Impact Investing: How to Earn while Lifting Communities Out of Poverty

What is Impact Investing? Impact investment aims to address social and environmental challenges while generating financial profit.  Imagine that you are Jane, an aspiring social entrepreneur.  Jane has a viable business idea for an eco-friendly glass manufacturing company that would be good for consumers as well as the environment.  She has access to technology where glass can be manufactured, but with a 50% lower carbon footprint than the leading manufacturers.  This would be an opportunity

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12 Days of Fair Trade Holiday Shopping!

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the world of fair trade as a high school student.  An ethics teacher of mine required us to complete a social justice project and for mine, I chose to investigate all of the positive aspects of shopping Fair Trade.  I learned shortly into my research why shopping Fair Trade is a lifestyle choice that is beneficial not only for the consumer but also for the producers of

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Redefining Education

What do you think of when you hear the word education?  A few ideas that come to mind are college, mundane lectures, and a considerable amount of homework.  Growing up, I was given the opportunity to attend school from an early age and later attend college.  While this privilege was an important part of my personal growth, there are various components that built upon it.  But what if you tried to look at education differently? 

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Remembering the Third Billion

Women empowerment – those two words are indispensable to the vocabulary of a student of a women’s college. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard those words being used in both daily (yes, daily) and professional discourse on my campus over my past two years as a student. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s to be expected since women’s colleges are the

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Social Media for Social Change

As a young twenty-something, social media is something I utilize on a daily basis.  I post photos to Facebook, hashtag topics on Twitter, and Pin inspirational quotes to Pintrest.  Social media is a way for me, and millions of other people, to brand ourselves and show the public what makes us who we are.  The millennial generation is one that has never lived in a world without the Internet or social media, meaning that it

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