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July 30, 2019

Social Impact Headlines: July 2019

Take a look at these headlines to put more social impact news on your radar, and join us to debate about, question, and share what’s new in social change.

This month's headlines include social impact news from SSIR, Fast Company, and the Obama Foundation.

Meet Kathryn Finney The Fairy Godmother of Tech Start-ups

Essence | July 26, 2019
Kathryn Finney '16, founder of digitalundivided, shared insights on early-stage entrepreneurship, raising funds and finding the right investors, and the state of Black and Latinx women in the world of entrepreneurship.

Here Is The First Behind-The-Scenes Look From 'Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project'

Oxygen | July 25, 2019
Halim Flowers '19, co-founder of Unchained Media Collective, shared his experience with the Georgetown Prison Scholars program with Kim Kardashian West, who is creating a documentary on the criminal justice system.

Getting Political Is Good for Everyone

SSIR | July 17, 2019
Bill Shore '91, founder of Share Our Strength, advocates for nonprofits to get involved in politics to affect bipartisan policy and make long-term impact.

Social Entrepreneurship for the Future of Work: Co-creating a Healthier Economy & Workforce in Williamson, West Virginia

Pathways to 2030 | June 12, 2019
Our own Ben Beers and Liza Mueller worked with Jenna Nicholas '18 and Impact Experience to author this report on taking a human-centric approach to building the next generation of work.

Obama Leaders: Africa 2019

Obama Foundation | June 10, 2019
Etienne Mashuli '15, co-founder of Tujenge Africa Foundation, was one of 200 African change-makers selected by the Obama Foundation to attend Leaders: Africa. Fred Swaniker '06 discussed leadership journeys and building next-generation leaders during a keynote plenary in conversation with Ben Rhodes. 

Rhymes With Reason uses Kendrick Lamar and Drake lyrics to teach kids vocabulary

Revolt TV | July 8, 2019
Rhymes with Reason, founded by Austin Martin '19, is a web-based curriculum that teaches and tests kids' vocabulary by highlighting certain academic words used in hip hop songs.

The Green New Deal wants farmers to restore the land, not keep wrecking it

Fast Company | June 28, 2019
Christine Su '16, founder of PastureMap, which helps farmers gather data and figure out how to farm sustainably, was featured in Fast Company’s series "A Green New Deal for Business."

Fast Forward Announces 2019 Accelerator Cohort

Fast Forward | June 26, 2019
Three Fellow organizations were chosen to join the 2019 Fast Forward Accelerator cohort: Discriminology, founded by DeMar Pitman '17; Good Call, founded by Jelani Anglin '18 and Gabriel Leader-Rose '18; and Open AQ founded by Christa Hasenkopf  '16.

Advocates launch $1 million fund to keep asylum seekers out of immigration detention centers

The San Diego Union Tribune | June 25, 2019
Freedom For Immigrants, co-founded by Christina Fialho '12 and Christina Mansfield '12, are working with Mission Driven Finance to create a $1 million fund to help bond people out of immigration detention centers.


2019 Fellow Austin Martin observing students using Rhymes with Reason San Diego. Photo credit: With Reason, LLC