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Lessons & insights from our journey for positive impact.

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Using Technology to Build Community

You’ve heard it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. If your goal is to collaborate in an online community to make a positive impact, that may be truer than you think. Impact technology is the proactive use of responsible technology to create or multiply positive impact. It can change the world for the …

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Website Features for Nonprofits to Consider

You have a unique audience with specific needs that your nonprofit wants to serve. The question becomes how to use technology to help these people. To best serve this audience, you need to understand their unique needs. You also have to think critically about using technology to meet them where they are. This service includes …

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Shop for Good

Online shopping this holiday season? Start shopping early and support mission-driven brands that give back. Shop ethically made, fair-trade, and sustainable gifts by looking for certifications like B Corp and Fair Trade Certified. By purchasing gifts from Certified B Corps and Social Enterprises, you’re not only giving a gift, but you’re also supporting mission-driven companies that …

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Designing with empathy.

Human-centered design (HCD) is at the core of CauseLabs’ empathetic approach to creative problem solving. This methodology defines a framework that seeks to better understand the needs, wants and behaviors of the user, and to best identify a technologically feasible and economically viable solution. By focusing on the end user’s perspective, their environments and routines, …

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Marketing in a Pandemic

Living during a pandemic is hard. Working during a pandemic is challenging. Knowing the best way to market your business during, and after, a pandemic is a perilous journey at best. Catastrophes happen. Storms bring floods and high winds. Fires sweep through mountains and plains. Plagues and pandemics spread across land and seas. No matter …

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Leadership for a Global Crisis: What I’ve learned and how I feel

The United Nations Global Compact is holding special Academy Sessions centered around #UnitingBusiness. You can view the previous sessions and register for the future ones here. Below are my reflections from the first Academy Session: New Leadership for a Global Crisis. It Starts with an Opportunity Our normal social constructs have disappeared and our day …

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HCD Course Resources for Virtual Collaborations

On April 14, the CauseLabs team signed up for the free Human Centered Design (HCD) course hosted as a collaboration between Acumen and IDEO.org. If you’d like to sign up for this course, it may still be open for enrollment, but if not, they host it annually and our team takes it as a refresher …

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Managing Stress in a Global Pandemic

Ah, stress. The effects of stress show up for all of us in different ways, but we all know it well, and we are becoming even more acquainted with it in recent days. How do we manage stress in times like these? What even is it?  For me, it helps to look at some of …

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