Clothing & Food Products

Fighting Zika with Fashion

Currently wandering across Asia, I have to admit it crossed my mind to venture out to South America. For years now Peru has topped the list of must hit places. When in the region, why not explore neighboring Ecuador as well? It was all very tempting.   Yet, when faced with the growing Zika presence […]

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Responsible Snacking On The Go

-Guest post by Ben Kanellitsas from Play Hard-Give Back Travelers in 2016 are looking more than ever towards socially responsible lodging options. While jet setting around the globe, they want to pair their responsible travel with a socially conscious snacking option. Their desire to purchase with a purpose has created an opportunity for companies looking to […]

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Ecotourism – Three Things to Consider

-Guest post by Evan Delahanty, Founder of Peaceful Fruits   Hmmm so roomy in this blog – I feel like I’m on the beach in Thailand! Or is it South Korea? Guam? I’m not sure, but thanks for inviting me over, Alex!   Alex has taken her show on the road and, I have to […]

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31: Nourishing the World- Lisa Curtis (Kuli Kuli)

How much power do our greens have? What if I told you there was one plant out there that can is a new super food, serves up the most nutrient dense dish you’ve had, tackles malnutrition, empowers communities around the globe and is available in your local Whole Foods store? Oh, did I mention that […]

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29: Ethical Baby Blankets Saving Newborns – Kate Marie Grinold Sigfusson (Babies4babies)

In case you haven’t looked at a calendar lately or been bombarded with a slew of ads, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Amazing how it can sneak up on us! To celebrate, I am dedicating this entire week to incredible organizations supporting moms and newborns. Today’s episode dives into the ethical clothing line Babies4Babies. This […]

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21: Tracking Medical Supplies Around the World – Daniel Yu (Reliefwatch)

In today’s world of more advanced technology and smart phones, what can a dumb phone do in developing countries?  In the hands of pharmacists and doctors, it can do a lot thanks to ReliefWatch. This innovative cloud based app is changing the way we track and monitor medicines, and well the potential for any products, […]

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20: Activism & News – Olivier Kamanda (Ideal Impact)

Have you ever read a story on the news that inspired you? I’m not talking about something you shared through your channels; really, deeply inspired you to act. Isn’t that the ultimate goal of storytelling? One dedicated social entrepreneur says yes. Olivier Kamanda is redefining the way we read the news through his new activism […]

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From Service to Super Foods

It’s so exciting to hear about cutting edge products that are gaining traction in the market. That’s how I feel with Lisa Curtis, founder of Kuli Kuli. When you blend a powerful food source with a compelling story AND it tastes good, this product will take the health food market by storm. Type of Service […]

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19.5 Stories from the Field: Elevating Communities in India with Satish Kumarsh

Sometimes we struggle with the desire to give back in a community with the need to grow our businesses. One social entrepreneur in Bangalore, India discovered the drive, passion and market place to make both a reality in his event planning business. The twist – his social enterprise arm has nothing to do with event […]

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19: Showcasing Global Artisans with Sarah Barnett (International Blessings)

Have you ever had the itch to travel? Well today’s guest takes that itch to new extremes! Having traveled to 24 countries, saying that Sarah Barnett likes to travel is an understatement. All this travel creates incredible, unique and downright entertaining experiences. Sarah shares an unbelievable story about singing in China that is a must […]

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Pushing the Boundaries of Fashion – Bracelets that Teach Coding

Yes, you read that right. There is a bracelet that can teach you how to code. Pink Think’s new visionary product blends social interaction, fashion and education in a manner to get girls excited about learning a difficult topic. Founder Makada Ricketts promises that if you are able to write a sentence that you too […]

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18.5 Stories from the Field: Peg & AJ Hass (Peaceful Fruits)

When I interview Evan Delahanty from Peaceful Fruits, it is obvious that he is incredibly passionate about his socially conscious company. There is a lot to be excited about. It’s a new all-fruit snack that harnesses the power of naturally grown acai. It’s scrumptious, nutritious, and made without all the toxic junk you often find […]

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Snacks With a Triple Bottom Line

I love talking about food. It probably stems from coming from a family utterly obsessed with food. Do you want to know what is better than talking about food? Talking about food with a social cause. Lucky for me, I interview three incredible food social entrepreneurs during Journey to Social Entrepreneurship. Even Delahanty, founder of […]

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18: The Amazon, Acai & Preserving Culture with Evan Delahanty (Peaceful Fruits)

Evan describes his former corporate life as almost a literal cog in a wheel. The analogy is alarmingly spot on as his corporate job facilitates the efficient moving of screws and cogs around a warehouse. That is, until he throws in the towel in on the unfulfilling corporate route and opts for the Peace Corps. […]

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A Construction Company Charting the Path for Social Change

Construction and social change rarely walk hand in hand. To be honest, when I think of construction sometimes the first images coming to the forefront show bulldozers tearing down wetlands or other nature preserves. That’s not always the case (and in most cases a gross representation of reality), yet you can’t deny the impact of […]

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17.5 Stories from the Field: Putting Ideas in Motion with Randi Gloss (GLOSSRAGS)

}”If you have an idea that moves, then go for it!” That is the message that Randi Gloss hears when she connects with Millennial Train Project (MTP).  It’s not just an enticing idea. MTP actually helps aspiring leaders move their ideas forward both figuratively through an innovative mentorship based incubator and literally through a train […]

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Pushing Boundaries on What Ice Cream Can Accomplish

When you think about organic foods, what crosses your mind? For me, I envision vegetables, fruit and even the occasional granola bar. Basically things I can pick up at the farmers’ market. Not going to lie, ice cream never crossed my mind. That was until I discovered Three Twins Ice Cream. Inconceivably delicious. Completely organic. […]

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Creating an Urban Farm in Detroit

What do you think of when you hear Detroit? Take a second and visualize it. If you are plugged into recent political and economic news, you might envision a cement jungle, abandoned buildings, graffiti and possibly some rough neighborhoods. If I’m completely honest, that is what I think of. What about a farm? There’s a […]

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14: Coffee Creating Sustainable Dental Care with Thomas Fitzpatrick (Cura Coffee)

Are you a coffee drinker? Personally I didn’t start drinking until 2015. Crazy, I know! I personally always thought that when I went to college I would magically fall in love with coffee. In short that didn’t happen. But that is a story for another day. Today I want you to think about your cup […]

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13.5 Stories from the Field: Power of Education with Kristen Casper (Bosh Bosh)

Sometimes we take for granted the sheer power of education. Let’s be honest. When we were in elementary school or Jr. High, rather than value our classes we spent more time counting down the seconds until we were “released” from the confines of school.   It’s amazing how a little perspective makes you appreciate things […]

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13: From Scraps to Empowerment with Charlene Espinoza (Bosh Bosh)

When Charlene applied for the Peace Corps, she had no idea it was a two year term of service. That tidbit of information definitely gave her pause. But with an invitation to serve in Africa, the continent that she had her heart set on, she accepted and never looked back.   Not only did she […]

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12.5 Stories from the Field: Jobs Creating Advancement with Andremene Jean

“I believe that creating jobs in this country is really the way to help us to continue to help us advance. For people to come together and start working so that we can really get back on our feet. If everyone had a job, this country would be much more beautiful.”   That is 49 […]

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12: Haiti Earthquake Anniversary –Sustainable Recovery with Julie Colombino (REBUILD Globally)

When you think of Haiti, what crosses your mind?   Personally, I see images with camps of tent or destroyed buildings.   Six years ago a devastating earthquake tore through the country. The devastation was unimaginable. The 7.0 magnitude quake killed an estimated 150,000. The physical descruction of the country was unimaginable. Since then, the […]

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11.5 Stories from the Field: Rwandan Basket Weavers from All Across Africa

“When you see the improvement of family on the community level, tell you about their experience and where they come from. That cheers you up. You can’t complain about your daily nonsense or stress. It gives you joy when you see what people accomplish.”   That’s Bernard’s description of his work with All Across Africa. […]

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11: Baskets that Change Lives with Alicia Wallace (All Across Africa)

“She’s ruining everything.” Those were the words that met Alicia Wallace as she worked to develop dignified jobs in rural Rwanda.   I can’t even imagine the sting of those words after Alicia diligently worked to embed herself into the Rwandan cultural and grow All Across Africa. But change isn’t always easy. Neither is patience. […]

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10.5 Stories from the Field: Why We Need to Empower Girls in STEM

When 14-year-old Gigi grows up, she’s debating between becoming an architect and a scientist. While she has grand ambitions, there aren’t a lot of toys out there to help engage her in science, technology and math. Worse, she feels that a lot of the toys out there are facilitating the idea that girls are meant […]

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10: Teaching Girls To Code Through Fashion with Makeda Ricketts (Pink Think)

Did you know that through elementary school that girls are actually very interested in science and math? Then something happens in junior high and girls lose their interest.   Makeda Ricketts, founder of Pink Think, decided to do something to fix that.   To engage girls in STEM and coding, she created a revolutionary codable […]

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5.5 Stories from the Field: Put Your Money Where You Mouth Is with Angel Investor Nicole Chavas

You say you want to champion change. You make donations to different philanthropies. But you are currently leaving one major blind spot unattended in finances.   Your investments.   There is currently $60 trillion in assets under management. Imagine if those funds are actually causing the problems you are trying to solve with your donations? […]

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5: Financial Investing for Good- Impact Investing and Angel Investing with Elizabeth Coston (Impact Engine)

  We draw a funny divide between our philanthropy and financial investing. One lives on one side of the house, the other firmly tucked away on the other side of the house. Yet what we often fail to realize is that our investments drive the growth of the companies we invest in.   The same […]

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1.5: Stories From The Field- Driving Home The Impact from SOLO Eyewear

In Wednesday’s episode this week we heard from Jenny Amaraneni, founder of SOLO Eyewear, on her journey to help cure preventable blindness through leveraging profits from her sunglasses company. To further drive home the impact that SOLO Eyewear makes through their incredible business model, we wanted to share stories from the field.   First, Jenny […]

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1: How Sunglasses are Curing Blindness with Jenny Amaraneni (SOLO Eyewear)

Social entrepreneur Jenny Amaraneni founded SOLO Eyewear out of a vision to help cure preventable blindness around the world. Motivated by the realization that 80% of the world’s blindness is preventable, she launched into her entrepreneurial pursuits right during her time as a grad student at San Diego State University.   This episode of the […]

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