Startups and Entrepreneurship

How to Create a Productive Workplace

Who it’s from: Entrepreneur’s Catherine Clifford

What it is: An infographic highlighting the impact and importance of the physical environment on productivity.

Why we like it: Entrepreneurs don’t have a 9-5 job. Their vision is carried with them non-stop. This infographic lays out some of the best ways they can make their focused worktime more productive.


Social Consciousness

Mattress Company Employs Former Inmates, And Makes Sure They Have A Ride To Work

Who it’s from: Huffington Post’s Eleanor Goldberg

What it is: An article highlighting a Kansas mattress company that freely hires ex-convicts.

Why we like it: Because this company doesn’t automatically exclude ex-convicts from its recruiting, many are able to break the cycle of poverty, crime, and incarceration!


Social Enterprise

When More Is Less: This Social Entrepreneur Says Social Entrepreneurship Is Often Smoke and Mirrors

Who it’s from: Entrepreneur’s Catherine Clifford

What it is: An article emphasizing the concept of “quality over quantity” in social enterprise. Especially when it comes to children, a holistic approach must be taken in order to help them restore every part of their lives.

Why we like it: Surface level aid for thousands isn’t as impactful as deep teaching and coaching for hundreds.


Solutions to Poverty

On Voice of America’s Upfront Africa: Discussing Africa’s Youth Embrace Entrepreneurship

Who it’s from: Ashoka Changemakers

What it is: A look at one organization’s emphasis on Africa’s youth when it comes to entrepreneurship

Why we like it: We couldn’t say it better ourselves – job demand can be met if “there is an environment that nurtures young people to not be job seekers but job creators.”


Sustainable Development

Focus on Poverty: Why the Grid Isn’t Always The Answer

Who it’s from: SciDev’s Sally Murray

What it is: A call to diversify investing into not only the electrical grid in developing countries, but also off-grid irrigation, as many in poverty rely on farming for their livelihood.

Why we like it: This article calls the reader to act beyond the latest “trend” in impact investing, and instead target what is most needed: an investment in what will lift the most people out of poverty.