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Why Every Social Entrepreneur Needs to Read This Book

Hila Mehr | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

Paulo Freire, author of the seminal 1970 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, saw the world not as a given reality, but as "a problem to be worked on and solved."

7 Things We've Learned About Impact Investing in 7 Years

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

As far as impact investing has come in seven years, there is still more to do to make it the norm, and give everyday investors access to a range of investment products.

Legos, Erector Sets, Collaboration, and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Whether two or more nonprofits are working together to achieve a commonly shared goal or facing the realities of limited resources to meet a need, they're demonstrating that collaboration often strengthens the impact of a project.

Thriving in the Social Sector

Nell Derick Debevoise | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nell Derick Debevoise

Arianna's message -- and specific tips -- about well-being should be directed with special attention to not-for-profit and social enterprise professionals ... Enabling them to take care of themselves first will allow them to more effectively take care of the people they aim to serve.

Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile

Darian Rodriguez Heyman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Just as most nonprofits initially resisted getting on board with social media, they're also apprehensive to spend the time and resources to devise and implement a mobile strategy. But with over 28 percent of web traffic now coming from mobile devices, the truth is the mobile age isn't coming, it's here.

28-Year-Old Erin Little Is Changing Diabetes Care in India

Riva Greenberg | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Riva Greenberg

Erin has been living inside the Jnana Sanjeevini Medical Center for the poor in Bangalore. She is working tirelessly to better the health of people who live in India's villages and have no access to health care.

The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

They are part of First Book, a nonprofit network of teachers, librarians, community leaders and program administrators serving kids in need -- a network that stretches across the country and around the world.

Impact Investing and Global Finance: The Big Picture

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Ben Thornley

One of the interesting and important recent developments in wealth management has been the emergence of a group of clients that seek to deliver measurable positive social or environmental benefits with every dollar they put to work.

The Profitability of Good Health

Mark Chasan | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Mark Chasan

Despite the groundswell of evidence supporting the profitability of health and sustainability programs, many executives today are stuck in an old mindset that categorically views such programs as "fluffy" cost centers not profit centers.

3 Old School Lessons for New School Entrepreneurs

Mark Newberg | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Mark Newberg

My goal is to help them merge their desire to do good through business with the reality that they'll need to be good at business. Once I realized that stories stick, I started keeping track of the stories that stuck best.

Poverty Need Not Bar Women From Healthcare in Latin America

Rosario Perez | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Rosario Perez

Our 24 years of experience at the women's development organization Pro Mujer show that when women have access to independent sources of income, they improve economic conditions for their children.

Flaunt Your Flaws: Why Transparency Can Boost Business for NGOs

Erin Ganju | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Erin Ganju

Without trust and transparency, social enterprises would not be able to operate successfully and leverage their collaboration to ensure they are truly changing the world.

3 Things That Make Schools Thrive Around the World

Mike Feinberg | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Mike Feinberg

Our challenge is to figure out what sort of educational system will help students everywhere get into college. No one has cracked this nut yet. But through my work I've seen how we might be able to.

A Rising Tide to Lift All Boats: Alex's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Rising Tide Capital is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization that helps aspiring but financially limited entrepreneurs to start and grow successful businesses.

Three Ingredients to Mainstream Social Enterprise

Nell Derick Debevoise | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Nell Derick Debevoise

There's a ton of buzz about social enterprise these days. Which thrills me: I believe that we can all do well by doing good. If you want to know more about why I believe, read my wonky manifesto below.

Not Just Art for Art's Sake

Tim Jones | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Tim Jones

The world of art needs more social enterprise and the world of social enterprise needs more art.

Pitching Investors in Global Health: Funding Lessons From Social Entrepreneurs

Cathy Clark | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Cathy Clark

This post is co-authored by Lila Cruikshank. Over the past decade, business models serving the base of the pyramid (BOP) customers have attracted in...

Poor Women Need More than Just a Pink Mobile Phone

Hillary Miller-Wise | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Hillary Miller-Wise

In recognition of International Women's Day, March 8, 2014, we'd like to challenge mobile operators, NGOs, government and others to radically rethink the way that we allow poor women to benefit from mobile technology.

The Ultimate Innovators: Women Everywhere

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

We need to ramp up our investments in educational gender equity and opportunities for women and girls. By doing so, our families and communities will thrive.

How to Assess a Social Enterprise

Hila Mehr | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

How do we really know when an organization is doing quality work we should rally behind and having a real, positive impact, versus just using the right buzzwords?

The Synergy Between Universities, Entrepreneurs and Communities

Ann Dugan | Posted 04.20.2014 | College
Ann Dugan

Given that 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first five years according to the Small Business Administration, many entrepreneurs make the mistake of struggling and not asking for help. Why?

Building An Economy On Love

Kevin Lynch | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

We're living today with the fallout from an economy that is built, not on "enlightened" self interest as proposed by Adam Smith, but on fanatical greed, as condemned by Smith, but widely practiced today.

A Tested Motif: Betting on Me and Not the Horse

Tinia Pina | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business
Tinia Pina

For investors, it is an old adage whether to bet on the jockey or the horse. With so many variables untested and the development at such an early stage, a seedling venture often only has its founder's vision, team and world changing product to convince an investor's judgment.

Her Own Rising Tide: Alfa's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

In a small office with in Jersey City, Alfa and Alex radiate confidence and energy. I sat stunned at Alfa's remarkable journey to get to this place, and the beautiful love that exists between them.

The Case of Bixi Bikes: A Learning Opportunity for Social Enterprise

John Brothers | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
John Brothers

Living in and around New York City, it has been hard to miss the explosion of blue bicycles that have found themselves throughout the city streets.