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Slow Money Investing Takes Root

Slow Money Investing Takes Root

“We’re running out of dirt.” In this short phrase, Woody Tasch, venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur, and author, describes the environmental degradation caused by current farming methods. Many stories are familiar: fertilizer runoff contaminating waterways and wetlands; pesticides killing birds and insects; and the recent collapse of entire bee populations. Tasch’s “quiet crisis of the world…

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Hanging in the Balance with Sophia Chang

Sophia Chang

On any given day, Sophia Chang could be producing a fashion show for Bravo’s “Project Runway All Stars” or promoting a concert for Q-Tip. Find her side by side with GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan running Science Genius, a program that uses rap as a tool to get New York City high schoolers excited about…

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Becoming a Conscious Capitalist

Conscious Capitalism Institute

Professor Raj Sisodia, chairman and co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, is the co-author (with Whole Foods Founder John Mackey) of business bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. In addition to helping companies around the world adopt the mindset of Conscious Capitalism, Sisodia also is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business…

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Amplifying Impact with AltruHelp


Mathew Paisner is not your average social innovator. To start with, he began his career at Oppenheimer Funds, where he helped oversee its $20 billion taxable fixed income mutual fund product line. Not yet 30 years old and armed with a background in finance, an MBA, and a Lewis Institute Changemaker Award, Paisner now heads…

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Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part II

Social Innovation

Three Models of Social Investing Social investment platforms are as diverse as the challenges they seek to address. They share a common goal of having a positive effect and supporting social causes, but approach community engagement and fundraising differently. Here are three distinct flavors of social investing, along with some of the success stories that…

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A Profile of Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network was born in reaction to the standard model of philanthropy. Pierre and Pamela Omidyar founded eBay in September 1995. Less than four years later, their share of the now-public company was worth $3 billion, and they had passed the reins of running the company to others. The head-snapping speed of their success, and…

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Octopus, Social Innovation, and the Power of Narrative

Andrew Zimmern

How is a guy famous for eating raw dogfish fetus and sautéed goose intestine on television helping the Food Sol initiative of Babson’s Lewis Institute inspire solutions for food-related social problems? On campus in October 2012 for Babson’s Food Day, Andrew Zimmern palms a can of Diet Red Bull while he describes the power of…

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Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs, Part I


Social Investing For The Masses Ten years ago, social investing pioneers such as Pierre Omidyar and Jeff Skoll used their Internet-derived wealth to create a new type of foundation, one that would invest in entrepreneurs whose goal was relieving social problems with business methods. These entrepreneurs capitalized their innovations with a single source of wealth…

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Social Intrapreneurship: A Conversation with Cheryl Kiser and Kevin Thompson

African Child Getting a Vaccine

The term Social Intrapreneurship has been cropping up lately. The Ashoka Changemakers announced a League of Intrapreneurs in September, universities are studying the practice, and intrapreneurs at companies as diverse as Ford, Nestle, Intel, Dell, and Kraft have attracted attention in the business press. We asked Cheryl Yaffe Kiser, director of Babson’s Lewis Institute, and…

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