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When You Look For Kindness You Will Find It On Every Corner.

This is a guest post from Karen Palmer, the founder of The #Globalkindness Revolution.

When I began my online shows in 2014 I felt like a person on an island of kindness. I was hearing so many horrific stories in the media and decided to learn how to use social media for a greater good. I found that setting my intention and focusing on finding stories of compassion, kindness, and peace open doors I didn’t even see before.

My show #Globalkindness #GoingViral has grown and the audience has expanded and the events are now everywhere. I now have several shows on www.facebook.com/spiritualitygonewild please visit and check it out my girlfriends and I are the #GratitudeGirls and our channel is programmed to bring more compassion, gratitude, joy, kindness, and peace on Earth.

This blog will be a place for people to hear about the good news and ways they can get involved. One thing I have learned in this journey of spreading kindness is I am not alone, there are so many who feel the same but don’t know what to do. This will be your answer. Reach out to me if you would like to be featured. I was blessed to hear about Notes for Notes and will be working to bring their mission to the masses. I would love to share their latest project and ask you to please share about it on all your social media.

I am a founding member of WorldKindness USA, and I am helping cities across the nation become WorldKindness Cities by working with schools, businesses, after-school programs and many other sectors to bring kindness back to all communities. I am the Goodwill Ambassador for my hometown in California and Notes For Notes was my next stop. I am grateful to say Kris Ehrman is looking into joining with 20 of their studios nation-wide.

 

I visited both of the Santa Barbara studios with my vision for a musical adventure in mindfulness. It all started a few months ago when I reached out to www.notesfornotes.org with my idea of helping kindness go viral…

“I want to make kindness go viral!” I said and shared my mission of empowering people to make a difference in helping other organizations that are dedicated to helping our world.

I then pulled out a musical activity coloring book that I created called #WorldKindness Day Is Happening, an activity based method book that can be used as a way to connect, play, and sing with family and friends. “It’s to help raise the levels of joy, love, kindness, and peace on Earth.” .

It’s all in effort to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of World Kindness Day happing on November 13th, 2018 and the launching of http://www.worldkindnessusa.org which launches July 2018.

“The song [ World Kindness] was written at the time when all the tragic fires and mudslides were happening and I thought …I am just one person, what difference can I make?”

   ~Karen Palmer~.

That was when it hit me. I could use social media to spread messages of kindness and hope for those who felt left out.. with or without a natural disaster.

“I am just one person, what difference can I make?”

  – Karen Palmer

We scheduled the first two sessions at Santa Barbara East, where we recorded the instrumental tracks with David Rojas at the controls. Palmer and Rojas completed the song with the help of local musicians Ray Pannell and Tompeet Frederiksen to a make a solid backing track for future World Kindness Programing.

One of the things I shared about my musical influences: Kenny Loggins, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Poet, Prince Ea. The song was also inspired by Adam Sandler and Weird Al Yankovic. I love to create a mindful-parody spin on popular songs and to write words that remind us that we’re all actually connected to one another. Music and Dance helps us prove this point regularly.

Now weeks into the project, we have a core group of singers that are working towards the goal of producing a lyric music video together.

“Working with Notes for Notes has been a dream come true. Everyone has been amazing to work with. The guidance and knowledge everyone has, has made this experience easy and effortless. You’ve all become like family to me, each adding their own creative genius to our beautiful masterpiece. And the singers were wonderful! They loved learning about the power of compassion, gratitude, and kindness.”

   – Karen Palmer.

Our next steps are to complete final vocal takes and mix the song. We have scheduled our video shoot for July 11th and we hope to have the video edited and ready to GO VIRAL in time for the International World Kindness Day movement that will celebrate their 20th Anniversary on November 13, 2018. Stay Tuned we will have more to share with you soon.

I am truly honored to write this blog and help add to the love, light, and peace in our world. I hope you will receive my free gift to you in my bio it is for you to manifest your dreams and I would love to hear in the comments anything you are dreaming about or are doing in your corner of the world to add some kindness.

Karen Palmer
Photo Credit: Eco Angel Enterprises

Karen Palmer’s bio:

Karen Palmer is the mom who made a wish and started a kindness revolution. She is the founder of The #Globalkindness Revolution which networks with many to co-create a kinder and more loving world. She has been nick-named The Queen Of Globalkindness, and is also known as a Modern Day Mystical Mr.Rogers who uses music, meditation ,mindful practices, and mantras for empowerment of all ages. You can receive manifest your dreams for free at www.globalkindnesstv.org/dream


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Impact All Stars Share Career Insights That Could Change Your Plans

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

Over the past five years, I’ve interviewed nearly 1,000 changemakers, including some of the most accomplished and respected leaders in impact investing and social entrepreneurship. This week, I reached out to some of the most impressive to get their advice for those just launching a career in impact today.

Imagine yourself sitting down around a big table with 41 accomplished impact leaders and getting their best career advice. Bookmark this page and come back to it regularly to serve as a guide throughout your life.

The advice was as diverse as the group, which included men and women from around the world, working on a wide range of topics. On a few topics, the counsel clustered around some themes but each idea they expressed was unique in some way.

Sheryle Gillihan, CEO of CauseLabs, observed that you don’t have to go to Africa to make a difference. “Consider the positive impact your work can have on your community. Regardless of where you work or what you do, you can be an impact ambassador and influence your team and business to do more good.”

Andrea Armeni, Executive Director of Transform Finance CREDIT: TRANSFORM FINANCE

Andrea Armeni, the executive director of Transform Finance, agrees. “You can have an impact in any career – in fact we need people with an impact mindset in all organizations. Think about what you can do there, rather than whether the organization itself is impactful.”

Similarly, Tara Varga Russell, president of Fathom—the impact cruise line at Carnival Corporation—says, “Ensuring your everyday behaviors positively influence others ensures you have meaningful impact every step of the journey.”

Two others also emphasized the need to be kind as a deliberate career strategy.

Tony Loyd, the host of the Social Entrepreneur Podcast, cautions about the stress of entrepreneurship. “Be good to people on the way up. The pressures of starting a new venture can bring out our…well, our not-so-good side. Social entrepreneurship is a small industry. Kindness goes a long way.”

Kate Hayes, director at Echoing Green, adds, “No matter what career you choose, everyday actions speak the loudest. We can have the most influence with those around us, so at work: lead with compassion, speak with intention, and act with grace.”

Christopher Soukup, the CEO of Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc., suggests taking a deliberately inclusive approach. “Surround yourself and cultivate connections with a diverse range of people who perceive and experience our world differently than you. They will infuse valuable insight and perspective into your work.”

One of the most consistent themes from the all-star group was the importance of passion for the work.

“Find a cause you care about; there’s no substitute for genuine passion,” succinctly says Rebecca Firth, the community and partnerships manager for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap.

Susanne Rea Oam, the founder of The World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio, has helped to raise millions of dollars to fund polio immunizations for children around the world. She says simply, “Follow your dream as your career is a huge focus in life. Being happy is essential.”

Billy Starr CREDIT: BILL BRETT

Billy Starr, the founder of the Pan-Mass Challenge bike race, which raises millions for cancer, said, “Immerse yourself. Find your new self in service to something more than yourself. Commit.”

Jacob Allen, a partner with Cicero Social Impact, says, “Find your passion first-hand; get involved directly. Get informed about root causes, real solutions, and beneficiaries’ views. And be relentless about actual change, not just doing good.”

Kenton Lee, founder of Because International, the organization that manufactures and distributes the Shoe That Grows, says, “Follow your passion and work with something you love. You can volunteer with orgs and use your skills to help them. Make a great wage and be an awesome donor. Lots of ways to make a difference.”

Carrie Romano, CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, says, “Choose to do what you love because you’ll be better at it. Be authentic. Align your actions with your intentions and leave it (whatever “it” is) better than you found it.”

The collective wisdom of the group suggests that patience pairs well with passion.

“Think big, think long, and think big tent,” says Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner for DBL Partners, an impact investing firm that made an early investment in Tesla. “Several small advances can turn into an inflection point. Hang in there and don’t stop too early. And build coalitions as broad and inclusive as you can.”

Nancy Pfund, courtesy of DBL Partners CREDIT: DBL PARTNERS

“Creating impact takes time, hard work, and vision. Your passion will have to sustain you. Your resolve will be tested,” says Jacob Lief, CEO and founder of Ubuntu Pathways. “You must be unafraid to challenge conventional wisdom and learn from setbacks.”

“Don’t try to win the war right away. Aim to move the needle,” says Jack Griffin, founder of FoodFinder. “Your cause will always be a team effort in the long run, but you can start small and have an impact right away.”

“Small but sustainable wins. Too big too soon will burn you out just as quickly as not making ends meet,” says Paul Wilson, assistant professor of social entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University – Hawaii. “Bite-sized wins, that don’t break the bank, allow you to create large scale impact overtime.”

Another theme that the experienced drivers of social impact emphasized was the need to learn.

As Thane Kreiner, executive director of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship put it, “Apprentice the problem, learn from people you admire, stay focused on mission.”

“Stop spending so much time listening to other people and focus instead on listening to yourself,” says Aaron Hurst, CEO of Imperative. “Keep a journal for a year about what brings you meaning at work each day.”

“Soak it all in. Realize there is something to learn from every experience – and more to learn from the bad ones,” says Tamra Ryan, CEO of the Women’s Bean Project. “The more you learn the better you’ll get. Leverage every experience to be better.”

“Learn from the people who truly have expertise, which is the people you are trying to support,” says Rob Gitin, executive director of At The Crossroads, an organization that without conditions helps homeless youth. “Listen first, rather than coming up with your own ideas of what others need. Be a humble servant.”

Aaron Hurst, Imperative CREDIT: IMPERATIVE

Atul Satija, founder and CEO of The/Nudge Foundation in India, which is scaling to support millions of people in multiple ways, says, “The decision to move to the development sector is the start of an amazing personal journey of courage, self-discovery, meaningfulness and real impact. All the best!”

Mari Kuraishi, co-founder and president of GlobalGiving, says candidly, “Unless you know with dead certainty what, where, and how you want to have impact, be open to new experiences and learning that will give you skills, insights, and knowledge.”

Two of our impact all-stars focused on learning from the people you hope to help and engaging them in the process.

“Involve the benefactor of your impact in the creation process,” says Sara Day, the cause director for Even Stevens. “You can better help a person, community or organization when you adequately understand their needs, challenges and opportunities.”

“Find ways to transform the recipients of service delivery systems from passive consumers to active co-producers of outcomes,” says Edgar Cahn, founder of TimeBanks USA. “The work of the future is to play a catalytic role in creating that shift.”

Several of the experts suggested a fundamental strategy of matching your skills and interests to the social problems you see.

“Always look for gaps to fill: needed things that others may not yet be thinking about in your sector,” says Marc Alain Boucicault, founder and CEO of Banj, a tech coworking space in Haiti. “That is how you will differentiate yourself and grow skills that will positively impact society.”

Mari Kuraishi CREDIT: GLOBAL GIVING

“Look at the problems of the world and ask yourself what skills do you have that can help solve them,” says Andreas Karelas, executive director of RE-volv, an organization that uses crowdfunding to finance solar for nonprofits. “If you pursue that line of work, you’ll go to bed everyday knowing you’re a part of the solution.”

Lisa Curtis, founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli, a company that makes healthy snack bars from moringa grown in the developing world, agrees. “Figure out what social issue makes you burn with passion. Then find the fixers and ask them what skills they need in their movement.”

“Ask yourself what you are good at, what you are interested in, and what you are curious about,” says Celeste Mergens, founder and CEO of Days for Girls International. “In the mix will be clues to what might be an unexpected pathway to your future career.”

Here’s another take on developing relevant skills.

“Learn to do something. Work at a law firm or a bank. Become a teacher. Manage a restaurant or store. Make bread,” says Laura Callanan, founding partner at Upstart Co-Lab. “Good intentions won’t matter without practical experience–almost doesn’t matter what.”

Adlai Wertman, professor and founder of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at the USC Marshall School of Business, suggests a new mindset. “Create a new synapse that fires every time you get a new project: Can this product or service be applied to solve a social, environmental or health access challenge?”

A few of the experts also suggested carefully screening potential employers.

“Use Larry David’s advice,” suggests Robert Rubinstein, founder and CEO of TBLI Group BV. “Interview the recruiter by asking, what are the values of the company? Do they align with yours? If not. Don’t work there.”

“Follow your passion but don’t feel that you must make a lifetime commitment,” says Richard Marker, founder of Wise Philanthropy Institute. “Not all worthy causes are great places to work. Check out the workplace culture.”

Three of the impact experts focused on defining and living your own set of values.

Laura Callanan CREDIT: UPSTART CO-LAB

“Practice your values consistently, know who you are and lead with your heart as well as your head,” said David Fanger, founder and CEO of Swell Investing. “You can rely on the UN SDGs as an impact north star.”

“Implement your values in your everyday life and practice what you preach,” says Cecile Blilious, founder and managing partner of Tel Aviv-based Impact First Investments. “Connect with thought leaders that project your values, follow them and then surpass them. Think different.”

“Develop a personal vision statement and a set of values that guide your every move,” says Shane Feldman, founder and CEO of Count Me In. “When you live and lead from this place of intention, you will be rooted in your purpose and capable of larger impact.”

Three of our influencers focused on getting started.

“Get involved!” says Bernard Loyd, president of Urban Juncture, Inc. in Chicago. “Whether you’ve got an hour per month to give or a hundred, if you’re involved you can make a difference.”

Karim Abouelnaga with student CREDIT: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

“The model of do well now so you can do good later is broken,” says Karim Abouelnaga, CEO of Practice Makes Perfect. “Now is the perfect time to do good. It is possible to do good and do well simultaneously. Society is ripe for positive disruption.”

“To make a big impact on the world start by making small, tangible impacts,” says Daryl Hatton, CEO of the nonprofit crowdfunding site FundRazr. “Pick a career where you directly measure your results. Celebrate those results! Then scale them up.”

Sheeza Shah, the founder and CEO of UpEffect, suggests focusing on the employment of those who really need it. “If you truly wish to drive impact, work for or with businesses creating dignified employment opportunities for under-represented communities and are dedicated to elevating their voices.”

Robert Kaplan, cofounder of Closed Loop Partners, which has financed over $100 million in recycling projects, says, “Remember that humans don’t make rational decisions. They make emotional decisions that they rationalize. When making the case for change, you need to hit both notes.”

Lastly, Stephanie Gripne, executive director of the Impact Finance Center, wins the prize for the most advice you can fit in a tweet.

  1. Work you love with people you love
  2. Function from a place of abundance
  3. Assume positive intent,
  4. Thinking partners who are not echo chambers
  5. Integrity,
  6. Fail fast with fun
  7. Radical self-care.

Those for whom earning a living is a necesssary but not sufficient requirement for a job will be drawn to have more impact. This collective wisdom could alter your plans and multiply the good you do and the change you make in the world.

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Principal, Rotary Club and Students Develop and Share Tools for Blind Students


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 kids like themselves in the developing world.

Working with his Rotary Club, they share the SightBox kits with students who would otherwise have no access to such things.

Interview with Dr. John Adam Patterson, the Dr John Patterson Principal and Charter President Rotary St.Vincents of St. Vincent’s School for the Blind.

The following is the pre-interview with Dr. John Adam Patterson. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

In the UK, Visually Impaired unemployment is at 85% with 5-6 less friends than sighted peers; this is much higher in developing countries. We design access to sports equipment and send this equipment with a surround curriculum to VI schools weaving in technology teaching and learning innovation generating VI friend groups and access to learning /support for new venture creation.

Reaching out to some 6 million visually impaired young people to help generate friendship groups through sports to tackle isolation and via engagement in STEM to challenge high unemployment rates via showcasing strengths towards  employability in synergy with new venture creation.

St. Vincent’s:  www.stvin.com

More about St. Vincent’s School for the Blind:

Twitter: @sightboxuk

Website: www.sightbox.org.uk

St.Vincent’s is a residential specialist school for the blind in Liverpool, UK. Part of the school curriculum engages a ‘common good’ focus in sharing access to sports and education through the sending of a physical  SIGHTBOX to schools for the blind internationally supported by Rotary. St.Vincent pupils work with a surrounding Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum with SIGHTBOX recipients to design new content and signpost routes to employment and  generate friendship groups in synergy with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For-profit/Nonprofit: Rotary club in collaboration with a non maintained school charity and sightbox charity ( ie SDG 17 in action)

Revenue model: Donations from Rotary and match funding for content of SIGHTBOX innovation

Scale: St. Vincents takes pupils from across the UK and has a staff of 56. Our Rotary club has over 20 members. We have sent sightboxes so far to 9 different VI communities in the world and wish to roll out our impact

Dr. John Adam Patterson

Dr. John Adam Patterson’s bio:

Originally an engineer, John retrained as a primary teacher serving in Liverpool inner city schools and across public private and voluntary sectors within EU Objective One programmes as community and education consultant leading to a Senior Lecturer role as Head of Physical Education on teacher education programmes at Liverpool Hope University. His MSC and PhD surround social capital, social enterprise, volunteerism and curriculum design. He is currently Principal at St. Vincent’s, a residential non-maintained School for VI in West Derby Liverpool rated as OUTSTANDING by The Office for Standards in Education. His research and focus remains with securing outcomes for VI young people.


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Her Peace Corps Experience Shaped Her Life, Impacted Countless Others

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 Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli, the Global Collaborator of Network Builders Arizona.

The following is the pre-interview with Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

The problem solved is the lack of resources, (thus impact of groups), because they do not partner with others going the same direction. Through the building of alliances, and teams of them, there is an increase in commerce and growth. This eventually builds more love, prosperity and peace worldwide, the total solution.

Operation Heart to Heart:  PrincessJenniferLeeMinistries.org/OHH

More about Network Builders Arizona:

Website: NetworkBuildersArizona.com

Network Builders Arizona is partnering with Manifesting Global Solutions Group. The focus is to provide a template of resources for Eco Cities globally. There are 8 areas of development offered – from health to environment. The purpose is to provide grassroots seeds that teach communities how to become self-sufficient.

For-profit/Nonprofit: For-profit

Revenue model: The revenue model stems around several sources. Network Builders Arizona is a coaching business, thus individual, and group coaching are a source. The book and speaking engagements and workshops also bring in revenues. As an Influence Broker, revenue comes from client project phases, through alliances vetted and provided for the project’s increased success.

The partnership with the Manifesting Global Solutions Group will allow commissions from member interactions.

Scale: The Network Builders Arizona aspect is a one-person entity. As involvement with Manifesting Global Solutions Group increases, this will be expanded. It is estimated 16 – 32 groups/employees will be involved per project. There will be a Project Team as well to coordinate everything.

Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli

Jaclyn “Jacque” Zoccoli’s bio:

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jacquezoccoli

After 2 years in the Peace Corps, in Liberia, Jaclyn began her focus on connecting people – locally, then globally. After the corporate trenches, she began her own businesses. Desktop Publishing (and teaching it – 4 colleges), morphed into creating networking groups (20) in CA.

Moving to Arizona, she turned the title “Networking Coach” into “Word of Mouth Strategist” then “Influence Broker”. While coaching, speaking, and authoring her book “Spontaneous Combustion – Developing Profitable Relationships”, she joined the Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative. Her focus changed to Global Collaborator, and she now connects people in 196 countries to resources to increase love, prosperity and peace.

The new Manifesting Global Solutions Group, offers a template for Eco Cities worldwide. Here Jaclyn will provide alliances for project phases, and coordinate the template strategies.

Mantra – “My age justifies my wisdom, my developed clarity teaches the Excitement of Awareness” that Excitement is what she is all about.


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Now You Can Start Investing With Mission and Purpose for Just $5


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 build.

Interview with Doug Heske, the CEO, and Alex Meek, the president of Newday Investing.

The following is the pre-interview with Doug Heske. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

Interest in socially responsible or “impact investing” continues to grow: between 2014 and 2016, US assets under professional management using sustainable, socially responsible, and impact strategies grew 33% to reach $8.7 trillion.

This type of investing is especially popular among millennials who are focused on making values-based and socially responsible financial decisions. More than $60 trillion of wealth will be transferred to more than 75 million US-based millennials by 2040 (the global opportunity is even greater as millennials worldwide exceed 2 billion people).

At Newday, we believe that by investing in socially good companies, we can not only generate competitive returns but also drive meaningful change in the way people make their investment decisions. We also believe that socially responsible investing shouldn’t be limited to the very wealthy. We provide affordable, transparent, and easy-to-understand sustainable and responsible investment solutions.

For Newday, investing is as much about education as it is about funding socially responsible organizations. Users can change the world from their pocket by investing in proprietary portfolios with as little as $5. Those who are just beginning to enter the world of impact investing can still use the app without being prompted to invest, using it as a platform to educate themselves, discover new causes to care about, and connect with others who share their values.

More about Newday Investing:

Twitter: @NewdayInvesting

Website: newdayimpact.com

Based in San Francisco, Newday is a technology-enabled asset manager that provides affordable, transparent and easy-to-understand impact investment solutions to the mass market with a minimum investment of just $5. By investing in socially responsible and sustainable companies, Newday aims to generate competitive return and, most importantly, drive meaningful change in the way companies in our portfolios adopt environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices and policies. In order to be effective in driving positive impact on corporate behavior, Newday adopts an active ownership model, engaging with companies’ decisions as they affect their stakeholders including communities, employees and shareholders.

For-profit/Nonprofit: For-profit

Revenue model: Newday charges charges 1% on assets under management. However, the company gives back 5% of topline revenues to key nonprofit partners. Each Newday portfolio will benefit a particular, selected NGO. For example, Conservation International is linked to the Global Impact Equity Strategy and Lonely Whale to Oceans. The team is building additional functionality to facilitate donations and eventually users will be able to donate dividends and interest earned.

Scale: Newday’s platform and iOS app officially launched to the public on June 19.

Doug Heske

 

Doug Heske ’s bio:

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/douglasheske

Doug brings more than 25 years of investment management and leadership experience to Newday, with a record of transforming new businesses for rapid expansion. Prior, he ran the Private Client business for Stone & Youngberg, LLC, was President and CEO of Nollenberger Capital and was CA Regional Director of Piper Jaffray Companies, Inc. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) Western District since 1996 and was acting chairman from 2002—2004. He was also formally a member of SIFMA’s Regional Wealth Management Round Table and has served on FINRA’s District 1 Committee. Doug also sits on the board of several San Francisco based organizations such as the Oakland Museum of California.

Alexander Meek

Alexander Meek ’s bio:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandermeek/

Alex has spent his career as a founding member across startup ventures in consumer tech, consumer goods, media and finance. Alex began his career managing wealth for high networth families and covering hedge funds and institutions inequity sales at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown. Alex has served various positions in human rights as Treasurer and Board Member of the Red Ribbon Foundation, Mentor at UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlement Program), and a Volunteer at Community Health Africa a Poverty Solution. Alex earned a Major in Economics from St. Lawrence University and a MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Babson College -Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.


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The Gender Landscape After #MeToo

This is a guest post from Jessica van Thiel, PATHFINDER

The #MeToo Campaign is one of the most powerful social media campaigns of all time. On October 15 2017, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged the use of #MeToo (originating from social activist, Tarana Burke, 2006), to create awareness and a sense of the magnitude of sexual abuse and harassment. While there is no one leader of this movement (rather thousands of women who are speaking out against this prolific problem) several Hollywood names helped to propel the campaign into global action.

Actress Ashley Judd was the first of many who spoke out in October of 2017, about unwanted sexual advances by Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful movie producers. Since her admission, over 80 actresses have come forth against Weinstein, including stars like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. And, as allegations against him continue to pour in, on May 25th 2018, Weinstein was charged by the city of New York, with rape and sexual abuse in two cases. It seems like only eight months after women began to come forward with their stories, the Weinstein name is now more synonymous with sexual assault than it is with movie-making.

For decades apparently, this sort of behaviour was common practice in the entertainment industry. Weinstein’s abuses have been referenced as Hollywood’s greatest open secret. Why was this accepted? How could he have gone so far, with so many women, and gotten away with it for so many years? It seems incredible when you think about it. But the truth is it’s not uncommon. In fact the #MeToo campaign has proven just how ubiquitous the problem is.

However, a silver lining has emerged to this awful story. The celebrities who have spoken out have paved the way for regular, everyday women to do the same. The campaign had incredible success on social media and #MeToo (also adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and others), has provided support and solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories. The movement itself has been so successful, that as at November 2017, 82% of American polled said women are more likely to speak out about harassment since the Weinstein allegations, and that 85% say they believe the women making allegations of sexual harassment (Time Magazine, 2017).

Jessica van Thiel

The “Silence Breakers” – victims who spoke out about their stories of sexual harassment – made such an impact on society that they were voted “2017 Person of The Year” by Time Magazine. With widespread success of the campaign and Weinstein’s recent arrest, it appears that steps are being taken in the right direction. But what are these steps and how will they ensure the sexual abuse, harassment and silencing of women is no longer accepted?

#MeToo has received attention in all corners of the world. With access to internet and media in certain countries already being an issue, it’s no surprise that the campaign has had more success in some countries than others. In India for example, where in recent years outrage over sex crimes has sparked waves of public protests, it makes sense that #MeToo resonates with the public. However, not everyone has access to internet, and although the campaign reached only a small number of people with respect to India’s population, as Sian Brooke of the Oxford Internet Institute points out, “it has brought the idea of sexual harassment and assault into the public consciousness. And even if the discussion around the movement is criticism, you are still bringing about an awareness that this happens” (BBC, 2018).

In Canada, women are sharing their experiences of sexual violence like never before, resulting in a huge increase in demand on Canada’s sexual violence support services. For example, calls to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre increased 100% in the last year alone (Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2018). One initiative, the #AfterMeToo (partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation) has created a fund that addresses the increased demand on sexual violence support services across Canada.

In the US, from October to December 2017, calls to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network crisis hotline rose by 23% compared with the same period in 2016 (BBC, 2018). The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in Washington DC has, as a result of the campaign, been matching victims with lawyers who can offer them free advice (NWLC, 2018).

Another initiative which has been very successful in addressing the #MeToo question is the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. The Fund was launched by more than 300 actresses, writers and directors in January 2018 and raised $21 million in legal assistance for people who suffer harassment, abuse or assault at work in its first operating month alone (The National Women’s Law Center, 2018).

An interesting takeaway from the campaign is that men are also often victims of sexual violence. 1in6 is a Los Angeles-based non-profit group that supports male sex abuse survivors. #MeToo had direct impact on the number of men reaching out to the organization, saw a 110% increase in web traffic, and a 103% increase in the use of online helpline services between September and October 2017 (BBC, 2018).

With an overwhelming number of people worldwide speaking out in a very personal way, is it even conceivable to continue to ignore such an issue? As a hopeless optimist I am tempted to say we have learned this lesson, society has grown, and mankind will not allow these errors to continue to occur. However, the reality is far more complex than that. Sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation of women (in a variety of forms) is so ingrained in our societies that it may take decades and several generations before we can truly move forward.

Yes, the #MeToo campaign is a good step. Yes, this is extremely encouraging. Sadly though, the numbers speak for themselves. It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives (UN Women, 2018) with some nations showing up to 70 per cent of women having experienced sexual abuse in their lifetime (WHO, 2013). And this is not only in developing countries. In the UK, one in five women have experienced sexual assault (The Guardian, 2018). And these are the reported cases.

The stigma associated with victims of assault is often the leading reason women will not come forward. Society has trained us to question the victim rather than the ‘predator’. This is something that has become the norm. We’ve been asking the right questions but to the wrong people (TIME Magazine, 2017).

So with the recent arrest of Harvey Weinstein and the countless initiatives emerging in light of #MeToo, it seems that change is happening. Although the #MeToo campaign has a long way to go in ridding the world of sexual abuse and predators, one thing it has been successful in doing is identifying a massive, global issue.

Rebecca Seales of the BBC News explains that “perhaps, then, #MeToo is not an endgame – but a clarion call to something bigger. A reminder for people to seek change in their communities, and push to make damaging systems better – especially for those who lack the power to fight alone” (BBC, 2018).

The #MeToo campaign has created a platform in which victims of sexual abuse can be heard and supported. It has shown that victims are not alone, far from it, and that collectively we can effect change.

References:

BBC News (2018). What has #MeToo actually changed?

Canadian Women’s Foundation (2018). After MeToo.

MeToo (2018).

Time Magazine (2017). The Silence Breakers.

The Guardian (2018). Sexual harassment and assault rife at United Nations, staff claim.

The National Women’s Law Center (2018). The Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund UN Women (2018). Facts and figures: Ending violence against women.

World Health Organization (2013). Global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, p.2.


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If You Haven’t Fixed Your Nonprofit Website To Comply With GDPR, Here’s How

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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 social venture. If you haven’t figured out compliance yet, take a few minutes to read this article to learn how.

Let’s start by pointing out that for a small nonprofit or social venture, failing to comply with the GDPR rules could cost up to 10 million euro, almost $12 million. Just hiring a lawyer to defend a case brought by someone in Europe could wipe out all the funds you plan to spend on your mission for years to come. Have I got your attention now? If you haven’t fixed your site to comply, it’s not too late.

Amber Hinds, the CEO of Road Warrior Creative, works primarily with social entrepreneurs and nonprofits to build websites. Much of her work over the past two years has been preparing for the implementation of GDPR rules. She joined me for a live interview, which you can watch in the player at the top of this article, and provided additional information to help me understand the rules.

Hinds knows her stuff.

Amber Hinds, Road Warrior Creative

Angie Coleman, director of community for Lesbians Who Tech, uses Road Warrior for GDPR compliance work. She says, “Road Warrior Creative was instrumental in our compliance with the new GDPR rules. They were able to walk us through what was needed, help implement new changes, and oversee that everything was cohesive across our three brands. It was a huge help, especially as we waited till crunch time to make the changes.”

CJ Legare, chief of staff and faculty coordinator for Lean Startup Co, uses Road Warrior, too, and she agrees. “RWC gave us wonderful guidance and made sure we understood our options, so we could make informed choices”

If you are based in the EU, you are, of course subject to the new rules. Even if you are based in the US, or elsewhere outside the EU, chances are good the rules apply to you.

If you have a website that is intended for use anywhere in the EU, which still includes Great Britain and will include English-speaking Ireland even after Brexit, you are subject to the new rules. If you have people from the EU in your newsletter list, if you have accepted donations from the EU or sold products to people in the EU, you are almost certainly subject to the new rules.

Hinds offers this caveat:

Now, what I will say about this is that if you are a very small non-profit or individual or organization that is collecting, let’s say, just emails for a newsletter and you’re not expressly targeting people from the European Union–that is to say they might just find you via Google but you don’t have any information that is marketing related that is targeting that demographic–it is possible that it may not apply to you because those are incidental users.

While you’re reviewing your compliance with GDPR, consider your compliance with older EU regulations around cookies. Many sites have not been compliant and people have been using GDPR as an opportunity to get compliant with these rules as well.

Again, you are subject to the rules about cookies if you are physically based in the EU or if you target consumers in the EU. You might think that your site doesn’t use cookies, so the rules don’t apply to you but almost all sites do, whether you know it or not. All WordPress sites use cookies. Google Analytics uses cookies and most sites now incorporate Google Analytics. Again, chances are good you’ll need to comply with these rules, too.

To comply with GDPR there are three primary things you need to do.

  1. Get consent to collect any personally identifiable information
  2. Disclose to your customers the data you’re keeping about them
  3. Forget everything about a person upon request

Getting consent prospectively is not terribly difficult. One key is to resist the temptation to require people to opt out of your lists or to automatically add them after doing business with you. To send marketing messages you must have permission. The best practice is a “double opt in” feature where you send each person who signs up a confirmation email that they must click to finally be added to your list.

What about all those email addresses you already have on your list? They have been gathered over years. You may not know or remember how those email addresses were gathered. Some people have chosen to send everyone who might possibly be in the EU—in some cases, everyone on their list, an invitation to proactively confirm they’d like to continue receiving their messages. Others have simply purged old names and email addresses for which they don’t have a clear record of how they were acquired.

Additionally, when a customer asks to know what information you store about them, you’ll need to be able to tell them exactly what you’ve recorded. When a customer asks to be forgotten, you’ll need to either purge all their data or anonymize it. You are allowed to keep information that is required for compliance with other record-keeping regulations in your jurisdiction, as may apply to financial and other transactions.

To comply with the old EU cookies regulations that so many of us have been ignoring, you are required to give people notice that your site uses cookies and provide a link to your policy about using cookies. To do this, most websites have chosen to create a popup bar at the top or bottom of the screen that summarizes the cookies policy and provides a link to the full policy

If you’re like me and you’re not a coder or web-designer like Hinds, this all sounds very intimidating. She pointed us to two affordable tools that will help you comply.

The first is the GDPR Framework WordPress Plugin. This plugin will integrate with most WordPress sites and will help you implement your GDPR compliance. One great feature of this tool is the price: free.

Another tool that is somewhat more robust but is still affordable is iubenda.com. This site is a legal compliance site that for an annual fee of $27 will help you get a legally compliant policy. Using a TurboTax-style process, it will help you build a policy that describes what you are currently doing. When you’re finished, they provide a snippet of code that you can install on your site to get compliant.

Even with these tools, the process may sound intimidating. For those with resources, firms like Road Warrior Creative can help you. For those with limited budgets, investing the time to figure this out is worth the effort it requires.

As Hinds says of these rules, “I just think this is good customer service. When you provide people with information about the data you’re using, you’re collecting on them and why you’re collecting it or say that you have cookies on your website and you’re transparent about that, I think people generally are going to appreciate that.”

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US Senate Candidate Jenny Wilson Says She’s Better on Climate, Health Care and Poverty


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 issues.

Poverty: Wilson acknowledged that even here in Utah, many children live in poverty, aren’t sure where their next meal will come from and that chronic homelessness continues in Utah. She asserts that she is in touch with these issues by virtue of her work on the Salt Lake County Council where she dealt directly with issues facing the homeless and other low-income Utahns.

Health: After leaving the County Council, Wilson took a job with the University of Utah Health Care system. She has been a vocal advocate for medicaid expansion in Utah, helping to organize a campaign to get a ballot initiative approved for this November.

Climate: Wilson acknowledges that there are many climate skeptics in Utah but says such views are out of touch with reality. She promises to advocate for returning the United States to international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to otherwise protect the environment. She highlights her concern that the current administration will deregulate air quality leaving those living along Utah’s Wasatch Front with dangerously polluted air.  

Governor Romney will be invited to join me on my show soon.

Interview with Jenny Wilson, the Salt Lake County Council Member of Jenny Wilson for U.S. Senate.

The following is the pre-interview with Jenny Wilson. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

More about Jenny Wilson for U.S. Senate:

Twitter: @JennyWilsonUT

Facebook: facebook.com/wilsonforsenate

Website: wilsonforsenate.com

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson’s bio:

Twitter: @JennyWilsonUT

Jenny Wilson is a fifth-generation Utahn with a record demonstrating commitment to the state where she raises her family.

In 2006, Jenny became the first woman elected to the Salt Lake County Council, where she is currently serving one-third of Utahns in her second, six-year term and has led numerous policy initiatives, including ethics reform, government efficiency, criminal justice reform and open space preservation.

Jenny has experience at all levels of government, having served as press secretary to U.S. Rep. Les AuCoin (D-OR) and as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Orton (D-UT).

On the County Council, Jenny is a bold policy-maker who forges bipartisan consensus to get things done. Her service in the United States Senate would be no exception.


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This Entrepreneurial Solution to Lice Will Surprise You


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 Claire Roberts to learn more.

Interview with Claire Roberts, the CEO of Lice Clinics of America.

The following is the pre-interview with Claire Roberts. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

While it may seem like a benign issue, head lice is the second-most transmittable condition among school aged children (behind the common cold), meaning that most families will have to spend money they might not have on head lice treatment. As OTC treatment becomes less and less effective, Lice Clinics of America offers affordable, one and done treatment so families can get on with their lives. During our Annual Egg Hunt, treatments are free.

Lice Clinics of America®, the world’s largest network of urgent care clinics for head lice treatment and providers of leading head lice-removal services and products provides annual “Egg Hunts”. This year, the Egg Hunt was held over 2 days, and provided $35,700 worth of free head lice treatment to consumers throughout the country.

In addition, a startling 6-11 million people suffer from head lice infestations each year, and has families frustrated and wasting big money on endless ineffective, incredibly expensive treatments (some of which can reach over $1,000 total).

Lice Clinics of America has created a cost effective way to eradicate head lice and help you save your present-buying money. With treatments costing only up to $195, the network utilizes the chemical-free device, AirAllé, which uses dry, warm air to dehydrate and eliminate both lice and eggs. Being the most advanced technology to eliminate Super Lice, the AirAllé is an FDA approved device that is 99% effective in stopping Super Lice once and for all.

More about Lice Clinics of America:

Twitter: @LiceNoMore

Facebook: Facebook.com/LCACorp

Website: www.liceclinicsofamerica.com

Lice Clinics of America offers eco-friendly, non-toxic and pesticide-free prevention and treatment products that are reliable and safe alternatives to typical over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including its exclusive AirAllé treatment throughout their 300 global clinics. The AirAllé, a FDA-cleared, patented medical device, uses precision controlled, heated air to dehydrate lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs. The brand has also taken the technology used in its clinics to create two over-the-counter solutions, the Lice Remover Kit and Lice Preventer Kit, which utilize a pesticide-free liquid gel that can stop lice infestations before they start, immobilize lice, detangle hair and facilitate the removal of lice and eggs.

For-profit/Nonprofit: For-profit

Scale: Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of urgent care clinics for head lice treatment and providers of leading head lice-removal services and products throughout their 300 global clinics

Claire Roberts
Photo Credit: Lice Clinics of America

Claire Roberts’s bio:

Linkedin: linkedin.com/company/larada-sciences-inc

Claire Roberts is the CEO of Lice Clinics of America. Claire specializes in launching early stage ventures, leading them through high growth and positioning them to reach their high performance potential.  She has a diverse industry background as a CEO covering manufacturing and distribution, technology, new media and medical informatics. In addition to her private sector CEO experience, Claire was a key player in the launch of BioCrossroads, the Indiana life sciences economic development organization. She most recently served as CEO of ArbiterSports, an NCAA backed SaaS venture headquartered in Sandy, Utah.  Claire heralds from Seattle, Washington, is a proud University of Washington Husky (Pac 8 generation) and is very happy to be calling Salt Lake City her home now.


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These 2 Kids Have Helped 30,000 People Find a Place to Volunteer

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 recognized their work with its Service Through STEM Award, which encourages young people to use science, technology, engineering and math to do service. So far, 30,000 people have used the site to find a service opportunity.

Interview with Max and Jake Klein, the of Kids that do good.

The following is the pre-interview with Max and Jake Klein. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

We are a non-profit website that helps connect kids and adults to volunteering opportunities in over 80 markets across the country. We also offer ideas for charitable events you can do on your own. This way kids can make a difference in their communities no matter what their age is. It’s never too early to think about helping others.

Max and Jake Klein

More about Kids that do good:

Twitter: @kidsthatdogood

Instagram: @kidsthatdogood

Facebook: Facebook.com/kidsthatdogood

Website: kidsthatdogood.com

Linkedin: LinkedIn.com/in/kids-that-do-good

We are a non-profit website that helps connect kids and adults to volunteering opportunities in over 80 markets across the country. We also offer ideas for charitable events you can do on your own. This way kids can make a difference in their communities no matter what their age is. It’s never too early to think about helping others.

For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit


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