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Joel Solomon, Author of The Clean Money Revolution

9/18/2017
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Joel Solomon reminds us, “There is $50 trillion that is going to pass hands in North America through death in the next 30 years.” It’s up to us what the impact of that transfer of wealth will be. Joel Solomon is the chair and co-founder of Renewal Funds, a mission venture capital firm based in Vancouver, BC. He is also the board chair of Hollyhock, an educational retreat center and the author of the new book, The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism. Joel was...

Duration: 00:24:51


Work and Travel with Purpose, Ann Davis, Venture with Impact

9/18/2017
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Venture with Impact exposes professionals to new cultures, people, and ideas so that they may be more informed and emphatic world citizens, and in the process, provide a positive social impact. There is a saying, often attributed to Saint Augustine[i]: The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. Ann Davis understands the value of travel. She traveled to Chile for a study abroad experience with Tulane University. She lived with a local family. “I fell in love with...

Duration: 00:23:29


Unleashing $16 Billion for Social Good, with Stephen Garten, Charity Charge

9/11/2017
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Charity Charge is a social enterprise on a mission to empower people and corporations to fund the causes they care about simply by using a credit card. Every year, 31% of all credit card holders don’t redeem their credit card reward points. That’s $16 billion per year in value. What if those dollars could be unleashed for social causes? That’s exactly what Stephen Garten and his company, Charity Charge does. When Stephen was 19 years-old, his father passed away from cancer. His father...

Duration: 00:22:08


Closing the Opportunity Gap with Sondra Samuels, Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

9/11/2017
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The Northside Achievement Zone exists to permanently close the opportunity gap and end multi-generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Sondra Samuels grew up in New Jersey. At an early age, she moved schools from Newark, where 52% of the population is African American, to Scotch Plains, NJ, where African Americans make up 11% of the population. As she integrated the new school, she said she “knew what it was like that nobody had an expectation that I was going to succeed.” As a teen,...

Duration: 00:24:48


Schools Partnering with Schools for Clean Water, with Patty Hall, H2O for Life

9/4/2017
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H2O For Life provides a service learning opportunity to schools to raise awareness and take action in the global water crisis. Patty Hall says that it was never her intention to be a nonprofit leader. She has always been passionate about education. Even as a child, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher. Patty journey to social entrepreneurship began with her mother. “My mom was a huge Tarzan buff when I was a child,” she explains. Her mother had always wanted to visit Africa but had...

Duration: 00:24:52


The Importance of Human-Centered Design, with Wes Meier, EOS International

9/4/2017
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EOS International empowers rural families in Central America by providing simple, inexpensive solutions that improve health, generate income, and provide access to appropriate technology. Wes Meir studied mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. In his junior year, he took a course with an international focus. He and his fellow students were challenged with creating a laptop that would work in Western Africa. To figure out the design criteria, Wes typed “What is West Africa like?”...

Duration: 00:24:36


The Future of Philanthropy, with Janet Mountain, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

8/28/2017
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The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s mission is to transform the lives of children living in urban poverty through better education, health, and family economic stability. Janet Mountain has been the executive director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for the last 15 years. Their headquarter is in Austin, Texas, but their work spans the globe. Their work focuses on making a meaningful difference for children and families in urban poverty. When you think about pathways out of...

Duration: 00:24:41


Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Internet, with Jack Amend and Matthew Reid, Web Neutral Project

8/28/2017
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The Web Neutral Project is a comprehensive certification program that calculates, offsets and neutralizes the carbon footprint of websites and digital products. Matt Reid and Jack Amend have known each other almost all of their lives. They grew up just down the street from one another. Matt attended the University of Minnesota where he studied Environmental Science. Jack attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied Political Science. While in school, Jack ran a...

Duration: 00:25:02


Style with a Purpose, with Hamilton Perkins, Hamilton Perkins Collection

8/21/2017
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Hamilton Perkins Collection is a certified B Corporation, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price. Each bag is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. Hamilton Perkins found his niche early with retail sales. During university, he had a sneaker business on eBay. He made and sold leather bags. After college he entered financial services, rising through the ranks at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. Yet, he had an...

Duration: 00:25:18


Using Your Professional Skills to Volunteer, with Ann Herzog-Olson, Social Venture Partners, Minnesota

8/21/2017
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Social Venture Partners is a nonprofit that uses the venture capital model to help other nonprofits build capacity and grow. Sometimes you want to do more. It might feel satisfying at the moment to march and chant. But does the impact last? You can donate money to social causes, and that’s important. But sometimes, it feels like you want to do even more. One trend in philanthropy is engaged philanthropy. Engaged philanthropy recognizes that you have more than financial capital to give to...

Duration: 00:24:52


Product Packaging with a Purpose, with Lindsey McCoy, Plaine Products

8/14/2017
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Plaine Products helps reduce single-use plastics by producing natural, vegan shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in returnable, reusable containers. In 2013, Lindsey McCoy was living in the Bahamas and running a non-profit called Save the Bays. “I had zero interest in going into business,” she told me. “I was going to save the world.” As she explored the islands, she noticed the impact of single use plastics. “Without regular trash pick up, you see those water bottles, flip flops and...

Duration: 00:25:08


A Bicycle-Based Beekeeping Business, with Kristy Lynn Allen, The Beez Kneez

8/14/2017
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The Beez Kneez is a Minneapolis-based honey production, education and advocacy organization. When Kristy Lynn Allen was in high school, her family moved to a new school districts during the school year. As a result, her grades suffered. She needed a boost to be ready for college. So, she enrolled in a college connection program. While there, she met a teacher who was planning a trip to China. As a 19-year-old, Kristy took out a loan and went to China with her teacher. This wasn’t her...

Duration: 00:25:10


Investing in, Connecting and Celebrating Social Entrepreneurs, with Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation

8/7/2017
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The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change for the world’s most pressing problems. They invest in, connect and celebrate social entrepreneurs. Sally Osberg’s reading early in life shaped her outlook. “I was reading biographies of people like Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jane Adams, and people who convinced me that you could make a pretty powerful difference in the world. And somehow that seeped into my consciousness and gave me a real sense of agency, and I could be meaningful in the scheme...

Duration: 00:25:33


An Ecosystem for Small Businesses, with Christopher Webley, New Rules

8/7/2017
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New Rules is a one-stop-shop for creatives and small businesses. Christopher Webley has always known that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. At the age of 11, he started a lawn care business. He printed flyers on his home computer and handed them out to the neighbors. Soon, he was so busy, his father took notice and decided to help. His dad bought a truck and started transporting Christopher to his jobs on the weekend. In exchange, Christopher helped his dad with cleaning buildings during...

Duration: 00:24:09


From Used Goods to the Greater Good, with Julie Kearns, Junket: Tossed & Found

7/31/2017
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Junket: Tossed & Found creates easy access to high-quality used goods. Julie Kearns was the mother of a 3-month-old when her husband left. Julie describes the impact, “Between pregnancy weight, not eating, divorce diet, all of that stuff, I lost about 50 pounds in six months.” As the weight fell off, she needed clothing that she could wear to her corporate job. Her little girl was growing and needed new clothes. Not only had she lost weight, but she had also lost half of her household...

Duration: 00:24:41


Civic Engagement in a Digital World, with Damola Ogundipe, Civic Eagle

7/31/2017
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Civic Eagle is a technology startup that creates Software as a Service (SaaS) Consistent Relationship Management tools for local and state governments, and policy advocacy organizations. Damola Ogundipe says, “I’ve always kind of known that I wanted to take an entrepreneurship route.” During college, he ran a successful sneaker retail company on eBay. In 2011, Damola graduated from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management with a graduate degree in Finance. In 2013,...

Duration: 00:23:29


183, Lori Most, BinaryBridge | Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Humanitarian Missions

7/24/2017
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BinaryBridge creates software that helps humanitarians do their work effectively and efficiently. Lori Most grew up seeing television commercials of humanitarian crises, especially in Africa. Lori recounted, “I always wanted to go to Africa and help…I thought ‘I’m going to grow up and go over there.” In college, she started as a pre-med student. Part way through she switched to engineering. “I changed directions a lot,” she laughed. When she graduated from the University of Minnesota with...

Duration: 00:25:14


182, Zach McGill, Perk Health | Improving the Health of People and Companies

7/24/2017
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Perk Health is a website and app that helps you pick up healthier habits in a way that is sustainable. Zach McGill and Doug DeBold grew up playing sports. Games taught them so much: achievement, competition, leader boards, point scoring, rewards, rules of play, self-expression, socializing, mastery, and status. When it was time for college, Doug went off to college in Vermont while Zach attended the University of Minnesota. Initially, Zach studied engineering. He wanted to invent things....

Duration: 00:23:50


181, Marcus Owens, NEON | Sustainable Community Development through Entrepreneurship

7/17/2017
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Northside Economic Opportunity Network, better known as NEON, provides entrepreneurs in North Minneapolis with business development services. Marcus Owens is a product of North Minneapolis. He grew up there, graduating from North Community High School. He bought his first home there. Then his second. He says, “I always wanted to find a way to give back to this community.” Marcus has long been an entrepreneur, operating real estate and financial services businesses. He also worked at a...

Duration: 00:25:04


180, Michelle Horovitz, Appetite for Change | The Intersection of Food and Social Justice

7/17/2017
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Appetite for Change uses food as a tool for building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. Michelle Horovitz grew up in the well-manicured suburbs of Minneapolis. If you ask her about the beginning of her journey to social change, she points to her Jewish upbringing. She says that her family made her aware of major injustices in the world. This gave her a sense of empathy for people who had been “othered.” Throughout high school and college, Michelle waited tables. She...

Duration: 00:24:09

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