social impact

How TripAdvisor Will Do Our Part To Raise The Global Standard Of Care For Animals In Tourism

There are thousands of tourist attractions that feature captive animals.  And while some people and organizations are against keeping animals in captivity, there’s a lot of research to support the argument that sometimes captivity is the best viable solution for an animal or an endangered species given the populated ...

How The Next US Administration Can Encourage Long-term Investment In Africa

This article first appeared on cnn.com on September 19th, 2016 For too long, foreign investment in Africa has taken a short-term perspective that values extracting commodities over adding value. Whether from East to West, investment is often a one-sided affair which is a proxy for global politics. Exceptions have been ...

Social Impact Or Profit? Both! And How Can YOU Support This Idea

In 2012, me and my friends, Rui and Miguel, dreamed up a business that also donated money to charities. It was investors that told us they would be interested if we developed the charity angle even more strongly, giving the lie to the idea that commercial mechanisms cannot be used to ...

Could Social Media Be Tearing Us Apart? #DigitalSense

While social networks have allowed the sharing of controversial opinions there remains a worry that they are helping to fuel such views.  There’s nothing new about swings in political ideology but there is something different about the way these debates are playing out across the world. While social media ...

Why Equity In Education Needs To Start At Birth

At Scholastic, we know that when we talk about equity and equality in education, they are not one and the same. Equity in education is not about every student getting the exact same thing.  Instead, equity in education is about every student having access to the specific opportunities that he ...

Twilio Names First Executive Director For Its Nonprofit foundation

Above: Erin Reilly has been named the executive director for Twilio's nonprofit foundation. Image Credit: Twilio In 2013, Jeff Lawson’s telecommunications API provider company Twilio had done pretty well appealing to developers. But then he thought about how nonprofits and other philanthropic organizations could benefit from its technology, and this ...

Why Accepting Migrants And Refugees Can Be A Win For Everyone

Think about the decisions you have taken today -- what to wear, what to eat, what to read on your news feed.  Many of the daily choices that you make are so routine that you probably barely notice. Now imagine you have a different kind of decision to take. Whether ...

A Matter Of Perspective

Often, when faced with a difficult problem, I turn to Star Trek, or, in this case, Star Trek The Next Generation (STTNG).  Recently I wrote an article following HBO’s docu-movie about the Clarence Thomas Confirmation Hearings. While I thought I had done my best to remain neutral in my ...

With Non-profits, It’s Impact – Not Overhead – That Matters Most

When we donate to a non-profit, can we assume we’re getting what we’re paying for? Do all donations go to making life better for the ultimate beneficiary: the sick child, natural disaster survivors, or veterans? These are questions asked of all non-profits, particularly when one is negatively covered ...

For Evil To Prevail

I can’t tell if Edmund Burke and I would agree or disagree about most things; the politics and issues of his day were so different from our own, I’m not sure what kind of political animal he would be branded today. In his day, he was labeled a ...

The Hero Of Our Time Isn't Whatever

In the seventeenth century, Pascal said, “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” In 1903, the German sociologist Georg Simmel argued, in an essay called “The Metropolis and Mental Life,” that in cities saturated with technology, “stimulations, interests, and the taking up ...

Health Care Delivery & Non-Profits

Health Care in India is a novelty of sorts for the poor and underpriviledged. The Health Care Services that are available through public health care facilities, which are supposed to be free, are often not free and private health care services available to the population are of poor quality. So ...