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Next Generation Mobility Challenge Winter Events Launch

To see what NGMC is all about, watch this video of one our fall events at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA:

“The value of doing a challenge like this is that it brings together a diversity of disciplines and institutions and individuals.” 

We are back with the second half of the Next Generation Mobility Challenge (NGMC), a design competition from Toyota, the Toyota Mobility Foundation and Net Impact to inspire millennials to develop solutions to meet critical mobility needs related to social equity and inclusion.  The Challenge is a day-long activity broken down into a series of design sprint activities led by interdisciplinary experts selected by Toyota.  The events are open to design, engineering and business students at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level, and accepted students will be sorted into interdisciplinary teams.

One team from each event will be chosen as a winner and given time to build out their idea with additional feedback from experts at Toyota. This past fall, 7 NGMC events were held around the country with 61 teams participating and dozens of potential solutions presented. 

The 15 winning teams will compete for a paid summer internship at Toyota.

This winter, we will be hosting events throughout the country - from Boulder, CO to New York City and beyond! Think you have what it takes? Check out the list of Next Generation Mobility Challenge events and apply for an event near you. 

Read about and get inspired by one of last year’s winners, Esther Kim, and her internship experience with Toyota Partner Robotics. 

 

 With help from Toyota’s experts, students will dream up products, services and technologies related to mobility that will promote equity and opportunity for some of society's most vulnerable populations.
With help from Toyota’s experts, students will dream up products, services and technologies related to mobility that will promote equity and opportunity for some of society's most vulnerable populations.

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Fortune Magazine Profiles Net Impact Member

Josuel Musambaghani is a math and computer science student leading a new Net Impact chapter at Morehouse College whose leadership in STEM was recently covered by FORTUNE. His work with Net Impact and CODE2040 is inspirational and we are excited to share it with our network.

Josuel says, "It is a privilege to be a pioneer of the Morehouse Net Impact Chapter. The inspiration behind the creation of the Chapter came from Isaac Newton’s famous quote, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This statement urged me to think of a platform that could potentially be the “shoulders” on which my peers could stand, where we could lift each other up, learn from each other, and ultimately solve the most daunting world problems. I am very glad our Chapter is doing just that. This year, with a specific focus on career development, technical professional training, and mentorship, Morehouse Net Impact is shaping the future of more than one student. So far, we have managed to hold weekly interview preparation sessions, as well creating focus groups with entrepreneurial drive. By building a strong inside and outside network, we fundamentally want to be the hub of students innovation on and off campus."

What It’s Like to Be Young, Black And Trying to Make It in Silicon Valley

Turns out, sometimes interns at fast-paced tech firms need some specialized coaching in order to thrive at their fancy temp gigs. “I wasn’t getting any of the Star Wars jokes,” laughs Josuel Musambaghani, a 21 year-old math and computer science student at Morehouse College. “Everyone talks in Star Wars jokes.” At other times, a crippling anxiety known as “imposter syndrome” threatened to de-rail his confidence. “But I was prepared and I had someone to help me adapt.”

Musambaghani is a two time Code2040 Fellow, a Google-funded non-profit. It seems to be doing an unusually good job anticipating the needs of talented young technologists who come from non-traditional talent pools - black and Latino, specifically - and helping them succeed at big tech companies.

He is also exactly the kind of person who is poised to thrive in Silicon Valley, but would never have gotten his foot in the door any other way. More on that in a moment.

Code2040 was started by two Stanford B-School pals, Laura Weidman Powers and tech entrepreneur Tristan Walker, in the summer of 2011. Both were struck by the level of opportunity in technology, but also the glaring lack of diversity among its coding stars. “The narrative at the time was that it was all a meritocracy,” says Powers. “You deserve to be here. And if you’re not here by now, then you don’t.”

The Fellows Program helps identify, and support qualified tech talent of color, and gets them in front of some 30 tech companies – Apple, Intel, LinkedIn and Lyft, among them - who are looking to diversify their summer intern ranks. The Code2040 staff spend a lot of time smoothing the path on both sides of the equation, and the organization has learned a lot about what can predict intern success at tech companies. “It’s more than just making sure students are showing up prepared,” says Powers. “It’s helping companies do a better job vetting and onboarding them, too.”

The fellowship program started five years ago with five fellows. This year, 87 students accepted offers of paid internships from a pool of 880 applicants and over 200 finalists. Code2040 helps the students find housing in the Bay Area, and it helps create an instant network of support and advice.

Musambaghani is a stand-out in any crowd. He grew up in Democratic Republic of Congo, the son of a university professor and now, a stay-at-home mother. “She has a theology degree she isn’t using,” he explains.

He grew up a witness to conflict or its aftermath, first on the heels of the genocide in nearby Rwanda in 1994, and the subsequent crisis that flooded Goma, his home city, with refugees. Then, there were two Congo Wars. He specifically cites the overrun in 2012 by an armed rebel force called M23, which brought renewed chaos and violence to Goma. “It was all so uncertain,” he says simply. “You never knew what tomorrow would be.”

The uncertain nature of a challenging world has given Musambaghani an almost preternatural drive. He ticks through plans to bring tech innovation and social change to anyone who needs it. “I feel an obligation to explore every opportunity and give back what I can.”

He chose Morehouse partly because recruiters traveled to Goma to meet with prospective students. (Also because it's the school Martin Luther King Jr. chose.) “I’d been applying to schools all over the US, but meeting them really impressed me.” And, they had the kind of tech program he wanted. “My dad bought computers for us, but we were limited in what we could learn on our own.”

Morehouse is also an Historically Black College. Although he speaks five languages fluently - French and the four indigenous languages of DRC - English wasn’t one of them. “I had to learn the language. Being around people who looked like me, I thought, would make that easier.” Evidently it did; he learned to speak English in six months.

As his first summer as a student approached, he began applying to, basically, any internship program that would get him close to tech. When he got a response from Code2040, one of the few programs that would accept freshman applicants, he fell in love with their mission. “They understand that we are talented, we just need a way in,” he says.

His first internship was at Jawbone (JAWBONE) in the summer of 2015. He admits the transition was tough. There were very few people of color at the company – he was the only one on his floor, and the only freshman. And reality hit.

“It was very emotional for me to see that a person like me could do this work,” he says. Star Wars jokes, aside, he wasn’t sure he was ready. He says the organization’s Welcome Weekend, an action-packed orientation event, helped him understand what was expected of him, and what challenges he might face. “We had already talked about the ‘imposter syndrome’ and you really do worry about it.”

But most important, he says, he was matched with a mentor who could answer any question that might come up, from meeting strategy to the physics of The Force, to whether he was really good enough. “It was everything.”

This year, Musambaghani got an offer from Slack, where he is half-way through a 12-week position.

It’s a different experience now that he’s seasoned. "I feel very confident and am part of the team right away." And, he’s not the only one who looks like him.

“I joined Slack because it’s clear that the people at the highest levels, they do care about diversity,” he says. That was affirmed when Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield circulated a memo after the police shootings in Louisiana and Minneapolis, denouncing the events and expressing understanding for anyone who was feeling traumatized. “It was amazing,” he said. “I really feel supported working here.”

Then, a few days ago, he got a personal note from Butterfield, wishing him a happy birthday and thanking him for choosing Slack. He sounds incredulous as he recounts it. “It was on a Sunday,” he said. “That meant a lot for me.”

This article was originally posted on Fortune.com.  When she’s not writing about the world’s greatest rock star-leader, Ellen McGirt is busy working on Fortune’s raceAhead, a newsletter about race and culture.

Josuel Musambaghani | Photo Courtesy of Josuel Musambaghani/Code2040
Josuel Musambaghani | Photo Courtesy of Josuel Musambaghani/Code2040

The Only Guide to Graduate Schools by Students for Students

Deciding to pursue further education through a graduate program is often a long and carefully thought out process, and the difficult decisions continue when you have to decide which program to choose. When making this difficult decision often the best advice is to pursue your passions and to find a program that aligns with not only your future career goals, but your impact goals as well. 

To help you assess graduate programs’ focus on social and environmental issues, Net Impact releases an annual Guide to Business Schools for Social and Environmental Impact (previously Business as UNusual). The guide is your opportunity to get the student perspective on nearly 100 graduate programs around the world by providing student ratings of their graduate programs' integration of social and environmental themes into curricula, career services, and student activities. 

Emerging Trends at B Schools

The Guide to Business Schools for Social and Environmental Impact 2016 edition highlights key trends in graduate programs and emphasizes a continued priority for social and environmental business criteria to be included in graduate programs. 

In 2016, over 92% of graduates say that learning about social/environmental business is a priority, the highest percentage the annual survey has ever seen. In order to compete, graduate programs are responding to profound student demand for building a sustainable future. While 87% of respondents are satisfied with the focus on social/environmental issues in their program’s curriculum, 63% feel their school could provide more career support for social/environmental issues.

This year’s guide also highlights a new trend that is emerging in the millennial job market; graduates are looking to make an impact from traditional roles in for-profit organizations. According to the survey, 56% of students are looking for a job at a private or public company where they can drive impact from within. This emphasizes a focus on driving impact from any career path and becoming an “intrapreneur” by applying a sustainable or social impact lens to all aspects of a corporate role.  For more information on how to make an impact from a private or public company, check out our impact career profile on corporate impact. 

Millennial Job Market

This is consistent with the current job market for millennials. Today, corporations across nearly every industry — energy, healthcare, consumer products, manufacturing, finance, agriculture, technology, chemicals, communications, professional services, to name a few — are actively engaged in some form of corporate impact effort.

The data proves that graduates want to leave their graduate programs with the skills that will allow them to have the greatest impact now and throughout their careers, and the vast majority of respondents are confident they will find a job that aligns with their values, interests, and passions. That’s good news for current and future graduate students and for the world as we are confident that these students will leave their programs and make an impact through their careers. 

Ranking Schools for Social and Environmental Impact

With the data collected from students across the world, Net Impact is able to rank schools on both Social Impact and Environmental Sustainability.  We've listed the top schools for each below (in alphabetical order.)

Environmental Sustainability: Bard College, Clark University - Graduate School of Management, Colorado State University, Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management, Pinchot University, Presidio Graduate School, University of California, Santa Barbara - Bren School, University of Oregon - Lundquist College of Business, Villanova University - College of Engineering

Social Impact: Colorado State University, Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business, Northwestern University - Kellogg Graduate School fo Business, Pepperdine University - Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pinchot University, Pratt Institute, Purdue University - Krannert School of Management, University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business, Villanova University - College of Engineering

Download the Guide now

Net Impact’s Guide to Business Schools for Social and Environmental Impact 2016 rates graduate programs on their focus on social and environmental themes.
Net Impact’s Guide to Business Schools for Social and Environmental Impact 2016 rates graduate programs on their focus on social and environmental themes.

Build your career each day

Life seems busier these days, doesn’t it? I call it the Q4 crunch: Organizations the world over are poring over annual targets and firming up their budgets and strategies for the following 12 months, while for me and my job-seeker clients and readers, it’s a time to take stock and think about the position we’d like to be in when the leaves start to fall in 2017.

I’ve never been the sort of person to wait until New Year to reflect on the changes I want to adopt in my professional life, and autumn seems like as good a time as any to cast off the old and prepare for the new. So with that in mind, here are my top 10 good habits to build your career every day and help you achieve your career goals.

1. Stay on top of trends

With so many ways to receive information, it can be hard to stay up to speed with all the goings-on in your sector. Websites, social media, news, your company’s intranet — it’s exhausting. That’s why it’s so important to pick your poison and stick with it.

I like Google news alerts that go straight into my email every morning, along with Twitter for “straight from the horse’s mouth” information and insight into what’s trending. These are the two major channels I use to stay informed. But get focused on the sustainability issues you care about most or the companies you want to follow and use your news feeds to keep you on top of market movements.

2. Nourish your networks

Any of my regular readers will know that this is not a new habit. I write about how important it is all the time. Your networks are the people you know in real life and the people you engage with online, and include everyone from old alum buddies to former colleagues to potential employers.

Nourishing your networks means sharing relevant information, acknowledging when others have done a great job, showing an interest in others’ work and saying thank you. If you’re doing it, great, do it better. If you’re new to it, set aside just 15 minutes every afternoon to invest in it. The career dividends will be high, I promise.

3. Check in with your team

We’ve all done it — been so absorbed in a project or blindsided by a deadline, that we miss the fact that our colleagues are human beings with lives and feelings and sensitivities that we, as fellow human beings, should be mindful of. So make a habit of “checking in” with your team and test the waters to make sure everyone’s engaged, on side and open, and to nip any problems in the bud, especially when things are busy.

People are the epicenter of our work, our communities, our profits — so making them feel valued, understood and heard is crucial to building morale and commitment. The return on your time investment will pay off in spades.

4. Celebrate others’ success

This is a big one. If someone on your team has had a success, launching a new service or winning a prestigious client or achieving an ambitious target, then celebrate it! You don’t have to whip out the party poppers and buy a magnum of Moet, but a simple “well done” can go a long way. Even small successes should be noticed and celebrated.

5. Be grateful

Equally, if you’re the person on the receiving end of said celebrations, remember to be grateful to the team and the organizational culture that enabled your success. That doesn’t mean being so humble that you dismiss your own role in the achievement, but it does mean placing your achievement within the big picture context and acknowledging the belief and trust that others had in you to get the job done.

Remember to communicate your “gratefuls” to colleagues (and family) every day so that others feel recognized and appreciated and that you spread your positivity. I do my daily “gratefuls” with my boys at the dinner table every night. It is interesting to hear what others prioritize as important to them.

6. Be curious

When you’ve been in an industry for a while, it can be tempting to start believing other people when they call you an expert, and begin to feel like you know everything you need to in order to do your job. That’s the moment the alarm bell should start ringing — when you can start to get complacent, too. It’s the toll of the death knell for your passions and the entrance march for professional boredom.

Don’t forget that you own your professional development, no one else. Ask for the budget to get that training and grow your own skills and knowledge regularly, even if you are an “expert.”

This year I invested in a course on doing a Tedx Talk and also to certify as a professional coach with the ICF, even though I already am one. So be curious. Ask questions. Get excited. Keep your mind open. Seek out new ideas. Stoke those passions.

7. Reflect

The daily grind is a killer for proper reflection so schedule time to do whatever it is that helps you get in tune with yourself.

Me? I meditate 15 minutes a day and practice mindfulness that includes three-minute “resets” throughout the day. It helps me de-clutter my mind, focus on my priorities, stay calm and rational and maintain my sense of purpose.

Other people find that keeping notes or a work journal can help bring them back to center. Do whatever works for you.

8. Trust your intuition

Often, it’s those quiet, reflective moments that allow that inner gut instinct to bubble up to the surface.

It might not be evidence-based, it might not even make perfect sense right now, but intuition is something humans evolved for a reason — our unconscious mind is smarter and more insightful than we might think. If it is saying “I am not happy in my job and I need a change,” then take the baby steps to make that happen. Don’t let life get in the way as an excuse to stay in something that your heart is not committed to.

It is easy to say the task of change is too big, too overwhelming. But life is just too short. Trust that inner voice. It knows what you need.

9. Get some fresh air

Exercise and spending time in nature have huge benefits for your physical and psychological health, so don’t trade off an exercise class or a long walk for more time in front of the laptop. Mental “fresh air” is important too.

When things get crazy at work, I make sure I have an absorbing novel to disappear into. Taking a break at lunch for a 10-minute walk also helps get that blood pumping without your mobile phone to distract your mind.

This is especially important at night when I’m going to sleep and I’m tempted to check emails or social media. Limit screen time and make sure you switch off. Keeping your phone out of the bedroom helps greatly. I bought an alarm clock so that I wouldn’t be tempted to use my phone bedside.

10. Remember — it’s not all about work

Successful, happy people have a healthy work-life balance. Spend time with — and focus on — your family, friends and outside interests if you want a truly sustainable career.

Map out your different roles — all of them — daughter, sister, wife, mother, volunteer, business owner, boss, mentor, etc., and then allocate each week which one you will focus on to keep in balance. I took the five-day Steven Covey Seven Habits of Highly Effective People course more than two decades ago and I still apply the principles of keeping your “roles” in balance.

So there you have it, my top 10 tips for building your career, and your life, every day. You don’t have to do them all seven days a week — some will be weekly or monthly commitments — but they all contribute to the ongoing actualization of your professional, and life, dreams. Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you have your own top tips, please share them.

This was originally published on GreenBiz.

Shannon Houde, MBA, is founder of Walk of Life Consulting, the first international career coaching business focused solely on the environmental, sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) fields.

10 things you can do every day to build your career.
10 things you can do every day to build your career.

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Georgia Tech Students Generate Mobility Solutions in Toyota & Net Impact Challenge

This fall, Georgia Tech design, engineering and business students came together to participate in the Next Generation Mobility Challenge run by Toyota and the Toyota Mobility Foundation in partnership with Net Impact. Students were divided into inter-disciplinary teams to formulate a solution that would facilitate more sustainable transportation for elderly, disabled and low-income individuals facing unique transportation challenges.

Each team selected an elderly, disabled or low-income individual profile that most resonated with them and then mapped out the challenges faced by that particular individual. After this, the teams set about framing the question for which they would try to find a solution. Surrounding walls were quickly covered with multi-colored post-it notes describing product ideas, service initiatives and campaign projects brainstormed by team members. Each team then honed in on one idea, developing a prototype and storyboard. Toyota Mobility Foundation representative Julie Ann Burandt and Georgia Tech Professor Karthik Ramachandran moved in and out of the groups throughout the day, giving students feedback on their work.

My team decided to design a solution for Val, an 85-year-old senior citizen who would like to leave her house for errands and social excursions, but who has difficulty driving and using public transportation. We framed our ideas around how to increase community awareness of the difficulties experienced by senior citizens and enlist community assistance. 

Devoting the day to brainstorming solutions addressing mobility needs was both practical and fulfilling. Many of us know of someone who struggles getting from one point to another, be it a grandparent, parent, family member or friend. The Mobility Challenge gave me an opportunity to apply the problem-solving, analytical mindset I am presently applying to my MBA courses to key mobility issues that greatly impact members of our community. The challenge was further highlighted by the multi-disciplinary team dynamics, which diversified the range of ideas generated.  From team to team, students were excited and thoughtful about resolving issues that are very real to others. These types of events create awareness, but even more importantly, jumpstart the problem-solving process, with students actively working towards resolving mobility obstacles.

At the end of the design sprint, each team pitched their idea in front of the participants, Dr. Ramachandran and Burandt, who questioned the teams about their proposals before selecting the winner. 

The winning team will advance to the next round, where they will compete against 14 other teams who advanced from similar competitions from universities across the U.S. 


This is the second year that Toyota has run the design challenge. The winners of the final round of the mobility challenge will receive an offer to intern with Toyota during the summer to further develop their mobility innovation solution.   

Reeman Silverman is an MBA Candidate at Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business.

 

A student uses human-centered design to solve mobility issues at the Next Generation Mobility Challenge.
A student uses human-centered design to solve mobility issues at the Next Generation Mobility Challenge.

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Climate Change - A glimmer of hope from the new administration?

When Donald J Trump became President-elect many Americans, and as many people outside of America, pondered (and worried) about the Paris Agreement and the U.S.’s role in climate change policy moving forward, in light of Trump’s comments on Twitter stating that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.  He also called climate change “a hoax”.

At the Net Impact 2016 Conference, many of the young people in attendance said of all the areas of concern there was nothing more pressing than climate change.  Yes there are critical issues facing us including social justice, health care, woman’s rights, feeding 9 billion, and the list goes on – but many agree that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing the planet and inaction is not an option.

But then something strange happened on the way to the White House.  Ivanka Trump met with Leonardo DiCaprio and with Al Gore, former vice president and star of An Inconvenient Truth. Leonardo gave Ivanka a copy of his climate change documentary – Before The Flood – staring Barak Obama, Elon Musk, and Pope Francis amongst others.  In the meeting with Al Gore and Ivanka, one can assume that she persuaded her father to meet with Mr. Gore in order to open his mind, or at least find some common areas of concern, that they could agree upon.  

This is a positive shift from where we thought we would be.  Dialogue is critical and Mr. Trump can decide whether his presidency will be defined by “denial and disaster, or acceptance and action” as stated by a letter from 700 scientists and academics being sent to the President-elect this week.  If his children can push environmental conservation issues we have a glimmer of hope: we know he listens to his children, especially Ivanka. Let’s hope that her role in this next administration will place emphasis on energy efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions.  

Catherine Muriel is the CMO of Net Impact.

Can Vice President Gore and President-elect Trump find common ground when it comes to climate change?
Can Vice President Gore and President-elect Trump find common ground when it comes to climate change?

Impact Finance for Millennials

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Professional Net Impact Chapter hosted, Impact Finance for Millennials. It took place at New Resource Bank and featured three distinguished speakers: Vincent Siciliano, President and CEO of New Resource Bank, Thomas Van Dyck, Managing Director- Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management, and Danielle Fugere, President and Chief Counsel, As You Sow.  

Meaningful takeaways

An important theme in all three of the speakers’ presentations was the power of the individual to drive change and influence trends in the market. Mrs. Fugere specifically talked about all the actions individuals can take to influence the companies they own stock in including speaking to your fund manager,  proxy voting and even attending public shareholder meetings. 

Don’t think of yourself as an investor per se? Both Van Dyck and Fugere pointed out that anyone with a 401k is an investor. They recommended using the site fossilfreefunds.org to evaluate the sustainability of your 401k. This site enables you to easily research whether or not your investments are being used to extract and consume fossil fuels. Once armed with the facts, you can petition your 401k plan manager to change their plan or offer more sustainable options. According to Fugere, when this site started there were only 14 completely fossil free funds to invest in but number has since doubled to 28. Supply follows demand so be proactive and demand sustainability in your 401k.

Attend an event near you

Interested in attending events like Impact Finance for Millennials? Head to our Chapters Hub to view our chapters near you. 

If you have a 401K, you can be an impact investor.
If you have a 401K, you can be an impact investor.

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Finding Meaning by Helping Others

Jamie Bonini is vice president of TSSC at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America and spoke at the 2016 Net Impact Conference.

We all look for purpose in our work. I’ve been lucky in that way, and I’d like to tell you about it. 

I’m an engineer by training, and I’ve learned a lot about complicated processes – like troubleshooting as we produce our car and truck plants. At Toyota, I’ve also gotten to help make the world a better place – by working with nonprofits supporting disaster relief or feeding the hungry, and businesses and government agencies when they’re struggling.

New York State of Mind

A good example is Toyota’s work with the government of New York State.  New York State government was striving to improve their operations to better serve New Yorkers.

So they reached out to us to see if we could work together.

Over the years, we’ve compiled our know-how from making cars and trucks into what we call the Toyota Production System (TPS) – and we’ve found that many of its basic ideas can be applied to all sorts of other processes, even if they have nothing to do with manufacturing.  We can apply the same principles to rebuild a house after a hurricane, or reduce the backlog at a small manufacturing company, or simplify the process necessary for a government approval. 

We met with the New York State Department of Health and found a lot of hardworking people, but a complicated system.  We helped them map out their processes --– and together we found many redundancies. 

For example, it turned out that many of the steps for certificates of operation for nursing homes could be combined.  So that’s just what we did. 

Show Me the Numbers

Over time, the department was able to reduce approval time from 137 days to 28.  That’s 80 percent. Since then, New York has expanded TPS to 38 agencies, employing 8,500 people who work on more than 400 projects.

Take a look at our partnership with the Governor’s Office of New York State:

Teach Me Your Ways

There is no one thing that makes TPS effective, but here are some key ingredients:

  • Respect for people: An effective organization counts on – and empowers – its people to make things work and come up with new ideas.
  • Visualization of work: When you can clearly see problems early, you can fix them before they grow.
  • Continuous improvement: Lots of small steps add up to make a big difference.  Even when things are going well, you can find ways to make them better.

An important part of the TPS philosophy is prioritizing the customer.  Do that and everything else will flow. 

Even if you’re not redesigning an organization’s operations, you can still use these methods to do your work better.  Who is your customer?  It may be your manager, or it may be colleagues in another group who will use the system you’re designing, or the attendees at the meeting you’re helping to organize. 
For me, I find this work – helping people out -- very meaningful.  And I hope yours will be too. 

TSSC is always looking for worthy non-profit organizations and small to mid-sized industrial companies to help them implement and practice the Toyota Production System comprehensively.
TSSC is always looking for worthy non-profit organizations and small to mid-sized industrial companies to help them implement and practice the Toyota Production System comprehensively.

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3 tips for social entrepreneurs from Morgan Berman, a.k.a. ‘Morgan Moments’

This article was first published on Generocity.

Morgan Berman, founder of MilkCrate, has a few tried and true tips, which she calls “Morgan Moments,” for better social entrepreneurship.

On the first day of Net Impact’s national conference, held last week at the Convention Center, the MilkCrate founder and ceramics enthusiast shared them with a room of wannabe entrepreneurs during a panel on the topic.

Her three “Morgan Moments”:

1. “Competition is good”

It’s OK if there’s another company similar to yours that’s making money, even if you’re not. “That means you’ve got something that people want to pay for,” she said.

2. “Go after one big fish”

Instead of trying to get a ton of small businesses to give you small amounts of money, try to get one big one to give you a huge amount of money. Scholly has done this really well, Berman pointed out: The scholarship-finding app gets universities and executives to sponsor downloads for many people.

3. “Sell something people are asking for, or find a way to get them to ask for it”

Berman heard from companies that they wanted a tool to track their employees’ social and environmental impact. So she made it — a paid, gamified version of MilkCrate’s app called MilkCrate for Communities.

Earlier in the day, B Lab cofounder Jay Coen Gilbert’s keynote addressed the growing popularity of B Corps and other triple-bottom-line businesses.

“We know not every company is going to be a certified B Corporation,” he said, “But everybody can be like a B Corp.”

Doing so matters in the long run for attracting both talent and customers. We’re looking forward to seeing more local founders take this to heart as Philly moves closer to becoming the “B Corp capital of the world.”

MilkCrate, a social enterprise, encourages both individuals and whole communities to rally around making sustainable lifestyle choices.
MilkCrate, a social enterprise, encourages both individuals and whole communities to rally around making sustainable lifestyle choices.

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Live from the 2016 Net Impact Conference in Philadelphia

This blog was originally posted on Innov8Social.com.

In this episode of the Impact Podcast, Innov8social founder shares her experience at the 2016 Net Impact conference in Philadelphia. In this podcast you will get to hear 8 little clips from exhibitors, speakers, attendees, that covers two days of this conference.

Listen to the Episode

Net Impact 2016 Conference in Philadelphia: Making History

Net Impact is a global community of students and professionals who aspire to be effective drivers of social and environmental change. Their programs are delivered from headquarters, as well as globally through student and professional chapters.

The Net Impact Conference is a premier gathering of students and professionals who are committed to making a lasting social and environmental impact now and throughout their careers; this year the 24th Net Impact Conference happens in Philadelphia, a city where history is made.

Meet Dara Kosberg of The Dinner Party and George Srour of Building Tomorrow

Neetal moderated a session called “Confessions of a Social Entrepreneur”. Neetal met Dara one of the speakers, who focussed on the topic of vulnerability in taking big leaps. Vulnerability is an important factor in a social enterprise whether it is for an individual or an enterprise. Dara is driving a social enterprise called the “The Dinner Party”,  which is a community of 20’s or 30’s who had experienced significant losses in their social enterprises. They all meet for dinner and share their experiences, on what went wrong and how it continues to impact them both positively and negatively. Neetal also met George from “Building Tomorrow”. He spoke about the importance of passion in social enterprise. Building Tomorrow helps communities in underdeveloped areas by building schools for them.

Meet Camille Simm, London Lee, and Jivika Rajani

Neetal spoke with some of the volunteers at the conference and they shared their experiences at the conference. Camille is from McGill university and learnt a lot of tips on how to figure out passion to do something impactful. Neetal also meet with London Lee from UC Berkeley, and she learnt about the challenges and hardships faced by entrepreneurs. She could use all those learnings in her future. Neetal then meets Jivika, who is from India and she goes to the Claremont College. She learnt from various speakers, that the number of awards you win is inversely proportional to the money you make.

Meet Chahat Sharma, Net Impact Conference Director at Penn State University

Neetal met with Chahat Sharma during lunch, and spoke about her experience in social impact space. She is from Penn State, and is involved in the Net Impact chapter. Chahat Sharma felt that going to a business school is all about making money, but all that changed after she listened to Michael Hastings, at one of the conferences. It really changed her perspective about social enterprise, she understood how recruiters are looking for people with a heart for social impact. She is also interested in Women Empowerment, and she feels both of these go hand in hand. She is director of the conference at Penn state. You can learn more about conference by visiting pennstatenetimpact.com.

Meet Maren Keeley, Co-Founder of Conscious Company Magazine

Neetal met with Maren Keeley at the exhibitor’s booth, the co-founder of Conscious Company Magazine. They focus on purpose driven sustainable business. They have managed to create four issues of the magazine in 2015 and six in 2016. But in 2017, they are transforming themselves into a full fledged media company. Maren has undergraduate experience in philosophy and sculpture, and was a chef for 15 years. Megan and Maren has worked hard on the business model, and they are excited to make a contribution in this space. She is very that happy that people are ready to sacrifice things, for job with purpose.

Meet Kevin Bryan, Director of Recruitment at UnCommon Schools

Neetal met with Kevin, who is the Director of Recruitment at the UnCommon Schools. Kevin has a life long passion of increasing opportunities for good education. He sees his work as critical, at the UnCommon Schools in finding teachers who catalyzes lasting change. UnCommon Schools offer both instructional and operations fellowships for candidates looking to explore a variety of leadership opportunities. Both fellowships are paid, full-time positions within Uncommon Schools and include school startup preparation, school visits, and ongoing mentorship. You can learn more at http://www.uncommonschools.org/careers/fellowships

Meet Julia Delafield and Hannah Benson from University for Peace

Neetal meets Julia at the conference, Julia is the Director for Education at the University for Peace. The university was created in 1980 by the United Nations, to focus on making a more peaceful world at a global level. They have master level and doctorate level programs that focuses on peace from different lenses. The united nations have a part, in the university board of directors and they are a part of a long term commitment. You can connect with them at http://www.upeace.org/

Meet Abe Taleb, CEO of ReWork and David M. Chee, Aspiring Social Impact Educator

Neetal meets with Abe at the reception, who is the CEO and co-founder of ReWork. ReWork helps to place talent in the social enterprise sector. They work with social enterprises and non-profits and help them hire top talent. David is an aspiring social impact educator looking for a placement ins the social sector. These type of conferences help people to connect with each other, and David was in fact able to get an offer from a startup at the conference.

Meet Ariella Gastel, VP of Marketing of Greyston Bakery

Neetal met with Ariella Gastel during a concluding session at the conference. Ariella has been working with food industry for more than 25 years. Greyston is very impressed with the fact that Greyston is certified B-corp and they are able to do business with like minded folks. They have a kinship with other B-corps and get inspired by their work, like Ben and Jerry’s. Greyston do supply Ben & Jerry with their brownies. They also had an employee swap and learnt a lot from each other. They also partner with Whole Foods and Delta Airlines.

Innov8social creates, curates, and builds tools and resources to help global social entrepreneurs, companies, and individuals reach their impact potential.
Innov8social creates, curates, and builds tools and resources to help global social entrepreneurs, companies, and individuals reach their impact potential.

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