1. HuffPost Impact: "Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business" StartingBloc Fellow Hila Mehr writes, "Social enterprises can become easily distracted building and managing their business instead of focusing on the problem they are trying to solve -- even if the solution involves running a healthy business. A strong business model and management-style is critical to success, and I proclaim their value to a sustainable social enterprise as much as the next person. Yet, a social entrepreneur can run the most transparent, well-managed, profitable social enterprise in the world, and still not be solving the social problem their business is founded upon....As we continue to grow as a movement, there are a few things we should remember in order to maintain a focus on the core mission of our work -- positive social change."
  2. CloseIt.org CloseIt.org has opened their 2014 JOBS MADNESS competition."JOBS MADNESS is now accepting applications for companies, either for-profit or non-profit with $5 million or less in annual revenue who are working to disrupt the status quo in the following key areas:
    • Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
    • “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
    • Innovative technologies disrupting the traditional education to employment model

    Click here for more information. All submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM) Pacific Standard Time on Monday September 1, 2014.

  3. NationSwell: "Looking for Work That Has Meaning? Fuse Corps Can Help". NationSwell profiles Fuse Corps, co-founded by Peter Sims in response to the emergence of talented millennials who want to make a difference. Every year, the nonprofit pairs ten to 20 mid-career private sector professionals with a forward-thinking elected official. By working in government, Fuse Corps fellows can find a way to make the change that some find harder to achieve in the private sector." The piece includes this video on what a Fuse Corps member looks like:

  4. NPR: A Right Or A Privilege? Detroit Residents Split Over Water Shut-Offs (AUDIO) All Things Considers talks with those on both sides of Detroit's water-shut off controversy. "Tutorials have also spread on Facebook describing how to get water flowing again. Detroiter Nita O'Neal says it's relatively easy to find someone with the kind of long metal keys that open closed water valves — even though only city workers are supposed to have them. 'People gonna turn that water back on. Somebody has a water key, trust me. You give 'em $5, you gonna get your water back on,' O'Neal says. 'People have to have shelter, food and water.' Turning the water back on that way is, in fact, a crime — it's stealing water. But for families with little or no income, O'Neal says, the stakes are too high to worry about that. 'You got babies that's probably not taking baths. That's opening up the door for protective services to come in, say that you are unfit parent,' she says. 'This is a game that they're playing, and it's a serious, dangerous game.'"
  5. Al Jazeera America: "Is the American dream dead? A groundbreaking study from Johns Hopkins University shows that for big segments of the population it is." Press for "a landmark study tracking nearly 800 Baltimore schoolchildren, following them through school and into adulthood, until age 28. More than three decades later, they published the outcome in June, a book titled "The Long Shadow." It offers a searing and dismal view of the chances of escaping urban poverty.

    The article includes this infographic from Johns Hopkins:
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