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Social Enterprise

Social Finance vs. Traditional Finance: What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Don Shaffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Most growth businesses face challenges raising capital at some stage in their development. But for social enterprises, which use the power of business to directly improve society and our environment, the obstacles tend to be tougher and more persistent.

Survey: Women More Collaborative Than Men; Email Not Dead [INFOGRAPHIC]

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

"E-mail is a sinkhole where knowledge goes to die." The quote recited in the New York Times got us wondering - if email is dying, what will replace ...

A Better World Is the New Bottom Line

Abhi Nangia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

We can't let these better choices make us complacent. We can't use that better buy to justify the rack of sweatshop-sourced products in our closet. Every product has a story, and it's up to us to choose which story we want to live on.

The World's Only College for the Rural Poor: Channeling Gandhi, Creating 21st Century Solutions

Barefoot College | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Barefoot College

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgMore than one billion people live on less than one dollar a day.

Empowering youth through digital jobs: How innovative approaches are creating opportunities for disadvantaged youth

Digital Divide Data | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Digital Divide Data

by Bathylle Missika and Alessandra Fiedler When Emmeldah walks through the dirty lanes of the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, what she sees is far from a...

South Beach Bringing Together For-Profit Resources and Social Enterprise Vision

Juan Vasquez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Juan Vasquez

Why keep resources of the for-profit world separate from the warm n' fuzzies that come along with social enterprise and non-profit work? Let's not. Instead, let's combine the strengths of different communities to reduce their respective weaknesses.

Nuts About Oil: Rural Enterprise in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Proximity Designs

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgU San Lwin has been milling peanut oil for 55 years, iterating everyday to ensure the best possible quality.

The New Non-Profit

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Simone N. Sneed

Adapting and applying market based strategies for the non-profit sector would allow non-profits to potentially generate enough income to stabilize their core administrative needs. This would allow them to utilize revenue.

Living on $8 an Hour: White Elephants in the Room

Derek Snook | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Derek Snook

As the President of In Every Story, a social business that helps low income workers advance towards self sufficiency through temporary employment, I'm...

Hope Knows No Borders

National Center for Arts & Technology | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
National Center for Arts & Technology

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg Despair runs deep. However, the human spirit is remarkable; hope runs even deeper. In each of the places I visit, there are people who have stepped toward the promise of light.

The Social Impact Movement: Designing Nonprofits to Succeed

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Recently, I raised an awkward question: "Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?" As I wrote, for all the good work a nonprofit may do, it's often hard to tell if a it's really making a difference: fixing the underlying problem, rather than forever treating symptoms.

The Power of Limitations

Derek Snook | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

As the founder of In Every Story, I've decided to experiment with limitations. I've moved back into transitional housing at the Star Gospel Mission and I'm planning on living on the same wage our workers make, $8 an hour or $262 weekly after taxes.

'Social Entrepreneurs Challenge' Kicks Off, Rewards Innovators And Crowdfunding Virtuosos!

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact

On Tuesday, The Huffington Post and the Skoll Foundation launched the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, a fundraising initiative for organizations striv...

Start-Up Wins $1 Million to Tackle Global Food Crisis -- With Edible Insects

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Neil Parmar

And the $1 million Hult Prize for the best start-up idea that secures food for undernourished slum-dwellers goes to... a group of five students from Montreal, Canada, who want to grow, process and sell edible insects.

Slum Dreams

Hult Prize: Team AIM | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Hult Prize: Team AIM

Today are the four of us and our business plan. We have brainstormed over this dream of ours for months now, and the more we learnt about the business we were entering, the more we understood the value of our role in it.

Tidbits for Social Entrepreneurship

Derek Snook | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

The reality is that once you are able to consistently overcome mistakes, rejections and failures, nothing can stop you. While there will always be sensible reasons to give up, great stories are made by people who refuse to quit.

A Message From Cambodia: 'If You Don't Love What You Do, It's Not Sustainable.'

Rich Polt | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Rich Polt

Upon graduating, Rachel Faller took the road less traveled. And by, 'road,' I mean that she hopped on a plane, said goodbye to the comforts of American living and launched a socially responsible fashion label in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Can Four Indians Feed Millions Across The Globe?

Hult Prize: Team AIM | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Hult Prize: Team AIM

Living in the slum neighborhood for 26 years, our team understands the problem confronted by our fellow brothers, and we have a solution

Patient Ambition

Hult Prize: Team ESADE | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Hult Prize: Team ESADE

Patient ambition means that you do not wait for success to come to you, nor do you expect success to manifest by patiently waiting. It requires ambition to create opportunities, persistence to achieve breakthroughs, and a relentless pursuit of experts and talent.

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

People who set out to change the world often get the feeling they may have to settle for a few square feet. That's why an event like this year's Nonprofit Management Institute conference is so welcome.

Is Customer Experience Manageable? An Industry Pundit Says No

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.06.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

What is customer experience (CX)? To get customer experience right, companies need to first get the definition of customer experience right, according...

Changing Lives of Poor Brazilian Families, Saúde Criança Wants to Do the Same Globally

David J. Olson | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

It works like this: Saúde Criança (or "child health" in English) interviews and assesses children and their families living below the poverty line. Based on this information, a "family action plan" is developed and worked towards.

The Millennial Generation Is Doing Something

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

We've heard it all before. The Millennial generation is self-absorbed, narcissistic, uninformed, uncaring, lazy and self centered. These stereotypes are tragically overused and inaccurate. We are the generation of social responsibility.

Team McGill, Aspire Foods

Hult Prize: Team McGill | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Hult Prize: Team McGill

One exciting aspect of social enterprise is that in the information age, cutting-edge technology makes social enterprise commercially viable where it might not have been before.

Homeless Tours in Prague Could Go Europe-wide

Pro Journo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

By Patrick Reevell, Dual-Degree Masters in Journalism and International Affairs at Sciences Po, Paris Karim, former male prostitute, now tour guide....