Social impact is a how, not a what

“Social impact” (along with “social enterprise” and “social entrepreneurship”) is neither a sector nor an industry. We must stop saying it is. Halting the misuse of this term is in the interest of advancing social impact worldwide and sector-wide. Social impact is a how, not a what. It is a way of building and managing organizations that is responsible, inclusive, conscious, etc. A company with social impact (a social enterprise, for example) should be able to belong to any sector or industry. The practice of creating positive social impact must be sector/industry-agnostic.

A sector is an area of the economy…

The 117th US Congress — will they be leaders of our country or just representatives? / Photo by Phi Nguyen

I settled my internal debate on January 6th, 2021

We refer to those 435 (House) and 100 (Senate) individuals who occupy the chambers of our nation’s Capitol by many names: public servants, lawmakers, elected officials, congresswomen, congressmen, senators, representatives, and leaders.

But as many have shown throughout history— and as 147 specifically showed on January 6th, 2021, the day the 117th Congress convened to certify the Electoral College results of the 2020 Presidential Election— they are not and cannot be referred to as “leaders.”

Almost all those opposing the certification of the Electoral College votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania expressed they were doing so because their constituents were angry…

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The world is full of Contrasts. But many of us have (in)conveniently or (un)consciously become experts are ignoring them. Contrasts is a digital publication that seeks to highlight the ways in which inequalities — major or minor, harmful or harmless, hidden or obvious — are all around us.

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At a migration office in Mexico City, different stories revealed in how we pose for pictures

I’m sitting in a waiting room of the National Institute of Migration in Mexico City, waiting for my name to be called so that they can take my fingerprints and photographs. This is the last step required to finalize my residency. I have a been approved to extend my residency in Mexico for three years, with permission to work.

But so far, the only thing I’ve gotten called out for is reading my Kindle. No electronic devices allowed.

“But it’s just a book,” I say to the female security officer who has approached me. …

The pro-life movement waited precisely 3 minutes after the announcement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing to start celebrating

Three minutes. The pro-life organization Students for Life of America waited precisely three minutes after the announcement of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to begin commenting on her death as an opportunity to advance the pro-life movement in the United States.

Three minutes.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life went live at 5:35pm PST, starting with a brief call for prayer for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “soul” and for her “family.” …

Waiting in line to buy internet access at an ETECSA office in Old Havana. Photo by author.

How informal entrepreneurs have manipulated the public internet infrastructure to sell connectivity for cheap

After you’ve stood in line to purchase your internet access scratch card at Etecsa, the Cuban telco, the easiest way to find WiFi hotspots in La Habana is to walk a few blocks until you see dozens of people consumed by their phones, sharing memes, streaming reguetón, or ceremoniously video chatting as if they were in their living room.

The usual ritual is to pull out your phone and connect to the open “Etecsa” WiFi network. The pop-up portal prompts you to login using the 12-digit username and password from you previously purchased scratchcard — 0.70 …

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If you posted a black square yesterday, I hope you vote like you believe, truly, that Black Lives Matter

If you posted a black square yesterday as your first form of participation in the Black Lives Matter movement, then I congratulate you — I strongly believe that to accomplish social change in such a diverse nation, we must accept baby steps as progress. It is progress. I hope this was the first step in a long journey for many people. Most of us have a long way to go. As a country, we have a long way to go.

Putting into context the history of Black Americans, starting with colonial USA. Yes, we have a long, long way to go. (Source:

I remain concerned that social media “trends” allow people to feign support for something without making any real changes in…

Will they care for me as they care for a monument?

It’s not even one hour into a protest in Mexico City on the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, and I’m already seeing that the State and those in power are winning — focusing attention away from the protest and onto the protestors.

For the second time in four months, citizens are outraged by protestor behavior, voicing their contempt and disgust in cafés and on social media, because one of Mexico City’s monuments has been vandalized — in this particular case, the Hemicycle to Benito Juarez, or El Hemiciclo a Benito Juárez.

“In 2019, 2,173 women have been killed as a result of violence against women in Mexico. For who, someone who claims to love monuments so much, that’s as if all of the seats in Bellas Artes were filled with corpses.”

Imagine a world where I could…

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He got a red card, I got a headache

I found out all I needed to know about my date when I mentioned my excitement over the 2019 Women’s World Cup as we were watching a Mexican men’s league game. Tigres de Monterrey versus Club América.

He rolled his eyes and made a dismissive comment about how the equal pay debate had been going on for too long.

In my split-second of naiveté, I thought his “too long” meant the same as my “too long.” This debate has gone on for too long because, of course, there should be equal pay. Seems obvious. But I was wrong. He had…

Morgan Babbs

I write about informal economies, inequality, and contrasts. Never solved a Rubik’s Cube and can’t really water ski or tell left from right.

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