Innovation is the Solution to Social Problems

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I recently read this John Quain article and he makes a great point. During the last 50 years of technological advancement we’ve lost sight of what innovation really means. Quain points out that one of the main reasons that true innovation has slowed is that it’s too expensive. In one sense, that’s true. Innovation does take numerous attempts before breakthroughs   …Continue Reading


Solutions start with individuals

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In April I spoke at TEDxMaastricht in Netherlands about solving world problems and improving  healthcare and education. I invite you to view the video of my speech and let me know what you think. View Naveen Jain’s TedxMaastricht Speech Here Read more about my speech here. Tweet This Post


Entrepreneurial Philanthropy

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In my recent Huffington Post blog, I talked about how any venture, whether it is commercial or philanthropic, should aim at improving the lives of as many people as possible. I am convinced that by applying entrepreneurial values to philanthropy we will be able to meet the needs of the greatest number of people. To me, giving away money is   …Continue Reading


Earth Day 2012: What Are You Doing to Help Our Environment?

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“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” This ancient proverb reminds us that it’s our job to take care of the earth and leave behind a better world for our children. In light of Earth Day 2012, I challenge everybody to take a look around and think of some things you can   …Continue Reading


Putting that Pesky Penny to Good Use

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No one likes carrying around change, especially pennies. Some smart nonprofits are capitalizing on this. It’s a growing trend for US nonprofits to host annual coin drives which often raise thousands of dollars. One United Way chapter raised $19,000 last year in their Pennies for Change campaign. Habitat for Humanity has jumped on the opportunity and launched a fund raising   …Continue Reading


Nonprofit Gives the Gift of Sight

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A woman who was legally blind got more than she bargained for when she visited an optometrist in Seattle last fall. By that time, she was legally blind and doctors were telling her her vision would continue to deteriorate. She had lost her left eye from diabetes in 2005 and developed low vision in her right eye, making glasses useless.   …Continue Reading


Intelius Employees Feed Hungry Families on Thanksgiving

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I’m proud of what Intelius employees have done for our community. We just finished our annual food drive and I was humbled to hear the numbers: employees donated nearly $10,000 from their paycheck ($20,000 with the company match) and filled over 300 boxes of food. Their efforts helped feed hundreds of hungry families in our community. Read the full story   …Continue Reading


Start-Up Act and the Need for Innovation Recovery

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There is nothing wrong with regulation, but over-regulation will stop budding entrepreneurs from ever reaching their potential. In our current economic state, it is true that entrepreneurs are going to be the most successful at growing the economy, and it is measures such as those proposed in the Start-Up Act of 2011 that will allow entrepreneurs to make an impact.   …Continue Reading


We Are More Connected Than You Think

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Facebook’s data team has come out with information proving that most Facebook users are only separated by four degrees. “Facebook researchers pored through the records of all 721 million active users, who collectively have designated 69 billion “friendships” among them. The number of friends differs widely. Some users have designated only a single friend, probably the person who persuaded them   …Continue Reading


New Website Revolutionizes Giving

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A new website, GiveBack.org, has evolved philanthropic gift giving to the point where every purchase is an act of charity. The site provides cash back to give to charity for any item bought from its nearly 500 national online retailers. The shopper can donate the money at any time to their favorite cause or causes, even one in their own   …Continue Reading





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