Buses Converted Into Mobile Food Markets For Low Income Neighborhoods

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Another creative solution! The city of Toronto has converted metro buses into mobile food markets for low income neighborhoods. They sell affordable fresh food neighborhoods where there are no grocery stores or the food is too expensive for residents. Now healthy food arrives in the neighborhoods twice a week http://buff.ly/2lXnK7r Back in 2010, the city of Toronto (in Ontario, Canada) decided … [Read more...]

Farmer spends 16 years studying law so he could sue a powerful chemical firm

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Wang Enlin a farmer in China studied law on his own and won the first round of a court case against a chemical company that he says was polluting his farm. Inspiring story!   http://buff.ly/2kD8DzG A Chinese farmer has spent 16 years studying law by himself so he could sue a chemical company for allegedly polluting his land. Wang Enlin, who had just three years of education, has won the … [Read more...]

Veteran Homelessness Has Dropped 50% Since 2010

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A wonderful trend... let's keep working for veterans and everyone who experiences living without a home! Thanks to a number of progressive governmental programs, veteran's homelessness has made remarkable progress. We need to keep these programs in place!     The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. … [Read more...]

Memories of Cuba . . .

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With the recent passing of Fidel Castro, I thought this would be a good time to say a few words about my visit to Cuba in February 2016 on the cusp of renewed relations with the United States. I traveled then with a San Francisco Bay Area mission group visiting the small but vibrant Jewish communities in Havana, Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba. We learned extensively about the history of the … [Read more...]

Clean Clothes Help Kids Go to School

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Such a simple solution to help students feel good enough about themselves to go to school -  Whirlpool Corporation gave washers and dryers to 17 schools in Illinois and California and attendance rates shot up! During the 2015-2016 school year teachers told students to bring in dirty laundry in a bag as often as they needed. By the end of the school year, 2000 loads of laundry had been done and … [Read more...]

Venture Philanthropy: The Harnessing Of Capital For Social Good

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The rise of social responsibility and its core principles has been transformative at every level of the business world, and lately it has been making noise in the world of venture capital. Case in point: Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK), a major Menlo Park-based venture philanthropy foundation, has earmarked $65 million to fund 100 new entrepreneurs working on socially-minded business ideas. These … [Read more...]

The Generosity of a War Veteran

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As the Founder of the Billions Rising Foundation, I want to take a moment here to honor my dear friend Jack Wilson who passed away back in 2011. Jack and I met back in the 1980s when we were both producing social-change documentaries to increase public awareness of issues and inequalities. We lost touch, but years later I discovered that his compassion for humanity had continued and that he had … [Read more...]

Living on $2 a Day – The Impact of Microfinance

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Microfinance gets a lot of press these days, for good reason. It is a powerful tool that puts financial resources in the hands of the poorest, and has been shown to transform impoverished communities. It is a simple matter of scale: in the past, when a businessperson wanted to borrow money to grow his enterprise, the amounts accessible were in the thousands. For someone living on $2 a day, such … [Read more...]

Small Grants to Women in Africa Produces Entrepreneurs

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As the sole provider for her family, Daate Inyakh once struggled to feed her six daughters. After receiving a Jump Grant from The BOMA Project in September 2014, her children have never slept hungry again. Daate now runs a small duka in Logologo, Kenya with her business partners and attends adult education classes in her free time to learn how to read and write. Her dream is for all six of her … [Read more...]

Is Bernie Sanders The Most Important Candidate?

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In Midtown Manhattan Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders continued his attack on corporate malfeasance and the big banks, galvanizing an invitation-only crowd with a barn burner of a speech on financial issues. As usual, Sanders wasted no words: “The reality is that Congress does not regulate Wall Street,” he said. The lively audience finished his sentence, shouting over him: “Wall Street regulates … [Read more...]