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Contributing Editor at SocialBusiness.org & Trend Hunter. I have way too many interests to be contained! I love businesses that advance humanitarian causes and positively affect the environment. I strongly believe that this is a trend in social enterprise that is going to last because people care. :)
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I'm straight-up terrified of llamas & really disliking the recent rise of llama popularity.
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I have a number of favorite sites that I frequent. Often I found stuff inadvertently through social media or just by hearing about it word-of-mouth.
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My favourite trend that I've covered is definitely the "Texts from Hillary" blog! ch-ch-check it out. I just love her. http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/texts-from-hillary-hillary-clinton-political-blog-political-satire2
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Social business activism & environmental trends. It's amazing to see the creative ways in which people come up with ideas to better our world.
Chic Californian Postage
Chic Californian Postage
Gramr Gratitude Co. Cards Revolutionizes Greeting Industry
Gramr Gratitude Co. is a revolutionary new social business that aims to produce heartfelt, gratitude-minded, hand-written cards to people in an effort to spread joy and purpose in the world. This... MORE
Deliciously Bitter Socialite Tweets
Deliciously Bitter Socialite Tweets
The KimKierkegaardashian Twitter Nails Philosophical Musings
The KimKierkegaardashian Twitter account is emerging as one of the most delightfully inventive and hilariously bitter ways of expressing the juxtaposition between philosophical musings and modern... MORE
Political Pop Pleas
Political Pop Pleas
Ellie Goulding’s #Song4Syria Reaches Out to Children of Syrian Conflict
You may never have thought that a pop song could change the world, but that’s exactly what Ellie Goulding’s latest single #Song4Syria ‘I Know You Care’ aims to do alongside Save the Children.... MORE
Social Gourmet Enterprises
Social Gourmet Enterprises
Edgar and Joe’s Cafe in London Aims to Serve the Community
Edgar and Joe’s Cafe, newly opened in London, ON, has decided to be more than merely an awesome place to grab lunch by tackling the social enterprise sector. The purpose of the cafe, partnered... MORE
Explosive-Inspired Necklaces
Explosive-Inspired Necklaces
The Repurposed Bomb Piece Jewelry by Hearts and ARTICLE22
Hearts and ARTICLE22 have teamed together to find a creative and thoughtful way to repurpose bomb bits from the Vietnam War; put them on jewelry. Though this seems like quite the task, and a... MORE
Emerging Enterprise Programs
Emerging Enterprise Programs
SpringAGE Aims to Meet the Needs of Businesses in South Africa
Longtime friends, Raelene Rorke and Nelly Fente, opened SpringAGE to meet needs that arise for the development of businesses in South Africa. Aimed at engaging youth to create a more positive future... MORE
Jonit Bookheim, Partner at Mata Traders (INTERVIEW)
Jonit Bookheim, Partner at Mata Traders (INTERVIEW)
Facilitating Fair Trade Fashion
Jonit Bookheim, partner at Mata Traders, has an innovative business mind that is working towards spreading fair trade style around the world. Mata Traders focuses on bringing greater opportunity to... MORE
Repurposed Weapon Jewelry
Repurposed Weapon Jewelry
Hearts’ ‘Trigger Happy’ Bracelets Reuse Dangerous Meta
Hearts’ ‘Trigger Happy’ bracelet line puts bullet shells to good work, rather than being left in a heap of waste. “After learning how to shoot, this artisan noticed the number of abandoned... MORE
Matthew Clough, Founder of Stone + Cloth (INTERVIEW)
Matthew Clough, Founder of Stone + Cloth (INTERVIEW)
Ethical Backpack Designer for Tanzania
Matthew Clough of Stone + Cloth sat down and answered some questions for Social Business on how he got started as an ethical entrepreneur. Through his work, inspired by a journey to Africa, Matthew... MORE
Parasite-Fighting Fashion
Parasite-Fighting Fashion
Sevenly and End7 Unite to End Worm-Created Diseases in the Third World
Sevenly and End7 unite this week to defeat worm-created tropical diseases that affect the lives of half a billion people in developing countries. Hookworm, ringworm, whipworm and others, seven in... MORE
Colorful Cascading Jewelry
Colorful Cascading Jewelry
Live Worldly's Beleza Bib Necklace is Fun and Ethical
The Beleza Bib Necklace by Live Worldly is a beautifully fun way to wear your appreciation for ethical practices where everyone can see it. Live Worldly practices what its name preaches; the company... MORE
Chase Layman, Creator of ISSSUE (INTERVIEW)
Chase Layman, Creator of ISSSUE (INTERVIEW)
Sustainable Subscription Services
Chase Layman is the creator behind the creative new subscription clothing service ISSSUE. Launched this month, the business model has customers paying 25$ a month and receiving a t-shirt designed by... MORE
Interconnecting Aid Organizations
Interconnecting Aid Organizations
MovingWorlds Aims to Connect Students and Experts for Good
The world is a big place, and thankfully there are a lot of social enterprises out there looking to make it a better place; MovingWorlds looks to connect the two. At MovingWorlds, you don’t... MORE
Eric Shumny, Partnership Manager of Sevenly (INTERVIEW)
Eric Shumny, Partnership Manager of Sevenly (INTERVIEW)
A Generosity-Focused Clothing Company
Eric Shumny, the partnership manager of Sevenly, a successful clothing organization focused on giving back to various weekly causes, chats with Social Business about his role with the company. In... MORE
Tony Fitzpatrick, Creator of Little Footsteps (INTERVIEW)
Tony Fitzpatrick, Creator of Little Footsteps (INTERVIEW)
Early Childhood Educational Campaigns
Tony Fitzpatrick is the creator of Little Footsteps, a children-first approach to education out of New Zealand that seeks to revolutionize learning for kids. In this interview, Fitzpatrick answers... MORE
Sandra Goldmark, Creator of Pop Up Repair (INTERVIEW)
Sandra Goldmark, Creator of Pop Up Repair (INTERVIEW)
An Eco-Friendly Mending Store
Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta came up with the idea to create the Pop Up Repair shop after seeing a need for it in the market. Their NYC-based experiment lasted a month and has currently come to... MORE
Justice-Driven Clothing
Justice-Driven Clothing
Sevenly and Destiny Rescue Team Together to End Child Slavery
Sevenly and Destiny Rescue have teamed together this week to bring to an end child sex trafficking. This urgent issue has become so widespread that “every 26 seconds another child is... MORE
Optimistic Home Pages
Optimistic Home Pages
The 'Smiling Start' Web Extension Donates to Charity
The Smiling Start web page creates a home page that starts your day off on a positive note and donates money to charity all at the same time. Among some of the causes this business donates to are... MORE
Starvation Awareness Shirts
Starvation Awareness Shirts
The Sevenly ‘Unite for Africa’ Campaign Targets Hunger
The thoughtfully designed Sevenly ‘Unite for Africa’ campaign shirt knocks it out of the park this week with its creative and colorful message. Sevenly’s weekly causes are an inspirational... MORE
Cruelty-Conscious Software
Cruelty-Conscious Software
The Nettadonna, LLC Seeks to End Conflict-Created Minerals
Nettadonna, LLC, winner of the Enablers award for the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, co-created by USAID and Humanity United, aims to end the use of minerals taken from conflict zones in... MORE
Women-Empowering Apparel
Women-Empowering Apparel
The Mata Traders Fall 2013 Catalog Combines Rustic and Modern with Impact
The Mata Traders Fall 2013 catalog ties the line between being traditional and modern resulting in a rich and powerful look to their designs. These beautiful clothing designs created by the women of... MORE
Social Enterprise Competitions
Social Enterprise Competitions
The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention Finds Leaders
The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, a joint partnership between USAID and Humanity United, is an initiative that aims to spotlight the great work that various organizations around the world... MORE
Solutions for Peace Through Education
Solutions for Peace Through Education
Malala Yousafzai's Terrorism Combating Speech is Brave
Malala Yousafzai, a victim of the Taliban’s violence, is speaking up and fighting back against terrorism and its harsh rule in various areas around the world in this terrorism combating speech.... MORE
Earth-Conscious Cat Homes
Earth-Conscious Cat Homes
Louie's Box is Environmentally Friendly and Purrfect for Your Feline
Louie’s Box, an environmentally-conscious company, creates homes for cats made from sustainable materials that are low on environmental impact and high on design. As many consider pets to be... MORE
Technology-Providing Campaigns
Technology-Providing Campaigns
The 'Flip Our Class' Project Seeks to Get Resources for Students
The ‘Flip our Class’ project by Dewitt Robinson, a teacher at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida, is seeking to crowd-fund a campaign using Fundly that could greatly... MORE
Temporary Recycling Stores
Temporary Recycling Stores
The Pop Up Repair Shop in NYC is Aimed at Reducing Waste
The Pop Up Repair Shop, located on Broadway, NYC, is a venture that aims to limit the amount of items that go to waste via the talented team of Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta, a husband and wife... MORE
Girl-Enabling T-Shirts
Girl-Enabling T-Shirts
The Sevenly 'Stop Gendercide in China' Shirts are Promoting Lives
With the tagline “all girls allowed,” the Sevenly ‘Stop Gendercide in China’ campaign this week is aimed at stopping the terrible results from China’s one-child rule.... MORE
Energy-Creating Cars
Energy-Creating Cars
The Solar Team Eindhoven 'Stella' Automobile is Revolutionary
An exciting development for both the automobile industry and environmentalists alike, the announcement of Solar Team Eindhoven’s ‘Stella’ car is run entirely on solar power; so... MORE
Process-Revealing Enterprise Videos
Process-Revealing Enterprise Videos
The Stone + Cloth Behind the Scenes Look is Thoughtful and Fun
The Stone + Cloth behind the scenes video takes a look at the social businesses process. The Stone + Cloth enterprise creates bags—mountain rucksacks, backpacks, iPad cases and pencil cases&#... MORE
Ocean Conservancy Movements
Ocean Conservancy Movements
The Black Fish Organization Targets Over Fishing Across the World
The Black Fish organization is taking aim at preventing the over-fishing of worldwide fish populations that could lead to eventual ocean depletion. As part of their ongoing campaign, the Black Fish... MORE
Sustainable Subscription Services
Sustainable Subscription Services
The ISSSUE Site Ships Out Artsy, Eco-Friendly Apparel Each Month
The ISSSUE site is a clever, inventive and artsy service that allows you to invest in awesome and unique clothing while helping various causes around the world. For a 25$ monthly subscription, a 5$... MORE
Ocean-Friendly Summer Totes
Ocean-Friendly Summer Totes
The Océé Chaz Ganster Collection Makes Waves with Their Acce
The Océé Chaz Ganster Collection takes unique prints and works of art by Chaz Ganster to create Océé‘s latest collection of totes and clutches for French brand. Not only does this business... MORE
Early Education Fundraising Campaigns
Early Education Fundraising Campaigns
The 'Little Footsteps' Business Seeks to Impact Children
After operating two centres educating young children in Blenheim, New Zealand, the Little Footsteps business is looking to expand once again. A 100% family owned business, Little Footsteps’... MORE
Family Connection Campaigns
Family Connection Campaigns
The Skype ‘Stay Together’ Ad Strikes the Heart
The Skype ‘Stay Together’ campaign is a meaningful ad that shows the amazing possibilities that this connection platform can offer. The free video calling service is making a smart step in the... MORE
Charitable Collaborative Campaigns
Charitable Collaborative Campaigns
The FEED USA and Target Team Looks to End Hunger
FEED USA and Target are campaigning to end hunger for families across America by utilizing the power of shopping. As one of the foremost major retailers across the United States, Target has a lot of... MORE
Mobile Addict Graphics
Mobile Addict Graphics
The ‘Smartphones and Society’ Infographic Examines Addiction
The ‘Smartphones and Society’ infographic takes a look at the ways that smartphones have changed the lives of users all over the world. This infographic goes so far as to coin the term “... MORE

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Ocean Conservancy Movements
Ocean Conservancy Movements
The Black Fish Organization Targets Over Fishing Across the World
The Black Fish organization is taking aim at preventing the over-fishing of worldwide fish populations that could lead to eventual ocean depletion. As part of their ongoing campaign, the Black Fish... MORE
Contraception Plaguing Parodies
Contraception Plaguing Parodies
The 'Pillamina' Planned Parenthood Costume Returns to Haunt Romney
A few years ago, ‘Pillamina’ was created to combat negative views of birth control and raise awareness for Planned Parenthood’s cause. Now, the Pillamina Planned Parenthood costume... MORE
Spoof Cannibalism Features
Spoof Cannibalism Features
The Miami Zombie Attack Prank Video is Controversial
Vitaly Zdorovetskiy has taken it upon himself to create a ‘Miami Zombie Attack Prank’ video in light of the recent cannibalism incident in the Florida city. The video, which features... MORE
Disheveled Motel Photoshoots
Disheveled Motel Photoshoots
The Elizabeth Ferrera Twait 'Sleepless' Editorial is Sensual
The gorgeous Elizabeth Ferrera Twait ‘Sleepless’ series is a beautiful depiction of a distraught beauty at a motel. The unpublished series captures a glamourous 50s-inspired girl at a... MORE
Fierce Aquatic Creature Infographics
Fierce Aquatic Creature Infographics
The Shark Week: The Most Massive Sharks Graphic Gets Visual
The ‘Shark Week: The Most Massive Sharks’ infographic explains which sharks are the largest. While the chart does explain them by length and weight, it gives no real idea of their level... MORE
Adorable Wedding Masks
Adorable Wedding Masks
The 'Photo Booth Props' Offer Bride and Groom Picture Accessories
The adorable ‘Photo Booth Props’ by Etsy shop owner Charlene of Creative Butterfly XOX are fantastically excellent for some brilliant wedding photo-ops. With a wide range of options to... MORE
Stoic Fieldtography (UPDATE)
Stoic Fieldtography (UPDATE)
The Michal Giedrojc 'Dreams' Photography is Remote
The Michal Giedrojc ‘Dreams’ Photographic series is true to name. This incredibly dream-like series showcases regular people doing chores, looking after their children, or reading the... MORE
Fascinating Food Artography
Fascinating Food Artography
Everyday Object Art by Kevin Van Aelst Makes Mundane Objects Awesome
Everyday Object Art by Kevin Van Aelst makes even the simplest of objects truly extraordinary. From the apple that was carved to resemble the earth’s surface (almost to scale) to the tuxedo... MORE
Time-Measuring Wrist Candy
Time-Measuring Wrist Candy
Brit+Co's Watch Wrap Bracelets are a Useful Accessory Creation
These DIY watch wrap bracelets by Brit + Co are useful creations to decorate your arm with, as well as to keep the time. Whether you have an old watch face you would like to recycle, or you’re... MORE
Apocalypse-Predicting Charts
Apocalypse-Predicting Charts
The 'Who Believes the End of Civilization is Near?' Graphic Daunts
The ‘Who Believes the End of Civilization is Near?’ infographic tells the tale of armageddon worriers. The Mayan calendar ends in 2012, which a number of people have taken to mean that... MORE
Nautical-Inspired Cuffs
Nautical-Inspired Cuffs
The FabulousTime Sea-Themed Jewelry is Anchor’s Away
The FabulousTime Sea-Themed jewelry is entirely nautical inspired. Made with genuine leather, the anchor, octopus, eternity symbol, rudder and starfish-embellished cuffs are completely sea-worthy... MORE
Earth-Conscious Cat Homes
Earth-Conscious Cat Homes
Louie's Box is Environmentally Friendly and Purrfect for Your Feline
Louie’s Box, an environmentally-conscious company, creates homes for cats made from sustainable materials that are low on environmental impact and high on design. As many consider pets to be... MORE
Sumptuous Summer Lacquers
Sumptuous Summer Lacquers
The Chanel Le Vernis Summer 2012 Polish Collection is Stunning
Luxury brand Chanel is a director of the fashion industry. Its recent release of the Chanel Le Vernis Summer 2012 nail polish collection is no exception. The exquisite shades that are spot-on for... MORE
Critter Adoption Charts
Critter Adoption Charts
The 'How Saving a Pet Might Just Save Your Life' Infographic is Adorable
The physical, mental and emotional health benefits of adopting an animal, outlined in the ‘How Saving a Pet Might Just Save Your Life’ infographic make seriously considering adopting a... MORE