057 / Extinction Rebellion, Charity:Water & Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned Out (Plus, 3 Questions With Christine Bader)

Hi Friends,

Lots on deck this week, so let’s dive in!

👉 We’re excited to introduce “Hot Job Alerts” — a new sponsored feature highlighting exciting job openings in social impact. Our first opportunity from the C&A Foundation is 🔥🔥🔥. Click here if you want to submit an opportunity for our May 24th newsletter — there are only three slots available per issue.

👉 We’re also bringing back our popular “3 Questions” series with a profile of writer/speaker/advisor Christine Bader. Her new project is The Life I Want, a platform dedicated to reimagining the role of work in our lives and societies, co-founded with Eva Deniel. Into it. Scroll down for the link to the full interview.

👉 On May 21st, I’m joining a New York Design Week panel on “Thinking Green in 2019” hosted by Daly and MistyWest. So excited for this conversation on what it means to *actually* incorporate sustainability into a company’s everyday practices and values. If you’re in New York, sign up here (it’s free!) and say hi.

✌️ Jess


Non-profit Nest recently unveiled its first State of the Handworker Report, a comprehensive source of data on artisan small to medium sized enterprises and home-based workers engaged in craft work around the globe. Read the full report here.

(Reuters/Peter Nicholls via Quartz)

(Reuters/Peter Nicholls via Quartz)

This Week's 5 Links

Extinction Rebellion succeeded where most climate protests failQuartz

If you’ve only heard of Extinction Rebellion recently, you’re not alone. In just eight months, the climate activism group has managed to propel climate change to the top of Britain’s political agenda — so much so that they are widely credited with influencing the UK’s decision to announce a climate emergency last week. While it’s still unclear what this “climate emergency” actually entails, it’s a strong signal that climate change is an urgent risk that governments, businesses and citizens must start prioritizing. (7 minutes)

💻 “Men Are Scum”: Inside Facebook’s War On Hate SpeechVanity Fair

This behind-the-scenes peek into Facebook’s “shadow government” from Vanity Fair’s March issue is particularly relevant after the social media behemoth announced plans to ban “dangerous individuals” last week. In recent years, Facebook has been pressured to take more responsibility for the (mis)information spread via its social networks. Caught between freedom of speech and public safety, it’s needing to act more like a government than a corporation — a new business reality with challenging ethical dilemmas. Writes Simon van Zuylen-Wood: “If Facebook has created a parallel online society for a quarter of the world to live in, the question facing [the] team is: What kind of society is it going to be?” (23 minutes)

💧 A Charity Accepts Uber Stock as Donations. Then Uses It to Pay Staff Bonuses. Is That O.K.?The New York Times

Nonprofit workers have traditionally been expected to work long hours for low pay. Charity: water founder Scott Harrison is challenging that idea, arguing that his staff should benefit from the same “monetary upside” as leading employers like Google and Apple. Last month, the nonprofit announced a new plan to accept tech company stock as donations — but instead of funding their signature water projects, earnings will be paid out as employee bonuses. Oof. Harrison’s plan spotlights the tension between profit and purpose and has sparked much-needed conversation around social impact compensation. I appreciated this response from She’s The First founder Tammy Tibbetts, who argues that non-profits should cultivate and retain talent through a strong mission, flexible work culture and fair compensation — instead of trying to attract fickle tech employees with surface-level perks. (12 minutes)

💤 Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned OutHarvard Business Review

Speaking of the purpose/profit tension, social entrepreneurs are feeling it. New research demonstrates that the “conflicting of goals” between helping those in need and running a commercially viable business can have a serious impact on health and wellbeing. Stress is a major problem (surprise, surprise) but researchers have identified a few characteristics that can help reduce burnout… and increase impact. (4 minutes)

📌 (Even More) Social Impact Statistics You Should KnowEngage for Good

Add this to your bookmarks for the next time you need to make the business case for CSR. Engage for Good’s database brings together compelling statistics from major sustainable business, cause marketing and philanthropy reports published over the past decade. You can finally close those 50 tabs of research and reports (you’re welcome). 🤗

MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Your H&M Addiction is Wreaking Havoc on the Environment. Here’s How to Fix It.Fast Company. Learn about more social impact challenges — and solutions —in our archive.

3 Questions With…

After leaving a high-profile role leading sustainability at Amazon, Christine Bader relocated with her family to Bali to explore “a way of life that is sustainable in every dimension”.

Full interview here 👉

Social Impact Jobs

C&A Foundation — Programme Manager, Circular Fashion (Amsterdam). The C&A Foundation was created to help spark the change that will fundamentally transform the fashion industry. This role will be responsible for developing, executing, and measuring the impact of programmes to transition the fashion industry from a linear model to a circular model. Deadline to apply is May 15th.

Early Career

Engie — Sustainability Compliance Administrator (Leeds, UK)

Fenton — CSR Internship (New York)

Floyd — Sustainability Intern (Detroit, Michigan)

GANT — Sustainability Intern (Stockholm, Sweden)

Hello Fresh — Supply Chain Sustainability Intern (Berlin)

Impact Capital Managers — Summer Associate Internship (New York City)

International Flavors & Fragrances — Sustainability Intern (Union Beach, New Jersey)

L’Oreal — Supply Chain Graduate (Copenhagen)

Mercedes-Benz — Marketing & CSR Administrator (Surrey, UK)

Natural History Museum — Environment & Sustainability Officer (London)

Nava — Design Researcher (Washington, DC)

New Profit — Associate, Investor Relations (Boston)

PopSockets — Social and Environmental Sustainability Intern (Boulder, Colorado)

SAILMATE — Sales & Marketing Intern (Amsterdam)

Selina — Impact Project Manager Internship (Panama City, Panama)

The R Collective — Marketing & E-Commerce Assistant (Hong Kong)

The World Bank — Social Development Specialist (Washington, DC)

United Nations — Environment Affairs Intern (Geneva)

Unilever — Assistant Social Accountability Manager ( Singapore)

Warner Brothers — Executive Assistant, Public Affairs (Los Angeles)


Amazon — EU Environmental Manager (Luxembourg)

American Express — Manager, Sustainability & CSR (Sydney, Australia)

Bank of China — Corporate Communications Manager, CSR (Hong Kong)

Divine Chocolate — Marketing Director (contract) (London)

IBM — Program Manager, CSR (Atlanta, Georgia)

J.P. Morgan — Associate, CSR (Mumbai, India)

KeepCup — Brand & Sustainability Manager (Los Angeles)

PepsiCo — Drinkfinity Communications & Sustainability Coordinator (Miami, Florida)

PVH Corp. — Communications Manager, Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Radley Yeldar — Sustainability Project Director (London)

SurveyMonkey — Social Impact/Employee Engagement Specialist (San Mateo, California)

The Freedom Fund — Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager (London)

Tiffany & Co. — Climate & Environment Manager (New York City)

UnitedHealth Group — Director, Social Responsibility Operations (Washington, DC or Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Vistaprint — Senior Specialist, Sustainability (Windsor, Canada)

World Resources Institute — Behavioral Scientist (contract) (Washington, DC)


Benetech — VP, Benetech Labs & Data Platforms (Palo Alto, California)

Grove Collaborative — Director, Sustainability (San Francisco)

Johnson & Johnson  — Senior Manager, Human Rights & Sustainability Compliance (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

Lululemon — Director of Product and Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

RSF Social Finance — Senior Director, Credit (San Francisco)

Tri-Sector Associates — Director (Singapore)

Visa — Senior Director, Purpose Communications (San Francisco)

Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to learn about submitting a “Hot Job Alert”.

Apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries and apricots — all thrive together in “The Tree of 40 Fruit” by artist Sam Van Aken, a living art installation that uses centuries-old techniques to preserve heirloom and rare fruit varieties threatened by industrial fruit production. On display at the    Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial    exhibition, which opens today in New York.

Apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries and apricots — all thrive together in “The Tree of 40 Fruit” by artist Sam Van Aken, a living art installation that uses centuries-old techniques to preserve heirloom and rare fruit varieties threatened by industrial fruit production. On display at the Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial exhibition, which opens today in New York.