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Top Twelve Popular Podcasts 2018, Meghan French Dunbar, Conscious Company Media
Dec 10 • 30 min
Join Conscious Company Media’s World-Changing Women’s Summit and discover ways to take your leadership, your workplace, and your impact to the next level in a rejuvenating environment amid the redwoods of Santa Cruz County. Register today and save…
Top Twelve Popular Podcasts 2018, Jessica Jackley
Dec 5 • 21 min
Jessica Jackley and Reza Aslan are exploring what it means to live in an interfaith family. Note: Between now and the end of the year, we’re counting down the top twelve popular podcast episodes of 2018. It is a people’s choice award, determined…
Top Twelve Popular Podcasts 2018, Lulu Cerone, LemonAID Warriors
Dec 3 • 22 min
LemonAID Warriors is a youth empowerment program that gives young people the tools they need to turn their compassion into action and raise funds and awareness for causes that they care about Note: Between now and the end of the year, we’re counting…
Social Entrepreneur Live, Part 4 with Caroline Karanja, 26 Letters
Nov 19 • 24 min
26 Letters helps organizations put data and action behind their equity initiatives. A recruiter for a Fortune 500 company once told me, “Minnesota is one of the hardest places to recruit people to. It’s also one of the hardest places to recruit…
The Power of Telling Your Secret, with Aneela Idnani Kumar, HabitAware
Nov 13 • 24 min
HabitAware makes Keen, a smart bracelet to help manage Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs). For 20 years, Aneela Idnani Kumar had a secret. She spent her life in shame and embarrassment. One day, unexpectedly, her secret came to light. This…
Celebrating the Gifts of Femininity, with Amy Stanton and Catherine Connors, The Feminine Revolution
Nov 6 • 30 min
The Feminine Revolution is a new book that boldly declares, feminine values are powerful. Run like a girl. Fight like a girl. Throw like a girl. Author Catherine Connors notes, “If you finish any sentence with ‘like a girl,’ it’s rarely a…
Social Entrepreneur Live, Part 2, Danielle Wojdyla, Señoras de Salsa
Oct 29 • 16 min
Señoras de Salsa makes bold, authentic Mexican salsa that generates income for Latina women. Latina women suffer from the largest pay gap of any group. According to the latest report from the US Department of Labor, the average median weekly earnings…
Social Entrepreneur Live, Part 1, Precious Drew, Perk: The Natural Beauty Lab
Oct 22 • 15 min
Perk: The Natural Beauty Lab upcycles fair-trade, used coffee grounds from local coffee shops to create natural skincare products. Precious Drew’s reserved, yet bubbly personality naturally attracts people to her. Yet, she has a bit of a contrarian…
Software to Improve Recovery Outcomes, with Melissa Kjolsing Lynch, Recovree
Oct 15 • 30 min
Recovree’s technology-based platform is designed to increase engagement and improve outcomes for those with substance use disorder. When it comes to substance use disorder, it’s easy to focus on the negative. You’ve seen the headlines. Every…
How to Change the World, with Bethany Tran, The Root Collective
Oct 8 • 27 min
The Root Collective sells comfortable, handmade shoes and accessories that create jobs for people who need them. Bethany Tran, founder of The Root Collective, knows how hard it can be to start up a business. “Most businesses fail in the first 18…
Announcing Four Guests for Social Entrepreneur Live!
Oct 1 • 3 min
Social Entrepreneur Live! Four entrepreneurs. Fifteen-minute interviews in front of a live audience. Answering your questions. Today, we’re announcing the names of the four entrepreneurs who will be interviewed for the Social Entrepreneur Live event…
Closing the Adult Education Gap for Employers and Employees, with Ned Zimmerman-Bence, GogyUp
Oct 1 • 23 min
GogyUp removes language barriers from the workplace. According to the most recent report from the US Department of Labor, there are currently 6.9 million job openings in the US. In the last month alone, job openings in nondurable goods manufacturing…
Developing Young Entrepreneurs, with Dario Otero, Youth Lens 360
Sep 24 • 21 min
Youth Lens 360 is a for-profit marketing company that works with youth. Youth Lens 360 provides visual communication, product marketing, and branding services through the lens of youth ages 14-24. Dario Otero, the founder of Youth Lens 360, has seen…
The Empowerment Bag: A Bag to End Human Trafficking, with Vaishali Umrikar
Sep 18 • 23 min
The Empowerment Bag is an eco-friendly brand of bags, that employs women at risk of sex trafficking. Vaishali Umrikar is a passionate social entrepreneur who is committed to fighting human trafficking. While she was in high school, she read the book,…
Meet the FINNOVATION Fellows, with Katrina Becker
Sep 16 • 16 min
FINNOVATION Fellows are the next wave of social entrepreneurship in the Upper Midwest. Come, join the celebration on Monday, September 17th from 4-6pm to welcome the inaugural cohort of five FINNOVATION Fellows. Details can be found here:…
Come to a Live Taping of Social Entrepreneur
Sep 6 • 2 min
Acara + Four Leading Social Entrepreneurs + YOU = Social Entrepreneur Live! Do you want to be at a live taping of the Social Entrepreneur podcast? We’re partnering with Acara, a program of the Institute on the Environment and the Humphrey School of…
Five Steps to Easily Tell Your Story and Build Your Brand, with Matt Scott of 180⁰ of Impact
Aug 27 • 37 min
Matt Scott asks if there is an easier way to tell your story and build your brand. You have a message to share – a message that is as unique as you are. You want to tell the world, “This is who I am, and this is what I’m building.” You…
Use Your Business Skills to Make a Direct Impact, with Kate Hayes, Echoing Green
Aug 20 • 26 min
Direct Impact is Echoing Green’s experiential leadership development program for mid-career professionals. You know the statistics about boards of directors. According to a survey by Deloitte, 90% of board members believe that retired CEOs are the…
The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility, with Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud
Aug 13 • 24 min
Rachel Hutchisson has spent more than 20 years working at the intersection of business and social good. Blackbaud is a technology company that powers the social good community. Rachel Hutchison is Blackbaud’s VP, Corporate Citizenship &…
This Social Entrepreneur uses Chocolate as a Force for Good, with Shawn Askinosie, Askinosie Chocolate
Aug 6 • 26 min
Askinosie Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory who sources their beans directly from farmers in low-income countries. For more than a decade, Shawn Askinosie has been searching for a way to make an impact. “For me, the sense of purpose comes…
This Social Entrepreneur is Changing the Story of Human Trafficking, with Stephanie Page, Stories Foundation
Jul 30 • 28 min
Stories Foundation is committed to resourcing the rescue and restoration of human trafficking victims through education, advocacy, and microgrants Between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. 80% are…
Fueled by Prize Money, These Social Entrepreneurs Are Striking at the Root of Poverty, with Leeore Levinstein and Jesse Abelson, Vetiver Solutions
Jul 28 • 26 min
Vetiver Solutions is a for-profit social business that is alleviating poverty and malnutrition for subsistence farmers in Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the northern hemisphere. 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty. Two out of three…
Weaving Artisans and Markets Together, with Alicia Wallace, All Across Africa
Jul 16 • 24 min
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…
Hope, Cookies, and the End of Relationship Violence, with Junita Flowers, Junita’s Jar
Jul 2 • 19 min
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,…
When Vision Meets Purpose, with Susan Elwer, Hands & Feet
Jun 25 • 19 min
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…
Five Impact Entrepreneur Fellowships Up for Grabs, with Mary Rick, Impact Hub MSP and FINNovation Lab Collaboration
Jun 18 • 24 min
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 –…
This App Launched a Female Solidarity Movement, with Aine Mulloy, GirlCrew
Jun 11 • 24 min
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…
Upcycling Food Waste into Tea with a Purpose, with Daniela Uribe, Lazy Bear Tea
Jun 4 • 24 min
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…
Elisa Birnbaum, Author of “In the Business of Change: How Social Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Business as Usual”
May 28 • 23 min
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…
Making a Sustainable Difference, with Sasha Kramer, SOIL
May 21 • 24 min
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…
The Stories that Change Us, Jackie Biederman, Changemaker Podcast
May 13 • 23 min
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…
These Intrapreneurs are Feeding the Hungry, with Megan Shea and Chip Heim, The Soulfull Project
May 7 • 24 min
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…
Journalism as a Force for Good, with Tina Rosenberg, Solutions Journalism Network
May 2 • 24 min
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,…
Focus on Purpose, with Meghan French Dunbar, Conscious Company Media
Apr 28 • 30 min
Conscious Company Media is the first multimedia organization in the country that specifically focuses on purpose-driven business. Meghan French Dunbar grew up in the mountains of Colorado. She saw early examples of how to run a business. “Both of my…
Used Bikes, Big Impact, with Calla Martin and Mary McKeown, Express Bike Shop
Apr 22 • 24 min
Express Bike Shop is a learning lab where young people develop the habits and skills for work. Today might be a good day to ride a bike. In fact, almost any day is a great day to ride a bike. Biking can be fun. It’s great exercise. It reduces your…
The Many Side-Hustles of Sherrell Dorsey, ThePLUG and BLKTECHCLT
Apr 9 • 24 min
ThePLUG is the first daily tech newsletter covering founders and innovators of color. What do these people have in common: Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Tim Cook, and Larry Ellison? Yes, these are all icons of the…
Make a Living without Losing Yourself, with Sharon Rowe, The Magic of Tiny Business
Apr 9 • 24 min
The Magic of Tiny Business is now available for preorder. Sharon Rowe is a pioneer in social entrepreneurship. She launched her company, Eco-Bags Products, almost thirty years ago. Her company produces ECOBAGS, the original reusable bag. When the…
Beyond Autism Awareness, Thorkil Sonne, Specialisterne
Apr 2 • 21 min
Specialisterne is creating one million jobs for people with autism April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. Autism affects 1 in 68 children, and the prevalence is growing. In fact, it is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S….
Create Talks that Move the World, with Sally Koering Zimney, This Moved Me
Mar 26 • 24 min
This Moved Me helps purpose-driven changemakers speak with confidence, clarity, and authenticity so they can create talks that move the world. Moments become movements when meaning can be transmitted from one person to another. Whether it’s the…
BONUS Interview, Sally Koering Zimney, This Moved Me
Mar 26 • 8 min
This Moved Me helps purpose-driven changemakers speak with confidence, clarity, and authenticity so they can create talks that move the world. This interview contains bonus material where Sally discusses: How she learned to be a speaker and coach….
Science and Our Relationship with Nature, with Bonnie Keeler, The Natural Capital Project
Mar 19 • 24 min
The Natural Capital Project is developing practical tools and approaches to account for nature’s contributions to society. As Bonnie Keeler grew up in Eagan, MN, she loved to explore Minnesota’s natural wonders with her family. “My mom was a…
E-Commerce for Everyone, with Isaac Hunja, Sky.Garden
Mar 12 • 24 min
Sky.Garden is a SaaS e-commerce platform built for retailers in Africa. People who work in the informal economy make up half to three-quarters of the non-agricultural labor force in many countries. In Kenya, the informal sector represents 82.7% of all…
The Power of a Simple Idea, with Lulu Cerone, LemonAID Warriors
Mar 5 • 23 min
LemonAID Warriors is a youth empowerment program that aims to give young people the tools that they need to turn their compassion into action, and raise funds and awareness for causes that they care about Lulu Cerone was an entrepreneur from an early…
Find Your Funding, Part 2, Cathy Clark, CASE Smart Impact Capital
Feb 26 • 23 min
CASE Smart Impact Capital is a toolkit that helps you to raise capital that aligns with your needs. In 1992, Cathy Clark had a conversation with Lloyd Morrissett, the co-founder of Sesame Workshop. Lloyd told her “Change happens when the right…
BONUS Episode: Cathy Clark Talks About Larry Fink’s Letter to CEOs
Feb 26 • 6 min
BONUS Episode: Cathy Clark Talks About Larry Fink’s Letter to CEOs Cathy Clark stopped by to talk about CASE Smart Impact Capital, a rich resource to help entrepreneurs to be more efficient and effective in raising investment capital. While…
Find Your Funding, Part 1, Jeff Ochs, Venn Foundation
Feb 19 • 24 min
The Venn Foundation uses Program-Related Investments in surprising new ways. This week, we’re kicking off a two-part mini-series how to fund a business that does social good. We did something like this in April 2016. Next week, Cathy Clark is going…
Mobile Gaming for Social Good, with Elizabeth Sarquis, Global Gaming Initiative and Jukko
Feb 12 • 23 min
Global Gaming Initiative provides a suite of tools and services to make it easier for game developers and publishers to produce and monetize games for social good. Elizabeth Sarquis was born in a small town along the Magdalena River in Colombia. When…
Figuring Out Faith in Business and Marriage, with Jessica Jackley
Feb 2 • 22 min
Jessica Jackley and Reza Aslan are exploring what it means to live in an interfaith family. The first week of February is Interfaith Harmony Week. Given the heightened friction between religious groups, this celebration of interfaith harmony is…
The Terrifying, Magical Life of a Social Entrepreneur, with Emily Hunt Turner, All Square
Jan 29 • 24 min
All Square is a craft grilled cheese restaurant and training institute that breaks down barriers for those with a criminal record. A criminal record can be a barrier to employment, housing, benefits, and voting. With barriers to employment and…
A Business Solution to Coral Reef Restoration, with Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher, Coral Vita
Jan 22 • 23 min
Coral Vita is growing climate-change resilient coral in order to restore dying coral reefs. Coral reefs make up less than 1% of the surface area of the oceans, and yet, they provide a home for 25% of all marine fish species. Globally, coral reefs…
Launching Minority-Led Tech Startups with Mondo Davison, The Black Tech Guy
Jan 15 • 24 min
Mondo Davison, known as “The Black Tech Guy,” is on a mission to inspire a generation of black youth to pursue a life in tech. African-Americans make up a little more than 11 percent of the US population. Yet, according to the U.S. Census…
Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference, with Kathleen Kelly Janus
Jan 8 • 24 min
Kathleen Kelly Janus is the author of Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference. Kathleen Kelly Janus grew up in a family that cared about social causes. “My family cared about volunteering, and spent…
From #MeToo to #HeForShe, with Julie Kratz, Pivot Point
Jan 1 • 26 min
Julie Kratz is the author of One: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality. Our 24-hour news cycle is filled with thousands of short-lived moments: a school shooting; government corruption; crisis in the Middle East. Each headline crowds out…
Create a Better World through…Paperwork? Rachel Armstrong, Farm Commons
Jan 1 • 24 min
Farm Commons empowers farmers to rewrite farm law by and for themselves. Rachel Armstrong knew exactly what she wanted to do when she grew up. She wanted to be a farmer, just like her father and her grandfather. “Respecting where food comes from was…
Community Feasts for a Cause, with Emily Torgrimson, Eat for Equity
Dec 18, 2017 • 24 min
Eat for Equity is building a culture of generosity through sustainable community feasts. In the early 2000s, Emily Torgrimson was a college student on financial aid. She lived in a cooperative house in Boston with 24 people. “We always came together…
Fair Trade Coffee from Smallholder Farmers, with Lee Wallace, Peace Coffee [ENCORE]
Dec 18, 2017 • 24 min
NOTE: This is an encore presentation of an episode that first aired on July 11, 2016. Advice from Lee Wallace is featured in the book, Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. To hear the original, extended…
Kate Goodall Explains Why Halcyon is Like the X-Men
Dec 11, 2017 • 22 min
Halcyon catalyzes emerging creatives who are striving for a better world. Kate Goodall, the CEO at Halcyon explains their work this way: “If you think of the X-Men, and you think of Charles Xavier’s Academy for the Gifted, that’s kind of like…
A Social Enterprise with a Radio Show at its Heart, with Krista Tippett, OnBeing [ENCORE]
Dec 11, 2017 • 24 min
NOTE: This is an encore presentation of an episode that first aired on March 14, 2016. Krista Tippett is featured in the book, Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. To hear the original, extended interview, go…
Educational Opportunities for All, with Maimuna Ahmad, Teach for Bangladesh
Dec 4, 2017 • 24 min
Nearly 60 million children in Bangladesh are denied high-quality education as a result of an inequitable system. Teach for Bangladesh is addressing this problem. Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, and yet a country of…
From Iron Deficiency to Iron Man, with Gavin Armstrong, Lucky Iron Fish
Dec 4, 2017 • 23 min
Iron deficiency is a massive, but preventable condition. Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise is dedicated to reducing iron deficiency rates around the world. In high school, Gavin Armstrong was bullied severely. “I took it that I needed to make lots of money…
Improving Healthcare, One Story at a Time, with Jay Newton-Small, MemoryWell
Nov 27, 2017 • 24 min
MemoryWell is making lasting memories for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Jay Newton-Small knows a thing or two about storytelling. She’s worked as a journalist for more than 15 years, with her work appearing in Time and Bloomberg. Jay’s…
Global Competencies for High School Graduates, with Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year
Nov 27, 2017 • 23 min
Global Citizen Year is a program that offers a year of travel, discovery, and growth for high school graduates. What does it take to succeed in a work world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous? How does a young person succeed as a…
The Twin Cities Impact Investing Ecosystem Map with Susan Hammel, Cogent Consulting
Nov 20, 2017 • 24 min
The Twin Cities Impact Investing Ecosystem Map documents impact investing activity in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. If you would have picked up a copy of the Financial Times last Saturday, you might have noticed a half-page ad asking readers to…
Mapping the Trillion Dollar Impact Investing Sector, with Rehana Nathoo, The Case Foundation
Nov 20, 2017 • 24 min
The Impact Investing Network Map visually presents the best publicly available information on impact investments to better inform the sector. Any good entrepreneur will tell you, problems are opportunities. People in a remote village don’t have…
Hira Batool Rizvi: Transforming Transportation for Women in Pakistan
Nov 13, 2017 • 24 min
She`Kab is transforming how women travel to and from work. When She`Kab Founder and CEO Hira Batool Rizvi started working in Pakistan, she realized just how much of a problem transportation was for working women. She estimates that about 90 percent of…
Everyone Deserves Healthcare, with Grace Garey, Watsi [Encore Presentation]
Nov 13, 2017 • 24 min
NOTE: This is an encore presentation of an episode that first aired on March 6, 2017. Grace Garey and Watsi are featured in the book, Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. To hear the original, extended…
Balancing Entrepreneurship with Family and Self-Care, with Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, Inc. Contributor and Author of “Start, Love, Repeat”
Nov 6, 2017 • 24 min
Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is a columnist for Inc.com focusing on startup life at the intersection of marriage, family, and personal well-being. She is also the author of Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Startup…
Live Your Mission, with Tyler Gage, Co-Founder of Runa, and Author of Fully Alive
Nov 6, 2017 • 24 min
Tyler Gage, Co-Founder of Runa, has a new book, Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life. Tyler Gage was first introduced to Guayusa in his college years, during a soul-searching trip to the Amazon….
Merging Business and Philanthropy through Trackable Giving, with Bryan Pape, MiiR
Oct 30, 2017 • 24 min
MiiR is the first ever Product to Project company, using revenue from the sales of their quality drinkware, journals, and bags to fund trackable philanthropic projects. “I realized at that moment, sitting against this tree with my leg snapped in…
Katrina Klett: Elevating Honey in China
Oct 30, 2017 • 23 min
Elevated Honey Co is dedicated to preserving traditional Himalayan beekeeping methods to produce the world’s purest honey. Katrina Klett moved to China nearly a decade ago to study language, but ended up finding her true calling there as a…
Designing Functional Workwear for Women, with Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants
Oct 23, 2017 • 24 min
Red Ants Pants is the pioneer in manufacturing functional women’s workwear that fits and flatters, and their products are all made in the USA. In 2000, Sarah Calhoun was leading trail crews in the backcountry of Montana when she ran into a problem….
Advocacy Through Industry, with Raan and Shea Parton, Apolis Global
Oct 23, 2017 • 24 min
Apolis means “global citizen.” The company is a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide via access to the global marketplace. Brothers Shea and Raan Parton grew up privileged in Southern California. To ensure that…
Recognizing a Different Way of Doing Business, with Lucy Findlay, Social Enterprise Mark
Oct 16, 2017 • 23 min
Social Enterprise Mark provides accreditation for businesses that enhance the greater good. Accreditation exists everywhere from higher education to medicine. So why should entrepreneurs be any different? Lucy Findlay, managing director at the Social…
Moving from Aid to Opportunity, with Jennifer Paige Holt, Building Markets
Oct 16, 2017 • 23 min
Building Markets’ mission is to reduce poverty in conflict-affected countries by creating jobs and encouraging sustainable economic growth. Jennifer Holt grew up in Alabama, a place she says, “has a dark history of racial terrorism.” This…
A Second Chance at Childhood, with Jenny Bowen, OneSky
Oct 9, 2017 • 23 min
One Sky is an international NGO that works with governments and communities to help the most disadvantaged and marginalized children. Jenny Bowen is a storyteller. In this interview, she tells the story of OneSky. I would also suggest that you pick up…
Liza Moiseeva: Empowering Artisans Around the World with GlobeIn
Oct 9, 2017 • 23 min
GlobeIn’s Artisan Box fights poverty through job creation and fair wages. A hand-painted mug from Tunisia. A scarf from Thailand. Cocoa powder from Ghana. You might not travel to any of those places, but thanks to GlobeIn, you can receive…
Making Technology Fun, Relevant, and Accessible for Girls, with Betty Gronneberg, uCodeGirl
Oct 2, 2017 • 24 min
uCodeGirl offers pathways to technology careers for teen girls by tapping into their curiosity, skills, and potential. Betty Gronneberg grew up in Ethiopia. She attended Addis Ababa University where she majored in statistics. Betty recalls a day in…
Connecting Buyers and Suppliers of Aid Supplies, with Stephanie Cox, The Level Market
Oct 2, 2017 • 24 min
The Level Market is the premier marketplace for aid and relief supplies. Stephanie Cox grew up looking at National Geographic with her grandfather. “I knew I wanted to travel the world when I was 6, 7, 8 years old,” she explains. After graduating…
One Million New Change Creators, with Adam Force, Change Creator Magazine
Sep 25, 2017 • 25 min
Change Creator is a platform for motivated social entrepreneurs who are ready to create solutions to the world’s problems. What would it take to produce one million new change creators per year for the next 10 years? That’s the question that Adam…
Clean Water, Powered by Gravity, with May Sharif, AguaClara
Sep 25, 2017 • 21 min
AguaClara designs gravity-powered water treatment plants for low-income communities around the world. According to May Sharif, Founder and Managing Director of AguaClara, “More than one in ten people around the world don’t have access to clean…
Joel Solomon, Author of The Clean Money Revolution
Sep 18, 2017 • 24 min
Joel Solomon reminds us, “There is $50 trillion that is going to pass hands in North America through death in the next 30 years.” It’s up to us what the impact of that transfer of wealth will be. Joel Solomon is the chair and co-founder of…
Work and Travel with Purpose, Ann Davis, Venture with Impact
Sep 18, 2017 • 23 min
Venture with Impact exposes professionals to new cultures, people, and ideas so that they may be more informed and emphatic world citizens, and in the process, provide a positive social impact. There is a saying, often attributed to Saint…
Unleashing $16 Billion for Social Good, with Stephen Garten, Charity Charge
Sep 11, 2017 • 22 min
Charity Charge is a social enterprise on a mission to empower people and corporations to fund the causes they care about simply by using a credit card. Every year, 31% of all credit card holders don’t redeem their credit card reward points. That’s…
Closing the Opportunity Gap with Sondra Samuels, Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)
Sep 11, 2017 • 24 min
The Northside Achievement Zone exists to permanently close the opportunity gap and end multi-generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Sondra Samuels grew up in New Jersey. At an early age, she moved schools from Newark, where 52% of the population…
Schools Partnering with Schools for Clean Water, with Patty Hall, H2O for Life
Sep 4, 2017 • 24 min
H2O For Life provides a service learning opportunity to schools to raise awareness and take action in the global water crisis. Patty Hall says that it was never her intention to be a nonprofit leader. She has always been passionate about education….
The Importance of Human-Centered Design, with Wes Meier, EOS International
Sep 4, 2017 • 24 min
EOS International empowers rural families in Central America by providing simple, inexpensive solutions that improve health, generate income, and provide access to appropriate technology. Wes Meir studied mechanical engineering at Iowa State…
The Future of Philanthropy, with Janet Mountain, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Aug 28, 2017 • 24 min
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s mission is to transform the lives of children living in urban poverty through better education, health, and family economic stability. Janet Mountain has been the executive director at the Michael &…
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Internet, with Jack Amend and Matthew Reid, Web Neutral Project
Aug 28, 2017 • 25 min
The Web Neutral Project is a comprehensive certification program that calculates, offsets and neutralizes the carbon footprint of websites and digital products. Matt Reid and Jack Amend have known each other almost all of their lives. They grew up…
Style with a Purpose, with Hamilton Perkins, Hamilton Perkins Collection
Aug 21, 2017 • 25 min
Hamilton Perkins Collection is a certified B Corporation, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price. Each bag is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. Hamilton Perkins found his niche early…
Using Your Professional Skills to Volunteer, with Ann Herzog-Olson, Social Venture Partners, Minnesota
Aug 21, 2017 • 24 min
Social Venture Partners is a nonprofit that uses the venture capital model to help other nonprofits build capacity and grow. Sometimes you want to do more. It might feel satisfying at the moment to march and chant. But does the impact last? You can…
Product Packaging with a Purpose, with Lindsey McCoy, Plaine Products
Aug 14, 2017 • 25 min
Plaine Products helps reduce single-use plastics by producing natural, vegan shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in returnable, reusable containers. In 2013, Lindsey McCoy was living in the Bahamas and running a non-profit called Save the Bays. “I…
A Bicycle-Based Beekeeping Business, with Kristy Lynn Allen, The Beez Kneez
Aug 14, 2017 • 25 min
The Beez Kneez is a Minneapolis-based honey production, education and advocacy organization. When Kristy Lynn Allen was in high school, her family moved to a new school districts during the school year. As a result, her grades suffered. She needed a…
Investing in, Connecting and Celebrating Social Entrepreneurs, with Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation
Aug 7, 2017 • 25 min
The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change for the world’s most pressing problems. They invest in, connect and celebrate social entrepreneurs.
An Ecosystem for Small Businesses, with Christopher Webley, New Rules
Aug 7, 2017 • 24 min
New Rules is a one-stop-shop for creatives and small businesses.
From Used Goods to the Greater Good, with Julie Kearns, Junket: Tossed & Found
Jul 31, 2017 • 24 min
From Used Goods to the Greater Good, with Julie Kearns, Junket: Tossed & Found
Civic Engagement in a Digital World, with Damola Ogundipe, Civic Eagle
Jul 31, 2017 • 23 min
Civic Eagle is a technology startup that creates Software as a Service (SaaS) Consistent Relationship Management tools for local and state governments, and policy advocacy organizations.
183, Lori Most, BinaryBridge | Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Humanitarian Missions
Jul 24, 2017 • 25 min
BinaryBridge creates software that helps humanitarians do their work effectively and efficiently. Lori Most grew up seeing television commercials of humanitarian crises, especially in Africa. Lori recounted, “I always wanted to go to Africa and…
182, Zach McGill, Perk Health | Improving the Health of People and Companies
Jul 24, 2017 • 23 min
Perk Health is a website and app that helps you pick up healthier habits in a way that is sustainable. Zach McGill and Doug DeBold grew up playing sports. Games taught them so much: achievement, competition, leader boards, point scoring, rewards,…
181, Marcus Owens, NEON | Sustainable Community Development through Entrepreneurship
Jul 17, 2017 • 25 min
Northside Economic Opportunity Network, better known as NEON, provides entrepreneurs in North Minneapolis with business development services. Marcus Owens is a product of North Minneapolis. He grew up there, graduating from North Community High…
180, Michelle Horovitz, Appetite for Change | The Intersection of Food and Social Justice
Jul 17, 2017 • 24 min
Appetite for Change uses food as a tool for building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. Michelle Horovitz grew up in the well-manicured suburbs of Minneapolis. If you ask her about the beginning of her journey to social change,…