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Meet The Natural Beauty Company That’s Making Advocacy A Selling Point

Beautycounter founder Gregg Renfrew is mobilizing her company’s legions of fans to push for federal oversight of the cosmetics industry.<p>Gregg Renfrew, founder and CEO of the Santa Monica, California–based skin care company Beauty­counter, set out for Washington, D.C., last fall on a mission to push …

Selling

Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Nigeria's Girls

In a bustling neighborhood in the heart of Lagos, six teenage girls are huddled together in a salon learning how to braid a wig. They chat and gossip …

New Sesame Street Muppet In Afghanistan Promotes Girls' Rights

NEW YORK, April 7, (Reuters) - Egypt has Khokha, India has Chamki and now Afghanistan is getting its first home-grown "Sesame Street" Muppet - a six-year-old girl called Zari.<p>Zari, a curious and lively girl whose name means "shimmering" in the Dari and Pashto languages, makes her debut on Thursday …

How This Female Chief Broke Up 850 Child Marriages In Malawi

One woman established a new law to prevent child marriage, and is enforcing it with serious gusto.<p>Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi, was tired of seeing 12-year-old girls walking around with babies on their hips, according to Al Jazeera. She decided to take …

Africa

3 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Platform Business Model

By now, nearly every executive has navigated at least one discussion about whether his or her organization should strive to become a platform. Platform models are often lauded as the path to the next disrupted industry. Leaders struggling with how to respond to platform pressures should consider a …

Innovation

A Cheat Sheet for Marketers on the Future of Digital Platforms

Steven Moore for HBR<p>Customer engagement has never been more urgent or more elusive. Real engagement – the kind that goes beyond a momentary impression to a meaningful interaction – isn’t happening on traditional channels. It’s happening today on digital platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, …

Marketing

When Consumers Are More Than Customers

Companies can turn consumers into active online volunteers who offer consistently valuable input on existing and yet-to-be-designed products.

Customers

The key lessons from “Where Good Ideas Come From” by Steven Johnson

About the natural history of innovation.<p><b>Lesson 1: Evolution and innovation usually happen in the realm of the adjacent possible.</b><p>Four billion years …

The Truth About Customer Experience

Companies have long emphasized touchpoints—the many critical moments when customers interact with the organization and its offerings on their way to purchase and after. But the narrow focus on maximizing satisfaction at those moments can create a distorted picture, suggesting that customers are …

Chicago’s New Black Power

The night of December 9, 2015, was a particularly tense one at the Chicago Police Department headquarters on Michigan and 35th, just south of the …

University of Chicago

7 Components of Purpose-Led Brands

We are living in the Age of Purpose — purpose as a collective value of growing cultural importance in many societies, purpose as an emerging leading …

Innovation

Are Platform Businesses Eating The World?

Venture investor Marc Andreessen famously wrote “software is now eating the world”— encoded intelligence dominates business. A new book (<i>Platform Revolution</i>) wants to update the slogan. Author Sangeet Choudary (and co-authors, Geoffrey Parker and Marshall Van Alstyne) think the new omnivore is …

Innovation

Girls & Women Were Not Left Out in the Cold in Davos

What do Bono, Melinda Gates, Kevin Spacey, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Women Deliver all have in common? Normally I'd say 'not much', but two weeks ago week we were all in Davos, where the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting brought together the rich and the famous - and some of us mere …

Bill Gates

Patagonia’s Anti-Growth Strategy

Earlier this month, a peculiar vehicle appeared on the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn: a biodiesel-fuelled, reclaimed-wood camper that could have been a food truck selling vegan “ish” and chips. But instead of a meal, the truck was made to sell a message on behalf of Patagonia, the …

Sustainability

More Creative Leadership Lessons From Director Ethan McSweeny

I recently profiled the talented theatrical director Ethan McSweeny, as a case example of Creative Economy leadership. Three insights from that post can apply to any leader pursuing innovation: design your product in a contemporary competitive context; construct it as an overall experience; and …

Leadership

Design Thinking to Drive Organizational Strategy - 1078202

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An Accelerator That Believes Businesses and Girls Are the Keys to Africa’s Future

Spring is betting big on burgeoning for-profit companies built to benefit girls. And it all starts with boot camp.<p>Down in the charcoal smoke and congestion of Africa’s largest slum, there is a place where all you can hear is children laughing and singing, where the walls are brightly colored …

Day Care

News & stories

Stories 23.02.18<p>Zathu cast member Annetti inspires former street children in Malawi<p>Read more<p>Opinion 05.02.18<p>Springster: What gets girls talking …

Pursuing Evidence to Uphold Girls’ Rights | Population Council

With the largest generation of young people that the world has ever seen, and because of the grave cost that gender inequality extracts from their …

What Patagonia Learned So Far From Mixing Content Strategy And Activism

Campaigns and Advocacy Director Hans Cole talks about the new doc Jumbo Wild, how the New Localism strategy is evolving, and more.<p>On October 6, Patagonia unveiled its newest documentary <i>Jumbo Wild</i>, created with Sweetgrass Productions to shine a spotlight on the 24-year fight to save British …

Eastern Europe

Violence and child marriage: The many risks refugee girls face

Girls in many places in the world face challenges from the day they are born. They struggle to get access to education and financial opportunities, …

Impact investing: due diligence with a gender lens – or, Where the women and girls are

6th <b>October 2015</b><p>by <b>Suzanne Biegel</b><p>I’ve been working on investing with a women and girls focus for a long time.<p>And my husband has been working on his …

Investing

Using data to describe the root causes of adolescent pregnancy and school dropout

In March, Stephanie Psaki of the Population Council asked: “Does getting pregnant cause girls to drop out of school?” If teen pregnancy and dropout …

Building a Prize Network

Now more than ever, organizations find themselves needing to transform entire markets, systems, and communities to achieve their desired social …

#15Girls, NPR global health : NPR

The Surreal Reasons Girls Are Disappearing In El Salvador: #15Girls<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>A Girl Gets Her Period And Is Banished To The Shed: #15Girls<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>Why This Child Bride Needs Good Grades: #15Girls<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>A Teen Who Fled Syria Had High Hopes For Her Life In Lebanon: …

Middle East