My clients are working on many exciting projects that
I would love to share with you. Here are some of the social entrepreneurs, social enterprise leaders,
right livelihood entrepreneurs, and activists whose projects I have been honored to assist. I hope these
examples inspire you to launch your own social change project. Please let me know if I can help.
Ashoka Youth Venture
Amy is director of the new San Francisco Office for Ashoka Youth Venture, an
international movement to transform young dreamers into changemakers. Youth Venture inspires and
invests in teams of young people to start and lead their own social ventures, and is building a
powerful global network of young changemakers. Since Youth Venture started in 1996, they've enabled
over 3,500 youth-led teams to launch in over 20 countries. Amy explains, "Youth Venture plays a
critical role in actualizing Ashoka's vision of Everyone
a Changemaker™. We support young people
in developing a critical insight: they can make a difference. And we believe that this insight,
once earned, lasts a lifetime."
Jamie is the founder and CEO of 10% Solution, a social responsibility
certification and consulting company. Jamie's vision is to connect all the stakeholders for
business social responsibility — corporations, vendors, small businesses, and consumers —
in one networked marketplace. Says Jamie, "It seems like everyone is putting in 110% effort these
days. If we could each find a way to take that extra 10% and channel our time, intention, and
commitment toward helping others, we can have a truly measurable impact. I believe it is our
obligation to care for each other and our planet. That extra 10% is the 10% Solution."
Steven A. Frankel, M.D.
Medical-Psychiatric Coordinating Physician
Steve is a psychiatrist, the author of four books, and an associate clinical professor at
the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. Together with his colleagues at the
Center for Collaborative Psychology, Psychiatry and Medicine,
Steve is pioneering a revolutionary new method for delivering psychiatric and medical care, the
Medical-Psychiatric Coordinating Physician. Steve explains: "The health care system is broken. When a
patient's condition is complex, and especially when it includes a mixture of medical and psychiatric
components, no single clinician is likely to be coordinating the case. There's either limited or no
accountability for delivering the best overall care." Steve is currently working on his fifth book to
describe this model and its implementation.
Barbara R. Saunders
Companion Animals Activist
Barbara is a writer and consultant who advocates for companion animals through articles
like Word Games that Kill and
Drawing the Circle of Care.
She has advised the SPCA and
Pets Unlimited on marketing, public relations, communications, technology, operations, and program
design. "Companion animals are members of our families and communities," Barbara declares. "My
mission is to help make sure that our laws and institutions treat them as such." Barbara is currently working on using her research and writing skills to develop and
implement animal policy and legislation at all levels.
Steven Van Yoder
Global Initiative to Advance Entrepreneurship
Steve is the founder of the Global Initiative to Advance Entrepreneurship (GIVE), a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit dedicated to addressing global poverty. He's also the author of Get Slightly
Famous, and a PR and marketing consultant. Steve asserts, "I've traveled enough to know that even in a time of growing prosperity for the developed world, much
of the world is being left behind. The gap between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots' is widening. I believe that
teaching entrepreneurship and small business marketing skills to people in the developing world can alleviate many
of the world's problems." GIVE helps people help themselves by sponsoring social entrepreneurship ventures and micro-enterprise projects around the world.
Diane H. Engelman, Ph.D.
Diane helps people with mental health conditions and serious medical issues take charge of
their own health care. As a patient advocate, she specializes in helping people understand their diagnosis,
evaluate their treatment options, communicate with their health care team, and get the care they're entitled
to. Diane is a licensed psychologist, neuropsychologist, and registered nurse who was drawn into advocacy work
when her daughter was denied a life-saving heart operation.
Diane's story here. Says Diane, "I want everyone to know that they too can successfully advocate for the
medical care they need and deserve. As consumers of health care become more savvy about its delivery, we will
all achieve better care."
Green Artist, Author & Addiction Counselor
Matt is a renaissance man whose work turns people, places, and things into renewable
resources. As a green artist, he uses found objects and surplus paints and inks to create multi-dimensional,
multimedia paintings. He's written two books about recovery and hope, one co-authored with his wife Kat
Sterbenc, and is currently seeking a literary agent. As a drug and alcohol counselor, he helps addicts
reclaim their lives. Matt explains, "For 25 years of my life, I was a homeless, disenfranchised, invisible
person. My art became my vehicle of self-expression and a path to mental health. It allowed me to buy in,
belong, take my place in the community." Every day, Matt seeks ways to do service. "I want to give back what
was so clearly given to me."
Beyond Marketing: The Essential Outreach Guidebook
Carolyn is an author, speaker, and coach who helps creative entrepreneurs, healing
professionals, and nonprofit leaders realize both professional success and fulfilling personal lives.
She is the author of Beyond Marketing: The Essential Outreach Guidebook for social entrepreneurs,
nonprofits, and businesses in search of a relationship-based approach to build support for their
ventures. Carolyn also facilitates public art projects in schools, jails, hospitals, and nonprofits,
exploring the power of art and personal story. "Big accomplishments often begin with ideas that
don't seem to make sense on a practical level," Carolyn says. "I help my clients to look beyond
prescribed recipes for success and create their outreach approach based on their unique perspective
Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease
Joan is an advocate for women who are continuing their careers in the face of ongoing
health challenges. She is the author of Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend
and writes a blog on the same topic. Joan and her co-author Rosalind Joffe know this territory first-hand. Joan
lives and works with Crohn's disease and Rosalind has multiple sclerosis. Joan explains, "One of the
challenges women with chronic illness face are the not-so-subtle messages from others that they should
stop working so they can conserve their energy to care for their families. But we feel that working
is a good thing. It provides us with an
outlet for creative expression, a sense of contribution, less attention on pain, and financial independence."
Breeze Carlile, CPCC
It's a Breeze Moving and Organizing
Breeze is a professional organizer who manages residential relocations for people
with large homes. Her commitment to helping people in need and protecting the environment led her to
include making donations in the service she offers her clients. "In the average American's home, there
are enough unwanted and unused items to equip a small village," Breeze observes. "To the owner, these
items are clutter that gets in the way of living their lives. But as donations to people who need them,
those same items can become a suit to wear to a job interview, or
kitchenware for a home of their own." Breeze helps her clients identify everything in their homes they
no longer use, then donates these items to charities that desperately need them.
Nina Ham, CPCC, LCSW
Berkeley Community Peace Labyrinth
Nina is leading a group of volunteers to construct a peace labyrinth in the Berkeley Marina.
Nina explains: "Labyrinths are ancient patterns found in many cultures around the world.
They are not designed for you to lose your way, but rather to help you find it. Walking the labyrinth is an
increasingly popular activity in which people often experience centering and calming. Many find that walking
the labyrinth, individually and in community, offers a powerful way to ground our peace and justice
work in the world." Gaining approval for this project has been labyrinthine in itself,
but Nina has kept at it. Construction of the labyrinth has been approved by the Berkeley City Council
and Nina's team is now raising funds.