In developing countries, factory workers and farmers don’t have a confidential way to communicate with companies that sell what they produce, and companies don’t have information about their working conditions. A mobile platform called Labor Link uses mobile phones to collect and disseminate information among all parties. In this university podcast, executives share lessons learned from piloting the platform at Cisco in order to capture real-time data from their supply chain in Asia.
Despite the growing importance of intellectual property (IP) to companies, IP is still commonly controlled by the legal department. In this university podcast, experts discuss the value of basing IP protection on a holistic approach that targets social, environmental, and ethical responsibility throughout the supply chain.
Award winning director and producer Yoruba Richen describes her use of social enterprise to examine LGBT issues in her documentary film, The New Black. In this audio interview, Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People, talks with Richen about the convergence of the LGBT and Civil Rights movements, and the impact of her documentary. Breslin and Richen discuss how communities are coming to terms with the seeming conflict between equal rights, civil rights, and religion.
As both an open publishing platform and a social media site, Tumblr allows content creators to not only host and share, but also have access to an engaged network of users. Liba Rubenstein, Tumblr’s director of social impact and policy, talks at Social Media on Purpose 2014 about how Tumblr’s versatile platform can help non-profits tell powerful stories, catalyze engagement and drive measurable impact.
As nonprofits look to grow their professional base and public community, LinkedIn provides a valuable platform for nonprofits to find and reach the right quality of board members and skilled volunteers. Meg Garlinghouse, head of LinkedIn for Good, talks at Social Media on Purpose 2014 about how nonprofits can best leverage LinkedIn’s features and platform to further their causes.
Devising a plan of action that leveraged the expansiveness of Twitter and social media, Stefania Pomponi and Clever Girls Collective helped turn Make-a-Wish Foundation’s #SFBatKid into a word-of-mouth local campaign to a global phenomenon. Pomponi discusses the step-by-step process of creating a viral social media campaign that garnered two billion impressions, and the key lessons that nonprofits and social organizations can take away from it.
Leveraging social media allows non-profits to reach a wide range of keystakeholders as well as promote awareness. At Social Media on Purpose 2014, Caroline Barlerin, Head of Twitter for Good, outlines what non-profits can do to maximize their effectiveness on Twitter. Barlerin is joined by HandUp director of business development Sammie Rayner, and the two discuss how non-profits can support their key initiatives by engaging audiences and disseminating content.
Social enterprise is scaling up through digital design. In this audio lecture, Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk, discusses at Social Innovation Summit 2013 the application of design to solve social problems. Bass describes how the availability of infinite computing capacity combined with people's willingness to share their knowledge of how to make things advances social entrepreneurship for everyone's betterment, and he shares examples of creative small businesses that advance social enterprise through innovation.
As early as 1947, David Packard said, “The betterment of society in not a job to be left to a few, but a responsibility to be shared by all.” Chris Librie, Senior Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at HP, discusses the company’s long standing commitment to this philosophy in this podcast. By using multiple examples of HP’s social sector success, Chris describes the company’s holistic approach to social problem solving, and expresses the company’s enthusiasm in continuing to pursue corporate social ventures.
Jake Harriman is using his military experience to revolutionize the fight against extreme poverty. After leaving his position as a Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps, Jake Harriman founded Nuru, a nonprofit aiming to bring relief to the poorest places in the world. Jake puts his venture’s focus on finding and training capable leaders in these places, rather than giving these communities quick economic fixes. Through this podcast, Jake Harriman shares his enthusiasm for combating extreme poverty and portrays his excitement for the future of his venture.
Paul Niehaus is revolutionizing the concept of donating through his nonprofit, Give Directly. For nearly 60 years, people have been giving money to a third party organization, which promises to use that donation to provide relief for a group of individuals in need. However, donors aren’t in love with this anonymous method of helping. Paul created Give Directly to simplify the donation process. In this podcast, he discussed Give Directly’s end-to-end model of connecting US donors with beneficiaries abroad.
Professor Robert Sutton of Stanford University shares his conclusions about a problem he has wrestled with for several years - successful scaling. Professor Sutton highlights a few major lessons, including the importance of keeping team size down when scaling and the role of culture in the ability to scale excellence. In this podcast, Professor Sutton shares his overarching ideas and insights in hopes that listeners will be able to more effectively and efficiently share aspects of excellence.
As he recounts his journey of walking from pole to pole, Robert Swan inspires listeners to push themselves past their limits. Robert Swan, founder of 2041 and the first man to walk to both the North Pole and the South Pole, discusses the importance of a positive outlook and of commitment in achieving a goal. He urges his audience to pursue what they are passionate about with boldness, and that this boldness, in turn, will inspire those around them.
Globally, 700 million people do not have access to a reliable water source. In this audio interview, the Co-Founder and CEO of TOHL, Benjamin Cohen, discusses how he and his team are improving the quantity and quality of water for people in need. TOHL designs, engineers, constructs, operates, and maintains both conventional and mobile water systems to reach its goal of bringing clean water to those who need it most, in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Correcting education disparity is a prevalent global focus. In this audio interview, the Co-Founder and CDO of ENOVA, Jorge Camil Starr, discusses his entrepreneurial success in improving the educational sphere in Mexico. Jorge and the rest of the ENOVA team are working to bring education technology to low-income communities and equip them with the tools they need to thrive in the knowledge society.