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Tue, 11 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CSTAre you making a difference? Do you add value to your constituents' lives? Are you as effective as possible per dollar output? These are all likely, and potentially useful questions to answer if you're a social entrepreneur or a funding organization. In this interactive 2008 Skoll World Forum session, a talented, experienced panel discusses the challenges of social enterprises and how metrics can impact organizational learning, innovation, and lead to greater resource utilization.
Sun, 26 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDTTeach For America places thousands of energetic and committed college graduates as teachers in under-resourced schools for their first jobs. In this talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Wendy Kopp shares why and how she started Teach for America in 1980, and its progress in raising the bar for under-achieving children. She also discusses how the organization rode out its "dark years," when enthusiasm and corporate support for the effort began to wane.
Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDTSocial entrepreneurs discuss how they use for-profit activities to fund their organizations' missions in this session of the Skoll World Forum. These are done in combination with, and in addition to, nonprofit activities. From profitably of providing water to poor villagers to training street children to run business, and from franchising medical care to creating a transparent market place for handmade goods, these entrepreneurs show that business and nonprofit can mix well.
Sun, 19 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDTScientists predict that we have less than 10 years to sufficiently reduce carbon emissions to avert a total environmental disaster. Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm "CE-Yo", tells of his company's efforts over the past 25 years to reduce its environmental footprint while increasing profits. Hirshberg shares lessons from his book Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World, in this Stanford Center for Social Innovation talk.
Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDTWhen most people think of condoms, they get a little embarrassed and uncomfortable, not Mechai Viravaidya. Known in Thailand as the "Condom King" Viravaidya began nearly 40 years ago trying to demystify condoms and focus public attention on the public health aspects of contraceptives. Since then he has become a leader in critical public health issues like poverty elevation, family planning, and HIV/AIDS. In this interview with host Sheela Sethuraman, Viravaidya offers pragmatic answers to these vital issues.
Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDTTerraNet hopes to bring cell phones to villages in developing nations. CEO Anders Carlius describes TerraNet's ad hoc GSM mesh networking technology and business model. He envisions local entrepreneurs rolling the technology out one village at a time.
Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDTJock Gill is an entrepreneur who's thinking broadly and acting decisively to help create a decentralized energy system that makes appropriate use of biomass. In part two of a two-part interview, he and host Jon Udell discuss zero-energy houses, micro combined heat and power, peer-to-peer resource sharing, and the relevance of Thomas Malthus, Benjamin Franklin, and John Nash -- among others -- to our current energy predicament.
Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDTJock Gill is an entrepreneur who's thinking broadly and acting decisively to help create an decentralized energy system that makes appropriate use of biomass. In part one of a two-part interview, he and host Jon Udell discuss alternatives to fossil fuel for residential heating in New England, including wood, wood pellets, and a new approach that uses compressed tablets made from grass.
Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDTImagine what it would be like if you had an elderly parent with failing health. What if they didn't want to leave their home to move to an assisted living facility? Now imagine trying to find them a home health care provider in Cairo, Egypt. In this interview with host Sheela Sethuraman, Magda Iskander describes how she founded Care With Love to fill the need in Cairo for short or long term home health care by providing them with well trained and compassionate home health care providers.
Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDTVenture philanthropy and other new products and trends indicate that philanthropy has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Donors are younger than ever before and foundations have become increasingly professionalized. In this discussion, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, philanthropy expert Peter Hero interviews Laura Arrillaga, a leader in Silicon Valley, about developments that are now making philanthropy a powerhouse for social change.
Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDTPATH (Program for Appropriate Technology and Health) is a nonprofit organization designed to ensure that the benefits of innovation in science and technology are available to developing countries and remotely located, low-income groups. Host Sheela Sethuraman interviews Dr. Christopher Elias, president and CEO of PATH, who talks about the beginnings, accomplishments, and challenges of PATH.
Mon, 11 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDTTechnology has increased the flow of information and made our decision-making more transparent. In this panel discussion on empathy and ethics, Bill Drayton, Mary Gordon, Keith Hammonds, Kirk Hanson, and Jill Vialet consider how empathetic ethics has to begin with individuals and can only then move into the organizations we lead and the societies we serve.
Wed, 6 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDTAs the prophet Mohammad once said, "If you can't bring the mountain to Mohammad, bring Mohammad to the mountain." However, when it comes to providing life-saving health care to rural Africa, that's easier said than done. That is until Andrea Coleman and her husband founded Riders for Health. In this interview with host Sheela Sethuraman, Coleman explains how using motorcycles to transport health care providers has created a sustainable approach and obtained incredible results.
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:00:00 CDTHow did a free eye clinic that started in a house in south India in 1976 grow to become a self-sustaining institution with 5 hospitals and become Asia's first international training facility for blindness prevention workers? Host Sheela Sethuraman answers that question in an interview with Thulasiraj Ravilla from the Aravind Eye Care System. Ravilla concentrates on the innovative approaches that Aravind has developed to become a model for high-quality, low-cost health care.
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 00:00:00 CDTAt what stage in life do social innovators make their most significant contributions? Economist and creativity researcher David Galenson debunks the myth that high achievement is the domain of youth and genius for an audience of social entrepreneurs over the age of 60. Applying lessons learned from lives of artists and leaders, he considers differences in style and time horizons of creative people, emphasizing that social innovation is more about slow burn than flash in the pan.
Sun, 1 Jun 2008 00:00:00 CDTTen years ago, "entrepreneur" didn't exist in the lexicon of many parts of the world. Now, thanks to the work of a nonprofit called Endeavor, entrepreneurs are emerging in countries where such activity was once impossible. Invited to speak at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford, Linda Rottenberg shares how her organization has gone from a "crazy" idea of two business school graduates to an important engine for empowering entrepreneurs in Latin America and beyond.
Thu, 29 May 2008 00:00:00 CDTHow does an organization not only promote green and sustainable products but also conduct business in a socially responsible way? At the Stanford 2008 Responsible Supply Chains Conference, leaders of three pioneering enterprises talk about how they integrate fair trade, sustainable design, green purchasing, and public/private partnerships into every aspect of their business. They offer advice for other organizations, and share how they are working to promote social responsibility in their respective industries.
Thu, 29 May 2008 00:00:00 CDTNot a week goes by without a product safety incident splashed across the headlines. As companies face increasing layers of suppliers, the task of monitoring the many links in the chain becomes a formidable challenge. The situation is particularly troubling for social entrepreneurs, who are especially vulnerable. In this panel from the 2008 Responsible Supply Chains Conference, executives who have experienced product safety challenges share what they have done to address these challenges head on.
Sun, 25 May 2008 00:00:00 CDTWith valuable advice for all types of entrepreneurs, this Stanford Entrepreneurship Week panel offers a unique perspective for funding a social entrepreneur startup. Kriss Deiglmeier leads an engaging discussion between funders and social entrepreneurs that provides actionable advice and insightful lessons.
Mon, 19 May 2008 00:00:00 CDTWhile volunteering at a charter school, Rafael Alvarez was confronted with some shocking information--hardly any students in the senior class had plans to attend college. So, in true social entrepreneurial fashion, he decided to match up this under-served market with another under-served market, entry level IT. Talking with Design for Change host Sheela Sethuraman, he explains how Genesys Works prepares students technically and professionally to enter a corporate environment and change their lives.
Sun, 11 May 2008 00:00:00 CDTIf you're living on this planet you probably sense that the world is in a time of tremendous change. Ashoka founder William Drayton calls it "Revolution" in his keynote address on the occasion of receiving the Purpose Prize Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. In this talk, Drayton offers inspiring words about the nature of the times we are in, and how becoming a change maker is critical for seizing opportunities that are emerging in these unprecedented times.
Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:00:00 CDTIn parts of Nicaragua, nearly 80 percent of the population goes without electricity, leaving them cut off from critical opportunities for betterment and development. Kriss Deiglmeier, the Center for Social Innovation executive director, interviews Mathias Craig who created blueEnergy to bring electricity to marginalized communities in this region of the world.
Sat, 5 Apr 2008 00:00:00 CDTFirst Book is a not-for-profit organization that provides books to low-income students. Founder Kyle Zimmer discusses with Design for Change host Sheela Sethuraman the evolution of her startup from a mere idea in 1992 to an organization with hundreds of employees and millions of books. She also outlines how she's applied best business practices to create a scalable entrepreneurial model.
Sat, 22 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CDTDuring turbulence and social upheaval most people retreat into themselves and focus on only one task--survival. Fortunately for the women and children of Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi did more. With only $20,000, Yacoobi formed what is now the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). Until the fall of the Taliban in 2001, AIL operated underground. AIL now serves 350,000 women and children each year. Yacoobi explains her vision for AIL to Design for Change host Sheela Sethuraman as well as her incredible journey and experiences along the way.
Sun, 9 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CSTDespite the stunning advances in medicine during the last half century, more than 25,000 children die each day for want of medicine that costs less than a cup of coffee. Inadequate access to health care is just one of the tremendous problems facing the millions of people around the world who earn less than $4 a day. Invited to Stanford by the Center for Social Innovation, Yasmina Zaidman describes how the Acumen model supports microenterprises that are helping to alleviate poverty, and shares the opportunities and challenges the organization faces.
Fri, 7 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CSTWhy are social entrepreneurs sometimes considered "unreasonable," and how are they different from business entrepreneurs? Author Pamela Hartigan discusses with Design for Change host Sheela Sethuraman how these pesky pioneers are creating markets that are changing the world. She also talks about Volans Ventures, her new enterprise dedicated to integrating the worlds of social and environmental innovation with business-driven wealth creation.
Sun, 24 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CSTIn remote rural areas in India, 18 million people suffer isolation and poverty due to their inability to work. Jennifer Roberts, associate editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, interviews D.R. Mehta, whose NGO gives mobility to 20,000 people a year through the fitting of a high-tech prosthetic limb known as the Jaipur Foot. Mehta discusses the genesis of his organization, which makes the prosthesis freely available to the poor.
Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CSTIn developing countries, many tests for infectious diseases never reach the market because there is little financial incentive to pharmaceutical companies to get them there. Alana Conner, senior editor at the Stanford Social Innovation Review, interviews Helen Lee, whose research department at the University of Cambridge has developed tests that allow for the rapid detection--and thus treatment--of diseases in rural settings around the world.
Sun, 10 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CSTIn Chile, the farming of salmon seemed the ideal solution to the depletion of world fish populations--until it became clear that acquiculture causes its own environmental problems. Interviewed by Eric Nee, managing editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Rodrigo Pizarro explores the challenges of acquiculture and the foundation's project to reduce the impact of salmon farming through a sustainable system of seaweed cultivation.
Sat, 9 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CSTDr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of "Creating a World Without Poverty."