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Posted By Social Edge
On 15 April 2015 - 9:21pm

WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 15:00 – 16:15

“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” –Bob Nelson, former NFL linebacker

In this session, Sylvia Hacaj (coaching professional, and advisor at Dream to Learn) challenged social entrepreneurs to use a behavioral framework to better understand themselves and their team and achieve the team’s full potential.

She believes that understanding an individual’s six basic human needs (certainty, love and connection, significance, growth, contribution, uncertainty and ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 15 April 2015 - 9:02pm

WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 13:30 – 14:45

Many people go through hard times and experience anger, anxiety, and potentially even depression at certain points in their lives. Facilitator Barry Kerzin, a doctor turned Buddhist monk who founded the Altruism in Medicine Institute, believes that identifying these issues early and using inward-looking practices like meditation help us worry less about the future and focus on the present moment.

Barry brought up the interesting point that in this current technology-driven era, people are used to instant gratification but also are subject to the often high-stress lifestyles that accompany increased connectivity. Fixing issues like guilt (a ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 15 April 2015 - 8:45pm

WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00

In this session, delegate Natalie Alhonte (Associate Director, Atlantic Council) and participants (a myriad of foundation, nonprofit, and investment professionals focused on Latin America) led a vibrant discussion on the future potential of Latin America across social, political, and economic dimensions.

Natalie brought a research-focused analysis of the state of Latin America, where she sees strong positive trends in a variety of areas, from rapid urbanization, to the diffusion of power ...more

On 15 April 2015 - 5:05pm

blue_realse_clouds_220520_lOne of the biggest things humans have trouble doing is sacrificing.

The art of giving up and letting go for the long haul seems almost foreign to us. Why, after all, would you give up something of value when you don’t have to?

By playing chess, I’ve gained a deeper understanding on how to sacrifice.

Often in life it has to get worse before it gets better, or at least that’s how it may seem. You need to understand the value of your assets; if you can afford giving it up, sometimes it might just be a blessing instead of a hindrance to do so. No one ever gets where they want in life without giving up something they would rather hold onto, but that’s life. Chess ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 15 April 2015 - 12:07pm

If we listen and act on what Mahatma Gandhi had to say on development the focus is very simple. He said the ultimate solution for fighting poverty was not mass production but production by the masses.

If we are to contain massive migration, prevent the rich indigenous knowledge, culture, village skills and practical wisdom in traditional societies from disappearing into the slums of mega cities and protect and improve the quality of life of villages – then we have to apply the Gandhian Model globally. We have to trust and believe in ordinary people to offer simple sustainable solutions. The view that the millions of families living in marginalized, neglected, poor or exploited communities who cannot read or write are unable to think clearly for themselves or act responsibly is wrong.

Take for instance the role of solar energy as ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 15 April 2015 - 11:22am

Twice a year, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) convenes our Executive Committee—a group of fifteen international development leaders that guide ANDE’s strategy and provide operational oversight.

At the most recent meeting, we opened with a “pop quiz” — What are the three biggest challenges facing small and growing businesses in emerging markets over the next three years?

What follows are the top three issues that our Executive Committee believes the small and growing business (SGB) sector must address in the coming years:

Attracting and developing talent

In the U.S. and Europe, small business is hot. Recent grads are “ ...more

On 14 April 2015 - 5:05pm


“And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs; the habit of hoping for a favorable chance…”

-Morrison Waite

Dear Reader,

Is today a low day?

Then, you are looking too low.

You are only looking at this moment.

But as with life, or chess, one move can change your life.


And then the game ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 14 April 2015 - 3:00pm

It was a particularly busy night during my third year of residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Sion Hospital, a major referral hospital in Mumbai. Asha arrived in labor, pale, bleeding profusely and gasping. She had placenta previa, a life-threatening complication of pregnancy. We fought through the night to save her and her baby’s life, but we failed.

Asha’s story always stays with me. Not just because she suffered a very tragic death, but because we could have prevented it. Asha had attended the hospital’s antenatal clinic during the third month of her pregnancy. But she never returned for antenatal care, because we failed her.

Due to the long queue of patients waiting to be attended to, we could do ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 14 April 2015 - 11:19am

More people live without electricity today than when Edison powered his first light bulb – about 1.3 billion. They primarily burn kerosene for light, at a cost of over $25 billion annually. They walk miles to charge their mobile phones. They live disconnected from the modern information age without the ability to power a laptop or a TV.

Providing access to basic energy will fundamentally transform their lives, and underpins nearly every development goal.

The good news is that we know how to solve this problem: with distributed solar energy generation. The combination of solar, lithium batteries, and LEDs can produce light 300 times more cheaply than kerosene.

In the past few years, entrepreneurial solar companies around the world have demonstrated that the pre-paid business model of the mobile phone industry can be ...more