The Shift From Making Money To Making A Difference

The Shift From

Making Money To Making A Difference

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In the past, big business has always seemed to be focused on making the most money possible. Some Millennials, however are helping to change that. They are adding an element of social responsibility and sustainability to their endeavors. Perhaps it is all the attention to environmental and social justice issues, perhaps they’re just trying to make the world a better place.

Good ideas for new products are everywhere, but the ideas that have the potential to change the lives of so many on the planet are the ones that surround themes around poverty, injustice, and limited resources. The following go-getters have more on their mind than making it rich; they feel they have a social responsibility to make a positive impact on the world. To these Millennial entrepreneurs, the revenue is just a bonus.

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Jessica Matthews. Photo Credit: Eileen Blass

Jessica Matthews

Creating the SOKKET, a soccer ball that generates sustainable energy and can be used for charging devices, was just the beginning for this millennial innovator. Matthews, who was 19 when she brought her initial concept to the market, has since founded Uncharted Play, an energy company that is committed to designing and creating ways to make off-grid power accessible for everyone around the world. Her belief that motion can create and store usable energy has opened the doors of possibility for additional products – like a jump rope.

Jessica’s concept also has the potential to impact health, well-being, and the environment in a very positive way. Playing with the products provides renewable, sustainable power.

Making energy fun isn’t the only thing she is up to these days; she also focuses some of her attention on energy initiatives in other parts of the world and is an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria. We’re sure to see many more innovative products from this forward-thinking entrepreneur that will help make power shortages a thing of the past.

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Vivienne Haar

All it took to spring this young girl into action was a photograph. The picture was of two brothers in the Himalayas who were forced to carry heavy stones with only a strap on their heads. Haar was appalled that slavery was not anywhere near being abolished like she thought. She was determined to do something about it, so she resorted to the only thing she knew how to do to raise money – a lemonade stand. Her sweet, sincere demeanor and hopeful message for the future inspired people to purchase a glass of her lemonade for anywhere between $2.00 and $1,000.

Haar reached her goal of raising $100,000 in one year and was able to donate it all to an organization that works to end child slavery.

Her non-profit Make A Stand is now online and her beverages are sold in over 100 stores. Haar, saw and injustice and every day, for an entire year, set up her stand to make a difference, proving determination and commitment are not relegated to an age group.

Maria Keller

When she was just eight-years-old, Maria Keller was shocked to find out that books were not always available to kids. A big reader herself, she made a goal for her 18th birthday: to donate 1 million books to children who didn’t have any. With the help of family and friends, she was able to collect over 1 million books by the time she was 13-years-old. Keller took something she was passionate about in her own life and turned it into a huge non-profit called Read Indeed, changing the lives of children in desperate need of books. To date, her organization has collected and distributed over 1,700,000 books. She hopes to continue her efforts until her literacy program has reached every country in the world.

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There are no limits to what you can achieve if you have the right mindset and a passion for helping others. Determination and commitment are important, but so is the desire to do something good for someone else.

Whether the shift from making money to making a difference is due to our increasing understanding of worldly issues, or the awakening of the social conscience, the end justifies the means.

Iman Oubou

Aside from being the founder and Editor-In-Chief of SWAAY Media, Iman is also Miss New York US, a philanthropist, a champion of Women Entrepreneurs, a Scientist and a Fashionista. She is the host of the popular podcast Entrepreneurs En Vogue, powered by SWAAY.

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