Episode 75: Interview with Eric Nee, managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review

Ericphoto-eric-nee Nee is managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), which has been serving global leaders of social change for almost 15 years- via its quarterly magazine, online articles, podcasts, videos, webinars, and conferences. Eric has some 30 years experience in the publishing industry; before joining Fortune, Eric launched Forbes’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager.

In this interview, Eric gives a fascinating overview of the state of social innovation today — and talks about some of the most exciting trends that he sees. From his unique vantage point at the intersection of the government, non-profit, and business sectors, Eric talks about evolving models of social innovation –and identifies some of the most interesting cross-sector initiatives in recent years. He also explores the rise of impact investing and talks about some trends in support for social innovation within Silicon Valley.

Episode 74: interview Ben Powell founder of Agora Partnerships

benpowellBen is founder of Agora Parternships an organisation that provides early stage social entrepreneurs in Latin America with the resources they need to grow-primarily through the Agora Accelerator, a four month program designed to provide entrepreneurs access to the knowledge, networks, and capital they need to succeed. Since 2011, Agora has supported some 125 companies that have raised $52 million and created 5000 jobs, ninety per cent of which are still operating.

Episode 73 Interview with Amit Saraogi and Clementine Chambon founders of Oorja Solutions

Oorja is a social enterprise that enables underserved rural communities in India to transform their crop waste crop waste into  clean energy and biochar using hybrid solar and biomass-powered microgrids. Some 450 million people in rural India do not Co-foundershave access to reliable electricity — Oorja’s mission is to provide clean energy access to these people with a particular focus on local communities whilst promoting sustainable local economic development.

Episode 72 Interview with Chuck Slaughter, Founder and CEO of Living Goods

Chuck Slaughter is Founder and CEO of Living Goods, a social entchuck s picerprise building a sustainable distribution platform for products designed to fight poverty and disease in the developing world. Living Goods operates networks of independent entrepreneurs (currently in Uganda, Kenya, and Myanmar) who make a living by selling medicines and products to poor people that can help improve their health, wealth, and productivity. It uses a successful direct selling model like Avon Products. A recent university study shows that Living Goods’ Community Health Agents are reducing child deaths by 25% for less than $2 a year per person. Living Goods aims to reach 50 million people in the next ten years with its innovative sustainable model.

Chuck has extensive experience as a businessman. He founded TravelSmith and grew it to over two million customers and $100 million in sales. After selling TravelSmith in 2004, Chuck devoted his entrepreneurial instincts to building vibrant enterprises in both the private and social sectors. Chuck currently serves on the boards of The Initiative for Global Development, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Three Day Blinds, and Living Goods, and is a former board member of Spiegel Brands. He is a recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a Draper Richards Fellow.

Episode 71, Interview Dr. Alex Dehgan, CEO and co-founder of Conservation X Labs

Alex DehganAlex is the CEO and co-founder of Conservation X Labs, a startup for tech innovation for conservation and development.  Prior to founding Conservation X Labs Alex served as the Chief Scientist at USAID and founded the Global Development Lab.  Conservation X Labs aims to harness exponential technologies, open innovation, and entrepreneurship to dramatically improve the efficacy, scale and sustainability of conservation efforts to end human induced extinction.