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And the Global Social Impact Steering Group (GSG) Honors go to… A year of growth in impact investing

July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on And the Global Social Impact Steering Group (GSG) Honors go to… A year of growth in impact investing

Winners draw our attention, which is why awards and contests and prizes have proliferated madly in our attention-challenged world.

And so, this week’s awards at the “GSG Impact Summit” in Chicago will draw attention to winners of the first GSG Honors among the growing number of players in the emerging industry of impact investing.

But pay attention as well to the second part of the GSG Honors for Entrepreneur, Asset Owner, Asset Manager and Market-Builders … of the Year. That second part — “of […]

Philadelphia Story: An Ambitious Campaign to Spread Opportunity Into All Corners of the City

July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Philadelphia Story: An Ambitious Campaign to Spread Opportunity Into All Corners of the City

Here’s a proven alternative to the gentrification of American cities.

For decades the “Philadelphia Story” was about steady economic decline. That story is being rewritten today as many Americans rediscover the advantages of cities—inviting public spaces, rich cultural diversity and a creative environment that fertilizes start-ups and attracts talent.

Young people, in particular, have moved here in droves, realizing they can enjoy the same kind of urban amenities as New York, Washington or Boston. New Americans immigrating from other nations also contribute to the city’s growth. But so far Philadelphia’s comeback is limited to certain parts of town. “We […]

When Kids Are Held Back, Gains Can Follow

July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on When Kids Are Held Back, Gains Can Follow

NEW EVIDENCE ON LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF GRADE RETENTION IN THIRD GRADE FINDS SOME GOOD NEWS AMONG THE NUANCE

Does repeating a grade help — or hurt — a student’s long-term academic progress?

New research from Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Martin West tells a nuanced and evidence-based story about grade retention, finding that — contrary to critics’ fears — repeating third grade does not reduce students’ chances of completing high school. In fact, it improves their preparedness for high school and their performance while enrolled.

THE BACKGROUND

Roughly 10 percent of children in the United States are retained at […]

This Trendy Cafe Trains Refugees To Become Cooks

July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on This Trendy Cafe Trains Refugees To Become Cooks

Named for poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote the sonnet mounted on the Statue of Liberty, the restaurant offers paid culinary training to refugees, asylees and survivors of human trafficking. The eatery tailors its learning program to meet the unique struggles these groups face when they come to America and aims to place its students in restaurant jobs within a month of completing the program.

“We have a lot of people who wander into the cafe, who have no idea what’s going on here,” founder Kerry […]

How to Build a Business Model on Altruism

July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on How to Build a Business Model on Altruism

When I was in the hospital several years ago battling cancer, I was given a beautiful candle that soothed me, imparting hopefulness and peace of mind. The mission of my company was birthed out of that experience, and I wanted to reflect that hope and healing back to my community — and the world — by giving 10 percent of my company’s revenue back to nonprofit organizations.

Many businesses have started taking similar approaches, and philanthropy is expected to keep growing in the coming years. Small businesses and major corporations alike are making altruism a goal, going above […]

4 disruptive education technologies poised to change higher learning

July 14th, 2017|Comments Off on 4 disruptive education technologies poised to change higher learning

Digital technology disrupted our everyday lives and now it’s coming for Higher Education.

The most promising innovations aren’t mainstream yet. But they will revolutionize the very fabric of learning.

They will not only change education contents and the student experience. They will also influence student attraction and student retention.

Things are about to get very interesting. These are four disruptive digital technologies poised to disrupt higher learning.

1. Virtual Reality (VR)

So far VR is about gaming and entertainment. But it combines the best of in-person and online education in an immersive experience.

This is a very realistic and […]