Monthly Archives: October 2011

“What is the ultimate purpose of life? It’s to give.”

Watch this CNN piece on Narayanan Krishnan. It’s a powerful lesson in breaking down one’s own barriers to help others. In his case, he had to reject some of the constraints of his own culture to reach out and help people in desperate need of not just food and water, but care and compassion. His is an inspiring story.

As he says, “What is the ultimate purpose of life? It’s to give.”

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Interesting concept…worth tracking to see if they can build enough market share to be sustainable as a true revenue source for non-profits (and themselves).

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Now it is easy to be fashionable and give back to the community at the same time. The new charitable shopping website Community Collection ( was launched today. This trailblazing site combines online shopping and goodwill.

Products from designers including Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, and Rebecca Taylor are featured on the site, with 20% of the sale of each item being donated to a charity of the company’s choice. Some charities benefitting from Community Collection are American Cancer Society, Operation Homefront, Inhabit for World Wildlife Fund, and Operation Smile.

Six new designers will be added each week, constantly giving shoppers more choices and variety. A status bar on the site helps the consumer keep track of the status of project goals from the charity they donated to. Brooks Cook, the founder and president of Community Collection, says that his website “transforms an online purchase into an act of philanthropy, and makes…

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New Problems Require Entrepreneurial Thinking

For the past few years, California Community Colleges (and public higher education in general) have been through the budgetary wringer. Year after year, budget cuts continually compromise both the quality of the education and the quantity of classes provided and students served. It’s no wonder, then, that colleges are becoming more innovative in their approach to conducting the business of educating students.

For a number of community colleges in California, thinking and acting entrepreneurially is becoming an act of necessity. Most colleges or districts have their own independent foundations (with a total of 92 independent community college/district foundations in California at last count), which serve to augment public dollars with privately raised funds. Continue reading


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