To kick off the year with some powerful inspiration, I asked some successful social entrepreneurs and others in the impact community, to answer a simple question: “How will you increase your impact in 2018?”
The answers fell naturally into two groups. The first group were broadly relevant answers that almost any social entrepreneur could mimic. The second group were more specific, based on their particular mission. The first list I published on Forbes here. The second cohort of responses, equally inspiring, are listed below in alphabetical order by respondent.
Adlai Wertman, David. C. Bohnett Professor of Social Entrepreneurship of USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab:
“I review our programs each year to ensure full alignment with our mission statement.”
Alan Naumann, sales manager of Rocky Mountain Renewable Energy:
I will increase collaboration with Native Americans. I want to support Native American voices, political power and Co management of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, in particular!
Amory Lovins, co-founder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute:
Having proven that optimizing vehicles, buildings, factories, and equipment as whole systems can make very big energy savings very cheap (expanding returns), I aim to figure out how to turn such “integrative design” from rare to common.
Amy Cortese, Author, founder of Locavesting of Locavesting (also inevstibule):
More collaboration. We’re stronger together. I’m encouraged by the many efforts to join up disparate initiatives in 2018.
Andreas Karelas, executive director of RE-volv:
One person, truly empowered, can make a real difference. RE-volv’s 2018 goal is to empower scores of people with the tools they need to lead the clean energy revolution, starting in their communities.
Arlene Samen, founder of One Heart World Wide:
Our model “The Network of Safety” will be open sourced so others can save the lives of women in childbirth.
Billy Starr, founder and executive director of Pan-Mass Challenge:
We will grow every aspect of our cycling weekend which currently has 6,000 cyclists, 12 routes and 315,000 donors to cancer research. Our growth strategy also includes a winter indoor cycle event.
Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org:
We’ll explore ways to strengthen the connection between our teachers and the donors and organizations that give on DonorsChoose.org, in order to grow our community of passionate education supporters.
Dallas Graham, publisher and executive director of Red Fred Project:
Creating a toolkit for local professionals so they can assist in the effort of making more books with more children.
Daryl Hatton, CEO of FundRazr:
We are expanding our suite of digital fundraising power tools to help our professional fundraising customers do an ever-better job of engaging their communities and communicating their impact.
David D’Angelo, marketing director of Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden :
We will launch a revenue generating, social impact fellowship program, manage our new permaculture project, and develop a new international festival called “Voyages” to develop tourism in Laos.
Howard Leonhardt , executive chairman of Leonhardt’s Launchpads (with whom I have a business relationship):
Will work to complete development of a whole body organ regeneration chamber designed to regenerate humans to live 30 years longer with high quality of life.
Jack Griffin, founder of FoodFinder:
For issues like poverty and hunger, we may never truly win the war. But in 2018, I will do everything I can to move the needle on food insecurity since helping even a single life is worth it.
Jason S. Trager, Ph.D., managing partner of Sustainabilist:
We’re using data-driven content marketing to reach more clients for our process improvement and quality assurance work in sustainability.
Jenny Kassan, owner of Jenny Kassan Consulting:
I will get more mission-driven female entrepreneurs funded by investors that love and support them.
Jill Vialet, CEO and founder of Playworks:
We’re giving away our secret sauce, enabling partners and educators to make play more safe and healthy in order to reach 1mm kids in 2000 schools this year
Kathryn Pisco, founder and CEO of Unearth the World:
We will increase our impact by planning transformative skills-based volunteer abroad programs for socially-minded companies. We will grow our local volunteer initiatives to catalyze change in the US!
Laura Callanan, founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab:
With a pipeline of more than $1.5 billion in opportunities over the next five years, the time has come to borrow from the lessons of gender lens investing and introduce a Creativity Lens to impact investing.
Laura Lemle, PhD., founder and chairperson of The NVLD Project:
In 2018 we will be increasing our presence on social media by working directly with people who have NVLD to spread awareness about the disability.
Laurie Lane-Zucker, founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur (Center, LLC, Network):
Our global network is active around blockchain and cryptocurrencies. I joined the Impact Token Project as Advisor and am looking at integrating blockchain as an operating system in our projects.
Marisa de Belloy, CEO of Cool Effect:
We’ll be launching a campaign to show people, for the first time ever, carbon emissions. When you can see the problem, you can fight it!
Melody Saunders Brenna, CEO Founder of Reef Life Restoration NanoScience:
Reduce manufacturing impact by inclusion of industrial waste. RLR advanced nano materials bring higher strengths using less cement/sand. Encapsulation of plastic/refuse = dual purpose CLEAN profits.
Nancy Hughes, president and founder of StoveTeam International:
I will be raising awareness of the dangers of open fire cooking
Nissan Bahar, co-founder of Bitwalking:
Build a currency only for the purpose of making life better, believing in the irreducible value of every human being.
Pat Walsh, co-founder and chief impact officer of Classy:
Mobilize our employees to make a greater impact through philanthropy, and leverage our product and data to enable nonprofits to be transparent and communicate their impact with the world.
Peter Fusaro, EVP of 41 North Securities:
We are helping companies obtain capital to accelerate solutions in sustainability in clean energy, clean water and sustainable agriculture. That impacts the environment and reduces greenhouse gases.
Rahel, managing director of Afrolehar:
In 2018, we will be producing more multimedia content in addition to implementing our technology solutions to facilitate trade of added–value products between Africa and North America.
Rebecca Firth, community and partnerships manager of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team:
Help anyone, anywhere contribute to development through making really complicated things really simple through apps.
Ryan Scott, CEO and founder of ICO Advisory Group:
Create a pipeline for new cryptocurrency offerings to give back to charity both as donation during their ICOs, and with their ongoing operations.
Shane DeRolf, Founder & CEO of Big Word Club:
Big Word Club is committed to closing the Word Gap in America. In 2018, we are seeking to prove the efficacy of BWC in a randomized control trial funded by J-PAL, a leading research center at MIT.
Siddharth Chatterjee, resident coordinator to Kenya of United Nations:
We will partner with private sector, civil society, faith-based organizations to support Government of Kenya’s efforts to leapfrog Universal Health Coverage. #UHC=Defeating poverty =Economic prosperity = #SDG 3 & 1.
Wendy Lipton-Dibner, president of Professional Impact, Inc.:
Launching business number 11, dedicated to finding, funding, & fostering hidden difference-makers so they can make the impact they were born to bring the world without giving up their lives to make it happen.
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