017 NO ORDINARY BUSINESS with Defy Ventures

017 NO ORDINARY BUSINESS with Defy Ventures

The United States has earned itself the moniker of Mass Incarceration Nation with 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners who are disproportionately represented by African-Americans and Latinos. More than 650,000 people are released from federal and state prisons in the United States every year emphasising the importance of rehabilitation and opportunity for formerly incarcerated individuals’ post-release. Over two-thirds are rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanours within three years. 

Today’s guests on No Ordinary Business: Andrew Glazier and Quan Huynh are part of Defy Ventures, an innovative, impactful programme that helps to facilitate rehabilitation during incarceration and support released inmates to successfully integrate into society.

016 No Ordinary Business with Empower Energy

016 No Ordinary Business with Empower Energy

Millions in the developing world are living without electricity forcing people to rely on unhealthy, unreliable and informal energy sources such as kerosene. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business is Ronit Kanwar, the co-founder and CEO of Empower Energy, a UK based start-up that is dedicated to improving access to reliable energy through a unique microfranchise model that is offered throughout the last mile of India.

015 No Ordinary Business with Noor Medical

015 No Ordinary Business with Noor Medical

1.5 billion people per year do not have access to rural medical clinics with a reliable electricity supply – which often results in the improper sanitation of medical equipment. No Ordinary Business talks to Noor Medical, whose mission is to provide the critical sterilisation of medical equipment for rural health clinics – with a 2025 goal of positively impacting 20 million lives.

014 No Ordinary Business with LEAP & Forever Sabah

014 No Ordinary Business with LEAP & Forever Sabah

In order to achieve sustainability, cross-sector collaboration is essential. Any single sector be it private sector, government, civil society on its own will not get there.  Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Cynthia Ong, joins us to share how LEAP and Forever Sabah are working to facilitate a holistic approach to sustainability and convening partnerships across all sectors to work together to build a diversified, more equitable, and generative circular economy. 

013 No Ordinary Business with Rainforest Alliance

013 No Ordinary Business with Rainforest Alliance

In today’s complex global ecosystem, the interdependency of the environment and human sustainability mandates that we address both together. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Nigel Sizer, shares Rainforest Alliance’s, ambitious mission to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behaviour.

012 No Ordinary Business with YCAB

012 No Ordinary Business with YCAB

What do you get when you combine economic empowerment and education? A greater chance of breaking the cycle of poverty. Today’s guest on No Ordinary Business, Founder and CEO of YCAB Foundation, Veronica Colondam, shares with us YCAB’s model of social enterprise that uses traditional business ventures to finance the mission and enhance sustainability across Indonesia.

011 No Ordinary Business with Sustainable Law Group & Evelina Eco Events

011 No Ordinary Business with Sustainable Law Group & Evelina Eco Events

Increasingly, there is a convergence between the for-profit and non-profit worlds, an integration of the pursuit of profit and mission. The conventional thought system that doing well financially and doing good for society are mutually exclusive and separate is obsolete. New enterprises are integrating business and social impact in an effort to create greater sustainability. Today’s guests on No Ordinary Business, are both examples of this new model of business and change. Join our conversation with Becki Ueno, Founder of certified B Corp law firm, Sustainable Law Group, and Evelina Marchetti, Founder and CEO of Evelina Eco Events, a sustainable event production company, certified B Corp and benefit corporation, as they share their experiences integrating the pursuit of profit and social impact.