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Upstart Co-Lab: How Artists, Social Entrepreneurs, and Impact Investors Change the World, According to Laura Callanan

Interview by Kelly Eisenhardt

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In a world that has long relied on business and science to make a better and healthier planet, we see traditional disciplines embracing collaboration with artists to gain new perspectives in solving the world’s problems. Impact investors have been looking for similar opportunities in the creative economy, but there have been none – until now.

WE DO. Print Runs The Perfect Apprentice Scheme For Disadvantaged Youth

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Rising tuition fees and low pay for UK graduates has led to a rapid rise in apprenticeships, as young people seek an alternative to academic qualifications.

Launch Of The Swat Valley Guild: Reclaiming Its Artisan Heritage

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world has come to know Pakistan as a country riddled for decades by war and violent conflict, with an economy in collapse. Nestled here is the Swat Valley region, once called the ‘Switzerland of the East’ by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Small Businesses by Women, Minorities, Veterans Get $75M from JPMorgan Chase

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Small businesses play a critical role in creating inclusive economic growth, but too few women, diverse, and veteran entrepreneurs are getting the tools and resources they need to grow. With small businesses growing fastest among people of color, particularly Latinas and African American women, it is essential to help them get started and growing. When small businesses succeed, communities and neighborhoods succeed.

MIT Competition Finalist Provides A Solution For India’s Farmers

(3BL Media/Justmeans) –  Earlier this year, the Indian government approved a $1.3bn insurance scheme for its farmers, protecting them against crop failures as a way to help put a stop to a spate of suicides. Two hard and devastating successive years of drought have battered the country’s already struggling rural heartland, with farmer suicides in rural areas regularly making news. Since 1995, more than 300,000 farmers have killed themselves.

Best for the World 2016: Doing Good for the World and Your Wallet

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -Environmentalism and social activism are sometimes considered to be all doom and gloom, but the first annual Best for The World conference refused to comply with such stereotypes. The mood of the groundbreaking company leaders who gathered at UC Berkeley’s campus two weeks ago was celebratory, irreverent, and defiant. 

Comprehensive Assessment Tool Launched for the Philanthropic Community

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Philanthropic professionals have a responsibility to be a strong steward of the resources with which they are entrusted, and to get the right elements in place for a measurable impact. They must also define a strategic results framework with clear outcomes to help the funders tell the larger results story from efforts and dollars throughout.

Local Solutions for African Businesses at GE’s New Africa Innovation Center

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – To most people’s surprise, Africa is now the second-fastest growing economy, after Asia. One of the key reasons behind this growth is an increased focus on social innovations and social engineering to improve the quality of life in the continent. Social innovations are adding that extra dimension to help maintain the pace of development, delivering the social capital that is necessary for sustainable economic growth.

Ideagen’s 2016 Power 100 List and The Work of Every Mother Counts

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ideagen has published its latest annual Power 100 List, highlighting the 100 individuals and organisations leading the way towards ‘

Cherie Blair And Her Foundation Take Full Advantage of Technology

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The advent of the Internet has been a real game-changer, connecting people globally. The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is taking full advantage of the Web by pioneering a new way of supporting women entrepreneurs, working across physical and cultural distances, by combining mentoring with technology.

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