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Meet Christine and Mathew, Participants in a 4,600 Mile Walk of Hope from Southern to Northern India

Walk of Hope

It’s Day 27 of our 30 Day Podcast Project. In this special episode, I interview dear friends Christine (Tina) and Mathew who are back in the US after spending much of the past 16 months walking 7500km (or 4600 miles) in Walk of Hope, from the southern India to northern India. The walk was part of the vision of spiritual leader Sri M to engage with people in India, invite unique communities to experience the country, and share a joint spirit of universality, inclusion, and hope.

 

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Meet Christine Joseph and Mathew Abraham

My friends, who were married in South India a few years back, were moved by hearing Sri M speak and reading his book. So moved, that they rearranged their work, life, and travel to be able to join the walk for months at a time. They walked through over a dozen states in India and met millions along the way.
The objectives of the walk were outlined as:

  • Interfaith Harmony
  • Equality for All
  • Sustainable Living
  • Women Empowerment
  • Community Health
  • Education & Youth Development

Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Walk of Hope

  • Website: www.facebook.com/walkofhope2015/
  • Value Proposition: “Walk of Hope is a padayatra for peace and harmony, covering 7500 kms from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, led by Sri M, founder of Manav Ekta Mission.”
Tony Loyd

Meet Tony Loyd, a Conversation with Host of Social Entrepreneur Podcast, CEO of Culture Shift Companies

In this series of unique episodes, we meet Tony Loyd, host of Social Entrepreneur Podcast and CEO of Culture Shift Companies. We learn about his unique journey, path, and perspective into social entrepreneurship and why he feels it holds so much potential for the future.  And, instead of the usual interview format, in these episodes, we take a “podcaster to podcaster” approach by asking  each other questions and share our honest thoughts about everything from how we became interested in the space, to collaboration v. competition, and the importance of authenticity.

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Meet Tony Loyd

Over the past year, Tony Loyd has become a valued thinker, contributor, and facilitator of social entrepreneurship. His path and journey, spanning executive roles at large corporations to coaching leaders and entrepreneurs, along with his personal consciousness journey have led him to not only see immense value in the intersection between entrepreneurship and social impact, but also to find clarity about his role and purpose to support the movement.

His purpose? To help compassionate people gain the clarity, confidence and courage they need to commit to being a changemaker.

Tony Loyd has provided leadership to Fortune 500 and mid-size organizations for over 25 years. He has extensive experience working with senior executive leaders to direct global initiatives that align talent solutions to corporate goals. Through his innovative approaches, he has enabled his clients to achieve significant improvements in processes, productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction while reducing costs and improving bottom line results.

Tony is currently the Host of Social Entrepreneur where he spends his time with changemakers who are making an impact on the world.  Social Entrepreneur has aired over 90 episodes including interviews with Bill Drayton of Ashoka, and leaders at RSF Social Finance, Noora Health, Ogunte, and many more.

Before launching Social Entrepreneur, Tony worked with global brands such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Medtronic, Diversey and John Deere. He has conducted strategic planning, led organizational design, created talent management strategy and conducted high potential development workshops. Tony created the learning strategy and led the start-up and operation of two world-class corporate universities. Tony has directed the development of up to 120,000 personnel in sixty countries. His breakthrough ideas enabled companies to dramatically increase worldwide training participation, while transforming the training organization from a cost center to a revenue neutral operation.

Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

 

More About Tony Loyd & Social Entrepreneur Podcast

  • Website: www.tonyloyd.com
  • Value Proposition: “To help compassionate people gain the clarity, confidence and courage they need to commit to being a changemaker.

More About Culture Shift

 

 

Meet Chase Norlin

Meet Chase Norlin, Silicon Valley Tech Entrepreneur and CEO of Transmosis, Workforce Accelerator

In this episode, you will meet Chase Norlin, a longtime Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Transmosis, a workforce accelerator. Learn the story behind this mission-driven startup that provides technology training, externship, and placement services to public workforce systems, educational institutions, State and Federal governments.

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Meet Chase Norlin

Chase Norlin is the CEO of Transmosis, an organization founded by Silicon Valley Technology Entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to improve and strengthen the American workforce.

Previously Norlin was the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), named the 8th fastest growing company in Americaand the #1 fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine based on revenue growth. EDG was a holding company for a portfolio of digital marketing businesses that Norlin founded and grew to $50mm in revenue in three years.  EDG was one of the first advertising technology companies which executed a broad and aggressive roll-up strategy resulting in domestic and international acquisitions. These assets have been divested, merged, spun-out, or acquired.

Norlin was Founder and CEO of Pixsy, a pioneer in video search funded by TVGuide-Gemstar (now Rovi), and served as senior executive at ValueClick (now Conversant) where he managed publisher development for the display advertising network, paid search, and comparison shopping divisions. Prior to ValueClick Norlin held the position of Senior Consultant to InfoSpace (now Blucora).

A veteran of the Internet industry, Norlin developed Sony’s first online photo sharing venture, founded the first online video sharing company, and served as new venture consultant in launching Boeing’s online video and image licensing division. Norlin is a a noted speaker on digital advertising, entrepreneurship, and American labor and recent engagements include the Goldman Sachs Global Media Conference, Bloomberg Media Summit, and the Monaco Media Forum.

 

Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Transmosis

  • Website: http://www.transmosis.com
  • Value Proposition: “Transmosis is an organization founded by Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce.

Meet Solène Pignet

Meet Solène Pignet, Founder of Creators for Good–Guiding Global Citizens in Sustainable Business

Meet Solène Pignet, a French born business graduate who moved to Turkey and launched an online global consulting firm focused on supporting sustainable business entrepreneurs. She is a facilitator, author, and enabler of social enterprise globally!

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Meet Solène Pignet

Solène Pignet is a strategist for global citizen entrepreneurs, founder of Creators for Good

A globetrotter, committed to sustainable development and passionate about alternative entrepreneurship, Solène founded Creators for Good in 2014.

Creators for Good offers 1-to1 accelerator programs, to help individuals find and validate their impactful and sustainable idea, launch their own alternative business efficiently, as well as reach break-even rapidly.

 

Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Creators for Good

  • Website: http://www.creatorsforgood.com
  • Value Proposition: “Helping value-driven individuals around the world transition from successful-yet-unfulfilling careers to create their own profitable & impactful business.

Frankie Picasso

Meet Frankie Picasso, Founder and Host of The Good Radio Network

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Meet Frankie Picasso 

 

Frankie Picasso wears many hats and has had many iterations. She is best known as a radio host, best selling author, artist, certified hypnotherapist, certified Master Coach Trainer. In previous roles, she also managed a World Kickboxing Champion and was the first female kickboxing promoter.
Today as a social entrepreneur for The Good Radio Network, Frankie is establishing connections and business models that benefit social and community needs. She is passionate about recognizing those who are changing the world and establishing a network that strengthens the work these individuals are doing.
The Good Radio Network is the legacy project that Frankie is building to ensure that every minute of the day the Radio Station is an instrument of change for those in need..

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More About The Good Radio Network

  • Website: http://www.thegoodradionetwork.com/
  • Value proposition: The Good Radio Network advocates for a socially conscious and purposeful world. Through a talk radio station, it encourages action through engagement.

 

Heather Scott Arora

Meet Heather Scott Arora, Athlete, Millennial, CEO of Nutrition-Driven Company in San Francisco

 

It is Day 4 of our speak week of daily podcast episodes in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Today you get to meet one of our favorite San Francisco-based social entrepreneurs who has been successfully running, growing, and pivoting her business for over four years.

 

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Meet Heather Scott Arora

Heather is the founding CEO of Purple Plant and has bootstrapped the company since starting it in 2011. She is a recognized expert in product development, customer experience, workplace culture, wellness programs, sales and leadership.

As Founder and CEO, Heather has successfully built full-time “in house” smoothie bars at the University of San Francisco and Square Headquarters. She has developed long-standing  catering relationships and partnerships with companies including DataSift, Yammer, Skype, Craigslist, Tagged, box, Macys, Hotel Tonight, RocketFuel & many more.

Purple Plant is dedicated to hiring and training employees in nutrition and creating pathways for them to becoming professional dietitians and nutritionists. It builds full wellness offerings tailored to millennials, through healthy smoothie bar services.

 

 

More About Heather Scott Arora

More About Purple Plant Blends

  • Website: http://www.purpleplantblends.com/
  • Value proposition: “Purple Plant is a nutrition focused, interactive wellness program using full, on-site smoothie bars as the vehicle to create a happy, healthy and vibrant workplace.”
  • Purple Plants on Facebook

Show Notes

Here’s a photo (and article) showing Purple Plants Blend’s start as a stand at the weekly Farmer’s Market

Purple Plant Blends Farmer's Market Stand

GoVoluntr Team

Interview with GoVoluntr, a Social Enterprise that has Tracked Over 60K Volunteer Hours & Ready for 3.0

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Meet the GoVoluntr Team: Young, MJ, Kevin, Stephen, Jonathan

GoVoluntr Team

This episode of The Innov8social Podcast features a unique interview. We sit down with the GoVolunteer team including: Young Han, MJ Fogelstrom, Kevin Zittle, Stephen Snyder, and Jonathan Gonzalez for an open discussion about challenges and realities successful early-stage social entrepreneurs face when growing and scaling their impact ideas and startups. Listen in to hear their stories of each of their journeys into the social impact space, the work of GoVoluntr, and the hackathon and big thinking that led to GoVoluntr’s current crowdfunding efforts.

GoVoluntr is a social network that connects volunteers, nonprofits, and businesses together into an engaging community of Do Goodrs. They match individuals with volunteer opportunities and track their service hours through our VID (Volunteer ID) system. GoVoluntr also works with local businesses to provide rewards for volunteers and also to offer company programs for employee volunteerism.

 

 

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More About Young, MJ, Kevin, Stephen, and Jonathan

More About GoVoluntr

  • Website: http://govoluntr.com/
  • Value proposition: “GoVoluntr is a social network that connects volunteers, non-profits, and businesses together into an engaging community of Do Goodrs.” GoVoluntr connects volunteers with volunteer opportunities, lets volunteers track their hours, and gamifies volunteerism by offering rewards provided by local businesses.
  • Employee Volunteer Program, GoVoluntr program to engage businesses and employees with volunteerism
  • Article in Content Magazine- “Professional DoGoodrs: How GoVoluntr is Making a Difference”
  • Register and start volunteering

More About How to Support GoVoluntr Version 3.0

  • Contribute to the crowdfunding effort!
  • Watch the video:

 

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video from recording the interview! Enjoy :)

 

 

 

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Be a Teacher and Student in Social Entrepreneurship

Are you a student or teacher in your field? For social entrepreneurs there can be great value in being both, even simultaneously.

In the past month, I have had the unique opportunity to engage as a speaker, attendee, pitch judge, pitch participant, interviewer, interviewee, mentor, and mentee–and all within the realm of social entrepreneurship. It has been incredible. And, it has provided a unique lense to see synchronicity in these seemingly divergent roles.

Social Entrepreneurs are Novices and Experts

Social entrepreneurship as a whole is a kind of dance between being a novice and expert. With (often) low barriers to entry and high turnover, it’s common to two-step into, out of, and around the space. Add to that experience in specific areas of impact, measurement, traction of customers, raising funds, and/or surviving pitfalls—and a social entrepreneur is recognized for being able to share her valuable learned insight in the space. However, even a slight pivot to serve another market or need and the social entrepreneur is back in the familiar role of novice–humbly seeking expertise, financial backing, and searching for ways to turn a particular idea into reality.

This back and forth is actually a great thing. It keeps social entrepreneurs (and those who serve them) on their toes to constantly be learning and sharing, can instill a sense of humility, and can act as a key equalizer in bringing new and seasoned entrepreneurs to the same table.

I learned so much by pitching to VC’s as a social enterprise and then gained clarity of what an investor looks for when I judged social entrepreneur pitches. I was able to pass on these perspectives with the genuine empathy of having been on both sides, when I mentored aspiring social entrepreneurs as they prepared to pitch their social enterprise startup ideas. Each role not only provided ways to understand and empathize with different vantage points—each contributed to thinking bigger about the work and vision for Innov8social.

Social Entrepreneurs are Problemsolvers First

This ability to ‘toggle’ between the roles of receiving and sharing knowledge is particularly key in social entrepreneurship because it focuses our attention not on who we are, but what we are trying to solve. Beyond aspects such as legal structure and business models, social enterprises are unique because they pursue dual goals of creating impact and generating revenue. These dual goals, in turn, involve a multitude of variables. And like solving for and y in Algebra, we are forced to shift focus from who we are to how we can most effectively problemsolve.

Be a Teacher, Student….and Keep Moving Forward

This is the synchronicity of being both teacher and student. Stepping between the roles lets us loosen our sense of self and ego to recognize that problem identification and problem-solving come from anywhere, and everywhere. It lets us focus on educating ourselves on what we don’t know, and then sharing that experience with those addressing the problem through different lenses. The growth of social entrepreneurship depends on its practitioners as receiving and sharing in equal parts. We must be teachers, be students, rinse and repeat.

Our role is to honor our experience in the space as we honor the experience of others, to share what we learn, to ask for help, and above all—to keep moving forward.

A Photo Recap From the Past Month

 

5 Things Every Founder Should Know About Social Entrepreneurship, GSVLabs, July 2015
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5 Things Every Founder Should Know About Social Entrepreneurship

As a new mentor at the Sustainability Innovation Lab at GSVlabs,I recently had the opportunity to speak there on a topic I am often asked about, namely—what are the essential things that founders should know about social entrepreneurship.

From the engaging follow-up questions and spirited conversation during the presentation, I thought it might be useful to share the slides and key learnings here too.

 

5 Things Every Founder Should Know About Social Entrepreneurship, GSVLabs, July 2015

1. There are legal structures for social entrepreneurship.

This topic was one of the inspirations of founding Innov8social—i.e. to follow the progress and explore the potential of various legal structures including benefit corporations, social purpose corporations, limited low-profit liability companies (L3C’s), and various combinations thereof. These legal structures are intended to form companies founded on principles of creating impact as well as generating profit. These new structures serve to expand the ‘bottom line’ focus of a company to a double or triple bottom line (i.e. people, planet, profits)  and in doing so, expand the stakeholders to which a company owes a legal duty from shareholders to stakeholders such as the environment and community as well.

2. There are business models for social entrepreneurship.

We often say that a legal structure is a “glove” meant to fit the business goals and model of a venture. With that in mind, founders should know that business models are emerging to serve social impact ventures. Models such as buy one give one, or 1%-1%-1%, or dedicating a percentage of revenue to non-profit/policy entities, or pay-what-you-can models are gaining ground as ways to easily explain and account for impact and profit.

3. There are  funding options for social entrepreneurship.

Traditional funding options such as loans, grants, and venture capital can be applicable to social enterprises; however, sometimes the dual goals of impact and profit can make these hard sells for social ventures. There is also a growing body of funding options that can serve social entrepreneurs well—these include impact investors (who actively seek a return on impact and profit on their investments), Program-Related Investments (“PRI’s”) powered by foundations, and the use of crowdfunding (both donation-based and investment-based) to validate and fund social impact companies.

4. Social entrepreneurship isn’t just a way of doing business — it is also a mindset.

Since countries such as the US do not legally define social enterprise per se, that term along with social entrepreneurship and social innovation are often used to describe various legal structures and business models (for-profit and nonprofit). With this broad application, social entrepreneurship signifies a mindset as much as a specific type of venture. In fact, social entrepreneurs are often described as those seeking business-minded solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. They employ methodologies of entrepreneurship and ‘lean’ approach to startups in building revenue models and impact potential. This mindset is a way to problem-solve and calls on the problem-solver to consider and account for multiple end goals, and to do so with accountability and transparency.

5. You are NOT alone! There are resources, tools, and communities to help you reach your profit and impact goals.

If there is one thing to emphasize, it is that social entrepreneurs (and those aspiring to be) are NOT alone! Being an entrepreneur is challenging, add the additional goal of creating impact— and the path to success can feel distant and even lonely. However, there is an ever-strengthening ecosystem of support emerging and evolving to better meet the needs and challenges of social entrepreneurs.

A few leading resources for social innovation and social entrepreneurship:

Resources we have compiled and are building:

 

Here are Prezi slides from the talk



Neil Patel
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Interview with Neil Patel, Social Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Awaaz.De

Meet Neil

This episode of The Innov8social Podcast features Dr. Neil Patel, a social entrepreneur with a doctorate in Computer Science, who grew up in northern California and then relocated to India in 2010 where he launched and is scaling an innovative impact venture, called Awaaz.de.

Neil Patel

Neil Patel

Awaaz.De connects mobile voice-based technology with a social platform to provide low-cost, voice messages that can be shared with hundreds or thousands of people. Neil has described it as a “voice twitter”.
Awaaz.De originally focused on working with small farmers in rural Gujarat, a state in the central India, to enable the sharing of best farming practices and agricultural information.
The company’ has scaled and grown, won a number of awards, has facilitated over 4M calls to 400K people, is now in 6 countries, 9 languages and is constantly finding new applications for their technology.Neil received a Bachelors in Computer Science from UC Berkeley before pursuing his Ph.D at Stanford University. His doctoral thesis focus was designing voice-based virtual communities which led to the co-founding of Awaaz.De, along with his Ph.D advisor and UC Berkeley Professor, Dr. Tapan Parikh.

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More About Neil

More About Awaaz.De

  • Website: https://www.awaaz.de/
  • Value proposition: “We provide content to our partners and users in their local language to communicate with important stakeholders and beneficiaries for a variety of purposes and goals. Our clients include businesses, rural communities, schools, NGOs and many more.”
  • Awaaz.De Streams – group voice messaging for everyone
  • Awaaz.De Surveys – enabling rich data collection via phone survey surveys
  • Awaaz.De Voice Forums – moderated voice message “chat rooms”