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Saving Rhinos: Turning Poo into Paper

Photo credit: Chirodeep Chaudhuri

Read the full story How to save rhinos? By turning their dung into paper. from PRI's The World.

Two thousand of the world’s 2,500 Asian one-horned rhinos live in this northeastern state of Assam, but the rhino population is dwindling rapidly because of poaching and sprawl. Mahesh Bora says the farmers who live on the edge of the rhino's forest habitat often see them only as a menace to crops, or a cash opportunity with poachers.

“No amount of telling them to save the rhino is... read more

Getting Beyond Hype: Four Questions to Predict Real Impact

Read the full commentary "Getting Beyond Hype: Four Questions to Predict Real Impact" from Stanford Social Innovation Review

...we really do need to sort good ideas from bad, and it ought to happen before we stoke the fires of publicity. At Mulago, we’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out if start-ups with a new “thing”—a product, service, or technology—are likely to create real impact in the lives of the people we’re trying to serve. Over time, we’ve evolved a set of four questions that help us make better predictions. 

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We Want to Know Exactly What You're Trying to Accomplish

Read the full commentary The Eight Word Mission Statement from Stanford Social Innovation Review.

As investors in impact, we—the Mulago Foundation—don’t want to wade through a bunch of verbiage about “empowerment,” “capacity-building,” and “sustainability”—we want to know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. We want to cut to the chase, and the tool that works for us is the eight-word mission statement. All we want is this:

A verb, a target population, and an outcome that implies something to measure—and we want in eight words or less. 

....With a good eight-word mission, you can... read more

La Flor de Xochistlahuaca

 

Read the full article La Flor de Xochistlahuaca from HAND/EYE.

La Flor de Xochistlahuaca is a story of rescue and preservation, but also one of innovation with the goal to appeal to a broader market and consumer base.

Located in the municipality of Xochistlahuaca in southeastern Guerrero, Mexico. The cooperative was formed in 1969 but legally established on February 19, 2001. Its members, all women, make high-quality textiles, using traditional techniques and designs.

-- Ana Paula Fuentes

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World of Play: Crafts and Heritage Art

Great to see Goraiya art kits from Avani highlighted in the article and available on www.jaypore.com.   Read the full article Initiating Children Into Handmade Crafts and Heritage Art from HAND/EYE.

 As the world of play for children continues to be infused with technology-driven stimuli, it has become imperative to introduce them to other unique and engaging forms of play and storytelling. With the repertoire of wonderful traditional and folk art forms of their country at our disposal, there is a wide... read more

Falling Somewhere on the Spectrum of Meaning

 Read the full commentary Why Meaning Beats Marketing from Unreasonable Institute

Every product lies somewhere on a spectrum of meaning. Those at the high end of the meaning spectrum truly transform customers’ lives. Those at the low end of the meaning spectrum make small, forgettable differences. The companies at the low end of this spectrum have few options than to try to outspend via marketing channels....

So instead of pouring your marketing budget into advertising or sales channels, try to find the person or group whose lives you significantly change.

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A Rallying Cry for a New Story of the Economy

Read the full commentary The Economy at the Edge from Unreasonable Institute

Building a disruptive economy by bringing the voices in from the edges to the center is very powerful. We celebrate a real economy, an economy in service to life. We seek the creatives, the disruptive, the entrepreneurs, the heretics, the dispossessed—all the people who have been told to shut up. These people from the margins now hold the greatest promise for saving our asses—in the artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial edges that are where the magic is. They will... read more