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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Nonprofit Brings Technology To Disaster Recovery

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

Field Innovation Team or FIT is bringing hi-tech into the disaster recovery arena by training responders to use it and developing strategic relationships with technology partners to bring their best to bear when it’s needed most.

FIT, a nonprofit, has been in the game since 2010 and has responded to hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon Bombing and the 2014 mudslide in Oso, Washington.

By deploying drones over the mudslide, FIT was able to get a better read on the dangerous topography than would have been possible with manned aircraft and was able to do it without putting any humans at risk.

FIT will be taking its robot petting zoo to SXSW. The collection of robots of all sorts that can be used for one purpose or another in disaster recovery. The petting zoo was first assembled to help entertain and educate kids stuck in the 2014 border crisis as young people from Central America sought refuge in the U.S. in unprecedented numbers.

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Eastern, Desi Matel-Anderson of FIT will join me for a live discussion about the technology, impact, plans and responses she sees. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about FIT:

FIT has been responding to disasters since 2010. In its early days, FIT operated as a grassroots group working together for neighborhood disaster resilience. Now a non-profit, FIT volunteers from across the globe deploy to disasters and work on disaster risk reduction and resiliency efforts.
Past work in disasters includes hurricane Sandy in 2012, the 2013 Moore, OK tornadoes, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Philippines typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and the 2014 mudslide in Oso, WA. FIT has also worked with refugee children from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras in the USA as result of the unaccompanied migrant minor crisis.
In 2012, FIT’s projects include collaboration with FEMA to redesign its Disaster Recovery Centers and development of the concept that later became FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance Program.
In 2013, FIT worked with the Drupal Conference to create housing and ride-sharing apps for stranded survivors of the 2013 Moore, OK tornadoes. After Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in November, 2013, FIT sent a crew to set up a heat map demonstrating internet connectivity.
In 2014, FIT’s disaster response engagements included working in the Oso, WA with collaborators to develop computer-generated 3D interactive reconstructive models and 3D prints of the Oso mudslide. These outputs increased situational awareness of impassable terrain and helped keep first responders safe. In Oso and following the Pilger, NE twin tornadoes, FIT worked with Splunk4Good to develop and pilot the Donations Tracking Dashboard app for county officials and volunteer coordinators aiding the response. In support of the US and Mexico border crisis response, FIT worked with designers, artists, and thespians to develop a recreational activities curriculum designed to build community within refugee and disaster-displaced populations.
In 2014, highlights of FIT’s work on disaster resilience and preparedness building included the Washington Community Innovation Summit with the Washington Governor’s Office, Futurecasting earthquakes with Intel INTC -2.92% Inc.’s Brian David Johnson, Autodesk ADSK -1.97%, the California Lieutenant Governors Office, and the California Office of Emergency Services. FIT supported and helped facilitate the third Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE III) aimed at demonstrating how new technologies can enable Canadian and U.S. emergency responders to exchange situational awareness information as an incident unfolds. FIT also ran two disaster innovator Bootcamps to train its next generation of volunteers for disaster activation and to prototype solutions to anticipated problems brought on by crises.


Desi Matel-Anderson

Matel-Anderson’s bio:

Desi Matel-Anderson is the Chief Wrangler of FIT and CEO of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, LLC. Desi is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team TISI -1.69% down to Hurricane Sandy to provide real-time problem solving in disaster response and recovery and ran think tanks nation-wide to cultivate innovation in communities. Her emergency management experience began when she volunteered in Northern Illinois University’s Office of Emergency Planning. She then worked with the Southeast Wisconsin Urban Area Security Initiative, and the City of Milwaukee Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office. In addition to her regional emergency management duties, she worked as an assessor of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program Assessor nation-wide.
She has since worked on numerous emergency management projects with agencies, communities, organizations and companies. She also lectures on innovation at Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley and several other universities across the country and serves as consultant on innovative practices and infrastructure for agencies and governments, nationally and internationally. Desi attended the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health in 2011, served on the Advisory Board of Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute in 2013, and holds a faculty position at the Harvard Kennedy School. She obtained a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 2009.

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Spray-On Antenna Is Being Deployed For Disaster Communications

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When disaster strikes, one of the first victims is often the communications system. With cell towers down, power out and phone lines down, even areas within the developed world can become completely isolated, as we saw with Hurricane Sandy. A novel technology addresses this problem in ways you can’t imagine.

Anthony Sutera of nCap has developed a revolutionary technology that allows users to literally spray on an antenna so that the side of a building or a tree can instantly become part of a pop up network to facilitate communications. Of course, the technology still requires a connection to the outside world, but once established that connection can be shared immediately in a neighborhood that has been devastated by a storm or earthquake, allowing emergency responders to communicate, coordinate and care for victims.

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM Eastern, Sutera will join me here for a live discussion about the remarkable new technology and its applications for disaster recovery and other markets. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about nCap:

nCap is a privately held technology based holding company providing innovative solutions to positively impact the world around us. nCap’s family of businesses are working together, to form a multifaceted business environment wherein innovation is our DNA.
nCap business was built around its disruptive nano antenna technology. nCap Technology represents a paradigm shift…completely opposite current antenna theories.
nCap recently presented at Google's GOOGL -0.12% Solve for X conference.


Tony Sutera

Sutera’s bio:

Anthony Sutera is currently the CEO of nCap Technologies, a company holding several patents on its nano, spray-on antenna technology. nCap’s antenna technology enables all types of communications devices to work more efficiently.
Anthony founded Radeum Inc., DBA FreeLinc and was responsible for research and development and patent portfolio for the company`s Near-field Magnetic Induction technology.

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Small State, Big Social Impact

The Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Rhode Island is working to help social entrepreneurs succeed.

Kelly Ramirez, CEO of the SEG as it is commonly known, says, “Our model is unique: comprehensive set of services to support social entrepreneurs from idea to funding.”

She notes, “We mainly work with RI based entrepreneurs but are doing increasingly regional work.”  She adds, “Our secret sauce is our amazing network of 150+ business and community leaders who really drive our work.”

Kelly reports that entrepreneurs have created hundreds of jobs in Rhode Island and has helped 250,000 around the world.

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at noon Eastern, Kelly will join me for a live discussion about her work and the entrepreneurs she supports. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about Social Enterprise Greenhouse:

SEG, formerly Social Venture Partners Rhode Island, is a Rhode Island-based nonprofit that convenes a large and growing network of business and community leaders who mentor impact entrepreneurs and contribute expertise and financial resources to build the impact sector in Rhode Island and beyond. Our mission is to create positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. SEG defines social enterprises as organizations – nonprofit, for profit, and hybrid – that use business tools and harness market demand to achieve their missions, delivering both social and financial returns. These enterprises contribute to the economy and their local communities, create meaningful jobs, and monitor their ecological impact.
Since 2009, SEG has significantly contributed to economic development and positive social change in Rhode Island by catalyzing nearly 150 social ventures generating over 750 jobs in our state. Further, these ventures have improved the lives of more than 250,000 people from Rhode Island to Uganda.


Kelly’s bio:

Kelly Ramirez is the CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), and the founder of the SEEED Summit. Kelly also teaches courses on Social Enterprise at Providence College and Salve Regina University. Previously, she directed the Social Enterprise Initiative at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) and was an adjunct lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She has consulting and project management experience with organizations including Aid to Artisans, the Ford Foundation, the European Commission, USAID, the State Department, and Roche. Previously, Kelly worked as a political analyst for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service, an election monitor for the OSCE, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Slovakia. Kelly received MA Degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, completed executive education courses at the Ross School of Business, and received a scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. She was named a Woman to Watch by the Providence Business News, is a 2014 BALLE Fellow, and was recently appointed to the Rhode Island Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

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Stella Artois Partners With To End Women’s Journeys To Water

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Taking advantage of my home base’s proximity to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, I attended the press briefing for Stella Artois’s joint announcement with of a new initiative aimed to ending women’s journeys to fetch water. Stella announced a $1.2 million donation to

Around the developing world, women spend hours each day carrying an array of buckets, carafes and jugs to fetch water from the nearest available clean water resource. This is further complicated by the fact that these water sources are unreliable and some trips don’t yield any water., an NGO working in places around the world is a result of a partnership between Matt Damon–hence the connection to Sundance–and Gary White.

“Awareness is as important as fundraising,” Damon said in a statement. “We want people to understand the issue in all its complexity.”

This objective is being accelerated via the partnership with Stella Artois through a program called “Buy a lady a drink,” where Stella fans are invited to buy a custom chalice for $12 with $6.25 per unit being donated to On the website, five short films produced by Frederick Scott and Nicolas Jack Davies that capture the challenges associated with a lack of clean water, focusing especially on the time wasted fetching water each day and how the effort to gather water dominates the daily routine for poor families lacking clean water resources.

“’s current success shows we can make a difference in solving the water crisis,” said Debora Koyama, Global Vice President, Stella Artois. “As a key ingredient in our beers, water is a natural resource Stella Artois aims to protect and preserve. We are delighted to enlist millions of Stella Artois fans around the world in this effort, as well as the iconic Stella Artois Chalice as the symbol of this campaign.” CEO, Gary White

“It’s a new chapter for Water.og in terms of how can we take this message that we as an NGO kind of struggle to get out there into the world and deliver that message in new and different ways,” White said. ‘’That’s why this partnership was such a natural for to tap into that storytelling, that vision for how we tap into new audiences. I think what’s going to emanate starting tonight is bringing all kinds of new individuals to this issue, to wake up to it, to respond to it, to take action.”

Stella is selling three different chalices, each with a different design inspired by the region it represents, one from Ethiopia, one from Honduras and another from India.

Gary White, Debora Koyama, Carol Clark, Frederick Scott

Stella Artois, a division of AB InBev, reports working on a number of water related issues around the world. Water is critical to growing the barley and other ingredients of beer, and water itself is a key ingredient. A company statement notes, “The company is currently spearheading a multi-year, global program to reduce water risks and improve water management, protect watersheds and reduce global water usage. Water is essential to AB InBev products, as well as to the social, economic and environmental well-being of communities where the company operates.”

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Utahns: ‘This is the Place’ For Impact Investing

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This week Utahns celebrated impact investing at three separate convenings with help from the White House at one. One consistent theme at all three gatherings, harking back to Brigham Young’s declaration upon entering the Salt Lake Valley: “This is the place.”

As I was born, raised and live in Utah, I can hardly claim to be unbiased about the argument, but there is certainly a case to be made that Utah can become the center of what author Aaron Hurst calls the “purpose economy” in his book of the same name.

Hurst, who is also the CEO of Imperative, speaking at a conference hosted by Curt Bassett at Park City-based Impact Investment Leaders and the affiliated Purpose Investor Network, noted that Utah’s culture of volunteerism, entrepreneurship and generous giving to charity provides a foundation for building what he believes will be the driving economic force for the world within the next ten years: the purpose economy.

He noted that communities seeking to be the next Silicon Valley are missing the boat, just as much as a community today hoping to become the next Detroit. More and more global leaders, Hurst says, recognize that an economy driven by mission is quickly emerging as the next great force and Utah is poised to be the center of it.

Val Hale, the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, noted that Utah has “an economic dynasty going right now.” The state has been ranged as the most entrepreneurial state in the country, as best for business by Forbes, and as having the youngest workforce. He noted, too, that James Lee Sorenson, one of Utah’s richest entrepreneurs, donated $13 million to the University of Utah to create a center for impact investing now called the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center.

Sorenson himself spoke at the conference, drawing on his career experiences and noted that he has come to a point in his career where he is focused on giving back. He’s especially optimistic about the potential impact of impact investing. He notes that it has been the potential for financial return that has scaled the microfinance industry, in which he has been an investor .

Scott Anderson, the CEO of Zions Bank, also noted that “Utah is uniquely positioned to lead out.”

Mayor Ben McAdams

The White House also had a presence in Salt Lake this week, co-hosting a conference with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams on pay-for-success financing. At a reception held at the state’s This is the Place Monument following the conference, The Mayor spoke, invoking the story of Mormon leader Brigham Young entering the Salt Lake Valley for the first time in 1847 and declaring “This is the place. Drive on.”

McAdams, who recently completed the first county-level pay-for-success financing and the first outside the arena of recidivism, suggested that the earliest pay-for-success financing program in Utah began in the late 1840s when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established the Perpetual Emigration Fund, allowing impoverished members abroad to borrow money for passage to Utah, anticipating that they would repay that money once settled in their new home here. To learn more, see my Forbes interview with McAdams here.

David Wilkinson, White House Senior Policy Advisor for Social Finance and Innovation, congratulated the mayor on his completed and ongoing efforts to use pay-for-success financing to fund innovative programs that should ultimately reduce government spending and improve social services by focusing on outcomes.

Mayor McAdams continued the discussion today, convening another conference to discuss pay-for-success and other impact investing models with Utah’s nonprofit community.

Having covered impact investing around the world, it is difficult, still, to make the case that Utah actually leads the country, much less the world, in impact investing. That said, Utahns certainly have a claim to the fertile soil needed to grow an impact investing community to rival what anyone else can assemble.

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Omidyar Network Pairs Grants With Investments To Solve Problems

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Omidyar Network, founded by Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, and his wife Pam, is a driving force in the movement toward impact investing, using investments to drive social impact.

Amy Klement, a partner at Omidyar Network or ON, explains the way she thinks about driving change, “Many ultra-high net worth individuals want to use the wealth they’ve acquired to make a social impact. Yet when creating a legacy, the power of markets often gets left out of their philanthropy.”

She continues, “Our perspective at Omidyar Network is that wealth holders can and should bring their full range of experience and assets to address problems too big to be solved by grants alone. We are ultimately focused on the betterment of humankind. That’s why we focus on impact investing and grants.”

Explaining the way in which ON brings either grants or investments or a combination, Klement says, “A hybrid entity like ours provides the flexibility to do whatever fits the bill. We call it the ‘problem first, tool second’ approach. This approach allows for the market-based solutions that are needed to address long intractable challenges at scale.”

“We support social entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas through impact investing and grants,” she concludes.

On Friday, January 23, 2015 at 5:00 Eastern, Klement will join me here for a live discussion about impact investing at ON. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about Omidyar Network:

Omidyar Network is an impact investor and a foundation. Our ability to support social entrepreneurs through impact investing or grants allows us to partner with the best changemakers doing the most innovative work on our priority issues, regardless of whether they are a for-profit or nonprofit.

Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, we invest in and help scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change.

Omidyar Network has committed more than $740 million to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple initiatives, including Consumer Internet & Mobile, Education, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights.

Amy Klement

Klement’s bio:

Amy is partner at Omidyar Network and leads several of the firm’s initiatives that create opportunity for millions of people living at the base of the pyramid. Focusing on Education, Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion, Property Rights and Consumer Internet and Mobile, her team concentrates its investments in emerging markets. Amy oversees Omidyar Network’s investments in Bridge International Academy, IGNIA, Elevar, Mimoni, Off Grid Electric, Range Networks, SONG, and Social Finance US and sits on the boards of Kiva, Living Goods, Mimoni, and Range Networks.

Prior to Omidyar Network, Amy spent much of her career at eBay, Inc., joining PayPal as one of its earliest employees in 1999. As vice president of product, she and her team developed PayPal’s payments platform, facilitated the company’s overseas expansion into Europe and Asia, and was instrumental in the launch of PayPal Mobile. Amy then transitioned to eBay as vice president of relationship marketing, leading email, onsite, and other retention marketing channels as well as vice president of product strategy and operations, driving the development of eBay’s long-term product vision and leading user experience and design. In addition, Amy was involved with both Kiva and MicroPlace at the start-up stage, which fueled her passion for businesses serving base of the pyramid customers. Earlier in her career, Amy worked in corporate strategy and development at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at JPMorgan & Co.

Amy holds a BS in mathematics from Bucknell University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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Restored Hospital Restores Hope In Haiti

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The Catholic Health Association has recently completed the reconstruction the St. Francis de Sales Hospital in Haiti, restoring and improving health services for the poor there.

Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO of the Catholic Health Association or CHA, explains, “Members of the Catholic Health Association donated more than $10.1 million to the reconstruction of St. Francis de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, destroy in the 2010 earthquake.”

“St. Francis de Sales Hospital, founded in 1881, has been the principal health care provider for the poorest and most vulnerable people of the Haitian capital,” she adds.

“The new hospital is a vitally important part of rebuilding the community of Port-au-Prince and ensuring that its people can receive the medical care and attention they need,” she concludes.

On Friday, January 23, 2015 at noon Eastern Sister Keehan will join me for a live discussion about the impact of reopening the hospital in Port-au-Prince. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about the Catholic Health Association:

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry’s commitment to improve the health status of communities and create quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. The Catholic health ministry is the nation’s largest group of not-for-profit health systems and facilities that, along with their sponsoring organizations, employ more than 750,000 women and men who deliver services combining advanced technology with the Catholic caring tradition.

Sister Carol Keehan’s bio:

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, is the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). She assumed her duties as of October 2005. She is responsible for all association operations and leads CHA’s staff at offices in Washington, DC, where she is based, and in St. Louis. Sr. Carol worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years. Prior to joining CHA, she was the board chair of Ascension Health’s Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Fla. Previously, she served for 15 years as president and chief executive officer of Providence Hospital, which includes Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Washington, DC. In the early 1980s, she served as Providence Hospital’s vice president for nursing, ambulatory care, and education and training. In addition, she has served in leadership positions at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Md., and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, Pensacola, Fla. Sr. Carol has held influential roles in the governance of a variety of health care, insurance and educational organizations. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She had been a representative to the International Federation of Catholic Health Care Associations of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Health Care. She serves on the board of Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore, Md. She has served on the boards of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, of which she is a past chairperson; Catholic Healthcare Partners, Cincinnati; St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore; Mercy Health System, Miami; Catholic Healthcare Audit Network, Clayton, Mo.; and SOAR! (Support Our Aging Religious), Silver Spring, Md. In addition, she has been a member of several health, labor and domestic policy committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC, and serves on the finance committee of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Currently Sr. Carol serves on the boards of St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y., and Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She has served on the boards of the District of Columbia Hospital Association, of which she is a past chair; Care First/Blue Cross of Maryland and the National Capital Area, Owings Mills, Md., and its affiliate, Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc. In addition, she has previously served on the nominating committee of the American Hospital Association; the finance committee of the Maryland Hospital Association; and is a past chair of the Florida State Human Rights Advocacy Commission. Her numerous awards and honors include the American Hospital Association’s Trustee Award; the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Cross for the Church and Pontiff), bestowed by Pope Benedict XVI; the American Cardinals’ Encouragement Award; the Medal of Honor and the Monsignor George C. Higgins Labor Advocacy Award from the Archdiocese of Washington; the Seton Legacy of Charity Medal awarded by The Daughters of Charity Emmitsburg Province; LCWR 2011 Outstanding Leadership Award, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Silver Spring, Md.; the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, given by SOAR!, Silver Spring, Md.; the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award from Catholic Common Ground Initiative, New York; the 2009 Vision Award from Catholic Charities USA; and the Friend of Children Award from Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. Sr. Carol was named in 2010 one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and has been on Modern Healthcare’s list of “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” several years, having topped the list as number one in 2007. Sr. Carol received honorary doctorates from Niagara University, NY.; the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.; St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y.; The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; Marymount University, Arlington, Va; and from DePaul University, Chicago. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College, Emmitsburg, Md., where she graduated magna cum laude, and a master of science degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., from which she received the School of Business Distinguished Alumna Award in 2000 and was honored in 2009 as “an outstanding alumna who has served others in a manner that goes beyond what is required by the individual’s job or profession.”

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What If Your Old Laptop Could Change The World?

Becky Morrison found a way to empower people in the developing world by founding Globetops to gather used laptops for those who need them.

Becky explains her motivation for founding Globetops, “For years we have been presented images of people in the developing world who are poor and suffering. But there is another demographic that we don’t see – those who are passionate and powerful! People who may lack resources, but who have big visions for their lives and who are doing great work in their communities.”

“If we can get ourselves out of the way, anything is possible,” she adds.

“There is already enough stuff in the world. The problem is that it’s not in the right places. Everyone is talking about recycling nowadays, but I’m more interested in redistribution,” she concludes.

On Friday, January 23, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern, Becky will join me here for a live discussion about Globetops and the effort she is making to make her mark on the world. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. 

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More about Globetops:

Globetops connects people who have laptops they don’t use anymore with someone around the world who needs one.

Most of the time when we donate money or goods, we never get to see what happens on the other end. With Globetops, the donation process is transparent. Donors choose which person to give their laptop to based on the project that lights them up the most.


Becky’s bio:

After graduating from NYU’s Department of Film/TV Production Becky moved to California to work on the Disney animated film, “The Wild”. She then moved on to live-action, working on feature films including “The Brave One”, “Duplicity” and “I Am Legend” – on which she coordinated the 200+ production staff required to shoot the film’s exteriors. Becky took a brief break from Hollywood in 2008 to production manage the award-winning independent feature “Entre Nos”, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival. She delved into the world of large-scale rock n’ roll in 2010, producing the visual content for the band U2’s 360 world tour. Later that year she conceived of and produced the first 3D film to be shot in India – “Kumbh Mela: A Gathering in 3D”. She has produced projects for NBC, VH1, PBS, Food Network, USA, HGTV, Syfy, and Discovery Channel among others. In 2012 she produced the show opener for Sunday Night Football which garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Show Opener. Becky has also worked extensively in commercials: coordinating, managing and producing over one hundred projects. In addition to her film work, Becky is also the founder of the non-profit organization Globetops which connects people who have laptops they don’t use anymore with someone around the world who can use one. Globetops is active in Haiti, Africa, India, Brazil, and the US and support individuals in improving their communities through passion and access to technology. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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Entrepreneur Seeks To Turn Lives Around For Felons

Sean Hosman is a lawyer working to reform prisons by applying scientifically-based approaches to reduce recidivism. His goal, he says, is “turning lives around.”

He notes that rehabilitation and support of our inmates, felons and addicts not only improves their lives, but it improves the lives of their families and our communities.

Sean has created to work actively with adult and juvenile corrections agencies and private providers across the country to implement technology, systems and solutions that will turn lives around.

On Thursday, January 15, 2014 at 5:00 Eastern, Sean will join me for a live discussion about his work. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

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More about (ADC) is one of the nation’s leading innovators in improving practices in the corrections and juvenile justice fields. has worked with over 95 adult and juvenile corrections agencies and private providers across the United States to implement technology, systems change, and solutions steeped in Evidence-Based Practices. ADC has provided enterprise systems for validated risk/needs assessments and fourth-generation supervision and case management, systems analysis, organizational development, and staff training in EBP curricula (including RNR-based supervision strategies, Motivational Interviewing, and cognitive-based programming), and software applications to automate processes and collect data for information-sharing, coordination of services, and outcome measurement. Our solutions and programs have helped agencies to reduce recidivism, rehabilitate adult and juvenile offenders, and save taxpayer money by improving work processes, increasing efficiencies, and reducing reliance on detention and residential care.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the company was formed in 1998 when it created a public/private partnership with the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) and the Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators (WAJCA) to change the way the state’s justice system worked with juveniles. Today, 16 years later, our relationship with WSIPP and WAJCA continues, and ADC has worked with more than 95 criminal justice agencies across the U.S., including collaborations with statewide departments of probation, corrections, and human services in California, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Currently, ADC is working with the Washington State Department of Corrections on the development of the next generation of evidence-based, case management technology, which includes support, tracking, and outcome measurement features for RNR- based supervision practices (such as STICS, EPICS, EPICS-II, and IBIS).
Our approach in bringing EBP to criminal justice agencies is to start with “local practices” and move toward “best practices.” We focus on producing positive outcomes and cost-savings through organizational development and changes in business processes, more effective assessment, targeted case planning and needs management, outcome measurement and coordination of services, and information sharing. ADC brings new and proven-effective research, technology, and practices, all in an effort toward true systems change.


Sean’s bio:

Sean Hosman is a leading voice in criminal justice advancements through his advocacy of – and expertise in – implementing Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in U.S. probation and corrections. His experience in applying the latest research, technology, contemporary best practices and a wide range of empirical assessment and outcome measurement tools makes him one of a handful of experts who help private, local and state jurisdictions shape a new future for corrections that is both tough and smart.
An active and engaging presenter and trainer, Mr. Hosman has 15 years of experience working with over 85 public and private juvenile and adult justice agencies, He has expert knowledge in the areas of automated risk and needs assessments, case planning systems, Evidence-Based Practices (EBP), Principles of Effective Intervention (PEI), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Mr. Hosman received his law degree from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Utah State Bar, the Colorado State Bar, and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has participated as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) and a corporate member of the Board of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA).

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Salt Lake County Leads Country In Pay-For-Success Financing

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Salt Lake County reports having deployed the first implementation of a pay-for-success financing at the county level in the country. Mayor Ben McAdams has been actively involved and is now looking for more ways to apply the nascent financing structure, sometimes called social impact bonds.

McAdams says, “Salt Lake County used the Pay for Success model to send 600 additional low-income kids to preschool in 2013.”

“The Pay for Success model creates a huge opportunity to put taxpayer dollars towards what actually works, rather than following an out-dated recipe that we once thought or hoped would work,” McAdams adds.


McAdams explains his motivation, “Pay for Success is a new and different approach to traditional government programming geared towards addressing social needs in the community. Pay for Success is about better accountability for taxpayer dollars and funding what we know works.”

McAdams sees this as a beginning. “We’re interested in following data and evidence to scale up programs that help folks in their effort to get on a better path for their future.”

Next week, the Mayor is hosting a conference on Pay For Success in Salt Lake City in partnership with the White House.

The Salt Lake County Council approved developing three more pay-for-success programs in the areas of maternal and child health, prison recidivism and homelessness.

On Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4:00 Eastern, McAdams will join me for a live discussion about the pay-for-success implementations in Salt Lake County and the conference next week. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about Salt Lake County:

Salt Lake County is the regional government for our thriving metropolitan area, consisting of one million plus residents and 16 individual cities. We are also the local government for the townships and unincorporated areas in Salt Lake County. We provide several services, from parks and recreation centers, to services for our aging population like Meals and Wheels and senior centers. We also support arts and culture in the community by running key arts facilities like the Capitol Theatre and Utah Symphony home Abravanel Hall. Salt Lake County also manages an expansive health department and library system, while maintaining roads, flood control, and short and long term community planning.

McAdams‘ bio:

Ben McAdams was sworn into office as Salt Lake County Mayor on Jan. 7, 2013. Mayor McAdams pledged to work collaboratively, across party lines, to find efficiencies in County government and to be open and accountable to citizens.

During his tenure as County Mayor, he has championed education, helping the county become the first in the country to partner with the private sector to offer greater access to high-quality preschool for low-income children. Mayor McAdams has also emphasized economic development and job growth, partnering with cities to attract business while being a careful steward of taxpayer dollars. He has also supported greater access for businesses and residents to transit, trails and open space.

Mayor McAdams is a graduate of the University of Utah and Columbia Law School. After Columbia Law School, he worked as a corporate finance attorney with firms in New York and Salt Lake City.

Ben and his wife, Julie (a fellow Columbia Law School graduate) enjoy hiking with their four children and cheering at Saturday morning soccer games.

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