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Zip Codes and Health, a Letter to President Ford and Grassroots Growth
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Devin Thorpe interviews John Matthew Douglas, co-founder of Nello Health and I Press Forward LLC, on the Superpowers for Good show.
John Matthew Douglas is an authority on social determinants of health and explains that social determinants of health are about the environment we live in and the barriers that may hinder our health and well-being.
There is a connection between social determinants of health and life expectancy, both globally and within specific communities, with wealthier areas having longer life expectancies than impoverished ones.
Nelo Health is using technology and the metaverse to address social determinants of health and improve patient outcomes and the overall healthcare system.
Upstream interventions focus on addressing neglected social determinants such as education and economic empowerment to position individuals for a better life and reduce reliance on downstream interventions.
Crowdfunding can help address health concerns by providing funding to diverse founders who are traditionally excluded from capital markets, leading to positive impacts on health outcomes and communities.
John Matthew's superpower is living a committed life, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to redefine greatness as an individual's capacity to serve others.
He shares an example of his mentorship program, I Press Forward, which successfully impacted the lives of at-risk middle school students through the collaboration of professionals, including Rear Admiral Ken Braithwaite.
The program helped improve attendance, behavior, and academic performance of the students, emphasizing the importance of passion, vision, and believing in oneself.
John Matthew can be reached on LinkedIn and through Nelo Health and I Press Forward LLC's websites.
Forgive me for reminiscing a bit with you. Gail and I just moved from Florida to California; in the process, we tripped over a few things we’d long since forgotten.
One item caught my attention. On September 25, 1974, at age nine, I wrote a letter to then-President Gerald Ford. My mother apparently made a photocopy (in 1974, that was kind of a big deal).
The letter reveals an extraordinary amount of naivete—typical of a nine-year-old kid. It occurs to me now that naivete is a bit of a superpower.
This Social Entrepreneur Credits Acting on Ideas for Her Success - s11 ep08
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Devin Thorpe interviews Sarah Thomas, the founder of EduMatch, a global platform for educators and students to connect and improve education.
EduMatch started in 2014 as a grassroots initiative to connect educators with similar interests and has since grown to include publishing books, podcasting, and professional learning services.
The platform aims to amplify the voices of historically marginalized individuals and empower educators to learn and grow together.
EduMatch has an international reach, with participants from countries like Australia, Ghana, the Philippines, Canada, and Vietnam.
Sarah Thomas decided to use crowdfunding as a financing tool after discovering SMBX, a platform that aligned with their mission to empower educators and help them achieve their ideas.
Sarah's superpower is acting on ideas and embracing opportunities to try new things. She believes in taking risks and learning from failures.
She shares her own experience of struggling in her early years as an educator but finding the support and connection with students that kept her going.
Sarah's advice for others is to dive in and try new things, taking shots and staying in the fight even when facing challenges or failures.
To engage with EduMatch, individuals can visit the website edumatch.org, join the EduMatch Fam Facebook group, or email Sarah directly at email@example.com.
EduMatch is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on SMBX, and Sarah encourages people to participate and support their mission.
For the September SuperCrowdHour, I’m going to share some of the lessons I’ve learned from making dozens of crowdfunding investments and talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors. You’ll learn not just how to make investments via crowdfunding but how to make money doing it.
Many impact crowdfunding investors focus on impact first. I admire the approach but note that a goal for maximizing impact is best accomplished by making money. It works two ways. A company that goes out of business has no impact after it dies. One that grows profitably can do unlimited amounts of good. Furthermore, if the investment delivers financial results to you, you can reinvest and do more good as an investor!
If you’re focused primarily on making money, you’ll find this session helpful, too. We’ll discuss maximizing financial returns. Don’t miss it!
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