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This Delhi cafe 'Echoes' run and managed completely by Deaf And Mute staff, And It's pretty Darn Awesome! - News Leak Centre When it comes to coffee and restaurants0, everyone has their preferences. Some would prefer Costa over Barista, and others would simply stick to CCD, but there is one coffee restaurant in Delhi which is not famous as above coffee chained but it needs to be on the top of your bucket list, and the name of the restaurant is ‘Echoes’. But, what it is about ‘Echoes’ at Satya Niketan makes them stand out of the crowd among the leading world coffee chains? The answer is the staff. All the people working in ‘Echoes’ is managed by deaf and mute staff.

A Social Sector Powered By Information 02 Oct, 2012 Welcome to the Markets for Good conversation! We hope that this site will serve as the “virtual water cooler” for a sustained, thoughtful conversation about what is needed to improve the social sector’s ability to generate, share, and use information. Ontario Social Economy Roundtable - Social Enterprise Ontario Français Strengthening Ontario’s Social Economy The resilience of the social economy in Ontario is dependent on a strong foundation. Building a movement, a supportive and enabling policy environment and increasing the capacity of sector actors are essential elements to strengthening the social economy in Ontario.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development Understanding the business contribution to society The WBCSD Measuring Impact Framework, launched in 2008, was developed in collaboration with over 20 WBCSD member companies. It is designed to help companies understand their contribution to society and use this understanding to inform their operational and long-term investment decisions, and have better conversations with stakeholders. Beyond Sport More about Project Alcatraz Since its inception in 2003, our mission with Project Alcatraz is to peacefully eradicate crime and transform violent leadership of youth offenders into virtuous leadership. We recruit gangs – not gang members, rehabilitate them and after a two year program, reinsert them into society. As we advance in the recruitment of gangs and as they understand the philosophy of “Violence breeds violence and Trust stimulates Trust”, we bring these gangs together and oblige them to make peace, hence bringing the crime rate down dramatically. Under our zero crime motto, members of the Project participate in programs that combine community service, civil values training, vocational training, psychological assistance, and rugby training.

How Do You Scale Social Innovation Startups? Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Erica Kochi, the co-lead of UNICEF’s Innovation unit. Her team started UNICEF’s open source RapidSMS platform which has been adopted in developing countries worldwide. She co-teaches a class ”Design for Unicef” in NYU’s ITP Program, is a global partner of Stanford’s New Product Design Innovation course, and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia University on leveraging technology and design to improve international development. She previously wrote on TechCrunch about how the future of mobile lies in the developing world. All views are her own. You can follow her on Twitter.

Business Models for Building Refugee Resilience Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya is one of the largest and longest-standing refugee settlements in the world, and to many, it is the epitome of an intractable displacement crisis and an endless drain on the world’s aid budgets. Yet this past summer, the International Finance Corporation published a landmark study revealing that the Kakuma camp and surrounding neighborhoods represent a $56 million market opportunity. It found what refugees and those who work with them have always known: that entrepreneurship and markets for consumer goods, real estate, education, telecommunications, and many other goods and services are flourishing in the area, despite significant practical and legal constraints. This captures the essence of a quiet revolution underway in the humanitarian sector.

How Social Entrepreneurs Who Need Money Can Get Noticed “Do good” business owners seeking funding should target investors looking to put their money to work to make positive social or environmental change. But how to get on their radar? One new way to make your company known to these "social investors" is through a new online searchable database for social entrepreneurs. It's called GIIRS, short for Global Impact Investing Rating System. The Digital Future of Canadian Philanthropy In fall 2016, Emmett Carson, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, spoke at the Calgary Foundation’s Annual Vital City event and shared his view of how philanthropy should be thinking about technology innovation and economic disruption. He talked about how technologies such as automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are ushering in the fourth industrial revolution. And he explained how these realities have influenced his foundation to make its donor engagement, advocacy, and grantmaking priorities both local and global in perspective and practice. Through the course of the speech, he repeatedly used the phrase “both/and” to highlight the benefits and unintended consequences that can result from rapid innovation. Carson discussed, for example, how self-driving trucks are anticipated to eliminate thousands of long-haul trucking jobs.

A Look Inside Pipa, Brazil’s First Start-Up Incubator --This post is co-written by Dhaval Chadha, a founding partner at Cria, an innovation consultancy and corporate venture incubator, and one of the cofounders of Pipa. Pipa (Portuguese for “kite”) is an incubator, or to be more specific an accelerator, focused on supporting entrepreneurs looking to create long-term sustainable value through business. We aim to support these entrepreneurs in their quest to create positive social, environmental and financial impact, something Brazil is engaging with more and more.