In this episode we meet Graham Brewster, Managing Director of World Housingan impact enterprise that provides homes to families living in slums in the developing world, fostering communities where families can thrive with safety, security, and access to the resources that change lives.

Prior to this social enterprise, Graham was the development Manager at GNW trust a real estate firm which helped to convert a land parcel into a vibrant community of companies, artists and entrepreneurs. Prior to that, Graham was working as a Micro finance intern with Nobel prize winner Muhammed Yunus. They actively helped in micro lending to those stuck in poverty.

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Meet Graham Brewster

” This was recorded back on day 26 of a 30 Day Podcast Project! ”  Today, you will meet Graham Brewster, Managing Graham BrewsterDirector at World Housing — where they believe homes are the key turning point where the momentum of community begins to have effects that radiate beyond individuals and into entire families, villages, and countries.

World Housing homes allow people to live safe, stable lives. Children who grow up in safe, stable homes have greater freedom to pursue education, and raise the standard of living for themselves, their families, and future generations to come.

Prior to this social enterprise, Graham graduated from University of British Columbia in Commerce, Real Estate. He had traveled to the middle east and worked as intern with Grameen bank. There he has worked with Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus, in micro lending to those stuck in poverty, there by improving the dignity of the people.

Show Notes

Here are a few articles related to this episode.

More About World Housing

  • Website: http://worldhousing.ca/
  • Value Proposition: “World Housing believes that homes are the key turning point where the momentum of community begins to have effects that radiate beyond individuals and into entire families, villages, and countries.

In this episode, we meet Michkael Baker, Founder of Blue Voice Enterprises, Social Impact Multimedia Production and Creative Director of the Creative Action Center of Online Open Source Networks (CACOON). Listen to his decades-long exploration of social impact and social innovation and his systems-approach to expanding the field in meaningful ways.

 

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Meet Michkael Baker

Michkael Baker is a singer, performer, changemaker, and considers relates with the term poly-synthesizer, an “Artistic innovatorMeet Michkael Baker who can combine many separate elements, and design them into integrated and sustainable social systems for the benefit of humanity.”

As a community impact entrepreneur my life long vision is to participate in the transformation of local and global economic systems. In 2008 I developed my first community impact business called The Open Kitchen, a community center which brings young entrepreneurs, chefs, and farmers together in an effort to break the barriers between food production, preparation, and consumption.

Over the past 15 years he has been developing a local and global community-based economic system that augments traditional commerce with “use value” resource sharing and exchange. Use value resources are 1) time and skills of individuals, 2) community participation credits, 3) idle or unused goods, and 4) local and global currencies.

This system is taking form in the online and offline community learning center called The CACOON or the Creative Action Centers of Online Open Source Networks.

To this mission, Michkael and others are leading an effort to identify key innovators developing open source technologies, systems and businesses and j then join them together in collaboration as a cooperative community.

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  • More about Michkael Baker
  • Blue Voice Enterprises
  • CACOON
    • acronym: Creative Action Centers of Online Open Source Networks (CACOON)
    • value proposition: “Online and offline interactive educational platform that matches social entrepreneurs with local communities to fund and develop businesses, products and services that have wide scale social change.”
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It was a pleasure an honor to meet Leila Janah at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2016) and interview her for the podcast. Since launching Samasource in 2008, Leila has been not only a participant in social enterprise, but has been a leader, advocate, and trusted voice in the space.

She spoke in the plenary session of #GES2016 Plus, a day focused on women and youth in entrepreneurship. The plenary session explored new global innovations and the entrepreneurs that are attracting funding, breaking the status quo and changing the world.

  • Moderator: Brad Stone – Bloomberg West
  • Oren Yakobovich – Founder, Videre and 2016 Skoll Foundation Entrepreneur
  • Leila Janah – Founder, Sama and Founder, Laxmi
  •  Ooshma Garg, Founder and CEO, Gobble

To hear insightful remarks and reflections by Ooshma Garg, please listen to our episode: Live at #GES2016 Plus.

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Meet Leila Janah

Meet Leila JanahLeila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Sama Group, Co-Founder and CEO ofLaxmi, and an award-winning social entrepreneur. Her work focuses on bringing living-wage jobs to poor women and youth to reduce poverty and build better communities.

Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and in 2014, was the youngest person to win a Heinz Award.

The idea for Samasource began in high school, where Leila was already interested in social justice and involved with the American Civil Liberties Union and a couple of local organizations. At 17, Ms. Janah went to Ghana on a scholarship to teach English. She then studied African development at Harvard, and later worked for the World Bank, getting frustrated with the large-scale development approach in places like Africa.

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  • Sama Group
  • Samasource
    • Value proposition: non-profit business that connects marginalized women and youth to dignified work via the Internet.
    • website: http://www.samasource.org
  • Samaschool
  • Laxmi
    • Value proposition: unite undiscovered, effective natural ingredients with transparent, responsible production and sourcing practices. Engage women to take part in the world in a way that creates lasting beauty.
    • website: http://bylaxmi.com

 

 

One of the of notable aspects of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) was the opportunity to meet, and at times even interview, well-known thinkers and doers in the entrepreneurship space. This was especially true when Innov8social had a chance to meet Daymond John, entrepreneur, founder and CEO of FUBU, and one of the investors in hit tv show “Shark Tank”. In the context of GES, Daymond also holds another title; that of a founding White House PAGE Ambassador.

 

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Meet Daymond John

Meet Daymond JohnDaymond John is the CEO and Founder of FUBU, a global lifestyle brand and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6billion in product sales. For his entrepreneurial work, he has received over 35 awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

John’s profile and leadership within the entrepreneurship ecosystem led to his appointment as a Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative member. In his signature PAGE initiative, John will work with underserved entrepreneurs and emerging digital influencers to help them develop customer bases and brands. He will help this audience develop new business models that can turn homegrown operations into successful businesses.

In March, John teamed up with Capital One and General Assembly to launch an Opportunity Fellows Fund, which will aim to make education for careers in the digital economy more accessible to people across country from diverse, and often underserved, backgrounds.

Launched in April 2014, White House  was created to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs both at home and abroad. The initiative formed as a partnership among celebrated entrepreneurs, the White House, the Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of State.

President Obama released an Executive Order institutionalizing the PAGE program at GES 2016.

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Innov8social is at #GES2016 Closing Day where President Barack Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the cast of ‘Silicon Valley’, and global social entrepreneurs spoke at the plenary sessions.

Listen in to hear reflections from that morning session, learn about a few opportunities to further your social enterprise work and receive funding, and also hear from Shark Tank investor Daymond John about his perspectives on impact entrepreneurship. 

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Live at #GES2016 Closing Day with Daymond John, Kiva, GES Global Social Entrepreneurs

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Alice Fenton, Silicon Valley Startup Cup

Vallerie Bellande, Sr. Business Development Manager at Kiva.org

Jean Bosco Nzeyimana from Rwanda, Founder of Habona

Daymond John, founder of FUBU, Investor, Shark Tank

Kenia Mattis


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#GES2016 Opening Day

Live at #GES2016 Opening Day With Cheryl Yeoh, GES Success Stories, Shared Studios and More

The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2016) has its official kickoff. Interestingly, social entrepreneurship played a leading role in Day 1, resonating in speeches by Secretary of State John Kerry, Founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman, the ‘why’ behind entrepreneurship explored in fireside chat with Airbnb founder Brian Chesky, and especially in a panel moderated by Founding Partner of Social+Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya. Join us behind the scenes through conversations with speakers, attendees, and exhibitors at GES2016 through this live-recored podcast and video recap.

 

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Video Recap from #GES2016 Opening Plenary Session

 

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GES+ Day on Women and Youth in Entrepreneurship

Live at #GES2016 Plus: With Leila Janah, Ooshma Garg, US State Department, Malaysia Startup, and Fulbright Scholar

We are live at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit  2016, during the #GES2016 Plus day focusing on women and youth. This day preceded the official Opening Day of the Summit, with a special focus and eye on the expansion of resources, opportunity, and growing stories of entrepreneurship among and for women and youth. Interestingly, many of the entrepreneurs spoke about the social impact they are endeavoring to further with their enterprises and social enterprises.

Learn more about the agenda for #GES2016 Plus here.

 

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In this episode, we meet Will Poole–who pivoted from a successful career at Microsoft to exploring and engaging in impact investing. His work led him to launch Unitus Seed Fund in 2012, a fund specifically designed to provide seed funds for companies in India profitably delivering products and services that improve the lives of families in the lowest social-economic strata.

Based on feedback and requests, Will and his co-founding team have taken another major step in impact investing. This time, as ecosystem builders. In January 2015, he co-founded Capria, an accelerator program for fund managers seeking to gain skill sets, guidance, and actionable knowledge in engaging in impact investing.

Learn more about his personal journey into social impact and how his ‘problemsolving mindset’ has served him in his various roles.

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Meet Will Poole

 

Will is the Co-founder & Managing Partner of Capria which leads two pioneering ventures: Unitus Seed Fund, the leading seed fund in India innovating for the masses; and Capria Accelerator, the first global business accelerator for impact fund managers.

Unitus has been India’s most active seed impact investor since 2013. Co-founder of Vidyanext in Bangalore, and Volt Boats in San Diego. He is also an active member of Social Venture Partners, focused on social entrepreneurship. Co-founder of SVP Bangalore.

Will was previously a corporate VP of the Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft, co-leading efforts to bring social and economic opportunity to the “next billion”. He also ran Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar Windows Client business, headed up New Media Platforms and other internet and digital media groups.

Show Notes

Here are a few articles mentioned in this episode.

More About Capria

  • Website: http://capria.vc/
  • Value Proposition: “We work with financial services entrepreneurs who are setting up new investment vehicles. We provide them with what they need to be successful.

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.”

In this episode of The Impact Podcast, we are live at Hive! You will hear from a handful participants, organizers, volunteers, and mentors who were part of this eighth iteration of Hive Global Leaders Program, that took place in San Francisco in May 2016.

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Social Impact Fellowship Programs Mentioned

Interviews

 

Reflections on Social Impact Fellowship and Leadership Programs

This past weekend I participated in the Hive Global Leaders Program in San Francisco. And on Day 3, I also led an unconference session on social entrepreneurship…swapping my seat in the audience for a mic on the stage.

And this fluidity to move been leading and participating, this synchronicity between giving abundantly and receiving with gratitude, is powerful. It gives us perspective, it reminds us to be humble, it inspires us to always be curious.

It creates opportunities to experience that indescribable feeling of wonder when you connect with people deeply engaged in work that moves the entire social impact sector further.

And that just may be why I am drawn to social impact fellowship and leadership programs. Each can provide a unique lens into the space, shaped by the organizers’ vision and mission. They can each reveal some aspect of the space and its diverse and unique participants. Best of all, we come to each changed in a different way, seeking different counsel or inspiration to help us reach our next goal, challenge, and success.

I am proud to have participated in StartupWeekend, New Leaders Council, StartingBloc, and Hive. They provide both the steady wall and the fluid edge that help map out the growing social impact space. And they provide the flow and tension that help clarify how our work can better serve, create value, and help grow a vibrant global community of social impact changemakers.

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