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NAACP President Ben Jealous at SVN Gathering: Now on Conscious Living TV

Ben JealousOne hundred years ago, a small multiracial
group of progressive thinkers dared to come
together in a tiny New York apartment to
share a bold dream: an America free of the racial
oppression that sullied the soul of our
nation a little over 40 years after slavery.
The NAACP was born out of this gathering, but
its original mission is still far from

In a video excerpt from the 2009 SVN Member Gathering (with introduction from MaryAnne Howland of Ibis Communications), hear from Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, on how the organization is continuing the work begun over 100 years ago to extend beyond just the black community and touch all communities impacted by social injustice. The video was produced by Bianca and Michael Alexander of Conscious Planet Media.

Click here to watch.

May 20, 2009 at 1:27 am Leave a comment

Trish Karter Riding 1,500 Miles

Dancing Deer Ride

On the occasion of Dancing Deer’s 15th anniversary, Chief Deer and SVN Board Member Trish Karter is taking the company’s double bottom line mission on the road. On April 22nd, Trish will begin a 15-day, 1,500-mile journey arriving home for Mother’s Day taking her from Atlanta to Boston. She’ll stay at homeless shelters and bring the Deers’ tradition of Gingerbread house-making, engage the public in a conversation about how to end homelessness, and stop at the Capitol Steps to call on Washington to make ending homelessness a priority.

Through her advocacy work and Dancing Deer’s partnership with the Boston-based nonprofit, One Family, Trish has seen many families wrestle with the challenges of homelessness over the years. Since 2001, Dancing Deer has donated 35% of the revenues from its Sweet Home Product line to fund scholarships for homeless mothers in Massachusetts to continue their education as a pathway to self-sufficiency. The One Family Scholars program, created in 2002 by the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation, currently provides 125 formerly homeless and at-risk moms in Massachusetts with flexible funding, mentoring, leadership training, and a range of other supports that enable them to pursue careers that earn enough to support their children, with proven results: no graduate of the program has ever returned to shelter.

Learn more and follow Trish at: Best wishes on your incredible ride!

April 15, 2009 at 12:37 am Leave a comment

Vote for an SVN member for a Social Enterprise Award!

SVN members nominated by BusinessWeek

Help an SVN-er win a Business Week Social Entrepreneurship Award

Business Week Magazine is now conducting an online vote for its Social Entrepreneurship Awards and four out of the 25 nominees are led by SVN members! We encourage you to click here to check out the finalists, then click here to vote for your favorite. No email entry or other registration is required, and voting takes only about ten seconds. Several of the finalists are SVN members, including:

  • Impact Makers: a profit- and performance-driven competitive social venture that directs all profits directly to its charity partner (RxPartnership, which provides free pharmaceuticals to uninsured medical patients)
  • CleanFish: he company connects small-scale fish suppliers with distributors to get sustainable seafood to restaurant kitchens and supermarkets, in an effort build a market for sustainable aquaculture and wild fishing that doesn’t damage the environment
  • IceStone: recycled residential and commercial surface materials by removing waste from the production stream
  • Revolution Foods: deliver nutritious and healthy lunches to more than 20,000 lunches to more than 100 schools in the Bay Area and Los Angeles
  • Stonyfield Farm: all natural and organic yogurt

Support an SVN member and vote today!

April 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

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