The Blur

A tsunami of growing social need is headed our way – can we be ready?

In the US, any person or organization working with those trapped in extreme poverty over the last few years can testify to the increase in demand and need in areas relating to:
·        Growing child poverty
·        Nutrition insecurity
·        Rising homelessness
·        Declining longevity
·        Increasing levels of families and individuals without healthcare insurance
·        Fewer fulltime jobs with benefits as people work multiple part-time jobs in a contractual or “gig” economy
Predictably, political pundits and economists here and at the UN are arguing over the exact […]

Breaking through the noise: Digital storytelling for social impact

Every organization has a story to tell. With the rise of new and ever-changing technologies, people are more connected to information than ever before. Nonprofit organizations are facing an unprecedented opportunity to harness the power of narratives to tell compelling stories and showcase their impact. However, the ubiquity of the digital world makes it a lot harder for nonprofit organizations, who are more likely to have limited access to resources to gather and curate compelling […]

Your CSR Program Needs Ownership. Here’s How to Get Your Employees to Embrace

Your CSR Program Needs Ownership. Here’s How to Get Your Employees to Embrace It.
All companies should have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) or social impact program. Ten years ago, many C-Suite executives would have dismissed this statement. But today, it is more unusual if a company is not investing in their internal and external communities, than if it is. CECP reports in Giving in Numbers: 2017 that median total corporate giving increased 2.3% between 2014 […]

How Social Media is Reshaping Today’s Education System

by Lori Wade
There’s no denying that, ever since social networks and social media made way into our lives, everything is different. Beginning with the way we socialize, interact, plan for parties or even how often we go out. We won’t go into a debate regarding the ethical aspects of the way Social Media is influencing our lives. Instead, this article proposes to focus on the numerous ways in which social media is changing the way […]

Changing Perspective to Change the World

by Kelley Slone
How do you know if you are truly making a difference in this world?
How can change happen?
How can the world really use you?
I wasn’t sure.
These questions were difficult and uncomfortable for me to answer. But StartingBloc believes that we need to sit in that discomfort in order to create deep, systemic change in ourselves and in our world.
Imagine a place where deep topics aren’t off-limits. Where hard conversations aren’t pushed to the side, […]