Fraud: Study Concluded Organic Food Isn’t Better for You!

“Make no mistake, the Stanford organics study is a fraud,” says Mike Adams of Naturalnews.com and Anthony Gucciardi of Naturalsociety.com. “The mainstream media has fallen for an elaborate scientific hoax that sought to destroy the credibility of organic foods by claiming they are ‘no healthier’ than conventional foods (those grown with...

Impact Investing 101

Sara Johnson, a Village Capital program associate, has provided all who want an introduction, guide and overview to Impact Investing a great service by selecting the 17 best articles she discovered in her own exploration of the field. As she wrote in her introduction, “I decided to share some of the truly insightful pieces that I’ve come across. Here is some...

A Man That the Universe Will Miss

Gregor Barnum, my close friend, recently passed away. Gregor was a self-discoverer, a psychoanalyst of himself and of others. He was kind and gentle, though his mind was bold and audacious. He had a sixth sense for finding good people, and just as acute a sense of those still struggling with their own evil. He was always there for me. And I mean there for me....

The Vanishing Entrepreneur

Kudos to Ed Kilgore, a contributing writer for Washington Monthly, for his review of “The Slow-Motion Collapse of American Entrepreneurship,”  by New America Foundation’s Barry Lynn and Lina Khan. The insightful article, which appeared in Washington Monthly’s July/August 2012 issue, explores what the authors believe to be a period of significant and...

Creating Good Work

Cheryl L. Dorsey, the president of Echoing Green, notes in her forward to Ron Schultz’s latest book Creating Good Work that it arrives at a critical time in the relatively short history of the social entrepreneurial movement. As Jeff Trexler points out in his perceptive chapter—despite the solid successes of many social entrepreneurs in “creating good...

In the Soul of Seoul: On the Frontline of Corporate Responsibility in Asia

I traveled halfway around the world to keynote The First Corporate Social Responsibility International Forum ever held in Korea. Having never been to Korea, I’d like to share a little about the country and its culture. Korea is at the same time a new and an old culture. The decimation that occurred during the war left little of the country’s history intact,...

Made in Africa

TOMS Shoes has taken no shortage of heat for the lack of sustainability of its business model. As Cheryl Davenport writes in her Fast Company story, “The Toms buy-one-give-one model does not actually solve a social problem. An increasing number of foreign aid practitioners and agencies are recognizing that charitable gifts from abroad can distort developing...