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

If you're a startup social entrepreneur, the chances are high that you've been asked this question.  Tune in today as Josh gives you the ammunition you need to answer it confidently and passionately.

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:11pm CDT

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

 

 

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Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:58pm CDT

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!

 

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Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

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Direct download: Zane_Part_1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:18pm CDT

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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Recommended book: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

 

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:38pm CDT

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

 

 

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Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:49pm CDT

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!

 

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Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:58pm CDT

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

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!

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 6:15pm CDT

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 

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

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Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:20pm CDT

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:22pm CDT

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!   

 

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 8:46pm CDT

 

 

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

 

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 11:38pm CDT

“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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:02pm CDT

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.

 

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:41pm CDT

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:17pm CDT

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:

Visit Tito’s website to check out their awesome beanies now!

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter ClickHERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and DirectoryHERE

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

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

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 CDT

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.



Contact:

Check out Mason’s website to see how you can change lives now!

 

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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:47pm CDT

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:32pm CDT

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:51pm CDT

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 CDT

 

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 CDT

 

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 CDT

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

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

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

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 CDT

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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Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:35pm CDT

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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Direct download: Part_2_4.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

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

 

Tune in for Part 2 of this interview with Phil on Wednesday, March 25th.

 

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Direct download: Part_1_4.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

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

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

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


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

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 CDT

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

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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Direct download: Part_2_2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

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.

 

Listen in to Part 2 on Wednesday, Febuary 25th for more insight for more social business legal insight.

 

 

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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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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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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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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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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:

Direct download: Clara_Brenner.mp3
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A MUST LISTEN interview with social entrepreneur and change agent Jared Angaza.

 

Jared is a philosopher, humanitarian, writer, and strategist that has been a pioneer in Social Entrepreneurship. Since moving to Rwanda in 2006, Jared has been involved in countless movements in Eastern Africa working through his own nonprofits and social ventures.   He is currently focusing on his Let It Grow creative agency and upcoming Ubuntu Revolution blog that help tell the stories of other social entrepreneurs.  Jason’s inspiration and influence is a MAJOR reason why Social Change Nation exists today.

 

There are so many valuable lessons and insights to be gained from Jason’s story, that we suggest that  as you listen please pay heed to Jason’s advice:

 

“Want to be a changemaker? Be a notetaker!”

 

Show Notes

  • What is the best book you have ever read?

  • What is an electronic tool you are using to grow your organization?

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

    • Most profound influence came from parents who taught him:

      • Believe in yourself and be an example of love in everything you do

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

    • We need to expect that the dreams that we have are going to happen.

Contact:

 

Direct download: Jared_Angaza_of_Ubuntu.mp3
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Listen to our interview with native Kansas Citian and fellow Jayhawk, Andrew Stanley.  Andrew is the founder of VolunteerMark,  a social enterprise designed to enhance the volunteer experience for nonprofits and charities as well as for volunteers.  Andrew was frustrated with the lack of coordination and efficiency he found when tried to volunteer with many local organizations.  In 2011, Andrew began working on a way to solve this problem, which led to the creation of VolunteerMark.  VolunteerMark is an online software application that helps nonprofit organizations and their volunteers maximize the volunteer experience through communication, scheduling and reporting tools. Using the mobile-friendly software, nonprofit organizations can easily manage volunteer opportunities, schedule multiple shifts at once, recruit new volunteers, communicate through multiple platforms and track volunteer data.

 

Andrew shares some great messages with us in this interview and really breaks down what it truly means to be a social entrepreneur.  He mentions the strategies, struggles, and successes that have made VolunteerMark to achieve a social impact of over 1,000 volunteers in just one year.  Andrew also reveals the source of daily inspiration in a Mother Theresa quote,

 

“We can’t do great things in this life, we can only do little things with great love.

 

Show Notes:

 

  • Who is your hero?

    • Father Greg:

      • Impacted Andrew while on a missions trip by working to give hope and opportunities to the people of an impoverished Guatemalan town that Andrew.

  • What is your favorite resource for inspiration?

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

    • Celebrate the small successes.

  • What is your favorite book?

  • What is your favorite comfort food?

    • Famous for Nachos

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

    • Get involved in volunteering

Contact:

Direct download: Andrew_Stanley_of_VolunteerMark.mp3
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“Everything that we know is broken, and we have to start from scratch.”  That is the challenging conviction of Jason Green, the Chief Inspiration Officer and Founder of EdenWorks.  Jason founded EdenWorks as a way to bring innovation to the food industry through disruptive change.  EdenWorks is a for profit organization that is leading the urban agriculture movement in New York City.  Using aquaponics technology, eden works grows produce and seafood using 90 percent less energy and water and producing 3 to 8 times the yield of regular farming. EdenWorks grows the freshest food and fish possible on the roofs of new york city buildings and delivers them directly to local restaurants and other food related business.

 

There are so many great nuggets for social entrepreneurs to build on from this interview with Jason.  We dive deep into what it really means to be a change agent and how be disruption brings innovative solutions.  Jason also preaches the gospel of inspiration and how important it is to inspire that right people to be excited about what you are doing.  

 

Jason and EdenWorks is changing the way people get their food.  what is something you can change to get people excited?

 

Show Notes

 

  • Who is your hero:

    • Elon Musk--Tesla Motors, PayPal, SpaceX

  • What is your favorite tool use to grow Eden Works:

    • Welding

  • What is the best piece of advice you ever received

    • Everything is an opportunity to learn and there is no such thing as a bad experience

  • What is the first thing we can all start doing to change the world?

    • Begin thinking that everything you know could be wrong.

    • Challenge your world view.

  • Contact

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Listen in to our FIRST EVER IN STUDIO INTERVIEW 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 leaderhip?--Helping others, even if it is one person."

Who will you help today?

 

Show Notes

 

  • Who is your Hero?

    • My Mom

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

    • Coffee

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

    • Just do it.

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

    • Wine with Girlfriends

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

    • Help Someone

  • Twitter:

  • ny.techwomen.co

Direct download: Jenn_Shaw_Bella_Minds.mp3
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Looking to add a new revenue stream help fund your Nonprofit or Social Enterprise?

Try becoming a blimpies franchisee.  

 

That’s exactly what Bobby Calvillo did as the executive director of Affordable Homes of South Texas.  The nonprofit has been around nearly 40 years and has place thousand of low income families in affordable homes within the Rio Grande Valley.  Affordable Homes of South Texas is a unique organization in that it works a subdivision developer, builder and mortgage company for low income families in need of suitable affordable housing.   Listen as Bobby tell his story of converting a vacant commercial space within their office building into a blimpies franchise.  Bobby talks about how he saw a need in his small texas community for a place where students and workers could get a quick bite to eat.  He also saw the benefits of a popular restaurant as a source of revenue to fund Affordable Homes of South Texas… A year later the Blimpie’s is doing well and looks to be a viable source of revenue for Bobby’s nonprofit.

 

Listen in to find out more!



Show Notes

 

  • Inspirational Quote:

    • “501c3 is a !RS designation and not a business plan”

  • Best Piece of Advice you have ever received:

    • Don’t take no for an answer.

  • Best book you have ever read:

  • Fun Thing you do when social business gets you down?

    • Getting to know and having fun with employees

  • First Thing that everyone can start doing right now to start changing the world?

    • Pray

  • Closing Advice for Nonprofits:

    • If you can’t do it In-house, than don’t do it.  

    • Make sure that your organization has the capacity to undertake it.

    • Find the right partner.

  • Affordable Homes of South Texas Website

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Still feeling sluggish after all of that turkey over Thanksgiving? Then listen to our Podcast full of inspiration from Charlie Rose, Senior VP and Dean of City Year.  City Year is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting young adults engaged in national service.  Charlie and City Year participants work improve education in urban areas and to bridge the gap between what schools and teachers can provide and what students actually need.  City Year is comprised of over 3,000 young people in over 25 U.S. Cities, all working to increase graduation rates,change lives, and change communities.  City Year has also influenced the shape of Social Change Nation as our founder was a proud alum of City Year: Cleveland in 2003.

 

Charlie Rose shares his story of help building a vital institution that is helping to grow the national serving, volunteering, and education innovation movements.  He talks the logistics of running a large non-profit with many corporate sponsors and a revenue generating division.  Chris is a powerful motivator and will leave you feeling inspired to make a difference.  This podcast is a must listen for all of you inspirational quote junkies out there as Chris drops some awesome lines of his own and quotes others!  Here is a little taste:

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”--Margaret Mead




Show Notes

 

  • Who is your Hero?

    • Dad, Mom, and Muhammad Ali

  • What is your favorite tool you use to grow City Year?

    • Inspiration

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

    • The six most important words a leader can say are, “I admit I made a mistake.”

  • What is the comfort food you turn to when the world's problems get you down?

    • Pizza

  • What is the first thing we can all start doing to change the world?

    • Change your own attitude and the you can start to change the world.

  • City Year Website

Direct download: Charlie_Rose_of_City_Year.mp3
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This Podcast is all about the best ways to FUND YOUR SOCIAL VENTURE.  Listen in to  gain  expert insight and learn the best practices to raise capital from legitimate investors from our guest Tristina Sinopoli.  Tristina works with the SVX (Social Venture Connection) which is a division of the MaRS Center for Impact Investing in Toronto, Canada.   There are 23 ventures on the SVX platform that are actively raising $139 million in capital.  SVX is a local, impact-first platform connecting social ventures, impact funds and impact investors to catalyze new debt and equity investment capital for local ventures that have demonstrable social and/or environmental impact, including not-for-profits, co-operatives and for-profit corporations.  Tristina addresses many of the issues specific to funding startups in the social venture space.  She also explains the idea of MISSION ALIGNMENT and why it so vital to getting the right funding from the right investors from your social venture.  For anyone concerned with how to fund their social venture this interview with Tristina is a MUST LISTEN!

 

Show Notes:

v  What is the best book you ever read?

§  Buyology by Martin Lindstrom

v  What tool are you using to grow SVX?

§  Salesforce—online CRM and Cloud Computing Platform

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

§  Say no to things.

v  What is a social venture that we should all look up?

§  Oliberte—The worlds first certified free trade shoe manufacturer.

§  Goal of creating a million jobs in Africa.

v  What is the first thing everyone can start doing to change the world.

§  Be nice to one another.

v  Contact:

§  Svx Website

 

§  Twitter: @tmsinopoli

Direct download: Tristina_Sinopoli.mp3
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In 2012, Rose Broome walked buy a homeless woman sleeping on a San Francisco street on a winter night and wanted to do something to help.  She thought, “in a world where I can take out my phone and order food or get a taxi with the push of a button, why can’t I use my phone to help this person?”  Rose decided to create a solution to that problem with her tech company HandUP.  The company leverages technology and the power of human relationships to fight urban poverty by connecting the homeless with those who want to help through crowdfunding.  HandUP is different because it creates a connection between donors and those in need by allowing direct giving.

 

Rose discusses her journey with HandUP and all the things that went into creating the company.  She credits much of  HandUP success to being a graduate of Tumml Incubator and stresses the importance of being involved with a startup accelerator, incubator, or other community.  She also dives into her decision to be a public benefit corporation and gives great advice to new startup founders trying to decide on a legal structure.  Rose tells numerous stories of how direct donations through HandUP changed the lives of people living on the streets including the story of a man who is now in permanent housing after being homeless for 25 years.

 

Show Notes:

 

  • What is a book we should all start reading?

  • What tech tool are you using to grow HandUP?:

    • Assana--task management that works in conjunction with google drive

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

    • When you feel like you have a lot going on and have many decisions to make, focus on the basics.

  • What is one thing we can all be doing to start changing the world?

    • Make a commitment to yourself to do one small thing to improve a cause or issue you care about.

  • Contact:

Direct download: Rose_Broome_Hand_Up.mp3
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Voices of Social Change crosses the pond to connect with Richard Morris of The Giving Machine in the UK.  The Giving Machine is a non-profit social enterprise that help shoppers generate free cash donations for the causes they want to support, every time they shop online.  The Giving Machine has over 80,000 users that have made over 1.2 million free donations and uses an affiliate marketing sales commission model to generate those donations.  The idea for The Giving Machine was created in 2006 by four Dads in Hertfordshire, England who wanted to use their unique business and technical schools to benefit schools and charities.

Richard discusses his decision to leave his successful career launching tech startups to create a way to encourage giving by making it free.  He gives great details about the process of deciding on a model, legal structure, and initial cash funding for The Giving Machine.  Richard also talks about how the social purpose has evolved over time to become something bigger than sales referrals generating free donations. Richard shares some HUGE ideas on the economic force of giving and how it is being used to empower commerce.

 

As you listen to Richard's story of a homegrown venture transforming into to a national giving movement, ask yourself: “WHAT WILL MY MOVEMENT BE?”

 

Show Notes:

 

  • What Recommendations for someone who wants to start delegating operational activities but currently lacks the funds to do so?

    • Ask family and friends if they would use your product/service and if they would like to get involved.  

    • If you cannot pay them much, make sure you let them be flexible in the when, where and how much they work.

  • What is one strategy that is much effective in clarifying a vision:

    • You have to live it.  You have to share it with other people and let it infuse.  Do not focus on the individual roles of people you are bringing on, but talk with them more holistically about the organization's vision.  

    • When people are correcting you on your own vision, then you are clarifying vision in the right way and it is bigger than yourself.

  • Tell us about your book Givenomics:

    • The impact of giving in a commercial model can change the way consumers interact with business, the way businesses achieve social good, and the way charities and causes and can access more support.

    • “Money is like Manure, if it sits in huge piles it does not do much, but if you can spread it around it can do more good.”

  • Waht is the first thing we can all start doing to change the world?

    • Do small things to be more giving.

    • Enjoy what you do and do it with passion

  • Contact

Direct download: Richard_Morris_Giving_Maching.mp3
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Listen this week to hear how Johnny Price flips the lending industry on its head as the Senior Director at Kiva Zip.  Kiva Zip is a microfinancing nonprofit organization that makes 0% interest loans for small businesses doing good things.  Kiva Zip is a branch of Kiva which was started in 2005 and has grown to lend over half a billion dollars to a million borrowers from a million lenders.  Kiva Zip was launched in 2011, and is different from Kiva in that it focuses on connecting lenders and borrowers by allowing direct loans to borrowers.  Johnny dives deep into the Kiva Zip model and shares about creating loans that benefit lenders in more ways than just money.  The direct lending approach of Kiva Zip encourages lenders to become customers and advocates for the small business while also expanding the access to loans for other worthy small businesses.  Kiva Zip does not use traditional financial metrics to determine if businesses qualify for a loan, but grants loans based on various  social performance factors.  Kiva Zip goes further to disrupt the industry as they do not charge interests on loans that would typically be considered high risk and require a higher interest rate.  Infact, 23 percent of the O% interest loans are given to companies that are less than a year old.  Johnny talks about his transition to Kiva after spending years doing strategic management in London.  He wanted to do something where he felt like he was making an impact, and found that Kiva was a great organization to use capital to give others the opportunity to make there own social change.

 

Microfinance, social underwriting, financial literacy and other ideas discussed by Johnny in this interview will be recurring themes throughout our podcasts as we feel they are all VITAL to the social change movement!  




Show Notes

 

  • What is a book we should all read?

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

    • Don’t focus on focus too much on the large scale, focus on producing for the next phase.

  • What is your favorite tech tool to use to grow Kiva Zip?

    • Ez Texting for SMS messaging to communicate easily with borrowers and lenders.

  • What is the first thing we can all start doing to change the world?

    • Participate in social change instead of just reading or learning about it.

Direct download: Johnny_Price_of_Kiva_Zip.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Build yourself while building your business.  This is the message of Megan McDonough of OCEAN Accelerator; the nation's first and only independent faith based high tech business accelerator. Megan shares a different story of social entrepreneurship.  This story does not require putting your personal, family, and spiritual life on hold in order to start a social venture, but instead encourages growth in these areas as you strive to grow your business.  OCEAN is dedicated to providing resources that allow founders to develop a business while still fostering growth in the other important things in their life.  As part of the program, entrepreneurs receive a $20,000 uncapped convertible note, financial support for finding a residence, a branding package, access to dedicated office space, a rich customer network, and two mentors with specific skills matched to the needs of your venture.  OCEAN also cultivates small group sessions and Bible studies focused on growing entrepreneurs into strong followers of Christ.

 

Megan gives an eye-opening testimony about how faith has played such a vital role in her personal business career as well as the founding of the company.  She also shares how believers do not have to go into the ministry or mission fields to impact others. We can minister to those around us through how we run our business, how we treat people, and how we conduct our daily lives.  Whether or not you adhere to a religion or belief system, social entrepreneurs have a higher calling to create something that is more than just a business. As a social entrepenuer you can impact lives for the better and create a legacy of social change. But Remember...

 

You got to have FAITH!  

 

Shownotes:

 

  • The best piece of advice:

    • Time is Short.

  • What is a book you think all of us should read:

  • What Tech Tool are you using to helping grow OCEAN?

    • Mail Chimp

      • Email Marketing

    • FundaCity

      • Connecting startups and investors to grow the next big thing

    • F6S

      • Where founders grow together

    • Batterii

      • Cross-functional teams use Batterii to share and build knowledge securely and effectively, building creative capabilities to produce innovative breakthroughs again and again.

  • What is the first thing that we can all start doing to change the world?

    • Look at what you love to do, start doing it, and see how it can be used for the greater good.

    • Do not be afraid of challenge.

  • Tim Mentzner Video

     

  • Contact:

Direct download: Megan_of_OCEAN_Accelerator.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Ari Raz feeds off his passion for food and nutrition as he runs his social venture that feeds those in need.  Pure Joy Foods was founding in February 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.  Azi 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 non profit organization Martha’s Table by providing them with 1 nutritious food item for every 5 items sold.  This interview is the third in our series of interviews featuring fellows of Halcyon Incubator social venture accelerator of of Washington, D.C.  We focus in on Azi’s plan to utilize the 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.

Shownotes:

 

  • What is the best book you have ever read?

  • 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.

  • What is the favorite tool you are using to grow Pure Joy Food?

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

  • What is a social venture to watch besides Pure Joy:

  • What is the fiirst thing everyone can do to start changing the world?

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

  • Contact:

Direct download: Ari_Raz_Disrupts_the_Baby_Food_Industry.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Oliver Kamandan gives us some good news about social entrepreneurship as he shares about his social venture Ideal Impact!   This chat with Oliver is 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.  Oliver developed the algorithm that categorizes 97 percent of all news websites to find the articles specific to your personal interests.  Oliver 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.  Oliver’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?

 

Shownotes:

 

  • Personal Hero:

    • Barack Obama

  • Favorite Book:

  • Tool using to use

    • Pocket

      • Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket.

      • Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite

  • Best piece of Advice

    • From Oliver’s mother,

    • “Always work harder than you think you have to.”

  • Another social venture to checkout:

    • Hand Up

      • Sets up homeless with crowdsourcing websites for donations.

  • Favorite meal cooked as Sus Chef at Marion’s Kitchen

    • Learning how to make his first Omelet and making many many more

       

  • Ideal Impact Website

  • Email Oliver
  • Twitter: @idealimpact
  • Facebook
  •  

Direct download: Oliver_K_Sparks_Change_with_the_News_We_Read_1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Be sure to take notes as you listen to Diana Sierra share how she used her background in product design to start the social enterprise Be Girl Pads.  As the first in a series of interviews featuring members of the Halcyon Incubator in Washington D.C., Diana touches on every aspect of a starting a social enterprise on how sharing ideas and resources in a group setting can be vital to success.  Be Girl Pads makes environmentally friendly and affordable feminine menstrual management products that help women in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Malawi overcome barriers to have an improved quality of life.  Diana saw firsthand how the lack of access to sanitary feminine products affect the women of rural Africa, causing some to miss 30 percent of the school year.  Diana Sierra recognized the importance of menstrual health management in improving the quality of life, health, and economic development for the women of Africa.  She set out to find a solution and used her creative design skills to develop a prototype pad using an umbrella and mosquito net.  She was overwhelmed by positive feedback she received while testing the product during her time volunteering with Millenium Promise.  Two years later, Be Girl is still pushing towards empowering women by designing products that let girls celebrate their femininity and be proud to be girls.  

 

Shownotes:

 

  • Best book you have ever read:

  • Social Venture to check out:

    • Apopo- a social enterprise that researches, develops and implements detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes such as Mine Action and Tuberculosis detection. APOPO is a Belgian NGO, with headquarters in Tanzania and operations in Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia

  • Best piece of advice

    • Good things happen to good people even if sometimes they do not look like that.  

  • Biggest challenge you have had to overcome in your life

    • Overcoming the perception that a girl from a small town in columbia could not dreams to change lives on a global scale.

  • First thing everyone can start doing right now to change the world:

    • Think Small: look for ways you can impact someone in a positive way in your own neighborhood.  

    • You don’t have to do have a huge breakthrough to change the world. Start by changing one life.

  • Contact:

Direct download: Diana_S_Promotes_Womens_Education_1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Listen in as we hear from the founder of MADI Apparel and native Kansas Citian, Hayley Beshee.  MADI stands for: Make a Difference Intimate Apparel, and was founded three years ago to help provide undergarments to women in need.  Hayley was compelled to help solve this issue after hearing the statistic that underwear is the MOST NEEDED and UNDER-DONATED item of clothing in the US.  Something as simple as having new clean underwear has benefits beyond that of health or comfort.  MADI donates underwear primarily to women at domestic violence shelters, where it symbolizes wealth, independence, and power and makes them less susceptible to sexual abuse.   MADI apparell donates one pair of their high quality and sustainable underwear to woman in need for every pair sold.

 

Hayley shares how she went from looking for journalism jobs one day, to starting her own social enterprise the next.  She stresses that MADI’s for-profit model is not about making money, but is all about donating the most pairs of underwear possible to create the greatest impact. She explains that giving back as a social enterprenuer is the greatest feeling of satisfaction she has ever experienced.

 

"Give back and the world will thank you."

 

Show Notes

 

  • Best peice of advice:

    • Move forward, don’t look back!

  • Book everyone should read right now:

  • Favorite tool using to grow your business:  

  • Favorite fun activity:
    • Reading
    • Sitting and watching the ocean
  • First thing we can all star doing right now to change the world:

    • Pursue your gut feeling on a social issue and create social change!

Direct download: Hayley_B_of_Madi_2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Join us this week as Josh shares an 'open letter' to Dr. Dre this week's recap podcast. The letter is used as a way to hopefully get Dr. Dre thinking - but mainly for us as a community to think about how our businesses can use their power and influence to transform systems for the better.  Take this interview with Bridget of LSTN headphones - she has a company similiar to Beats by Dr. Dre - only it has the incredible social mission of also helping the world to hear.  The photo above is of Bridget in Uganda as she is helping a child hear for the first time.  You think Dr. Dre's done anything like that???

So, tune in as we recap what we've found out about sustainable fashion, and use this open letter to call Dr. Dre to action.

Direct download: An_Open_Letter_to_Dr._Dre.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:05am CDT

 

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:

 

  • LSTN Headphones
  • Best piece of advice ever received:

    • Life is Short/You Only live Once.  

    • Ask yourself, "Am I living the life Iwant to live."

  • Books we should all read:

  • Favorite thing to do for a fun escape:

    • Traveling and doing things outdoors.

  • Tool used to grow business:

    • Shopify--Ecommerce Solution

      • No Design Skills Needed
      • Sell one product or millions
      • Accept Payments Instantly
  • One thing everyone can do 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_of_LSTN.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Listen to David Dietz, founder of the sustainable fashion company Modavanti, share his story of harnessing fashion as a force for good.  David was a conflict journalist covering revolutions in the Middle East before he discovered the dirtiness of the textile industry and set out to start his own revolution.   
The fashion industry is one of the highest producers of waste and pollution, and is a vital component in the effort to change the current trends of global warming and climate change. Modavanti is completely dedicated to changing the world through sustainable fashion by selling clothes made by designers using sustainable practices and dedicated to a cause.  The company also donates 2 percent of all profits to organizations making an impact by supporting artisans and providing clean water in developing countries.  David shares about the challenges of starting a new startup social enterprises as well as the great satisfaction that comes with seeing profits and progress go hand in hand.  He believes that sustainable fashion revolution can improve our world as consumers join the movement and start caring about how things are made and who made them. 

 

Show Notes:

Shop and Learn more about Modavanti

·         Personal Hero: President Bill Clinton 

·         Favorite tool use to help grow business: Google DriveGoogle Calendar

 Best piece of advice you have ever received:   Find a need and fill it.

·         Favorite thing to do for fun:   Rent a sailboat and spend the day out on the water.

 

·         First thing everyone can do to start changing the world:   Know the story behind what you buy. 

 

 

Direct download: David_Dietz.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Join us for this week's recap podcast as Josh chats about what social entrepreneurship really means, the lessons from our latest interviews on sustainable fashion, and other cause minded musings...

Key Takeaways

-Entrepreneur Magazine will be profiling a bunch of great social entrepreneurs here - I'd highly reccomend checking it out.

-We need ensembles, not soloists for social change.  Check here

WEBSITES OF SOCIAL BUSINESSES FROM THE WEEK:

Panda

Mission Belt

Jewelry for a Cause

 

Direct download: Social_Change_Through_Fashion.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Zac Holzapfel is the Co-founder of Mission Belt, a company whose mission is to help people around the world break out of the poverty cycle through their belt business.  Zac shares his inspiration and philosophy on Social Enterprises.  Zac believes in producing captial for change, and not merely asking for donations.  That is why Mission Belt is a for-profit company that produces and sells belts in order to have the means to change the lives of those living in poverty.  Mission Belts does this by funding Micro-Loans which are given to those in poverty to start a sustainable agricultural business.  Zac stresses that without sustainability, there is no mission.  As you listen to Zac, think about how you can produce your own change.  Young or old, we all have been given the opportunity to make money as an entrepreneurs and business professionals.  Why wait to give back?

Show Notes:

  • Best piece of Advice:

    • Be Authentic

  • One Magazine we should all subscribe to:

  • Fun Escape:

    • Chill out in the water

  • Favorite Tool:

  • First Thing everything can do right now to start changing the world:

    • Be  a producer. Pay your own way and help someone else pay their own way.

    • You can’t get anywhere waiting around for something to happen.  Whatever you are doing, get out there and make it grow.

  • Contact:

Direct download: Zac_H_of_Mission_Belts.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Turning Guns into Jewelry w/Jessica and Jewelry for a Cause

 

 

Can fashion have a purpose?  Just ask Jessica of Jewelry for a Cause.  She's running a revolutionary Jewelry company that devotes itself to pulling guns off the streets and turning them into beautiful jewelry that starts conversations about how we can all work to reduce gun violence and restore our communities.

This is a MUST LISTEN interview - I was nearly moved to tears at several points with the moving stories Jessica shared.

What's more - Jessica sets an example for all of us about how to lead a movement in which we listen to the communities we serve and do what is best for them - all while running a highly sucessful business that raises awareness - or as Jessica might say - raises the cailber.  The cailber of our conversations, our service, and the cailber of our social impact.

SHOW NOTES

  • Most Influential Book: Half the Sky
  • Advice: Listen - listen to the people you are serving.
  • Unique advantage of social entrepreneurs: You have a personal connection and story, so this is a special advantage for getting people involved in your cause. 
  • How to change the world?: Do what you sae you're going to do - just be nicer to each other, smile at somebody - if you just start there, and help restore the breakdown in the way we treat each other, this can go a long way.  

 

Direct download: Jessica_Mindich_Jewelry_for_a_Cause.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Love Heals. That is Shana Goodwin’s overwhelming message as she tells her story and experience working with a non-profit and social enterprise.  Shana Goodwin is a Sales Representative for Thistle Farms which sells handmade and all natural bath and body products.  Thistle Farms is the Social Enterprise of Magdalene House, which provides housing, rehabilitation services, and opportunity to learn responsibility and valuable job skills to women living on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee.  All of the revenue from Thistle Farms goes towards funding the operations of Magdalene House.  Shana Goodwin speaks openly about her life being born into drug addiction and trafficking that left her living on the streets or in jail.  She was court appointed to live at the Magdalene House in 2010 and experienced a community of women that healed her with love and changed her life.  Shana is now dedicating to healing other women in the same way that she was healed through Magdalene House and Thistle farms.

 

Show Notes:

 

 

 

 

  • Shared Trade Alliance:

    • Shared Trade is a coalition of social enterprises united by a common goal - to move marginalized women permanently out of poverty by using our collective vision and experience and growing a movement for women's economic freedom. For more information, contact sharedtrade@thistlefarms.org.

 

  • Favorite Book:

    • Snake Oil by Thistle Farms founder Becca Stevens

 

  • Best Peice of Advice:

    • Sit still and be patient in times of uncertainty

 

  • Favorite Tool:

    • Love without Judgement.  Love women where they are at so they can love themselves.

 

 

  • What is the First Thing everyhting can do right now to start changing the world:

    • BUY PRODUCT

    • Sales is what keeps these women coming in to Magdalene House and off the streets.

Direct download: Shana_Goodwin_of_Thistle_Farms.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Social entrepreneur Vincent Ko shares about creating a clear vision for social change as the founder of Panda.  Vincent shares his inspiring story of starting a life changing fashion company despite not having any design background.  Panda sells high-end sunglasses handmade from sustainable bamboo and partners with Optometry Giving Sight to donate eye examinations to those in need.  Vincent shares how he used his passion for a cuase to grow his fashion company into a movement for social change.  

Vincent Ko and Panda design sustainable sunglasses to give sight to those in need. How will you be visionary? 

SHOWNOTES: 

 

  • wearpanda.com
  • Connect with Panda -- zookeeper@wearpanda.com
  • Personal Hero:
    • Tony Shea--Founder of Zappos.com
  • Personal Tool or Aid:
    • Producerati.com
      • Be more productive by using the Pomodoro technique and joining a virtual co-work sync up. 
    • MOT--Most Important Task
      • Tackle the most daunting, challenging, and critical task before doing anything else.
  • Favorite Thing To Do For Fun:
    • Traveling
  • First thing EVERYONE can do to start changing the world? 
    • Start asking yourself, "is there a better way?" when doing everyday tasks to develop the right mindset to create a change for the better. 
Direct download: Vincent_Ko_Panda.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Josh - the founder of Social Change Nation talks about his personal philosophy, the promises of Social Change Nation, and the format of the Voices of Social Change podcast.

Direct download: Launch_of_VOSC.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

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Direct download: Clara_Brenner_Tummel_11_34_AM_Thursday_21_August_2014.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT

Welcome back - today's show features Idahosa (pronounced ee - DOW- ssah) Ness who has pioneered The Mimic Method of learning languages. His philosophy is that a world that is connected through music and language is one that is better for us all.  To this end, Idahosa devotes himself full time to teaching others to speak multiple languages (he speaks four himself!).  His revolutionary strategy involves music as a connecting force for language learning!  

 

Don't miss this exciting innovator unpack his story! 

Direct download: Idahosa__Ness_12_15_PM_Tuesday_15_July_2014.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 7:47am CDT

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This is one of the most inspiring interviews I've ever hosted!  Carmel Boss founded <a href="http://coabode.com/">CoAbode</a>, a network across the country which allows single moms to connect with each other and share housing.  The result is safer neighborhoods, better schools for their kids, and support as the experience shared struggles and victories.

 

I'll let Carmel take the story from here - but it is an incredibly inspiring message that has given me amazing insight into a cause of my own!  (shared housing for refugees) tune in, and see what Carmel Boss and <a href="http://coabode.com/">CoAbode</a> can inspire you to do in your community!  

Direct download: Carmel_Boss_Brings_Hope_to_Single_Moms.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 9:54pm CDT

Madeline K. provides us with some awesome insight that she honed on a Semester at Sea.  While at Sea, Madelin founded a company called Ubuntu coffee with a tremendous social mission - tune in as she break's it down for us, and inspires us about what the newest generation has in mind for social business!

Direct download: Madeline_Keulen_Social_EntrepreneurSHIP.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:44am CDT

In this episode, Josh reviews this week's focus on one-for-one business models in Social Entrepreneurship, talks about the power of story, the buying power and clout of millennials, and closes with some updates on some exciting tech changes to the podcast.  

Direct download: Episode_015_How_One-for-One_Launches_Movements.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 7:43am CDT

In my first live interview, I spoke with Kyle FitzGerald of <a href="http://life-equals.com">Life Equals</a> - 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 malmourishment can be directly tied to some of the largest health issues in developing nations, Kyle and the team at <a href="http://life-equals.com">Life Equals</a>are tackling one of the world's most pressing problems with their business.  

 

Tune in for some amazing practical tips and strong wisdom from a one-for-one company making a dollar and a difference.  

Direct download: Episode_014_Kyle_and_Life_Equals_Bring_Nutrition_to_the_World.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 7:34am CDT

Davis Smith was one of the first social entrepreneurs that took a chance on us, and joined in for an interview!  He has a tremendous story and a heart for serving people all over the world through his company <a href="http://cotopaxi.com">Cotopaxi</a>, and out door gear company that builds a one-for-one model into its business plan.  This model is becoming critical as cause based businesses spring up around the world, and we'll chat about it a ton this week!

In Davis's case, one-for-one works essentially like this: each product sold has a unique story.  For example, purchasing a water bottle leads directly to support of <a href="http://charitywater.org">charity:water</a> - so this means that as a consumer, I understand exactly how my purchase is supporting someone, and that story fits with what I bought. 

This is the power of the one-for-one model, and it's a tremendous shift from typical corporate philanthropy, which saw companies doanting to a variety of causes that generally were completely nonsensical in the context of their business mission & did not make us part of that movement.  Davis and <a href="http://cotopaxi.org">Cotopaxi</a>are paving the way for a revolutionary approach to running a cause based business - others should follow this lead, or risk losing out to companies that do.

Tune in for a tremendously powerful interview that's packed with practical insight!

Direct download: Episode_013_Davis_of_Cotopaxi_-_Outdoor_Gear_With_Purpose.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 6:27am CDT

Direct download: Episode_012_Social_Entre_Programs.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 6:24pm CDT

Episode 011: Lauren Warbeck PEDALS toward Social Change
Direct download: Episode_011_Lauren_Warbeck.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 8:58pm CDT

Carolyn Davis provides us with some excellent strategies for running an innovative organiztion designed to create financial literacy among families most in need of it.


Josh signs on solo to chat through some changes around this podcast that will make it more valuable, and makes promises to change nation.  

He also talks about what he's doing to resolve some recent tech issues that have shown up in podcast quality.

Direct download: Episode_009_Reorientation_and_My_Promises.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 11:10am CDT

Episode 008 Belinda Bell & Social Biz Incubators in the UK

Another chat with the UK!  This one is with Belinda Bell, who is running a Social Biz Incubator near Cambridge U.

Direct download: Episode_008_Belinda_Bell__Social_Biz_Incubators_in_the_UK.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 11:38am CDT

Episode 007: Ari Weinberger Videographs Social Change

Ari Weinberger is videographing the social change movement - tune in as he shares amazing stories from several of the change agents he's interacted with along the way - and also fills us in on a pretty cool video project!

Direct download: Episode_007_Ari_Weinberger_Videographs_Social_Change.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:17pm CDT

Episode 006: Reflections on the Launch of a Social Movement

This week's recap podcast is on Monday instead of the usual Friday! This week only (I think!  Still toying with format...) I'm doing my recap from last week on a Monday - this is because I want to share with you all some candid thoughts the launch of Social Change Nation and share some of my thoughts on the amazingly inspiring interviews I"ve been having with change agents around the world.  

 

So, tune in for the latest updates, and some great insights on launching your movement into an online space! (aka - learn from the mistakes I made with my launch :) 

Direct download: Episode_006_Reflection_on_the_Launch_of_a_Social_Movement.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT

TaskSquad Crushes Youth Unemployment in the UK

Learn about TaskSquad - an innovative social venture in the UK.

Direct download: Episode_005_TaskSquad_Crushes_Youth_Unemployment_in_the_UK.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:51pm CDT

Episode 004: Social Impact Bonds

A great interview with the <a href="http://www.socialfinanceus.org/">Social Finance</a> organization - pioneers at a new form of social enterprise funding here in the U.S. known internationally as social impact bonds.  Recording quality = a little down because of connectivity issues (I promise very few of my interviews are this way! I've had to learn a bit as I go :) but well worth the listen - especially if you're looking for an innovative way to measure and fund social change!

Direct download: Episode_004_Social_Impact_Bonds.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:34pm CDT

Episode 003: Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak creates Social Change via Toilets...

A must listen!  My first interview with India, and I loved it!  Dr. Pathak is an amazing agent of change - tune in as he tell his story and why he has proven that his work transforming Indian sanitation has been a tremendous force for social justice in his home country.

 

The interview can be a tad hard to understand at times, but I promise it's worth the listen!


Tune in for a great overview of social entrepreneurship from Maria Meyers, who heads up an innovation center in Kansas City.  She has some terrific insight to help us lay the foundations for our future conversations!

 

 


Episode 001: The Launch of Social Biz Showcase

Josh (host of Social Biz Showcase) shares his story, the mission of socialchangenation.com, and what's to come as part of the Social Biz Showcase podcast.

Direct download: Episode_001_The_Launch_of_the_Social_Biz_Showcase.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 10:36pm CDT

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