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Check Out What the Urban Farming Guys Have Been Doing the Last 3 Years. You're Gonna Be Amazed.

Check Out What the Urban Farming Guys Have Been Doing the Last 3 Years. You're Gonna Be Amazed. | Social Mission | Scoop.it
16 minutes | The Kansas City-based Urban Farming Guys aren't just growing food, but the hopes and dreams of a community, too.
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The Secret to Smart Groups: It's Women

The Secret to Smart Groups: It's Women | Social Mission | Scoop.it
Women are better than men at knowing what other people are thinking, and that carries huge advantages in team settings
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This is a good article. In a way, it depresses me. Why do we need to prove the value of half of the human species? We need proof because over our history we've developed a skewed and limited understanding of ourselves. Not just women, but men.


We are slowly and patiently retraining our global consciousness to align with a simple truth -- the universe/nature comes through all of us. Each of us holds a key to collective wisdom and health.


So, yes, let the evidence roll. Let's keep the conversation going until we all are of one mind as to the value of human life.

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G.url power: Sue Decker charts the quickening pace of change for women - San Francisco Business Times

G.url power: Sue Decker charts the quickening pace of change for women - San Francisco Business Times | Social Mission | Scoop.it
Sue Decker, Yahoo's former president and current Berkshire Hathaway board member, sees more — and more frequent — data points that show women closing the gender gap across economic and social categories.
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For women leaders, G.url power is a good blog to follow.

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Why Cultural Enlightenment is Critical to Improvement | Quality content from IndustryWeek

Why Cultural Enlightenment is Critical to Improvement | Quality content from IndustryWeek | Social Mission | Scoop.it
Companies that are culturally enlightened will not only have a much easier time of implementing the full scope of lean and Six Sigma, but they also position themselves to work on ideas that could be real game changers in their industry.

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The companies that are culturally enlightened will not only have a much easier time of implementing the full scope of lean and Six Sigma, but they also position themselves to work on ideas that could be real game changers in their industry.  I call these Radical Improvement ideas.  There is still a high chance of failure that these ideas might not work.  However, if even a few of these attempts are successful and causes a seismic shift in the customer experience so great that the company picks up significant market share, then these improvements will be worth the effort.

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SAPVoice: Meet Your Consumer in 2015 [Infographic]

SAPVoice: Meet Your Consumer in 2015 [Infographic] | Social Mission | Scoop.it

Harvard Professor Shoshana Zuboff said that every century or so, fundamental changes in the nature of consumption create new demand patterns that existing companies can’t meet unless they applied imagination to see beyond what they’re selling today.  Indeed, consumers have never been savvier, well connected, and value conscious.

Meet Mike, your customer in 2015..


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Women Leaders Must Dive In, Not Just Lean In (Part 1)

Women Leaders Must Dive In, Not Just Lean In (Part 1) | Social Mission | Scoop.it
There is a women’s leadership movement afoot that needs to transition from underground grassroots to mainstream establishment. This isn’t about goodwill, preferences or representation. Mobilizing women into leadership positions is mandatory for sustainable economic growth, global competitiveness and innovation across all industries. It’s time for women to dive-in, head-first and heart-strong. They must actively deploy their unique ability to see with wide-angle vision and sow opportunities with a passionate pursuit – as do all great pioneers that change the status quo and build new bridges. International Women’s Day, recently celebrated on March 8, reminded us of “the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” Women are ready to live with an entrepreneurial spirit and activate their ability to connect the dots of resources and relationships to create and sustain momentum. Women wired to naturally promote the spirit of giving and lead to leave a legacy will cultivate continuous impact and influence in the industries they serve.

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The women's global leadership network is growing. Local and regional networks of business, social and civic leadership are connecting up at an increasing rate. Within the next year the global leadership and influence landscape will be completely transformed.


If you have been waiting for this shift to take place and wish to be a part of it now, find a local women's organization that focuses on social change, leadership with integrity, and social impact. Also look for conferences you can attend on women's leadership and social change.


See you in the network!

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, March 19, 2014 5:46 AM

Don't ask permission to lead, Lead!!! because YOU are the captain of your soul...

malek's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:46 AM

When stats don't lie...

Only 4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women – a number that has not changed in the past decade.

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Why Ogunte Women's Social Leadership Awards?

In a special message to Women Social Entrepreneurs at Hub Milan, Servane recalls a few facts about the power women hold. Women control nearly two-thirds of c...

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Around the world women networks are connecting with other women networks. Our goal is to create a network of networks to leverage our wisdom, influence and vision for a better world.


Look in your region for a women's leadership group you can participate in. Find conferences and events where you can connect and expand the network.


This is the work of the next 10 years for all women.

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OGUNTE = building a better world. powered by women...

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12 Sustainable Design Ideas from Nature

12 Sustainable Design Ideas from Nature | Social Mission | Scoop.it
Nature holds the technological answers we need to save the planet. Check out how engineers and architects plan to change the world!
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Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains | Climate Central

Cities Designed like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains | Climate Central | Social Mission | Scoop.it
For too long we have ignored the relationships between built and natural environments.

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A very good article. One thing I can add, by extension, is how we as individuals and as organizations use the same concept. We are still human, part of the natural world. When separate ourselves from it, we  and our organizations get sick: pull a plant out of the ground and it will survive for a while, but it will do everything it can to reach its root into the ground again. 


As you lead your organization today, as you lead your life, ask yourself the question, "How can I be more integrated into my life, my relationship and my community?"

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She Gets Yelled At For Giving Coats To The Homeless. Her Response? Brilliant.

She Gets Yelled At For Giving Coats To The Homeless. Her Response? Brilliant. | Social Mission | Scoop.it
The World needs a LOT more of this.
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This is the future of business. Social Mission solutions to eliminate problems through contribution and care while building a thriving enterprise. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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How Dancing On The Subway Became A New York City Art Form -- And A Crime

How Dancing On The Subway Became A New York City Art Form -- And A Crime | Social Mission | Scoop.it
Randy Vargas is a 19-year-old high school senior who dances for money after school on the trains beneath Manhattan. Among fellow dancers, he is admired and envied for his mastery of the “hat trick,” which he performs by juggling a bas...
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Social Leadership Required:


Kids dancing for money is not a problem, but an opportunity to embrace the enthusiasm, skill and entrepreneurial spirit of these dancers into a solution to community problems. Which are: no after school programs; not enough income from poor parents to pay for fee-based programs; and, a police perception that the dancers and the crowds that form around them are public menaces to be eliminated.


In this situation is a community-based solution that can be legally integrated into the public landscape.


In each city, there could be a team of social leaders who take on these situations and turn them into community-strengthening projects while maintaining the revenue stream for the visionary instigators. In this case, these Bronx break dancers.


Does your city have this kind of team? If so, please share.






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The Coming Wave of Social Entrepreneurship: Jeffery Church at TEDxAmericasFinestCity 2011 - YouTube

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Social entrepreneurship is the present and the future. At some point in the near future all business will be social-mission centric or what is called a "triple bottom line" business. We can no longer afford to extract from the community. Business is part of the human ecosystem. When one plant in a garden leeches all the nutrients from the soil, the surrounding plants die. This isn't rocket science, this is gardening.

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This Village In India Is Planting 111 Trees For Every Newborn Baby Girl

This Village In India Is Planting 111 Trees For Every Newborn Baby Girl | Social Mission | Scoop.it
Every culture has traditions for newborns. For many of us, we’ve seen baby showers. For a village called Piplantri they plant 111 tress for every baby girl that is born. This is a unique achievement in a state where female foeticide is rampant and the sex ratio is one of the most skewed in the country.…
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Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership | Social Mission | Scoop.it
Most Americans say women are every bit as capable of being good leaders as men, whether in political offices or in corporate boardrooms. So why, then, are they underrepresented in top jobs?
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An inspiring vision of the future you simply MUST see!

An inspiring vision of the future you simply MUST see! | Social Mission | Scoop.it
What you are about to see is an absolutely magnificent rendition of a piece by Carl Sagan - synthesized together with amazing visuals of human kinds exploration into our very solar system. We are amazing creatures, and with willpower and inspiration, we can do anything. For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left…
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Grants And Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs

Grants And Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs | Social Mission | Scoop.it
social entrepreneurship Image resource: Berkeley University Social entrepreneurs often have amazing ideas that they believe can change the world – and whic
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Harvard's New Advanced Leadership Iniative

Harvard's New Advanced Leadership Iniative | Social Mission | Scoop.it

Harvard founds an Advanced Leadership Initiative for people with over 20 years of leadership experience who want to spend the next phase of their lives starting socially conscious ventures.


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We're excited about integrating socially-conscious decision-making all aspects of our lives. After decades of purposefully choosing to make life difficult for others to benefit of ourselves, our true nature is coming forward to bring us back in alignment.


If you work in an organization using us-them decision making, look for ways you can make "benefit all" decisions.  Benefit-all decisions spur creativity, inspire collaboration and feel great.

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7 Reasons Creativity is Essential to Your Personal Life - Austin Hill Shaw

7 Reasons Creativity is Essential to Your Personal Life - Austin Hill Shaw | Social Mission | Scoop.it
1) Survival That which can be automated and outsourced will be automated and outsourced Here’s the tough news:  As the global market place continues to become more and more competitive, those jobs and enterprises that a machine can do faster or someone else can do cheaper will go the way of the dinosaur and the …
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How to be a social entrepreneur: Andy Stoll at TEDxUIowa - YouTube

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30 Amazing Social Good Apps - Cause Artist

30 Amazing Social Good Apps - Cause Artist | Social Mission | Scoop.it
A List of 30 Amazing Social Good Apps that can be used day to day or for research and education.
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We're moving very fast now toward globalizing the mindset of social good is good for everyone. Take a gander!

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A garden in my apartment

A garden in my apartment | Social Mission | Scoop.it
Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles -- researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious.
(Filmed at TEDxManhattan .)
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Brilliant!

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She Gets Yelled At For Giving Coats To The Homeless. Her Response? Brilliant.

She Gets Yelled At For Giving Coats To The Homeless. Her Response? Brilliant. | Social Mission | Scoop.it
The World needs a LOT more of this.
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Laura Hansen's curator insight, November 1, 2014 10:21 AM

This is the future of business. Social Mission solutions to eliminate problems through contribution and care while building a thriving enterprise. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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DealBook: Venture Capital Firm Invests in Start-Ups With a Social Mission - Hands on Today

DBL Investors, a $75 million fund managed under the umbrella of JPMorgan Chase, built a reputation as the go-to investor for start-ups looking to make a social impact.
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