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March 3, 2016 | Lindsay Booker

Social Impact Headlines: March 3, 2016


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This week's headlines cover waste, motorbike taxis, and hero worship in the world of entrepreneurship.

  • “If the majority of Nigerians are not living well, then there’s really nothing that we’re doing right.” Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola ’13 helps Nigerian households of low-income find value in their waste.
    CNBC Africa
     
  • Brooklyn’s future is energy efficient and full of job opportunity. Hear from BlocPower founder Donnel Baird ’12 about what’s next for greening Brooklyn.
    Technical.ly | Tyler Woods

Words of note

"Why do we do this work? Because computer science education in our country has failed our kids...The bottom line is this: if mainstream education was doing its job, we would not have ours."

Kalimah Priforce '13, founder of QeynoLabs.

Read more on USA Today.

  • Michael Wilkerson ’14 knows investing in motorbike drivers will transform lives and cities in Uganda and beyond. “Some potential investors think the model is too high-touch to scale up effectively, but Wilkerson says closeness to the customer is precisely what makes it work.”
    The Guardian | Anna Patton 
     
  • Make way for the "coffin-killers." Katrina Spade ’14 and the Urban Death Project are giving us options to make death a little greener.
    Fusion | Ari Phillips
     
  • Your team is your greatest asset. Karim Abouelnaga ’13 shares how to hire the right people for the job.
    Entrepreneur | Karim Abouelnaga 
     
  • Being strategic can unlock entrepreneurial behaviors. Entrepreneurship and strategy can, and should, coexist.
    HBR | David Collis
     
  • Impact investing won’t fix everything, but it has a crucial role in global development.
    HuffPost Impact | Katharine Tengtio 
     
  • Millenials are attracted to companies that have philanthropic programs. They equate it with the character and values of a company’s brand–and there are other benefits, too.
    TechCo | AJ Agrawal 
     
  • “Heropreneur” worship is a thing. But really having an impact can’t start from pursuing a trendy role without the chops to get it done. Good intentions can yield problematic results when we’re not focused on the impact.
    SSIR | Daniela Papi-Thornton