Category: Amplifying Social Innovation

People, Planet, Profits: A Recipe for Triple Bottom Line

Ramon Mendiola

Ramon Mendiola is itching to share a recipe with the masses. No, it’s not a recipe for one of the many beverage brands his company, Florida Ice and Farm Company (FIFCO), owns. Rather, it’s a recipe for simultaneously evolving business and creating shared value. It’s a recipe for the triple bottom line—people, planet, and profits—that…

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Disrupting the Status Quo

Paul Quinn Football Field

You’ve heard the adages, seen the inspirational quotes: same old thinking, same old results. There ought to be a better way than the way it always has been done. Beyond the axioms, however, are real-life examples of leaders challenging traditional models of doing business, using entrepreneurship to reshape and reimagine the communities—and the world—we live…

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Tackling Sustainability Goals with Social Innovation in Liberia

Smart Liberia

Around the world, one in nine people are undernourished. It’s not just a hunger problem we face, but getting the right foods that provide necessary nutrients. Poor nutrition causes 45 percent of deaths in children younger than 5—every year. It’s why the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals includes targets to end hunger in the next…

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How Coca-Cola is Leading Women’s Empowerment in the Developing World

What does it mean to empower women? Consult the dictionary, and you’ll find the word empower means to make someone stronger and more confident, particularly when it comes to their life and their rights. Consult the United Nations, and you’ll see the words equality, advocacy, education, and training on its list of seven Women’s Empowerment…

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Fighting Global Iron Deficiency, One Lucky Iron Fish at a Time

Lucky Iron Fish

Sets of three are lucky in Cambodia. When Dr. Gavin Armstrong incorporated his company Lucky Iron Fish on 12/12/12, he wasn’t thinking much about luck. Then, just 25 years old, he had been working in Cambodia where more than 50 percent of the population suffers from iron deficiency. “In Cambodia, there’s actually no word for…

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Corporate Social Responsibility from the Bottom Up

Shainoor Khoja

How can companies empower citizens of the world’s war-torn economies? For Shainoor Khoja, the answer includes bringing those citizens into the organization’s business model. Believing a company is only as strong as the community it serves, Khoja has spent more than 10 years engaging with and investing in the development of “bottom of the pyramid”…

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Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change?

Peers Inc

In the not so distant past, people needing a car had just two options. They could either buy an entire car (a purchase that accounts for 17 percent of the typical American budget) or they could rent one in 24-hour bundles. Both cases were mismatched between the driver’s needs—for example commuting, or hauling a large…

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Helping Teen Mothers Step Out Of Poverty

Catalina Escobar

In the year 2000, Catalina Escobar had it all: a beautiful family, a promising career running her own international trading company, and a home in Cartagena, a gem of a city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. But 2000 was also the year Catalina’s life changed forever. While volunteering in a local neonatal clinic, a newborn died…

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Bobby Sager: “You Need to Understand Your Customer”

Bobby Sager

How did Bobby Sager, who grew up outside of Boston and married his high school sweetheart, become the international philanthropic force he is today? His career took him from a small jewelry business, to running Gordon Brothers Group as president and partner, to founding the Sager Family Traveling Foundation and Roadshow. His circle of friends…

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Running a Business Rooted in Mission

Running a Business Rooted in Mission

It’s 6:30 a.m. The phone rings: one of Jon Feinman’s students is ready to be picked up, signaling the start of the work day. The 31–year-old founder and executive director of InnerCity Weightlifting leaves home and drives into the heart of Boston’s roughest neighborhoods, where he’ll spend the next hour picking up young men and…

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