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Hybrid and For-Profit Business Models - Challenges and Opportunities

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Social 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.

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Mohammed Abbad Andaloussi - A Bridge Between Education and Business

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Do you think we can change the world by involving enterprise one hour a week? Al Jisr, and it's founder Mohammed Abbad Andaloussi, are convinced that we can. In this episode of Design for Change, host Sheela Sethuraman interviews Abbad Analoussi about his efforts to improve education in Moroccan schools by involving businesses. So far, over 100 corporations have adopted over 200 schools. They provide volunteers, support, and a real world perspective to students.

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Anders Carlius - Ad-hoc Mesh Networking with GSM

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDT

TerraNet 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.

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Vicente Fox - Mexico's Economic Challenges and Opportunities

Sat, 27 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Most Americans are unaware of the enormous progress Mexico has enjoyed since the peso's devastating collapse in 1994. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox highlights his country's opportunities to foster democracy, develop entrepreneurism, and promote alternative energy sources as it emerges as a world economic power. He addresses challenges, including a poor educational system, rapid population growth, and dwindling oil reserves. Sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation.

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Alejandro Toledo - Lifting Latin America Out of Poverty

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Latin America may be poised to become a much bigger player on the world economic stage, yet 54 percent of its citizens would choose an autocratic regime over a democratically elected government if it meant more jobs. Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo reflects on the challenge of democratic development and consolidation in Latin America in this dialog sponsored by the Stanford School of Education and moderated by Stanford sociology and political science professor, Larry Diamond.

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Lawrence Summer, Cameron Sinclair, Nancy Birdsall, Harriet Babbitt - What is Sustainable Development?

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDT

The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era of technological change, leading to better standards of living for us today. Yet this progress has taken a toll on the non-renewable resources of our planet. Given the accelerated rate at which developing nations now follow in our footsteps in the exploitation of natural resources, how long will our planet be able to sustain such growth? Panelists Harriet Babbitt, Nancy Birdsall, Lawrence Summers and Cameron Sinclair discuss the meaning of, and ways to achieve, sustainable development.

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David Funkhouser - TransFair's Work in Fair Trade

Mon, 4 Aug 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Coffee price fluctuations over past decades have created extreme financial crises and long-term poverty for thousands of small-scale Latin American farmers. In this Stanford Center for Social Innovation sponsored talk, David Funkhouser of TransFair USA, details how the Fair Trade movement arose as a market-based approach to poverty alleviation and international development. He discusses Fair Trade's function to offer suppliers fair, above-market prices, and TransFair's role in supporting that movement.

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David Goldwyn, David Dollar - Power, Poverty, and Progress: How Energy Effects Economic Development and Global Stability

Sun, 22 Jun 2008 00:00:00 CDT

People in the developing world expend more than a quarter of their potential earnings on energy. Economic development, environmental health, and global stability all hinge on wise management of global energy resources. David Goldwyn and David Dollar paint a positive picture on what developing countries and governments in the west can do to improve energy use abroad and at home.

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Paul Farmer - Scaling Up Health Care in Rwanda

Mon, 9 Jun 2008 00:00:00 CDT

AIDS, malaria, and maternal mortality are some of the chronic public health issues that plague Africa. Invited to Stanford, Paul Farmer talks about how his Boston-based organization, Partners In Health, is spending donor dollars to bring the lessons garnered from its work in Haiti to scale up health care services in war-torn Rwanda. His organization seeks to fill the gap that exists between medical R&D and health care delivery so preventions and cures can be brought to more of the people who need them.

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Linda Rottenberg - Taking Entrepreneurism International

Sun, 1 Jun 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Ten 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.

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Glenn Zorpette - Reconstructing Iraq's Electricity Grid

Mon, 19 May 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Reconstruction of the electric grid in Iraq is seen as the most important project in that country. Over $60 billion have been pledged, but even three years after the end of the war, there is still a long ways to go. IEEE Spectrum executive editor Glenn Zorpette discusses the progress and challenges, both technological and political, facing the reconstruction effort there.

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Charles Perrow - Reducing Disaster Vulnerability

Mon, 12 May 2008 00:00:00 CDT

According to Yale University Professor Charles Perrow, it is time to start learning from recent natural disasters in the United States like Hurricane Katrina. On this edition of IEEE Spectrum Radio, Perrow asserts that instead of simply responding to natural disasters, we should be reducing our vulnerability to them.

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Lynne Patterson - Empowering Women in Latin America

Sat, 26 Apr 2008 00:00:00 CDT

One of the best methods proven to alleviate poverty is microlending to women, who have a great track record for using loans wisely to create small business enterprises that sustain their entire families. Host of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford, Lynne Patterson talks about the creation of Pro Mujer, an international microfinance and women's development network in Latin America. She details the mission, objectives, methods, and progress, illuminating the organization's empowering impact on the lives of its many clients.

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Mathias Craig - Bringing Electricity to the Marginalized

Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:00:00 CDT

In 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.

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Kyle Zimmer - Fearlessly Helping the World to Read

Sat, 5 Apr 2008 00:00:00 CDT

First 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.

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Majora Carter - Sustainability and Environmental Justice

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CDT

Majora Carter talks about sustainability and environmental justice. Tracing the development of the South Bronx Greenway, Carter discusses community involvement within a neglected area that generates jobs, strengthens people's community spirit, and creates sustainable industries to meet the future ecological vision for New York City.

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Joshua Silver - Bringing Vision to the Masses

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CDT

In the United States, at least 60 percent of the population wears corrective lenses. Worldwide, in contrast, only 5 percent of the population does. Such statistics have led Josh Silver, Oxford atomic physicist, to conclude that more than half the world needs vision correction but doesn't have access to it. Host of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford, Silver shares how he decided to "do something useful for the world" by creating specialized, liquid-filled corrective lenses that are now worn by some 26,000 people in developing countries.

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Yasmina Zaidman - Using Markets to Reduce Poverty

Sun, 9 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CST

Despite 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.

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Devendra Raj Mehta - Bringing Mobility to the Disabled

Sun, 24 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CST

In 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.

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Wendy Kopp - Narrowing Educational Gaps Across America

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CST

Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive officer of Teach for America, tells host Sheela Sethuraman about the history, goals, and ideals of that program. In an effort to narrow the gap in educational opportunities, Teach for America currently places over 5,000 teachers in low-income and poorly performing schools across the country. Its growing corps of alumni is also taking their educational experiences into careers in law, public health, policy making, and leadership.

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Dr. Helen Lee - Improved Disease Tests for the Developing World

Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CST

In 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.

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Dr. Joel Selanikio - Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CST

Dr. Joel Selanikio is the co-founder of DataDyne, a non-profit consultancy dedicated to improving the quantity and quality of public health data. He works mainly in developing countries where the dominant computer is the cellphone, and the dominant network protocol is SMS, a phenomenon that he calls "the invisible computer revolution."

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Muhammad Yunus - Tech Nation

Sat, 9 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CST

Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of "Creating a World Without Poverty."

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Jeroo Billimoria - Empower Children Through Financial Literacy

Sun, 3 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CST

Jeroo Billimoria is the founder of six successful enterprises. Her most recent effort is Aflatoun, a nonprofit organization that provides social and financial education to children. Billimoria shares the wisdom she's acquired over the years with Design for Change host Sheela Sethuraman. She talks about her successes with Aflatoun, including securing pro-bono support from various corporations, developing a scalable training model, and creating a global network of organizations.

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Neil Giarratana - Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 00:00:00 CST

Neil Giarratana, president of a small web software firm called Lucidus, is bucking a demographic trend. According to the United Nations, 2007 was the tipping point for world urbanization, and migration to big cities is expected to be a huge continuing trend in the 21st century. But Neil moved from Fairfax, VA to Keene, NH to combine high-tech business with small-town New England life.

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Making Supply Chains Socially Responsible - Promoting Sustainability in the Coffee Industry

Sun, 30 Dec 2007 00:00:00 CST

Starbucks has developed guidelines for creating and maintaining a sustainable supply chain, which it calls Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices. These coffee-buying guidelines help the company establish equitable relationships with farmers, workers, and communities. Speaking at Stanford during the 2007 Responsible Supply Chains Conference, Willard Hay explores what's making C.A.F.E. Practices successful.

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Social Innovation: Where do we go from here? - Skoll World Forum 2007

Sun, 23 Dec 2007 00:00:00 CST

Social innovation is more than just invention. Diffusion or scaling up of ideas is an integral part of making truly effective social change. Educators, nonprofit executives, and philanthropists share their perspectives about how to take innovative ideas for social change to that tipping point where they can create large-scale, lasting positive effects.

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Lawrence Jackson - Green for Less

Sun, 18 Nov 2007 00:00:00 CST

For Wal-Mart, social responsibility includes keeping products affordable to the millions of low- and middle-income consumers who form the bulk of its customer base. Bringing the perspectives of someone who grew up in inner city Washington, D.C., Lawrence Jackson asked his Stanford audience at the 2007 Responsible Supply Chains Conference to consider whether pushing for social and environmental responsibility in business is a racially and economically segregated movement.

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Larry Brilliant - Reflections from a Pioneer in Social Innovation

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 00:00:00 CST

Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the future of humanity? In his talk at the 2007 Skoll World Forum, Larry Brilliant cites megatrends that are indeed cause for alarm. He also notes shining examples of altruism and philanthropy that inspire him ultimately to maintain faith in the human species.

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Jim Greenwood - BioTech Nation

Mon, 5 Nov 2007 00:00:00 CST

On BioTech Nation, Jim Greenwood, the President and CEO of BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, speaks with Dr. Moira Gunnabout an innovative new conference: Partnering for Global Health which brings together biotech and science, global philanthropists, and people in need.

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