OK y’all. It’s time to get intimate. Let’s talk about undies. I’m one of those people who likes to know where the things I own come from. “Who made this? What’s the story behind this object?” I ask myself as I browse. It’s one of the reasons I love all things handmade. I relish in …

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Talking Music with Jillian Speece of The Bergamot

Jillian is lead singer of the wife-husband duo band The Bergamot. She’s also a foodie, spiritualist, and maker of organic body care products that blogs on Shine On, Inc. I caught up with her to talk about everything from affirmations to auto-tune. [divider]The Interview[/divider] Tell me about your earliest experience with music. I was three …

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WISER runs a school in a remote area of Kenya called Muhuru Bay. It started when one of the co-founders was doing research in the area, and she got a note under her door from a 14 year-old girl that said, “Should I stop having sex with the man who is paying my school fees? I’m afraid of getting AIDS.”

Muhuru Bay is very remote. It is a fishing village, and there is a huge cycle of transactional sex, which has resulted in one of the highest rates of HIV in the country and really anywhere in Africa. We estimate that there is 38% HIV prevalence in Muhuru.

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I’d love to hear about your journey, and how that journey led to you starting Soko. My first introduction to Nairobi was when I was studying for my Master’s degree at MIT, and I came to Kenya to develop a social enterprise that involved developing toilets in the informal settlements. It was really through that …

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I caught up with Joy Anderson, the powerhouse of a woman behind Criterion Institute, a think tank focused on reinventing the economy. A serial entrepreneur and consummate networker, Joy’s leadership and expertise have been at the forefront of the development of the social capital markets over the last 10 years.

It was a pleasure to hear her reflections on power, grace, gender, and other forces shifting our markets and society.

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