The Buzz 5-11-12
Our quick read on the top tweets, news, and buzz circulating in the field of changemaking this past week. Tell us, what's got you talking? And what do you want to be talking about?
- Women bring in more than half of the income in fifty-five percent of US households; they are ruling social networks; and women over the age of fifty control a net worth of $19 trillion. Fortune 500 companies that have at least three women on their boards have seen an average return on equity increase by at least fifty-three percent and return on sales increase by at least forty-two percent. Yet, one in ten boards boards at Fortune 500 companies include no women. Can technology companies really continue to innovate with no women at the table? http://ht.ly/aSRYb
- Nell Edington of Social Velocity always puts together a great monthly list of “must reads.” This month’s list includes an editorial from Gary Bass and Mark Rosenman on efforts by Congress to further limit nonprofit advocacy rights; a blog piece from Tom David on how foundations can become much more effective; and a piece from Matilda Macduff that offers easy, concrete steps for small nonprofits to create measurement systems. Book mark so you can come back next month: http://ht.ly/aSTkm
- Everyone makes mistakes when launching a new enterprise. But, many who have launched several businesses have obviously discovered a few that a rookie might make—like hiring someone you know and trust and s/he may not be the most competent or the right fit, or underpricing your product to attract business. A few more to watch out for: http://ht.ly/aSTWX
- Have you ever just wanted to give money to help someone start something awesome? A few friends from Harvard wanted to do that same, so they started the Awesome Foundation—but it’s not a formal foundation, or even a registered charity. Instead, they help people start Awesome chapters—essentially a giving circle to gives a no-strings attached “Awesome Fellowship” to individuals or groups. We think that’s, well, awesome. http://ht.ly/aSV3I
- Scott Warren, a 2010 Echoing Green Fellow and Co-Founder of Generation Citizen published a piece in Huffington Post that caused a little bit of a stir. Everyone has their own opinion of Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video—some believe it was about “white westerners feeling better about themselves through attempting to save poor black Africans.” But Scott asks, “Whether we like it or, Africa is a land where white people can make a difference in the lives of the natives. So should we?” What do you think? http://ht.ly/aSWw5
We celebrated the Finalists for the 2012 Echoing Green Fellowship this past Thursday at our Big Bold Benefit. With special guest Chelsea Clinton, nearly five hundred guests had a chance to hear our thirty-seven finalists share their ideas to change the world. Our benefit kicked off Finalist Weekend, which included an intense series of interviews with our team and other Fellows and experts in the field. Mark Hecker, a 2011 Fellow, offered his advice to the Finalists and we just kept reminding them to breathe! Stay tuned as we share more from the weekend…and our upcoming Fellows announcement!
Echoing Green Live
June 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM
A Shared Commitment to Advancing Equality and Ensuring Justice
June 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Pioneering Across Generations: Partnering with Newman’s Own Foundation
June 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Introducing the 2013 Echoing Green Fellows
June 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
As we enter into our second year of our partnership with the Open Society Founda...