Category Archives : Community Support


Al Jalila announces 2 Emirati recipients of mental health fellowships

      Last month in Dubai, the Al Jalila Foundation, in partnership with The Carter Center, has announced two UAE recipients of the 2017-2018 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program. Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the two Emiratis join the 21st annual class and 200 journalists who have been awarded the fellowships to date from around the world. The program is the first mental health fellowship program for journalists in the Middle East, launched in 2016 in the UAE by Al Jalila Foundation with two journalism Fellows. Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg, Chairperson of […]


Community Support: Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Advisory Board

I’m pleased to serve for the third year on the Boise Metro Chamber’s healthcare committee. We provide insight and advocacy for medical interests. At our last month’s meeting, two key members of the state legislature exchanged updates with us, and sought our views on the complex issues facing healthcare today. The industry leaders from across healthcare providers, insurers, associations, and manufacturers engaged in sharing information, evaluating options, and recommending actions. We hope this board can continue to help us maintain our city’s and state’s strong standing as a healthy community that attracts more businesses.


Selling social change: it’s not enough to have a “good cause”

The idea of selling social change is a vital link in the social sector’s quest to achieve breakthrough results, so says an article in this quarter’s Stanford Social Innovation Review And only when non-profit organization have the ability to help their organizations and funders see past the needs equals demand fallacy where they get comfortable with this idea. One of the important steps highlighted in this article is non-profit’s and social enterprise’s ability to build sales and marketing capabilities. It’s not enough to create a service that people want, the article says. The target of the service is the people […]


“Konbini” — a new concept in serving needs of seniors emerging from Japan

Much has been written about how the new millennials are opting to do shopping online. At the other end of the generational spectrum, a trend is developing to move beyond simply convenience into senior care. In Japan, this concept is called konbini. In a article in this quarter’s Stanford Social Innovation Review, author Noel Duan writes that in Japan you can find senior citizens gathering for hours at a time, not at a local social club, but at their neighborhood 7-Eleven. In addition to buying ready-made foods, they might be singing karaoke, participating in a calisthenics class, paying their bills, […]


Kinship Is Powerful in The Fight Against River Blindness: from The Carter Center

From Carter Center News, spring 2016 When it comes to eliminating disease, sometimes it’s not only what you know, it’s also who you know. River blindness is so pervasive in Africa that many global experts have believed it could only be controlled, not eliminated. But Uganda intends to rid itself of the parasite that causes the disease, and it’s using one of its greatest resources to do it: women. River blindness is an infection that causes intense itching, skin discoloration, rashes, and eye disease that can lead to visual loss and permanent blindness. It is spread by the bites of […]


Challenge Cup: global competition for promising world-changing start-ups

A few weeks ago, I supported nearly 20 Idaho start-ups at our local incubator space, Trailhead, for the Challenge Cup, as they presented their pitches in a worldwide tournament to win over $1 million in cash prizes. The Challenge Cup is an international competition that seeks the most promising, world-changing startups. Our Idaho-based companies represented education, energy, food, health, money, security, cities, and transportation fields — all with less than $2.5MM in booked revenue and capital raised. Congratulations to the winners who advanced to the regional competition in San Francisco: ▪ GenZ Technology, a Boise-based designer of efficient crop sprayers. ▪ PSiFlow […]