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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Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

 

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Direct download: Zane_Part2.mp3
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!

 

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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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!

 

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

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

 

 

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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Direct download: Part_1_With_Sydney_Smith.mp3
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!

 

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: 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!

 

This podcast is broadcasted proudly from the Kansas City Startup Village

 

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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!

 

Check out the website HERE!

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

 

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!

This podcast is broadcasted proudly from the Kansas City Startup Village

 

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Direct download: Catchafire_Part_1.mp3
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

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

Recommended book: Out of Poverty by Paul Pollock

 

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

 

This podcast is broadcasted proudly from theKansas City Startup Village

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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!

 

Check out the College Plus website HERE

 

To Subscribe to the Social Change Nation Newsletter Click HERE

Check out the Social Good Shopping Guide and Directory HERE

 

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!

 

This podcast is broadcasted proudly from the Kansas City Startup Village

 


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

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