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Age Is Mind Over Matter

William K. Zinke | Posted 02.04.2013 | Fifty
William K. Zinke

I had a friend about five years ago who was terminated as the manager of an IT team and was disconsolate about being able to find another job at age 5...

5 Predictions for the Future of Social Entrepreneurship

Eli Malinsky | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Eli Malinsky

Right now social entrepreneurship is treated as a distinct discipline, drawing attention and resources to the social sector while stimulating new frameworks and new enterprises. But in the coming years we'll see social entrepreneurship woven into the very fabric of existing disciplines.

Nonprofit Leaders Have Key Skills to Rock the For-Profit World

Julie Kantor | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Julie Kantor

As a regional executive director and national team player achieving these outcomes never felt like a job -- as cliche as it sounds, but I know you can relate, it was a calling.

Justice Begins Within the Social Entrepreneur Organization

Rich Tafel | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Rich Tafel

Social change organizations should focus on creating a just organizational culture for themselves before bringing about global justice.

Building A Better Mousetrap Is Only The Beginning

Paul Polak | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Paul Polak

In my work with a multitude of affordable technologies over the past 30 years, one key feature has become abundantly clear: If you have met the challenge of designing a transformative, radically affordable technology, you've successfully solved no more than 10-20% of the problem.

Go-go China

Kristine Pearson | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Kristine Pearson

I'm looking forward to learning more about Africa's biggest trading partner up close and personal -- from the Chinese themselves -- and to comparing the go-go China of today with the serene images from my past.

Distribution: The Missing Link Between Design and Impact

Chuck Slaughter | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Chuck Slaughter

Inspired by successful direct-selling models like Avon, Amway and Tupperware, we are designing a sustainable platform to dramatically scale access to a broad range of life-changing products for people living in poverty.

Carpe Diem: The Role Of Fate In Your Life And Job Search

Julie Kantor | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business
Julie Kantor

Realize that the people you meet every day in offices, planes and trains are each getting you further in miles to where you need to go to find your dream job.

Be A Boss, Literally

Jack Kim | Posted 10.01.2012 | Impact
Jack Kim

During the last year or so of running Benelab, my little Web startup, I've experienced so much of what I would have never learned in a classroom. Also, I can safely say that I have discovered a new, lifelong passion for social entrepreneurship.

Sending Social Entrepreneurs to Sea? What Gives?

Paul Lamb | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Paul Lamb

What would someone hope to get out of putting a small group of entrepreneurs tasked with rapidly building their companies onboard a ship with 600 college students sailing around the world? It may sound like the plot for a really bizarre reality TV show, but in fact it's not.

Two Lessons Social Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits Need to Learn

Geri Stengel | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Geri Stengel

Doing good requires more than good intentions, money, an idea, and a perceived need at the bottom of the pyramid. You need to think through all the consequences of your project.

Caught Offside: Tackling The Youth Employment Crisis

Jürgen Griesbeck | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Jürgen Griesbeck

Football teaches us the essential role of team play towards achieving our goals. No amount of skill and ability can mitigate an absence of teamwork. This applies not only on the football pitch, but also to our collaboration as individuals and organizations.

The Road to Africa 2022

Andrea Coleman | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Andrea Coleman

How will Africa look in 2022 if we do not enable the whole population to deploy its abundance of home-grown innovation? What will happen if women and men are not able to engage in the development of the continent by innovation, or by any other means?

Becoming the Sustainabilitity We Seek

Rich Tafel | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Rich Tafel

It is time for the nonprofit sector to change the rules that change the world. It must become the sustainability it seeks from others. Until there's a shift from scarcity to sustainability, we will never drain the swamp.

Heroic vs. Homegrown Entrepreneurs?

Tanyella Evans | Posted 06.09.2012 | Small Business
Tanyella Evans

We have become intoxicated with "heroic entrepreneurs" that have set a course to the moon, but I believe that groups focused at the community level are just as deserving of our attention.

Jesuit Social Entrepreneurship

Thane Kreiner | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

Our mission at the Center is to help more social entrepreneurs help more people. Last year, we launched a GSBI Network among the network of Jesuit institutions of higher learning around the world -- all with a common mission to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Helping Social Entrepreneurs Succeed: Lessons From 10 Years of the GSBI

Thane Kreiner | Posted 06.05.2012 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

Social impact is much more challenging to measure than financial results, so we use a combination of metrics to gauge our success in helping social entrepreneurs build sustainable and scalable enterprises.

Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Jim Fruchterman

The constant theme is raising money for our social enterprises. But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur.

What We Can Learn From Girl Scout Cookies

Buck Goldstein | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Buck Goldstein

How do you scale a social enterprise in a sustainable manner? The unlikely answer to the question is found in Girl Scout cookies, or more specifically, in the scaling strategy used by Girl Scouts nationwide to sell over 200 million boxes annually and generate over $700 million.

The "Less Talk... More Action" Empowerment Tour Comes to Detroit

Ryan Mack | Posted 01.30.2012 | Impact
Ryan Mack

I want to personally thank Dr. West and Tavis Smiley for bringing their "Poverty Tour" to my hometown of Detroit, Mich. in the first week of August 20...

Huge Number Of Baby Boomers Want To Create Nonprofits, Social Change: Study

Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact

It's not just idealistic 20-somethings working toward social change anymore; it's also idealistic 60-somethings. A recent study shows that approxim...

The I Love You Project

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 01.02.2012 | Impact
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

The Beatles created history with their hit "All You Need is Love" in 1967 and social entrepreneur, Alyson Schacherer thinks the message is still relevant today.

From Good for Good

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

My fellow panelists and I have been challenged to illustrate "What Good Looks Like" with three examples of innovative solutions from non-profits, foundations, or social enterprises.

Making Social Enterprise Work: A Funder's Perspective

Paul Lamb | Posted 11.07.2011 | Impact
Paul Lamb

There are many other lessons to be learned and shared when it comes to supporting the launch and growth of community-based social enterprises in the nonprofit sector.

How We Can Help Students' Social Innovation Have Real World Impact

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

Wednesday in New York student teams from over 70 countries celebrated the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup - a competition that challenges students to ...