Behold a bicycle made from cardboard and recycled plastic bottles that functions like any bike but has potential for global change.
It’s bicycle season! And everywhere across the country, Americans are dusting off their wheels, greasing the chains and brakes, and bracing themselves for helmet hair. Read more»
Recently I attended Social Innovation Summit 2013 that took place at the United Nations. The summit connected and inspired a global network of leaders discussing the key strategies and business innovations creating social transformation across the corporate, investment, government and non-profit sectors. I was selected as one of three dedicated to amplifying the whole experience as Social Media Ambassador. Read more»
A punk rocker, an economist, a beautiful model and an engineer with a funny job title came to the United Nations one day to try to change the world. What could possibly go wrong? Read more»
I recently attended the 2013 Social Innovation Summit, a two-day conference held in New York at JPMorgan and the General Assembly of the United Nations. This biannual conference launched in 2010 by Landmark Ventures, a New York-based strategic and financial advisory firm, the summit brings together venture capitalists, social entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 executives, government officials and heads of foundations discuss and share innovative solutions to some of today’s most challenging social issues, including education, global healthcare, veterans, women and girls, environment and sustainability. Read more»
Recently I attended the the Social Innovation Summit, a forum that brings together cross-sector leaders from business, nonprofit and social enterprise to explore “What’s Next?” in social innovation— including education, health and technology. I had the honor of moderating the panel on “Women and Girls: Innovation Is A Mindset” that was held in the General Assembly of the United Nations. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be showcasing some of the top women in their fields to explore “Who’s Next” in their industries — the innovative, disruptive and powerful rising stars. Read more»
When did being disruptive go from being a bad thing to a good thing?
The Free Dictionary defines “disruptive” as characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination and lists as synonyms disturbing, upsetting, disorderly, unsettling, troublesome, unruly, obstreperous and troublemaking. Yet, at a recent Social Innovation Summit held in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, disruptive was the social sector buzzword of choice. Read more»
“Green” is overflowing in the South Bronx, an economically challenged urban area and the nation’s poorest Congressional district. But the “green” isn’t money – it’s food. And the urban gardeners are high school kids, many of whom are homeless. Led by their enthusiastic former teacher Stephen Ritz, they’re on a social mission: to transform their neighborhood into an organic farm, feed their community healthy foods and develop marketable skills for a brighter future. Read more»
The popular image of an innovator often involves tinkerers like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak holed up in their garage or Mark Zuckerberg coding in his dorm room. While remarkable advances have been made by brilliant people exploring powerful ideas in relative isolation, a world-changing idea can come from anyone anywhere. True hotbeds of innovation develop those ideas through cooperation among talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. It is far more impactful for innovation to spring from collaboration and a supportive ecosystem. Read more»
Business innovation met social transformation at the Social Innovation Summit this week. Held at JP Morgan Chase and the United Nations, respectively, the two day event brought corporate executives and social entrepreneurs together to network over ice cream, hob nob over cocktails and of course, hear from speakers ranging from Glenn Close to Stephen Ritz, a teacher in the South Bronx and the Founder of the Green Bronx Machine. Read more»
It’s about the platform, baby. Engaging Millennials in world peace means getting them to Facebook, Instagram and other points of digital society to pony up. But making them shed some lettuce means having them see what they’re shelling out for. Read more»