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Social Entrepreneur is for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs; and for those who want to make an impact on the world. Every Monday you hear interviews with social entrepreneurs, founders, investors and thought leaders. Listen to the stories that led them to become change makers. The guests give advice for early stage and aspiring social entrepreneurs. We always end each episode with a call to action. If you're ready to change the world, join us.
 
Social impact stories, interviews, reflections to help your reach your impact potential. Get in the know, so you can #goanddo! Hear honest perspectives and stories about social enterprise, design-thinking, food and nutrition, regenerative economy, impact investing, startup methodologies, and measurement...all for social impact. Hosted by Neetal Parekh, founder and CEO of Innov8social and author of "51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship", and speaker. More information and show notes at thei ...
 
Interviewing the leaders in Impact Investing and Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship to help build and strengthen communities by sharing the best practices and inspiring stories of these amazing problem solvers.
 
Host Devin Thorpe interviews CEOs, celebrities, social entrepreneurs, impact investors and others making a difference in the world. New episodes are posted five days a week.
 
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BeersBigIdeas: two friends exploring big ideas over a pint or three. It started as a journey across Africa. Zane Wilemon and Steve Wanta decided that the first trip was more than a vacation, but rather a voyage into a way of being. The Beers Big Idea podcast is a commitment to learning, growing and sharing. Each week Zane and Steve invite cool people to share their purpose while connecting, in person over beer. The podcast will cover diverse topics ranging from social entrepreneurship, craft ...
 
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Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.A Kickstarter campaign for a commercial version of the nonprofit Because International’s “the shoe that grows” donated by the thousands to kids in the developing world called “Expandels” is growing quickly well past the goal of $10,000.Kenton Lee, co-founder of GroFive and i ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2upxsGo.When Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle, 57, launched what became GlobalGiving back in the late 1990s, the term “crowdfunding” was not in use—and wouldn’t come into vogue for nearly a decade. Thes ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Rachel Blank and her wife saw a need for the LGBTQ community to have its own crowdfunding platform so they created PridePocket.If you aren’t a member of the community, you may not understand why this is necessary. With many trans-related medical treatments and procedures tre ...…
 
All Across Africa creates sustainable jobs to alleviate poverty in Africa. Travel had been a key component of Alicia Wallace’s journey. When she was 14 years old, she visited slums in Mexico. At the time, she thought “this isn’t right.” She wondered if there was a model that creates homes, jobs and dignity for people, without depending on chari ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2L5eMSnLast December, I reported here that NPX, Inc., had developed a new concept for financing nonprofits called an “impact security.” In May, the nonprofit The Last Mile closed on $800,000 of financin ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Dr. John Patterson was the first president of his Liverpool-based Rotary Club. He is also the principal at St. Vincent’s, a school for visually impaired and blind children. Working with the children, they developed SightBox, a collection of games and educational tools for ki ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.One of the groups facing the highest unemployment rate in the United States is those who are formerly incarcerated. Richard Bronson, who served two years in prison for securities violations in the 90s, has launched a venture he calls 70 Million Jobs. You see, there are about ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli started her career in the Peace Corps. That experience has shaped her life and career ever since, giving her a desire to always have an impact for good in the world. She works today to connect people to all those who can help them.Interview with Jacly ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Newday Investing has created a new investment firm where you can begin investing with just $5. Not only can you start today with such a tiny balance, you can investing in up to six different mission-driven portfolios that align with the view of the future you’d like to help ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Felix W. Ortiz III, 34, is a U.S. Army veteran who is working to reinvent the process of employment for salaried positions, especially in the tech sector, by focusing on skills rather than degrees. Working with companies, colleges and candidates, the social enterprise he lea ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Humanity and Hope United, a nonprofit working in rural Honduras, raised $37,000 in 36 hours on crowdfunding site CaringCrowd. The site, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, offers genuinely free crowdfunding services for global, public health related projects, charging only credi ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.The mission of the Your Mark on the World Center is to end extreme poverty, improve health and mitigate climate change. I asked U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson--who faces a daunting challenge in popular Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney--for her take on each of these iss ...…
 
Junita’s Jar donates a portion of their profits to end relationship violence. One year ago, Junita Flowers said, “Clarity comes while you are working.” And, she is always working. So, it comes as no surprise that she launched a new brand, Junita’s Jar. They offer new products, including 3 oz snack packs. She has a new overarching message, #Hope ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.More than a decade in development, Lice Clinics of America has opened 200 clinics in just five years. The company uses a patented technology that uses no chemicals to treat the itchy and highly contagious condition. The secret: hot air. Tune in to the full interview with CEO ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Women and minorities have traditionally been underfunded in the venture community. Two years since the implementation of the Security and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Crowdfunding, data is beginning to show a shift.Republic CEO and co-founder, Kendrick Nguyen, observes, ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Max and Jake Klein, now 14, remember being told they were too young to volunteer when they were just seven or eight years old. That frustration ultimately inspired them to launch a matching service to help kids--and adults--find service opportunities.Recently, Verizon recogn ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.JP Morgan Chase Foundation recently announced that it would be increasing it grantmaking to $1.75 billion over the next five years. Much of their philanthropic giving is paired with supportive lending as well, potentially increasing the impact. (Disclosure: I have a small in ...…
 
Hands & Feet creates apparel with inspiring messages and donates 50% of the profits to end childhood hunger. In the US, around 13.1 million children struggle with food insecurity. The mission of Hands & Feet is to help end childhood hunger in the United States. According to the company’s Founder, Susan Elwer, “We accomplish this by donating 50% ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.CaringCrowd, proudly sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, is a sponsor of GoodCrowd.info.Lindsey Hagen is an executive producer at Stept Studios, where she produces commercials and other short films. Recently, she turned her lens on amputees in Ecuador, where many do not receive ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Travis Holoway and Rodney Williams hit upon a brilliant strategy to disrupt the payday lending business with a tool that would be much more borrower-friendly. That tool is the SoLo Funds app, available from both the App Store and Google Play. The app lets borrowers set the t ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Durell Coleman wanted to be an inventor since he was a young child. His brother, five years his senior, died from cancer after graduating from high school. Before he did, he challenged his younger brother to make cancer treatments better. That request was seared into Durell’ ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2l7BCxn.On May 25, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect. These rules effectively apply to almost every website operated in the world—including your nonprofit or socia ...…
 
The Impact Hub Minneapolis - Saint Paul and the FINNovation Lab have teamed up to create a new impact startup incubator. Now they are offering five $50,000 fellowships. Social Entrepreneurs have a new place to gather. The Impact Hub Minneapolis – Saint Paul (MSP) has teamed up with the FINNovation Lab to occupy a new space at FINNEGANS House in ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Teen suicide risk in Utah is multiples of the national average. During the school year just ended, seven students at one Utah high school died at their own hand. The problem isn’t new this year. Many people are working at strategies to end the pattern. One initiative is the ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2LLU4Xw.The assumption that Philippe Cousteau, 38, had no choice but to follow in the footsteps—er, wake—of his famous, sea-exploring grandfather Jacques Cousteau is wrong. While the younger Cousteau re ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Rayaan Arif is a serial entrepreneur who has joined the crypto community, seeking now to play a role in matchmaking between funders and new ventures in the space. We spoke about crypto in general to get a better picture of latest trends and issues. Be sure to tune in to the ...…
 
GirlCrew is a social networking app for women to make new friends. It seems that female solidarity has never been more important. Women still struggle to gain meaningful power over their lives and choices. One in five women will experience violence at the hand of their intimate partner. Systemic gender discrimination still exists. Even though w ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2LmUq6S.Scott Stiles, 29, began learning about modern slavery while attending school at Brigham Young University – Hawaii. He decided to simply put slave traders out of business by competing with them i ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2LZNn5k.Eva Yazhari, co-founder and CEO of Beyond Capital, a nonprofit organization that makes profitable, seed-stage investments in India and East Africa, says the nonprofit status “is vitally importan ...…
 
Lazy Bear Tea is a socially and environmentally inspired beverage company brewing teas from cascara, the dried coffee fruit. I suspect that, like me, you drink coffee…lots of coffee. But, also like me, you’ve probably never held a coffee fruit in your hand. The coffee bean that we are familiar with is the seed of the coffee fruit. And, just lik ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Karen Palmer uses kindness and compassion to guide every decision she makes and every action she takes. Interview with Karen Palmer, the President and Founder of Globalkindness GoingViral.The following is the pre-interview with Karen Palmer. Be sure to watch the recorded int ...…
 
In the Business of Change features stories of changemakers who use the power of business to address society’s most pressing problems. Elisa Birnbaum is the publisher and editor-in-chief of SEE Change Magazine, a digital publication of social entrepreneurship and social change. You may recall her interview from June 2017. Elisa has a new book ou ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2IIz5UB.Resenting the prevailing narrative about poverty in Haiti, Marc Alain Boucicault, a Fulbright Scholar, and a former economist for the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, is putting h ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Joyce Mattera started helping out in her Brooklyn neighbor when she moved there almost four decades ago. Her organization, Children of the City, now serves 1,000 kids every year. She measures success in the accomplishments of the tens of thousands of kids she’s helped along ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2KEPdXC.Robert Rubinstein, 66, founder of the TBLI Group, has been advocating for sustainable, responsible or impact investing since the mid-1990s. One of the key lessons he’s learned: start big.“I alwa ...…
 
SOIL is working in Haiti to design, test, and implement social business models to increase access to sanitation services. When the business model is right, anything can be a valuable asset, even human waste. SOIL uses a business model that provides sanitation services, improves soil fertility, and creates livelihoods in Haiti. Soil collects hum ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Jenny Kassan, a Yale-trained lawyer in California has carved out a niche, working for more than a decade to help women and social entrepreneurs use every legal means to access entrepreneur-friendly, patient capital.Today, using Regulation CF, along with Regulation D sections ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Scott and Angela Uhland were as sad and afraid as any parents when their three-year-old Lucia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Two years of treatment left her healthy and starting school with her peers. Scott always hoped to find a way to give back to the tea ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Kate Hayes joined Echoing Green with a clean mission in mind: help nonprofits build better boards. Too many boards are untrained, lack diversity and aren’t fully engaged. She’s developed programs to help nonprofits and board candidates alike to be more effective.What is the ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Fresh, clean water is one of the scarcest resources on the planet and much what we use to water our yards is wasted. Conserva Irrigation is employing technology to shut your system down when the soil contains enough moisture--and much more.Founder and vice president, Russ Ju ...…
 
Changemaker Podcast is about social good startup stories, inspiring life lessons, and unexpected ideas. Why do people and businesses want to learn to tell stories? According to Jackie Biederman, host the Changemaker Podcast, “That’s how we’re wired as people. We want to tune in to stories.” Stories move us. They take us out of our logical brain ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Sheeza Shah has built a global crowdfunding platform called UpEffect just for social entrepreneurs. Sheeza says her Islamic faith teaches and inspires her to make the world a better place.Preliminary Interview with Sheeza Shah, the of UpEffect.The following is a brief pre-in ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2I71x1X.Vince Bertram, 50, CEO of Project Lead the Way, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides STEM education, curriculum and training to schools, districts and teachers for millions of students across the ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2rqqIGr.“The reason I get up in the morning is to be able to truly give back to humanity. I think we've been given a responsibility to do that, ” says Emily Wright, co-founder of dōTERRA, the private ma ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Michael Dash, founder and CEO of Parallel HR could use any number of excuses for not making time to give back. He doesn’t. Instead, he travels the world doing good.Interview with Michael Dash, the CEO/President of Parallel HR Solutions, Inc.The following is the pre-interview ...…
 
The Soulfull Project is a certified BCorp. For every serving of cereal purchased, The Soulfull Project donates a serving to a food bank. The latest data from the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that 41 million people in the United States are living with food insecurity. 13 million of those a ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.With the support of their respective organizations, three women in the nonprofit sector are seeking to shake things up a bit to call attention to inadequate respect, compensation and opportunity.Heba Mahmoud at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Emily Rose Patz at ...…
 
The Solutions Journalism Network is supporting rigorous reporting on social problems, with an eye on what works. May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. Around the world, journalism is experiencing a watershed moment. According to a Knight-Gallup survey, 84% of Americans believe that the news media is key to a healthy democracy. Less than half, 44% c ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.This episode is unusually visual. Please consider watching this episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/TNrwrwEQdRg.Eric Hatch thought photographing volunteers from the community of people addicted to alcohol, meth and heroin would make for an interesting artistic challeng ...…
 
Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2JCt4J2.Customers at Even Stevens, which promises to give a sandwich for each one it sells, may envision a kitchen in the back where employees make sandwiches for homeless people, but co-founder Sara Da ...…
 
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