Social Innovators: Wendy Davis | Deeds Not Words

Social Innovators: Wendy Davis | Deeds Not Words

Wendy Davis, former Texas State Senator and Director of Deeds Not Words, has no shortage motivation or drive. Her organization, Deeds Not Words serves to help young women become engaged in the political process. This year, they worked with a group of high school students in Austin and Dallas to pass a bill requiring preventative education related to sex and human trafficking in schools. Armed with guidance from Deeds Not Words and statistical information from Allies Against Slavery, the students were involved in every step of the legislative process.

H.U.S.T.L.E

H.U.S.T.L.E

“Hustle” is on the wall for a reason.  It’s our mantra.  It doesn’t mean frantic or busy, it means a purposefully lean approach to creating something out of nothing. It’s the art of pushing balls downhill or putting yourself in a place to be the beneficiary of serendipity. Hustling is a practice or approach to your work, it’s not a discrete thing you do - it’s a way of living and working.

How To: Participate In A Hack-a-Thon

How To: Participate In A Hack-a-Thon

Earlier this month, I hopped over to Philadelphia to participate in the city’s inaugural Give Back Hack, a 3 day hack event from Columbus, Ohio that focuses on creating and launching ideas for social impact. I joined a local team to create a new business called Cali Box, an on demand box experience that empowers young girls to create and foster healthy relationships with their bodies through their first bra. It was a rewarding experience and I loved being able to mentor the idea owner to make her first pitch.

Scale vs Immediate Impact: Investing Resources for Bigger Outcomes

Scale vs Immediate Impact: Investing Resources for Bigger Outcomes

One of the toughest things for an organization to balance is: Impact vs Scale vs Time Frame.

This is similar to the choice companies have between investing in advertising (dollars today) and R&D (dollars tomorrow). There are often easy grant or direct service and impact decisions an organization could pay for, whether you cause is feeding the homeless, providing grants to musicians, or housing for refugees. The harder decision comes when you decide you want to invest in infrastructure, planning, or scaling efforts.

Bringing People and Policy Together : Glasshouse Policy

Bringing People and Policy Together : Glasshouse Policy

Glasshouse Policy works as a forum in the public to bring policy closer to the people. Traditionally, policy makers will attempt to sell solutions to the public, most of which are difficult to understand. Glasshouse Policy takes a more innovative approach by creating easy to understand games and resources that bring people closer to the issues.