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The Perfect Postpartum Present with Lilac Pack​

The Perfect Postpartum Present with Lilac Pack






Friday, February 1, 2019

I started Social Good Blueprint to examine how others are creating awesome social change… I wanted some inspiration, and thought you might too.  If you don’t want to miss this, you can sign up below and receive it each week in your inbox!

[1] Currently Playing – Episode 40

Posted a podcast presenting the perfect postpartum present… dive into Lilac Pack with founder Emily Lawrence: a “moms helping moms” company, providing care packages to support women in their postpartum period.  She shares her journey and her insights with some awesome tips for an entrepreneur fresh off their launch. 

[2] Driving Impact

EmpowerBus Moves Boldly Ahead to Provide Upward Mobility for All – with a title like that, how can you not increase the speed limit for social impact? Aslyne Rodriguez and Jerry Tsai have been guests on the podcast with their startup EmpowerBus and they continue to grow their capabilities of connecting people with reliable on-time transportation… one of the biggest barriers for people living in low-income areas to access jobs they need to grow in their career.  “What’s unique about social enterprise, is that everyone can contribute to social impact through their purchases, volunteer time, lending expertise, in a collective effort to strengthen our communities,” says Tsai, “And that’s what EmpowerBus is all about.”

[3] Medium for Change

Jack Graham, built Year Here, a cool fellowship program, bring aspiring social entrepreneurs into the frontline of social problems, and providing support to get off the ground.  He says, “you don’t have to be rich to do good — but it helps” — where work in the social impact space commands lower salaries driving away top talent.  He makes an interesting argument, but I’m also met many entrepreneurs who succeeded simply because they had no choice of failure.  And I’ve seen some innovative ideas because some smart people care more about the world they live in then, the dollars in their bank account.

[4] Pave a Path with Social Enterprise Alliance

Opportunities to pave a path with Social Enterprise Alliance and their scholarship for membership are open until Feb 24th — they’re a great organization supporting social entrepreneurship, with 16 chapters throughout the US.  Plus they’ve got a good shop where you can buy stuff that makes an impact with Toasting Good.

[5] Social Impact Spotlight

#SocEnt highlight of the week – if you’re in Columbus, and you need some good coffee, you might check out Bottom’s Upa coffeeshop working to reduce infant mortality.  They are on West Broad just past 315.  Great atmosphere too!

[6] Start Some Good

For some immediate impact, check out this project on Start Some Good: Training rural electricians to build solar grids… in Myanmar, where roughly two-thirds of the population live without access to the national grid, which leads to higher costs of candles and kerosene.  This project is upgrading a local village’s grid, with solar power to reduce their costs and create a better solution.  Lightbulb!

Look Out 2019

Look Out 2019






Friday, January 25, 2019

I started Social Good Blueprint to examine how others are creating awesome social change… I wanted some inspiration, and thought you might too.  If you don’t want to miss this, you can sign up below and receive it each week in your inbox!

[1] Look Out 2019

Triple pundit’s outlook for 2019 highlights that a third of startups have a social good component to their business, but found in research that as disposable income decreases, that people are more interested in purchasing the cheaper mass produced products than their purposeful counterparts.  The rise of impact investing helps provide new funding models, making it easier for social enterprises to grow… but these companies are going to continue to find ways to communicate the importance of impact. 

[2] Teaching Tech

In NYC, PwC rolls out robots to help Students Learn Tech.  By bringing fun technology into the classroom, they hope to inspire interest and engagement with technology.  Hopefully, if they can get students to look away from their mobile phones for more than 3 minutes, then I suspect they’ve made a great start.

[3] Impressionable Impact

I love projects like Art & Clay on Main, with a social mission to provide training and employment for individuals with disabilities, but their business is delivering activities with artistic expressions – such as painting pottery, painting on canvas, and working with clay.  Something about creating something physical brings people closer together.

[4] Appetite for Change

Okay, I shouldn’t be writing a newsletter when I’m hungry.  But if you’re hungry, why not support a cause at the same time.  In Columbus, Ohio, Hot Chicken Takeover has taken over… with an employment model of hiring people with barriers to entry.  They can hardly meet the demand, so it’s exciting to see others join in, such as Freedom a la Cart, L.A. Catering and Too Good Eats.  Enough talk, now it’s time for a snack.

[5] Social Impact Spotlight

Give Back Hack is one of my favorite events.  It’s a fantastic weekend hack-a-thon centered around starting ventures that have a social impact, but unlike other hack-a-thons, they support ideas after the event ends.  We went to Give Back Hack, Cleveland last year – and launched a t-shirt company called Wild Tiger Tees… employing youth experiencing homelessness.  Coming full circle, the youth just printed shirts for the upcoming Give Back Hack event in Baltimore, MD on February 1st. How’s that for social change?!?

[6] Start Some Good

Need some quick inspiration to Start Some Good? This week I supported the project: Kindle a Fire: Help K-Lumet Create Inclusive Jobs! — partly because it’s snowing outside and fire starters sounded like a good idea, but also because I love people who create jobs for those with barriers to entry. Check ’em out!

First Edition

First Edition






Friday, January 18, 2019

Starting the new year with a newsletter that has some uplifting ideas to take my mind off politics. Because great stuff is happening and I want to hear about it, and I suspect you do too.

[1] Currently Playing – Episode 39

After last year’s hiatus (we started a social enterprise of our own, called Wild Tiger Tees), we posted Episode 39, Investment Insight with Alan Grodin! With Wild Tiger Tees, we’re screen printing t-shirts with youth experiencing homelessness, and one thing I’m curious about is how people mentor youth, so I reached out to a long-time friend, Alan, whose career in financial services spans decades. He gives back to his community by sharing his insight into how to approach financial planning for retirement, and he shared this in detail on the podcast.

[2] Scaling a different wall

I saw the rise of impact investing this year – people were talking about it everywhere… because it makes sense. Grants have their place, but what if you could get your money back and you could give it again? 2018 was the Year Wall Street Got Sustainable Investing… and a lot of other people did too.

[3] The Girls’ Index

ROX, aka, Ruling Our eXperiences – took skills training from OSU research and launched a venture to give girls the skills they need to live healthy, independent, productive, and violence-free lives. Now they are expanding their impact nationwide helping girls find success. Here’s hoping they take over the world.

[4] Purposely Political

A Year in Purpose: The Top 10 Trends of 2018, highlights the growing trend for companies and employees to stand for something. I kept trying to stand for something, but it just looked like I was stomping my feet.

[5] Social Impact Spotlight

A trip to India last November took me to Madurai, and I couldn’t pass up seeing the Aravind Eye Hospital – they are one of the grandfathers of social enterprise, founded in 1976. They are a the premier model for providing services to those who can’t afford by managing costs and subsidizing care with multiple price points. While they have slightly better amenities next door for the paying customers, the facilities for non-paying customers are beautiful, clean, and incredibly efficient.

[6] Start Some Good

Need some quick inspiration to Start Some Good? Because kids rock, and this looked like a fun way to make an impact, I gave to Learning through Social Circus and Play in Myanmar this week. Check ’em out!