J. Kelly Hoey

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Four Innovators You Just Have To Watch

Innovation can come from anywhere — an image, adversity and opportunity — and these four women show that one person can truly make a difference.

Source: Getty Images

With an Instagram feed filled with snow, what else would you expect to find in my web browser, but videos? While the city that never sleeps was being blanketed in snow, I (as I suspect a lot of New Yorkers were) was watching videos from the Oscar-nominated films of the last century to every TED talk ever recommended. And through the drama and dialog, I discovered four incredible innovators whose stories are tied together by the threads of:

  • Connecting community based on values.
  • Believing that change can start with one person.
  • Creativity is the result of challenges.
“Compassion is not compassion without action” — Vivienne Harr

Vivienne Harr is the Chief Inspiration Officer at STAND.TC, a mobile app that lets you put your compassion into action and stand with the people you care about for the causes that matter to you. Vivienne is 11 years old. I don’t know about you, but at 11 years of age I was babysitting or moonlighting as the receptionist’s assistant at my father’s veterinary clinic on Saturday mornings. Start my own company that employs my father — didn’t even hit my radar screen! Vivienne started thinking big at age 8 and it all started with photograph of two child slave labors. That photo led to her taking a stand, setting up a lemonade stand and selling $100,000 of lemonade (all the while raising awareness on childhood slavery). The lemonade is now available in stores (and online) and Vivienne has an app. Watch Vivienne’s Creative Morning talk on how big revolutions can start from small ideas.

Read more on Inc.com

By J. Kelly Hoey on February 1, 2016.

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