Mrim Boutla

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8 years 7 months ago

All early stage social entrepreneurs aim at translating an idea into products and services that will render their venture financially viable while having a positive social and/or environmental impact. Unfortunately, many great ideas will not become full-fledged social businesses. This is mostly because, in their early stage of development or while growing, these budding social businesses lack access to resources and/or to quality advice and feedback by experienced social entrepreneurs.

Fortunately, the William James Foundation (WJF) bridges this gap. WJF works with for-profit...


8 years 7 months ago

The way we eat and what we drink is not working.  Obesity rates in children and adults continue to increase in America. A recent Cancer Panel reported that cancer rates are increasing throughout the world, and predicted that as many as 41% of Americans might one day become cancer patients. Even more sad is the research that shows that babies come pre-polluted. Studies of umbilical cord blood of newborn babies indicated that babies are born with over 300 contaminants (e.g. industrial chemicals, consumer product ingredients, pesticides and pollutants from burning fossil fuels) in their blood.  What we need is to change how we eat and drink, as well as how we consume our natural resources.

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8 years 8 months ago

Responsible careers that successfully blend financial return with social impact and environmental responsibility can be found across sectors.  Whether you are interested in a career in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, social enterprises, nonprofits, or are driving change through social intrapreneurship, you have more opportunities to do well while doing good today than ever before!

The question remains though, where are the jobs?  In a previous post, I provided 15 responsible job boards...


8 years 8 months ago

Last night I attended an interesting event on microlending organized by several Net Impact Chapters of the DC Area.  Professionals, as well as students from Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and George Washington University gathered to have a conversation on microlending with Giovanna Masci, a Yale MBA who joined KIVA.org 3 years ago and is now their Regional Director for Latin and North America.

As most of you know,...


8 years 8 months ago

The goal of the 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs conference was to facilitate a conversation between unions, corporations, nonprofits and government representatives on how to create responsible jobs for workers at all levels of the pyramid.  In previous posts, we have explored the range for organizations across sectors who participated in the conference as well as some of the career insights that emerged from conversations on...


8 years 9 months ago

Responsible careers are growing.  These careers focus on getting business done better in terms of social equity and environmental sustainability.  As emerging professionals or established professionals contemplating a career switch, you might be seeking the career that will enable you to bring your values and skills to work for a decent salary.  You have heard the old saying 'it's not what you know, it's who you know' so you have done your best to network and get career advice from current or new contacts.  However, thus far, none of that has been helpful in helping you identify the types of...


8 years 9 months ago

In this series, we are focusing on the career insights that emerged from the 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference that took place last week in DC.  Our first insights emerged from the vast diversity of organizations and perspectives present at the conference.  Representatives from unions to nonprofits to government agencies to big and small businesses were present to share information and find common ground around creating well-paying US-bsed jobs by finding opportunities to...


8 years 9 months ago

The 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs (GJGJ) Conference provided a wealth of career insights for workers from all backgrounds and levels of education.  These insights are applicable to all professionals, whether they are at the bottom of the American Pyramid or whether they have MBAs or PhDs.

During the sessions I attended, I was amazed and inspired by the success stories I heard.  There are many dedicated professionals and educators that are building (and growing) programs designed...


8 years 9 months ago

This week, lots of great responsible career insights were shared at the 3rd Good Jobs Green Jobs (GJGJ) Conference in Washington, DC.  The GJGJ Conference is a unique conference created by the BlueGreen Alliance, 'a national, strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy'. This alliance between environmental activists and unions workers is really at the center of what the global socio-eco innovation movement aims at accomplishing:  getting business done better by advocating for the growth of...


8 years 9 months ago

In the last few years, the goal for many people was straightforward:  Keep your job!  In the toughest economic climate of our generation, securing or keeping a job with benefits was the main pre-occupation for emerging and established professionals.  However, and at the same time, keeping your job came with a big cost:  you were asked to do more with less again and again, with little recognition for your contributions (and probably no raises for the past couple of years).  Fortunately, 2011 might mark the end of the employment funk at the marco level.  With job growth in socially...


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