Author: Real Leaders

Sparrow Mobile Steps Up To Refugee Crisis

In America today there are more than 250 million mobile devices in service. Yet, within a country that’s viewed as the global leader in technology, there are over 45 million people living in poverty, and millions left unable to afford a quality mobile device or service. While many consider a smartphone a luxury, to those at […]

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Timberland Just Planted its two-Millionth Tree

Ethical Corporation recently had the chance to ask Timberland President, Stewart Whitney about his role at Timberland, the upcoming Responsible Business Summit USA 2016, and his ideas on the Sustainable Development Goals. Ethical Corporation: What’s your current role and what are your responsibilities? As president of Timberland, my role really boils down to being a steward for […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Don’t be on the Wrong Side of History

Forget the movie “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t got a bad bone in his body. In real life, he can be found raising awareness around global warming and driving his electric Tesla around town. What kind of villan has solar panels on his roof anyway? Winning his first Oscar for best actor […]

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Top Tips for Writing Your Résumé

The graphic below shows some of the most common, and frankly unbelievable, mistakes that thousands of job applicants make when writing their CV or résumé. It also covers all the clichés that employers hate to hear when reading your application. Read on to get recommendations that any jobseeker will find highly valuable when compiling a résumé. Remember, first impressions count! […]

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The Global Company That Turns Trash Into Cash

So you want to save money in your business? Where would you start? Most companies will begin looking at staff or existing suppliers when cutting costs. But what about waste? According to Rick Perez, Chairman and CEO of Houston-based Avangard Innovative (pictured above), there’s profit to be found in your factory waste bins. To prove […]

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Beyond Charity: The Biggest Impact Is Business With A Heart

“People think that running a non-profit is easy,” says Vicki Escarra, Global CEO of Opportunity International. “Like something you do when you retire, kick back and work a couple of days a week. But the reality is: it’s very tough.” Escarra knows all about tough: she was promoted to chief marketing officer of global operations […]

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Making Money Matter

Nick O’Donohoe moved from big finance to a big society bank when he realized that investment meant more than just money in the bank. If you have a U.K. bank account that has been lying dormant for longer than 15 years, there’s a good chance Big Society Capital (BSC) now has your money. O’Donohoe is […]

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Man Without Legs: Why I Decided to Make A Difference

Spencer West lost both his legs from the pelvis down at the age of five. This hasn’t stopped him climbing and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair. He’s also a top-ranked keynoter and author of the best-selling book “Standing Tall: My Journey”. He shares with us why he decided to become a victor […]

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Millennial Dads Turn to Digital in Their Moments of Need

Good news for moms and marketers: The new generation of millennial dads is playing a big role at home. They strive to be perfect fathers, influence purchase decisions, and turn to the web and their devices for help. The opportunity for brands is to be there in these micro-moments. If there’s one thing that drives […]

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Sting Has The Balls To Make A Difference!

Sometimes a soccer ball is more than just a ball. Sometimes, it’s a lifesaver. Tim Jahnigen has always followed his heart, whether as a carpenter, a chef, a lyricist or as an entrepreneur. So in 2006, when he saw a documentary about children in Darfur who found solace playing soccer with balls made out of […]

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Matt Damon: Lead Actor On The World’s Water Crisis

More people have access to cellphones than to clean water. This is a shocking fact in a world that has the technology and financial means to resolve one of humanity’s most basic problems, but in which we have failed to apply the solutions. Matt Damon has taken his tough-guy, action hero character off the screen […]

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New Report Identifies Business Opportunities Within Global Risk

From all corners of the world, business leaders echo the same message: societal risks need urgent action. However, some of the most pressing risks – such as youth unemployment and the global food crisis – are also where leaders see the greatest business opportunities. Business also increasingly sees itself as a key global activist and […]

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7 CEOs Saving The World

Let’s face it, the world is in serious trouble. 2015 has seen climate change pass the milestone 1 degree celsius of warming since pre-industrial times; the Big 10 food companies emit more greenhouse gas emissions than Scandinavia through their supply chains; and by 2050 there could be an extra 50 million people starving. Fortunately there […]

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Rhino Horn is Cheaper From a Lab Than From The Wild

Controversy awaits those who challenge the status quo – 23andMe, Airbnb, Uber – each has its supporters and detractors. My company, Pembient, is no different. In this post, I wish to address some of the concerns raised in the media about Pembient’s operations. What is Pembient? Pembient is a startup. In the words of serial-entrepreneur Steve Blank, […]

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What Happens When Robots Take Our jobs?

Technologies such as big data, advanced analytics, the internet of things, wearables, advanced robotics, learning machines and 3D printing are finding their way into factories. Despite the sluggishness of change on today’s factory floors, this digital wave is slowly but surely revolutionizing manufacturing, contributing to major productivity enhancements and the emergence of innovative production paradigms […]

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Is Africa Hiding the Next Mark Zuckerberg?

On May 14th, 1984, Mark Zuckerberg was born in Westchester County, N.Y., to a dentist and a psychiatrist. Twenty years later, he launched the initial version of “Thefacebook” out of his Harvard dorm room. In August, a decade after opening to its first members, Facebook had one billion users in a single day. Zuckerberg is undoubtedly brilliant. But what […]

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5 Tips For Leaders Who Are Nursing On The Go

For many new moms, the end of maternity leave induces anxiety. I know this from experience, having returned to work twice in the past three years after maternity leave. But the challenges of returning from maternity leave are compounded when a nursing mother is sent on a business trip and has to leave her child […]

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Emotional Intelligence is the New IQ

Emotional intelligence helps us manage stress, it is vital for enhanced co-operation and teamwork, and it helps us to learn in relationships. Studies have found that 67% of all competencies deemed essential for high performance are related to emotional intelligence and leaders who score higher in emotional intelligence are more likely to be highly profitable in […]

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Shaping Humanity Through A Lens

Photographer Jac de Villiers spoke to influential people who have shaped our world view. They shared their message of leadership and humanity. Portraiture is a complex affair, where the photographer shares an intimate but brief relationship with a person, often a stranger. Usually, I have a rough mental image of the result I am looking […]

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A Christmas Perspective: Heaven or Hell?

We live in an age of extremes. Most of us are a bit hypnotized by our smart phones overflowing with the stream of urgent trivia as well as vital information that impacts our work, our families and our lives. Our brains and emotions were not designed for this constant onslaught of stimulation. At the same […]

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Wear the Change You Want to See

  Using a simple string of beads made and sold through a uniquely sustainable business model, Cape Town-based Relate makes “cause” bracelets that create opportunities that change lives. The organization has raised more than $1.2 million for causes and social upliftment. The bracelets are made by the elderly, refugees and unemployed township youth, allowing them […]

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10 Experts React to the COP21Paris Agreement

As the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) comes to a close, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has released the following insights from its international law and global economy and politics experts regarding the outcomes, including the final Paris Agreement released on Saturday, December 12: 1. “The Paris accord represents […]

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World Leaders Celebrate Climate Deal

At the COP21 United Nations conference in Paris on Friday, officials from nearly 200 countries reached a new agreement to address the threat of global climate change. On behalf of the United Nations Foundation, Chair Ted Turner, Vice Chairs Senator Timothy E. Wirth and Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, and President and CEO Kathy Calvin commented […]

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Coca-Cola’s New and Improved Formula: Greenfreeze

  In 1932 Coca-Cola was extolling consumers to taste its “ice-cold sunshine.” After 129 years of selling carbonated soft-drink, one of the world’s largest companies has realized that consumers downing 1.8 billion of their beverages daily in 200 country’s comes with a wider responsibility. When that same sunshine becomes more associated with drought and global […]

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The Super Bowl Game Powered By The Sun

San Francisco 49ers score with the world’s first LEED certified sustainable sport stadium, with games completely powered by the sun. High-density Wi-Fi for every person in the stadium will facilitate in-seat purchases of concessions and merchandise from any smartphone, and an ability to access in-stadium camera feeds from various angles of the game will ensure […]

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Corporations Are Being Punished By Recruits Over Sustainability

A new global study of more than 3,700 students at 29 top business schools found that corporations unwilling to act on environmental issues are increasingly punished by the men and women they would like to recruit. The study, conducted by Yale University in collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Global […]

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Forests to Fight Back in Paris Next Month

  World leaders will meet in Paris next week and hopefully forge a historic agreement to fight climate change. We will need every tool at our disposal, including sensible policies and new technologies for clean energy and transportation. But we also have to go back to our roots. Forests, which cover a third of the […]

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A New Psychology For Sustainability Leadership

Since World War II, researchers have been asking: “What makes great leadership?” “How do successful leaders become who they are?” and “What are the skills and capacities that make them successful?” Until the middle of the 20th century, centralization of power and control were the primary themes in the leadership literature. As a result, many […]

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Declaration by the Nobel Peace Laureates on World Peace

  We, the Nobel Peace Laureates and Peace Organisations, in the presence of youth from all over the world, gathered together in Barcelona from 12 – 15 November 2015, have considered issues affecting world peace – with special emphasis on the current refugee and migration crisis. We are profoundly shocked and outraged by the barbaric […]

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Seventeen Year-Old Liberian Wins Children’s Peace Prize

Seventeen-year old Abraham M. Keita from Liberia is the 2015 winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize. He was presented with the prestigious award for demanding justice for children who are victims of physical or sexual violence, and for successfully campaigning for the Liberian parliament to adopt the Children’s Law. The award was given to him […]

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The #BusinessCase for Gender Equality in Leadership

  “No country can get ahead if it leaves what amounts to half the population behind.” This quote from the McKinsey report, Economic Benefit of Gender Equality, provided a soft opening to a session focused on the data and facts pointing to the benefits of gender diversity in business. Alison Pyott from Veris Wealth Partnership added that for the first time, we […]

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Want To Save The World? Start Thinking Like Thomas Edison

One eighth of the wealth of the world can be traced back to the ideas of this prolific inventor. Once named by Life magazine as the single most important individual of the past thousand years, how did Edison create those ‘light bulb’ moments – before the light bulb had even been invented? We’ve all heard […]

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Arab Spring Gets A Boost With 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization […]

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Are Women the Solution to Business’ Biggest Problem?

“40% of today’s businesses will not exist in a meaningful way in 10 years.” That’s what John Chambers, Cisco’s recently retired CEO, announced at a recent conference here in San Diego. He maybe right. More and more large businesses are failing to thrive. Not only do leaders have an outdated skill set, they also suffer from […]

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Subway Introduces New Sustainability Efforts

  As a part of the restaurant chain’s continued commitment to making its restaurants and operations more socially responsible, the Subway brand has made LED lighting standard for all new and remodeled restaurants.  This upgrade will provide energy-efficient lighting that, in 2014 with a small percentage of stores participating, saved 21.9 million kilowatt hours – […]

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Meredith Perry Wants You To Drop Your Cords And Take Charge

  A 26 year-old scientist and inventor is developing wireless power. She wants investors and inventors to tackle difficult projects, not easy ones that deliver quick financial returns. Investing in the future and doing something meaningful with your talents should be everyone’s primary concern. Meredith Perry is one of those rare people that actually thought […]

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World leaders agree: We must close the gender gap

On Sunday some 80 world leaders convened at the United Nations to personally commit to ending discrimination against women by 2030 and announce concrete and measurable actions to kick-start rapid change in their countries. The event marks a historic first, with pledges delivered by Heads of State and Government. No other single issue is to receive […]

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Pope Francis: The future demands of us critical and global decisions

Pope Francis delivered a wide-ranging address before world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly on 25th September, urging global action to protect the environment and end the suffering of “vast ranks of the excluded,” saying that “human beings take precedence over partisan interests.” “The present time invites us to give priority to actions […]

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Energy Rocks

Ukrainian born designer, Igor Gitelstain, lives and works in Israel. Igor graduated in Industrial Design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan. He studied various fields of Industrial Design, covering different design approaches, 3D computer modeling, technical drawing and the production process. “The most important thing for me right now is to […]

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Does Your Work Make You a Better Person?

I’m doing a lot of teaching these days. The training session is called Supercharge Your Career and Work Like a Genius. Many companies are seeing this training as vital because the nature of work is going through a convulsive revolution. There is no doubt that work that requires little sophisticated judgment is being increasingly taken over by […]

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The Greenest City in the World Can Be Found in Las Vegas

In the middle of a construction site, amongst the dust and noise that is more suited to a burly construction worker, stands a woman in a neatly pressed business suit wearing a hard hat. It’s Cindy Ortega (pictured above), senior vice president for corporate sustainability at MGM Resorts International. She’s surveying what is now the […]

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Meet the Minister of Happiness (Yes, he really exists)

  When Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced the creation of a new government ministry in June 2013, to be called the Ministry of Happiness, there were coughs of restrained mirth and some checked their calendars to see if it was April first. The Secretaria del Buen Vivir, loosely translated as “good living,” “wellbeing” or “happiness” […]

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Sold for $90: The Girl Who Went from Slave to CEO

  Rani Hong has gone from a slave to the CEO of a global organization, who speaks regularly at the United Nations. Moving from a victim to a leader, she is leading an international awareness campaign on human trafficking to help stamp it out. She believes that many companies might support child labor without even realizing […]

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How Sustainable Luxury Can Save The Planet

  The CEO of a luxury jewelery company joins an ocean conservation organization and realizes that business should have a social conscience. She creates a yearly award for luxury goods manufacturers that practice sustainability, in the hope that it will influence the entire industry. While luxury has always been associated with wealth, it’s discernment that […]

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Here’s An Idea For Saving The Rainforests: Buy One

A family decides to invest in a rainforest in Ecuador, believing they can preserve it for future generations. Rather than hide it away, a sustainable business model is drawn up that sees it become a highly visible a tourist lodge. Miguel Sevilla believes that rarity is a powerful marketing tool and that different conservation practices […]

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The Revolutionary Leader Who Ruled From Home

  Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of her political career under house arrest in Myanmar. Despite her fate always being in the hands of her enemies, she has remained firmly in control of her destiny and inspired millions of people to achieve democracy through peaceful means. She is no stranger to fear and […]

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Nearly a Third Say Cloud Storage is Essential, But National Opinion is Divided

  Latin America countries have highest numbers strongly agreeing that cloud storage is essential to them. Germany, Canada and Australia not convinced.  Internationally, nearly a third of all surveyed strongly agree that cloud storage is essential to them, with agreement peaking in Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, China and Russia. Market and consumer analysis company GfK asked Internet users in 22 countries about how strongly they agree or disagree with the statement “it is essential […]

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Economics of Trophy Hunting in Africa Are Overrated and Overstated

A report that analyzes literature on the economics of trophy hunting and reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue. The study, authored by Economists at Large – commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation – originally came about in 2013 during consideration to […]

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Here’s What Happens When Luxury Meets Inner Beauty

Diagnosed with cancer, Annee De Mamiel develops a range of oils and balms to offset the effects of her treatment. Multiple qualifications in Chinese traditional medicine, combined with a desire to treat her illness as naturally as possible, result in a beauty product with the highest levels of purity she can find. Intent, meaning and […]

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Surely it’s Too Late for Outrage When a Child is Dead?

  The director of a South African organization that aims to prevent child abuse and promote children’s rights suggests that violence in society begins in the home. If you don’t spank our kids at home, are you prepared to voice your concern when you see it happening to other kids in public? Christina Nomdo asks why […]

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Can This Man Save The Rhino With A 3D Printer?

  Rhino horn is now worth as much as cocaine on the black market. A biotech startup believes synthetic horns made in laboratories offers an ethical alternative, can confuse criminals and tap into a market worth billions. Matthew Markus wants synthetic rhino horn to be seen as a normal product, alongside other synthetically produced foods […]

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Wangari Maathai: The Troublemaker Who Fought Back With Trees

  A woman turns a tree planting movement into a pro-democracy movement that demands human rights from an African regime. Despite gender discrimination and physical threats to her life she stands up to a dictator, abusive husband and the military and shows people around the world that determination can result in change. Wangari Maathai showed […]

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The High Cost Of Cheap Clothes

After a decade in the organic food and beauty industry Marci Zaroff (above) recognized the “missing link” in the supply chain – ethics and sustainability. She coined the term ‘eco-fashion’ and set about pioneering a market for organic and sustainable textiles. Rethinking the fashion supply chain can cut costs, add value to collaborators and offer […]

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U.S. Pro Sports Shifting to More Sustainable Game Day Food

Leading professional sports venues that serve all major leagues are now promoting more sustainable food options to fans, according to a new report by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Champions of Game Day Food” features 20 venues spanning North America that are serving healthier food choices and adopting more sustainable […]

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Mexican Peasant Design Takes Its Place Among The Elite

Artisanal fashion brand Carmen Rion resists mass-produced garments while celebrating Mexico’s rich cultural heritage. The designer has been a socially aware entrepreneur for over 20 years, working with native communities to bring traditional fabrics to contemporary fashion. Rion was the first designer to feature the women who make her garments as models in fashion shows […]

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Are McDonald’s Arches Turning From Gold To Green?

Can McDonald’s become a global leader in the sustainability movement? Let’s see what Keith Kenny, Senior Director, Supply Chain for McDonald’s Europe, has to say. He’s responsible for sustainability across the company and also has strategic sourcing responsibility for poultry, fish, vegetables and beverages. What challenges lie behind the world’s most standardized meal? You’ve had […]

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If Your Food Could Talk, What Would It Tell You?

A young parent sees no innovation or healthy alternatives in the depressing baby food market around him. He sees no reason why toddlers shouldn’t eat the same healthy, organic food as their parents. Knowing he’s not alone, he becomes a leader among a nation of parents seeking better nutrition for their kids – in the […]

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How To Promote Peace 120 Years Beyond Your Death

Alfred Nobel spent a lifetime developing armaments only to have a change of heart on their effectiveness a few years before his death. He leaves his vast fortune to establish a prize for those who achieve excellence in various fields, including peace. A big thinker, and ahead of his time, Nobel insists the prize be […]

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Shania Twain Admits to Faking It. You Should Too.

An innovative conservation idea – replace real leopard skins with realistic fakes. It now takes $30 to save a leopards life and saves traditional community members up to $700. Panthera’s business model offers an alternative to the “no” messages of mainstream conservation. Getting buy-in from influential leaders, brands and celebrities can help further a cause. […]

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Why is Everyone Eating Chia Seeds?

An ancient seed used by the Mayans and Aztecs inspires an entrepreneur to develop a new range of beverages and snacks. Janie Hoffman created a demand for her products before customers even knew what chia seeds were, and before she even had a guaranteed supply. The company tagline “Seed Your Soul” wants to demonstrate that […]

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‘Made in Ethiopia’ Now Means Luxury

Open a box of Enzi shoes and this is what you’ll read on the inside: You have not just purchased a pair of shoes. You have contributed towards the development of sustainable leather production in Ethiopia. You have invested in improving the livelihoods of skilled Ethiopian factory workers. You have helped to raise the profile […]

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A Tribute to David Goldberg

On May 1, 2015, David Goldberg collapsed at a private beach-front villa near the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, during a vacation with his wife Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. He died later that day at a hospital in Nuevo Vallarta. According to the Nayarit State Prosecutor’s Office, Goldberg fell […]

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Sustainable Harvest Brews Relationship Coffee

Coffee is a global product with billions of cups being drunk daily around the world. While most people appreciate their coffee as a secondary focus to reading their morning newspaper or as the backdrop to a great conversation at a coffee shop, David Griswold (pictured above, right) decided there were too many unnecessary middlemen involved […]

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Incentive Travel That Makes An Impression

The right incentive can change your bottom line. And in a study conducted by Pulse Group of sales representatives, 75% of respondents said they saw Inspirato as better than their current employer’s incentive rewards.* Take advantage of Inspirato’s portfolio of luxury villas in more than 60 destinations. Find out more here

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International Medical Corps Responds to Nepal Earthquake

International Medical Corps is responding to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal less than 50 miles from the capital of Kathmandu at 11:41am local time. At least 1,800 people have died and the death toll is expected to climb much higher as rescue efforts are still in the early stages. Reports from the region show widespread […]

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Earth Day 2015: 33 Commitments to Solve Climate Change

Critical Commitments Announced to Audience of Over 250,000 on the National Mall Washington D.C., April 19, 2015 – On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Earth Day Network and The Global Poverty Project hosted Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, which celebrated achievements made and confronted […]

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Free The Children Celebrates 20 Years Of Children’s Rights

As Free The Children celebrates 20 years of empowering youth from every corner of the world to inspire change in their communities and beyond, we’d like to take a moment to extend a huge thank you to all of our supporters who have shown tremendous kindness, friendship and generosity over the years. Without you, we’re […]

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The Freedom of Choice

Former vegan punk rock kid. Band member. Previous animal rights activist. Artist. Baby food company CEO. Viewed through a wide lens, one of these things is not like the other. But zoom in and you’ll find they are all driven to impact the world in a positive way – through values, creativity and choice. “What […]

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Felix Finkbeiner, Founder, Plant For The Planet

“A mosquito cannot do anything against a rhino, but a thousand mosquitoes can make the rhino change its direction.” Vision: A world in balance, where climate justice prevails and children no longer have to fight for survival. Action: The 17-year-old passed his target of planting a million trees in his home country Germany, and kept on […]

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Anu Sridharan, Founder, NextDrop

 “I’ve made so many mistakes, been in so many ‘ wow, this is nuts’ situations.” Vision: A society that nurtures tolerance and understanding among all people. Action: Twenty-something Sridharan invented a mobile app that provides real-time information on water availability in India via SMS. In addition to serving the needs of women in developing countries she has […]

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Julie Copeland, CEO, Arbill

“It’s not simply about the impact an accident has on an individual, but on families too.” Vision: An accident-free workplace. Action: Dedicated to protecting your most valuable asset – your employees – Copeland collaborates, brainstorms and actively provides safety advice to more than 300,000 workers. She knows that legislation alone is not adequate to provide safety in […]

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Elon Musk, Founder, Tesla

 “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” Vision: We must expand life beyond this green and blue ball or go extinct. Action: Musk says his ideas can change history. At his car company, employees believe they are saving the planet, and at the rocket company, […]

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Rosa Parks (1913-2005), Civil Rights Activist

“I don’t remember feeling anger, but I did feel determined to take this as an opportunity to let it be known that I did not want to be treated in that manner.” Vision: A society free of prejudice. Action: Parks refused to give up her seat to a white commuter on a bus in 1955. She became an icon of […]

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Pierre Omidyar, Founder, eBay and First Look Media

“Long-term sustainable change happens if people discover their own power.” Vision: Democracy depends on a citizenry that is highly informed and deeply engaged in the issues that affect their lives. Action: First Look’s insistence on editorial independence has already attracted some of the most fiercely independent journalists around. Omidyar seeks to improve society through journalism […]

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Emma Watson, Actress, gender activist

“Gender equality is not only a woman’s issue, it’s a human rights issue.” Vision: A world of gender equality. Action: Some campaigns portray the feminist cause as “man-hating.” By involving both genders in the #HeForShe campaign, Watson hopes to abolish the “us vs. them” mentality. She has launched a campaign that aims to galvanize one billion […]

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John Mackey, Founder, Whole Foods

“Great companies have great purposes.” Vision: A more conscious way of doing business. Action: Mackey has devoted his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with high- quality natural and organic foods. He cofounded the Conscious Capitalism Movement to challenge business leaders to rethink why their organizations exist, and to acknowledge their roles in […]

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Betsy Mckinney, Founder, The New Founding Family

“My commitment is to Love, Partnership and Interdependence as the values needed to evolve our democracy.” Vision: A new founding document to evolve our governing systems based on a crowd-sourced Declaration of Interdependance. Action: While the U.S. was founded with a Declaration of Independence, leaders throughout history have affirmed that they are dependent on one another […]

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Carol Hansen, CEO, Tatonka Capital Corporation

“Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Vision: A world where little girls know they can grow up to be a leader if they have a mind to. Action: As the immediate past Chair of the Women’s YPO Network (WYN) Carol gave a powerful organization a voice it never […]

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Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer

“Health to the ocean means health for us.” Vision: To develop a global network of areas on land and sea that can help safeguard the living systems that underpin life on earth. Action: Earle is the recipient of more than a hundred national and international honors. She was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National […]

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Tim Freundlich, President, Impact Assets

 “For a whole new generation of entrepreneurs, it’s no longer just about the bottom line.” Vision: Promoting a world where all capital is invested for optimal social, environmental and financial impact. Action: Freundlich has impacted the investing ecosystem by providing products and thought leadership that has enabled philanthropists, asset owners and their wealth advisors to make investments […]

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Susan Mcpherson, Serial connector, Angel investor

 “It was when I started to see the intersection between cause and business that I realized that brands and corporations can be a force for good in the world.” Vision: A world where corporations are a leading force for good. Action: Spreads her vision by writing, consulting, tweeting, speaking and impact investing. As an angel […]

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Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation

“Success requires the ability to distinguish between opinions and facts. Question every opinion, but never ignore proven facts.” Vision: A world in which humans live sustainably, in harmony with one another and nature, powered mostly by solar energy. Action: The principal organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970, Hayes helped launch the modern environmental movement. […]

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Geena Davis, Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

“We’re showing kids a world that is scantily populated with women. They should see female characters taking up half the planet, which we do.” Vision: Inspire the next generation of content creators to focus on gender equality and reduce stereotyping in children’s media. Action: The Institute has amassed the largest body of research on gender prevalence […]

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Ben Rattray, Founder, Change.org

“I want to see a world in which social movements and organizing is an everyday experience.” Vision: A world where no one is powerless and creating change is part of everyday life. Action: The world’s first online platform for change has provided a petition tool for more than 87 million users since 2007. Rattray’s mission is […]

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Lucy Siegle, Journalist

“The global economy creates a global ignorance, in which producers and consumer cannot know or care about one another. The degradation of products, places, producers and consumers is inevitable.” Vision: To convince everybody they have a vested interest in fighting for the environment – however disenfranchised they feel. Action: Creator of the Observer Ethical Awards, Siegle […]

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Simon Mainwaring, Founder, We First Branding

“The future of profit is purpose. Your brand must be the celebrant, not celebrity of your customer. Be a mission with a company, not a company with a mission.” Vision: A world in which business becomes a global force for positive social change. Action: Mainwaring wrote We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media […]

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