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Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Changing Minds and Changing Lives: Connecting People with Disabilities with Career Opportunities

This is a guest post from Kris Foss, the Managing Director of Disability Solutions at Ability Beyond. One in five people in the United States have some type of disability and are ...
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Let’s Actually FIX Our Air Pollution Problem

This is a guest post from James Westwater, Chair, Utah Valley Earth Forum At times, Utah cities along the Wasatch Front have the worst air pollution in the entire nation. Yes, we ...
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Giving State Report Guides Better Philanthropy

Interview with Jacob Allen, the Managing Director of Cicero Social Impact. For nearly a year, Jacob Allen has been working on a comprehensive report about philanthropy in the State of ...
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Global Health Challenges Offer Social Entrepreneurs Opportunity

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. “We have grown far too tolerant of businesses not acting in alignment ...
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‘Wealth Building Isn’t Just For The Wealthy’

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Jennifer Williams, a school teacher in Mississippi, has now paid off all ...
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Amidst ICO Flurry, This Social Entrepreneur Seeks $50M for Clean Energy In Developing World

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Everyone seems to want in on it. Even my septuagenarian neighbor who ...
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Is It Ethical To Lend To Working People At A 200% Interest Rate?

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. We’re all familiar with payday lenders who are providing loans to people ...
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Impact Investor: You Don’t Have To Give Up Returns To Do Good

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. One of the most controversial topics in impact investing is whether it ...
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How to Promote Your Cause Without Provoking Your Friends

Recently the Pew Research Center published a report showing that Americans are more politically divided than any time since they started tracking such data in 1994. Our country has survived ...
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Key Job Skill for This Position: No Complaining About Rats and Roaches

"I look for a great communicator who can tell some of the most important stories in the world. Also, someone who won't complain about staying in a $2-a-night room with ...
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How To Start Impact Investing With Just $50 And Five Minutes

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Fifty bucks and five minutes will make you an impact investor. I ...
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‘A Life Has Meaning And Purpose, No Matter The Age’

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Meghan Waldron is 15 years old, runs track for her high school, ...
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How I Will Stop Being a Jackass and Start Being Nice Instead

I have repeatedly confessed my guilt at being a jackass. I also think of myself as a humanitarian. Yes, those two things are deeply at odds but they are not ...
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CEO Comes Full Circle Beginning And Ending In Poverty

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. The fleeting memories of her childhood didn’t make sense until her mother ...
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Founded By A 4-Year-Old, This Nonprofit Is Her Incomparable Legacy

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Alex Scott, the second child and only daughter among four children, must ...
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3 Players That Exemplify The Complexity Of The Impact Investing Ecosystem

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Three impact investment players provide an interesting view of the broader impact ...
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For This Family, The Bigger The Problem, The Bigger The Opportunity

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN estimates that "roughly one-third ...
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The Role Of Entrepreneurship In Ending Poverty And Homelessness

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. “Social entrepreneurship has proven to provide impactful innovations for poverty alleviation ,” ...
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Hydro Therapy Pool in Parker Makes a Difference Without Much Splash

On October 6, 2017, I will be speaking at the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association annual conference. This story highlights the work of one of their members. Around the world, ...
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One Father’s Dementia Inspired A Social Enterprise To Protect Billions

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Michael Trainer, 40, one of the founders of the successful Global Citizen ...
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10 Problems. 10 Solutions. 10 Awards. Classy.

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. A lesson all successful entrepreneurs seem to learn quickly is that they ...
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Imagine Dragons Lead Dan Reynolds Hosts Festival For LGBTQ Youth With Blessing Of LDS Church

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds is hosting the LoveLoud music Festival ...
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Knowing No App Alone Will Solve Hunger Didn’t Stop This Teen From Making A Difference

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Sometimes it takes the perspective of a kid to see problems that ...
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Social Entrepreneur Seeks To Make CSR Easier For Everyone

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Ryan Scott, 48, CEO and founder of Causecast, is working to make ...
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Upscale Purse Delivers Purses With a Purpose

Chris Bray, a fixture in Utah's nonprofit community, has launched a social enterprise she hopes will power the rest of her career with still greater impact. Chris recognized that nonprofits ...
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New Player In Living Walls Brings Outside Inside

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Sagegreenlife is bringing living walls to a growing market with new technologies ...
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How A Costume Party For 120,000 Really Makes A Difference In The Community

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Twice a year, the streets of downtown Salt Lake City are overrun ...
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Breaking the Bad From My Pilgrimage to the Home of Walter White

This article was originally written for GoodCrowd.info. Last weekend, Gail and I visited Albuquerque, New Mexico on a quest to visit shooting locations for the show Breaking Bad. We drove ...
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20 Years In The Making, A Personal Quest Led To A New Venture

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Eric McCallum says he likes to invest in "simple and elegant business ...
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Wringing Costs From Solar Is Goal For This Berkeley PhD

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Jason Trager is more than a throwback to the sixties or a cliche. He may have earned a PhD ...
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This Miss America Is Working To Thank Veterans For Their Service

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. As Americans head to the beach or the mountains to celebrate Independence ...
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It Shouldn’t Be Easier To Find Your Mate Than To Find A Co-Investor Online

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Last summer, at a meeting of Seattle impact investors, one of the ...
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How Addressing ‘Eco-Genocide’ Is Almost Like Spinning Straw Into Gold For This Entrepreneur

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Plastic pollution in our oceans represents an "Eco-genocide" according to Bonnie Monteleone, ...
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How To Be Successful With Affordable Housing Without Being Evil

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. “Our nation is in the midst of a true affordability crisis.” Daryl ...
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How Your Nonprofit Can Use $10,000 Per Month of Free Google Adwords

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. It may be no secret that Google is giving away $10,000 per month in free Google Ads to nonprofits but ...
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Facing Huge Demand, This Charity Needed A Miracle Worker To Raise Money

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. In 2010, between 500 and 700 families were being turned away from ...
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The Painful Story Of A Reluctant Social Entrepreneur

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Kelli Kelley is a reluctant social entrepreneur. She was 24 weeks pregnant--16 ...
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Impact Measurement: How Much Is Too Much? How Much Is Not Enough?

This post was originally produced for Forbes. This is a third and final piece in my series on impact measurement. First Part Link: How Social Entrepreneurs Begin To Measure Impact Second ...
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How Seeing The Nonprofit As A Business Helps Smile Train Grow

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Susannah Schaefer, CEO of the International nonprofit Smile Train, says, "It is a nonprofit, but it is a business." This attitude for leading ...
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How This Entrepreneur Seeks Scale To Help People Get Clean Water After Disasters

This post was originally produced for Forbes. While working on her master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, Tricia Compas-Markman, 32, helped to invent the ...
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Journalist Virtually Resurrects Homeless Man

Justin Huggard died last December.  In April, the Deseret News ran a 4,000-word story about him. The remarkable thing was not that the News took four months to write his obituary, ...
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New Site Is ‘Like Match.com For Lawyers’

This post was originally produced for Forbes. Felicity Conrad only worked for Skadden, one of the world's most prominent law firms, for about two years but while she was there ...
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Woman Tallies 1.5M Births And 5M Prevented

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Leslie Heyer, the founder and president of Cycle Technologies, reports that women ...
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Report Asks Investors To Respect Human Rights On Clean Energy Projects

This post was originally produced for Forbes.  You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Renewable energy projects are the primary weapon in the war on climate ...
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She Persisted Is The Best Book of 2017 (So Far)

Naomi was just four years old on November 8, 2016, but she was devastated by the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Months earlier, she had seen Hillary Clinton in the ...
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Expert: Now is the Time to Get Solar on Your Business

Clean Energy Advisors is a sponsor of the Your Mark on the World Center. Erik Melang, 52, the CEO and co-founder of Distributive Solar, says now is the time for ...
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How Impact Investors Are ‘Starting In The Wrong Place’

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. "We're starting in the wrong place," Mara Bolis, 45, senior advisor for ...
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This ‘Tornado Of Energy’ Is Revamping Education In Liberia

This post was originally produced for Forbes. You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes. Time's 2014 Person of the Year was "The Ebola Fighters." Among the ...
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