Julie discuss creating a strong brand name and exceptional products before the rapid fire round

 

  • What is one social venture we have to check out?
    • Maiyet - Luxury fashion for a greater cause
    • Soko - Jewelry made from upcycled materials
  • What is an online or offline tool that you use to grow your social venture?
  • What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
    • Keeping the cause at the core, and always feel that it is worth feeling for.
  • What is one fun escape you turn to?
    • Shopping
  • What is a caused based book you think we should all read?
  • The End of Fundraising As We Know It by Jason Saul
  • What is the first thing we can do right now to start changing the world?
    • Vote with your dollar, support businesses that support causes and practice sustainability.
  • Contact:

 

 

 

 

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HIGH FASHION meets HIGH IMPACT.

 

This week we chat Julie with Martin and Sheila Martinsen, the fashionable founders of Lions in Four.  Jule and Sheila founded Lions in Four in september of 2014, so we get to hear the perspective of some of the latest and greatest players in the sustainable fashion industry.

 

Lions in Four is a globally-minded, socially conscious, affordable luxury accessory brand. The silks for the company’s collections are created and hand-dyed by Women artisans in the hillsides of Kerala, India.  The company’s mission is to empower women in India and around the world to break the poverty cycle. Lions in Four works with the non-profit WE CARE of India by donating ten percent of their profit to cover operational costs.  The company is also in the process of establishing its own artisan studio and training facility to provide sustainable employment for women and girls in rural South India.

 

The Julie and Sheila got into social entrepreneurship because they were inspired by others who dedicated their life’s work to solving social issues and yearn to have that same fulfillment. Listen to Part 1 of this interview for some great strategies, advice, and insight into running a caused based business.  Julie and Sheila share the struggles and triumphs of their first year in business  as well as purpose, passion, and vision that will propel them to grow their impact for years to come.  

 

Tune in on Wednesday, March 10th for Part 2 of this interview with Julie and Sheila of Lions in Four.

 

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We are back talking with Kari Brizius of Relan. Relan is the social enterprise that works to reduce waste by repurposing banners and billboards into promotional bags and accessories.  Kari answers some question about some of the unique characteristics of Relan and sustainability before going through the lightning round Q & A’s.

 

Show Notes:

 

Contact Kari:

580-917-1274

kbrizius@relangreen.com

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CST

This week we have a podcast guranteed to be a lot of fun for anyone passionate about fashion, marketing, and up-cycling.

 

Todays interview features Kari Brizus, a social entrepreneur helping to create a cleaner environment by up-cycling waste into fashionable, functional, and promotional tote bags.  Kari and her mom run a social enterprise called Relan, which means to reinvent fashion. Relan makes bags, backpacks, cases, and other products out of vinyl taken from old billboards and banners that would otherwise end up in a landfill.  Over 600,000 tons of vinyl is manufactured each year for billboards alone.  Relan is more than a bag company doing sales in boutique stores, but they instead use their unique product to help other business be champions of sustainability. They partner with business to take their old billboards and banners and up-cylce them into custom bags to give out at conferences, trade shows, or as a part of promotional campaigns. By doing this Relan is able to promote the clients brand as well as sustainability.

 

Kari shares about her personal mantra, what it means to be a social entrepreneur, and her motivation behind starting a caused based company.  She also breaks down how to navigate different channels to find the right advocates for you social cause within large corporations.  All companies are looking for a unique way to target consumers, engage employees, and strengthen channel partnerships, Relan does all that with a unique product that uses waste materials for ultimate environmental sustainability.

 

Listen in to find out more about Kari and Relan.and check out Part 2 of this inteview on Wednesday, March 3rd!

 

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Adam Wright and Bob Connaster come back to answer some questions over topics specific to their cause based law firm: Wright Connaster Law. Some of the things that they touched on were:

  • The future of legal structures for social entrepreneurs

  • Leveraging virtual opportunities and shared workspace to reduce cost

  • HOW, WHY, and WHEN a for-profit ventures goes about structuring or transitioning as a B-Crop

We also get a BONUS SECTION in this podcast as Josh shares his key takeaways from his conversation with Adam and Bob after the rapid fire section.

 

Show Notes

What is your favorite online resource to use to grow your caused based business?

What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent

  • Follow your Heart
  • Figure out specifically what your passion is

What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Playing soccer with my Kids
  • Playing Piano

First thing we can all do right now to start changing the world?

  • Find the way to start breaking down the walls between your work self and your personal self.

 

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GET EXCITED CHANGE NATION! This week we are talking about LEGAL ISSUES!

 

Wait… What?

 

You heard right! While it is not considered the most captivating or inspiring part of running a cause based business, legal structure is vital to determining the level social impact your company can have.  We are very excited to talk this week with social business innovators Adam Wright and Bob Connaster of Wright Connaster Law in Dallas, Texas. Adam and Bob have a traditional corporate law background (over 45 years of experience combined) but recently created a very untraditional law firm driven to help caused based organizations create social good.

 

Wright Connaster Law completely flips the script of traditional corporate law practices. “We challenge ourselves to be as innovative as the clients we serve,” says Bob and Adam.  This is all evident in their business model that allows clients to chose how much they want to spend for services. This low cost structure is made possible by efficient, lean, and transparent practices like working in a shared workspace for entrepreneurs  instead of a legal office. Bob and Adam also refreshingly different with their willingness to suggest ways that social entrepreneurs can use low cost resources to handle legal matters themselves.  

 

Adam and Bob share some great expertise that will benefit anyone in the Social Entrepreneur space.  For-Profit, Non-Profit, and hybrid organizations like Benefit Corporations or Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporations are discussed in detail as Adam and Bob paint a picture of the different options for Social Entrepreneurs.  They also dive into their approach to assessing the legal needs of an organization and give some great question to be thinking about before you start deciding the bylaws of your organization.

 

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Listen in as we’re back for Part 2 of our interview with Kyle Parsons of Indosole. In this section, we ask Kyle a couple of questions on the specifics of Indosole’s philosophy, mission, and structure before getting into some rapidfire Q&A’s.

 

Show Notes

  • What is a social venture aside from Indosole that we should check out?
    • Bureo Skateboards- skateboards made out of recycled fish nets from Chilean fisherman.
  • What is an online resource that all social entrepreneurs should use?
    • Kiva--micro loans for social entrepeneurs
  • What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
    • Create your goal, write it down, and stick to it!
  • What is your favorite fun escape
    • Surfing
  • What is the first thing we can all do right now to start changing the world?
    • Educating and creating awareness of the problems in the world that need to be addressed.
  • Contact:
  • Indosole Website
  • Indosole instagram: @indosole
  • Indosole Facebook
  • Email Indosole

 

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What is social entrepreneurship?

 

“It is all about helping and connecting with people,” says Kyle Parsons, the founder of Indosole.  Kyle founded Indosole after connecting with people of Bali, Indonesia while on a surfing trip in 2004.  He was struck by the beauty of the country, the hospitality and craftsmanship of the people, but also the environmental issues affecting the community.  Kyle was inspired by a unique pair of sandals he found to create a product that was fashionable, functional, and would work to solve the area’s pollution problem.  Indosole takes old car and motorcycle tires from landfills in Bali and repurposes them into soles for footwear handmade by local craftsmen.

 

Indosole has saved just under 30,000 tires from Indonesian landfills, employees 40 Indonesian artisans, and has became a B-Corporation just within the first 6 years of operation.  Kyle shares his great story of traveling across the country and then eventually across the world to find something he loved and a way to use that to make a difference. He also is very open about the logistical and financial barriers he faced trying to start an international social venture. Kyle gives us great insights on his strategy for raising capital and how he tapped into the support network of friends, family, and other social entrepreneurs to grow his business into what it is today.

 

What connections are you making to help grow your social business?

 

Listen to Part 2 of this interview coming on Wednesday, February 18th!

 

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Part 2 of our interview with Ben Block of GozAround focuses on some quick but insightful rapid fire questions:

 

What social venture aside from yours that we should check out?

  • Ten Tree-- clothing company that plants ten trees for every item purchased

What online resource are you using that all social entrepreneurs should use?

  • Elance-- freelance talent site

What is one piece of advice you would give to an inspiring change agent?

  • Find something you are passionate about and go for it.

What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Watching movies in theatres.

What is your favorite movie?

What is the first thing we can all do right now to start changing the world?

  • Open your eyes to ways that you can use your skills and talents to make a difference.



GozAround Webiste

Goz Around Facebook 

Ben’s Twitter:

@benjaminblock

Goz Around Twitter:

@GozAround

 

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Can social media be used as an effective way to help those in need and make the world a better place?  This week we hear from a social entrepreneur who answers that questioning with a resounding “YES!”.  

 

Ben Block is the founder of GozAround, a social network site centered around people helping people and the idea that “what GozAround, comes around.”  The site allows individuals and volunteer organizations to post and respond to help requests and formal volunteer opportunities making it quicker and easier to get involved.

 

Before Ben founded GozAround in Alberta, Canada in 2014 he was an entrepreneur with his own web design business which he eventually sold before becoming a lawyer.  Ben’s entrepreneurial spirit and desire to help others in his community led to his idea for GozAround.  He leveraged his resources and skills to create a business that taps into what he calls the “social” or “shared economy”.  Ben shares great insights into the unique story, structure, and strategy that goes into creating a new social network designed to grow community service and revenue.

 

Be sure to check out the Part 2 of this interview with Ben Block on Wednesday, February 11th.

 

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Josh recaps the conversation with Amy McLaren and highlights several key takeaways:  

  1. Core business offering does not have to be tied in with your cause.

  2. Be very sure on starting your own charity instead of supporting and existing one.

  3. Your ability to produce and bring in funds is a major contribution to an organization.

  4. Sustainability--plan for the long term

  5. Taking the core area of professional expertise and combining that with charitable ventures.

 

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Show Notes:

 

What is a social venture aside from World Teacher Aid that we all should check out?

  • Free The Children -- An international charity and educational partner, working both domestically and internationally to empower and enable youth to be agents of change.

What online resource that all social entrepreneurs should use?

  • Zoom -- Video Conferencing

What is one piece of advice you would give an inspiring change agent

  • Go with your gut!

What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Traveling to Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia

What is the first thing we can do to start changing the world?

  • Believe that you can!

  • Change does not have to be big, but requires action and more than just talk.

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Amy McLaren is a full time teacher as well as being the co-founder of the canadian charity World Teacher Aide. The charity is committed to improving education throughout the developing world with a focus on Kenya and Ghana.  World Teacher Aid creates meaningful partnership with local residents and government who help them build and operate schools for underprivileged children in  Kenya.  Amy and her husband Stu McLaren help fund  World Teacher Aid through a traditional business hosting teleseminars, conferences, and retreat events featuring experts on multiple business topics.

 

Amy unpacks the fundamental principles of how she became a change agent and why she choose to focus on education.  She gives great insight into her decision to start their own charity instead of partnering with an existing one and also talks about how establishing trustworthy local contacts in Kenya and Ghana was critical to grow their impact.One of Amy’s main points of emphasis was the idea of clarity in everything you do within a charity, non-profit, or social venture.  It is impossible in a world with so many different issues to be able to solve all of them, so it is important to focus on one area where you can make a great impact.  World Teacher Aid is very clear about their mission and have seen great impact in changing the lives of Kenyan children and their families.

 

Do you have clarity in your social enterprise or charity?

 

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Kyle Fitzgerald is the Founder of Life Equals, a social venture the sells premium vitamins and supplements to help nourish consumers as well as those in need around the world.  Lack of nutrients causes 1 in every 3 child deaths and affects over 2 billion people worldwide.  Life Equals allows some of the over 140 million Americans who use vitamins every day to play a part to help solve this problem.  Life Equals is the only vitamin company that has a one-for-one giving model.  That means that for every one vitamin sold, they give donate one children’s multivitamin to under nourished children in 44 countries and 33 states.  

Kyle gives great insight on what it means to be a social entrepreneur.  He talks specifically about the advantages and challenges that come with sharing an amazing story and cause as well as the attributes of premium vitamin products.  Kyle gives great insight into the many marketing strategies that are used to promote and sell vitamins, and the struggle to stand out among many very similar looking products.  Life Equals features their cause on each bottle.  “Telling the story of saving children’s’ lives, that’s what matters,” says Kyle.

“Tell a story, Start a Movement.”

 

Show Notes

 

·         Who is your hero?

o   Vandana Shiva

§ Astrophysicist and environmental activist.

·         What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?  

o   The harder you work, the luckier you get.

·         What is your favorite tool you are using life equals? 

o   Shopify – E-commerce platform

o   http://www.shopify.com/

·         What is a fun escape you turn to when social business gets you down?

o   Rebuilding historic homes in midtown Kansas City

·         What is the best book/magazine you have dug into recently?

o   National Geographic

o   http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/

·         What is the first thing everyone can do to start changing the world?

o   Change Yourself

·         Contact

o   Email Kyle

 

o   www.life-equals.com

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CST

This week we focus on an area of social entrepreneurship that Social Change Nation is very passionate about: Urban Innovation.

 

Our first interview is with Clara Brenner, the founder and director of the Tumml.  Tumml is a non profit urban ventures accelerator with a mission to empower entrepreneurs to solve urban problems. With a hands-on approach, Tumml provides entrepreneurs with the tools to help scale their impact and enhance quality of life in cities everywhere.  

 

Clara shares many stories of urban impact ventures that have solved community issues in unique ways with the help of Tumml.  She explains the importance of meaningful mentorships, raising capital, and picking the right legal structure to the success of an urban impact social enterprise.  The main goal of Tumml is to help develop these startup organizations to where they are solving communities problems in their own city in a way that can be applied to cities across the country.  

 

Clara recognizes that in order to make meaningful changes in urban communities, there needed to be a different solutions than the abundance of traditional non-profits or charities that have similar approaches.  That is where she got the name Tumml, which is yiddish for “shake up”.

 

How wil you be an urban innovator and shake up your community in 2015?

 

Show Notes

 

  • What is one book we should all read?

  • What is your favorite tool you are using to grow Tumml?

  • What is your favorite thing to do for fun?

    • Go Hiking

  • What is the First thing we can all do right now to start change the world?

    • Look to see what innovators are out there and support them!

  • Contact:

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CST

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