Many of the world’s most significant social problems remain unsolved. One-quarter of all humans live without electricity; 750 million people lack access to clean drinking water; and preventable diseases like diarrhea take the lives of two million children each year.
Do these problems seem to be more significant than what website you’re going to click on to book your next hotel stay? Well, the organizations that are working on these problems above certainly do not have the level of expertise or support in marketing or strategy that big global brands do.
If you look long and hard underneath the dirty pile of laundry, you just might find an innovative and creative social enterprise – one that is good for the environment while also providing the so-called unhirable with a second chance. It’s called Wash Cycle Laundry, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, its Founder and CEO, Gabriel Mandujano.
There are only a handful of organizations that look to address societal problems in a multi-dimensional fashion, seeking new combinations and approaches to achieve impact. Omidyar Network is one of the most highly respected of those in both advancing the conversation and implementing new strategy. It’s a delight to have with us tonight the managing director of Omidyar Network, Mike Kubzansky.
Although the unemployment rate hovers around 4%– which is good news– the number of Americans in the workforce has dropped nearly 5% in the past decade– which is not. Now, some of it is demographics, but there is more to it than that. For instance, over 21% of working-age black men did not participate in the workforce at all in 2016. The disproportionate number who have been incarcerated…
While we speak to the leaders of some of the largest and most well established nonprofits on The Business of Giving, it’s also important that we hear from those who are starting up new and exciting ventures. And one of the most promising is Emma’s Torch. And here to tell you about it is Kerry Brodie, its Founder and Executive Director.