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Tom Allen

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One of the very first people I called when I Social Venturers started to take shape was Tom. We had originally met in 2016 when I interviewed him during the first phase of Social Venturers in Brisbane. At the time, Tom was focused on creating the right mindsets to tackle big problems and was bringing […]

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Hannah Gay

Hannah Gay Impact Boss

I first came across Hannah on social media. Then I checked out her website. Then I fell in love professionally. “Social Impact without the B.S.” is Hannah’s M.O. Why hadn’t I come up with that? Because I’m not Hannah and she is incredible, that’s why! Hannah lives in Denver, Colorado, and is a teacher turned […]

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logbook August 2019

The world isn't changed by people who sort-of care.

Social Venturers is live and I couldn’t be more excited, thrilled, proud and grateful! [insert karate kick moonwalk emoji] As always when you hit a big milestone, you look back on months of blood, sweat and tears, and the outcome right in front of you seems nothing short of inevitable. But in zooming in, I […]

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Ecosystem Building 101

EShip playbook for ecosystem builders

Each month, three out of a thousand Americans start a new business (Kauffman Foundation 2019). For these entrepreneurs to succeed, they need varying levels of support: mentorship and advice, affordable work space, flexible financing, a favorable business environment, the list goes on… Broadly speaking, they need an ecosystem that helps them start and grow sustainable […]

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Leon Reiner

Social Venturer Leon Reiner

Meet Leon Reiner, a tall, charismatic German with a passion for social innovation and community building. Leon is the co-founder and managing director at Impact Hub Berlin where he focuses on business development and partnerships.  Success in a nutshell? “A strong and happy team, the right projects, members at the right time and an ever […]

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Jacky Habib

Jacky Habib for Social Venturers

I met Jacky through another Social Venturers Interview. Danielle Anderson, who is based in Nairobi, Kenya, introduced us via Twitter and two weeks later, Jacky and I caught up for coffee at Dark Horse Espresso Bar in downtown Toronto. Jacky is a journalist, media consultant, and social entrepreneur. She reports on social issues, community development, […]

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logbook July 2019

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July can be summed up like this: Picture the inside of an old desktop computer: Large boxes stuffed with wires and microchips, accompanied by a constant humming sound from the vent that prevents said boxes from overheating and going up in flames. Now picture a mini-me climbing through a web of said wires and chips, […]

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What you do matters.

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A tribute to my fellow ecosystem builders. I remember staring out the window of Lamplighter on a sunny afternoon in November of 2017. Lamplighter is a local coffee shop in Richmond, VA, that became my office away from the office when I needed to think. I was devouring my one Americano a day and Maurice Williams & […]

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