Friday, March 7, 2014

5 Social Good Stories You Might Have Missed

Here is a round up of this week's top social good stories.

Mobile Money for the Unbanked
The GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme today releases its 2013 State of the Industry Report. The report contains key findings and insights on the growth of the mobile financial services sector, including mini case studies and mobile money best practices. This year, for the first time, the MMU State of the Industry Report has been extended to include mobile insurance, mobile credit and mobile savings services in addition to mobile money services. Read more

Twitter Can Detect HIV Outbreaks in Real Time
A team of UCLA researchers found that Twitter and other real-time social media can be used to track HIV outbreaks and drug behavior, potentially helping detection and prevention efforts. The team's study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine and conducted through the Center for Digital Behavior at UCLA, suggests a link between geographic outbreaks in the U.S. and tweets with phrases that indicate drug-related and sexually risky behavior. Read more

Leadership that Challenges Corruption
During Chinese New Year celebrations just a few weeks ago, I walked through the streets of New York as colorful confetti mingled with white snowflakes: beautiful fragments, a fluttering, harmonious welcome to the Year of the Galloping Horse. Indeed, Acumen is moving apace. January brought a trip to India; February, Pakistan. Both experiences have reinforced a sense of optimism amidst global challenges. Read more

Is Your Non-Profit Really Ready to Use the Lean Start Up?
So, you’ve read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. You’ve been following Beth Kanter’s outstanding blog. And you recently attended a Lean for Impact gathering in your community. You may have even read my SSIR piece on what it really takes to achieve scale in the social sector. You’re fired up, and ready to radically transform your nonprofit into a living embodiment of lean principles and to conquer breakthrough change. YOLO! Read more

What if Our Magazines Showed Modern Slavery?
Even in 2014, the rights of women and girls are severely threatened by sex trafficking, slavery, child marriage and other violations around the world. International Women's Day (IWD), observed annually on March 8, continues to spread awareness and garner support — and change — for women across the globe. Read more

Investing in Women

With International Women's Day only a few days away, it's important to assess where we stand in terms of gender equality. How are women and girls faring globally? The statistics are striking; whilst the issues themselves vary from the least developed to most developed countries, it is clear that we are under-investing in women across the board.
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