Dean Kamen Urges Innovators To Help Solve The World’s Problems

From Cnet:

Kamen gave a talk at the Lux Executive Summit here about science and innovation. But he had a clear ulterior motive: convince a room full of technologists to address the “chilling” need for more scientists and engineers to solve the world’s worsening problems.

Kamen said that addressing the basic needs–such as water and power–of the very poorest people would prevent millions of deaths a year and make a huge impact on environmental problems. He said 1.1 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water and 1.6 billion lack access to electricity.

He talks about a few interesting examples in the article, which you can read here.

Tactical Philanthropy Forum: Featuring Paul Brest and Bill Somerville


The Tactical Philanthropy Forum is a regular gathering of the thinkers and doers who are building a new and better social sector. This event will feature a conversation with Paul Brest, president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Bill Somerville, president and founder of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Sean Stannard-Stockton, author of the Tactical Philanthropy blog will act as moderator.

The conversation will examine the tradeoffs between a philanthropy driven by strategic, big picture issues and a grassroots approach to giving that focuses on funding outstanding individuals. Paul Brest is the author of the newly released book Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy. Bill Somerville is the author of Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker. Sean Stannard-Stockton is director of tactical philanthropy at Ensemble Capital Management, author of the Financial Times column On Philanthropy and a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on Philanthropy and Social Investing.

Like all Tactical Philanthropy Forum events, the conversation will center on real world applications and is designed for a cross-disciplinary audience. Anyone and everyone interested in a new and better social sector are encouraged to participate. Both social sector professionals and individual donors will enjoy the evening’s event. All attendees are asked to follow a strict policy of non-solicitation.

Please join us beginning at 6:00pm for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Both authors will be available to sign copies of their books immediately following the conversation. Please arrive early enough to allow time to clear security at the main entrance.

The event is being held in the main conference room of Hanson Bridgett, LLP, 425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, CA. Hanson Bridgett, LLP is a full service law firm with a mission to help sustainable businesses succeed and foster the growth of the sustainable business community overall.

Research shows that cause-related marketing can increase sales by as much as 74 percent

Cause-related marketing can increase sales as much as 74 percent in certain consumer-goods categories, and consumers spend twice as long looking at cause-related ads than generic corporate ones, according to a study by Cone and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, MarketingCharts reports.

The 2008 Cone/Duke University Behavioral Cause Study finds a strong link between cause-related marketing and consumer choice.


“The opportunity to focus technology and tech entrepreneurs on the unaddressed, underserved segments of society is enormous,”

Jim Schorr, who lectures on social entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, says he can’t imagine “a higher calling for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs.”

“The opportunity to focus technology and tech entrepreneurs on the unaddressed, underserved segments of society is enormous,” Schorr said. “Developing and extending technologies with limited profit potential, using market-driven approaches, can deliver both social and financial impact and sustainability.


Lewis Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Babson

Congrats to the Lewis Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Babson!

Babson College has received a $10.8 million gift from the Lewis Charitable Foundation for the establishment of an institute to support teaching, research, and outreach in social entrepreneurship.

The Lewis Institute at Babson College will develop leaders, create knowledge, and grow new enterprises to solve compelling global problems.   Using the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of the entrepreneur, the Lewis Institute at Babson College will address opportunities to create societal value in the areas of education, healthcare, communications and infrastructure, poverty, economic development, security, sustainability, energy, the environment, and quality of life. The gift will support the study of social entrepreneurship through the establishment and support of efforts and projects in the following areas.
•       Lewis Social Venture Seed Fund and Lewis Social Venture Hatchery to provide venture capital and resources for social ventures
•       Green Collar Venture Competition to support ventures dedicated to environmentally sensitive undertakings
•       Social Entrepreneurship Monitor (SEM), a research consortium that will examine social entrepreneurship across the globe.  SEM will be based on Babson’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), which examines
entrepreneurship levels in more than 45 countries.
•       An annual conference bringing together entrepreneurs, business and non-profit enterprises, educational institutions, social ventures, and governmental and quasi-governmental organizations to focus on emerging social entrepreneurship issues.
•       The Alan and Harriet Lewis Endowed Chair in Social Entrepreneurship
•       Case studies and curricular materials in social entrepreneurship
•       Lewis Institute Social Entrepreneurship Student Initiative Award to support student projects
•       Social entrepreneurship fellowships and internships

Here’s a news article.

Inside Project Red Stripe

Andrew writes:

You once followed developments at The Economist’s Project Red Stripe. We’re about to publish a book about it. Called Inside Project Red Stripe, it’s published conventionally ( and, over the next few months, online ( It’s an account of the six-month project and we think it’s a good guide to innovation and teamwork in business and the media. Each chapter identifies dilemmas that are likely to face any innovation team or project.

Yahoo Tries Affinity Search

Related to my previous posts on affinity search engines (see here and here), Yahoo has decided to dabble in this space:

As part of Yahoo!’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiative, Yahoo! Search is announcing a new Infobar built on the SearchMonkey platform that will help Search users make donations to help find a cure for breast cancer without spending an extra dime. We teamed up with the non-profit organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure to build a SearchMonkey app that is displayed under Yahoo! Search results for dozens of popular shopping sites like Amazon, HP and If users click “Shop” and complete a purchase, the affiliate commission will go directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure — 7.5% of the purchase price, on average. And to encourage folks to use the enhancement, called Search for a Cause, Yahoo! will donate a dollar for every user that adds the application up to $25,000.


Other blog posts on affinity search engines:

Another Affinity Search Engine: Ecocho

Latest on Affinity Search Engines: Google pulls the plug on eco-friendly search engine Forestle – A UK-based Charity Search Engine