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Social Entrepreneurs

What My MBA Taught Me About Being ‘Different'

Emily Douglas-McNab | Posted 03.20.2015 | Women
Emily Douglas-McNab

While traveling for work, I sat next to a 26-year-old woman on a plane to Austin, Texas. She helped me relive a moment from my past that continues to be a reminder of the importance of being comfortable with who you are, especially if what you believe makes you "different."

4 Reasons Most People Will Never Change the World

James Carbary | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
James Carbary

Renaut makes decisions every day that are hard. He makes decisions that are risky. He makes decisions that are borderline crazy. But it's those decisions that have led him to changing the world in bigger ways than most of us will ever experience.

40% of Kids in India Drop Out of Free Primary School. We're Trying to Get Them to Stay.

Dr. Bodhisattwa Biswas | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Dr. Bodhisattwa Biswas

Most successful people count their mind as their greatest asset. They relied on it to develop a professional edge, overcome personal challenges, and keep running in a competitive world. But what if it never was given the chance to develop?

Why I Highly Recommend Selling Your Soul (Part Deux)

Allison Dailey | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Dailey

Click here to read Part Une of Selling Your Soul Here's why I highly recommend we start selling our souls: Selling your soul is satisfying. It wil...

Back-to-School Supplies With Heart

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

For every Yoobi item purchased, the company contributes an item to a Classroom Pack, which contains essential school supplies. Together with their non-profit partner, the Kids In Need Foundation.

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

An Impact Investor's Guide to Creating Social Impact

Lorainne Lopez | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Lorainne Lopez

There's a lot of excitement about impact investing these days. The industry's main goal, to make money while making a difference, is very enticing. However, with the lack of information on successful impact investments, it's hard to know if impact investments are truly making an impact.

Maximizing Your Accelerator Experience

Jamie N. Jones | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Jamie N. Jones

Are you considering joining an accelerator in hopes of propelling your startup into the ranks of Airbnb and Dropbox? As accelerators proliferate, you...

Is Green Investing Dead?

Aimee Christensen | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Aimee Christensen

Human wellbeing depends upon earth's natural systems for our food, fuel, clean freshwater, protection from storms, shelter, and yet our current economic system does not effectively value nature -- either at all, or certainly at the level it is due.

Revving Our Engines: 10 Lessons From Launching an Impact Accelerator

Jamie N. Jones | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jamie N. Jones

Impact entrepreneurs and impact investors are interconnected and mutually dependent: Early-stage companies need investment to fund their development and growth, and impact investors need good deals to fund.

Skoll World Forum: The Olympics of Social Entrepreneurs

Jamiel L. Alexander | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Jamiel L. Alexander

Hello Everyone! First thank you Mrs. D and Mr. JB for this amazing opportunity and shout out to the Skoll Foundation for a life enhancing, experience...

Towards 100 Percent Impact: Do You PYMWYMIC?

Liz Wilson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

How can you align your intentions with actions? This was one of the key questions that the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth (and Meaning) Is Community (PYMWYMIC) discussed at their annual Impact Days from 7-9th April in Amsterdam.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 2)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As exciting as the social enterprises presented were, the most interesting and perspective-changing lesson for me was the Vietnamese flat tax.

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.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 1)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

In growing economies like Vietnam's, we are seeing innovations in business--through both national and foreign investments. But the government, almost 40 years after the US left, is also empowering social enterprises with its reforms.

Social Entrepreneurship: A Shift in the Traditional Business Mindset

Heather Hummel | Posted 05.02.2014 | Business
Heather Hummel

A new corporate structure, the social enterprise, was born. This entity, which can be structured either as a for-profit or non-profit, considers the impact of its decisions on communities, the environment and employee welfare.

Entrepreneurship Through the Western Looking Glass

Penina Rybak | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

I've realized that this is one of the most profound examples of the importance of the proverbial traveler's journey.

Traveling to Nepal for The Global Good Fund

Carrie Rich | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Carrie Rich

Gasping for air and tripping over my feet while chasing Nepali men up and down a field was not exactly what I anticipated when I set out on my trip to Nepal. But it did end up teaching me a lot about entrepreneurship.

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?

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.

Equalizing the Unequal at DAVOS

Anne Githuku-Shongwe | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Anne Githuku-Shongwe

The cold and falling snow outside made sure that we all walked briskly to and from the Congress Centre determined to keep our bodies and brains warm with all that great and passionate sharing and exchange of ideas. Nice!

Social Entrepreneurship -- A Wealth of Experience

Janet Longmore | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Janet Longmore

Social entrepreneurs are by nature sharers, social knowledge engineers. They have valuable lessons and best practices to offer today's business leaders and tomorrow's business innovators.

Fight Climate Change - Global Brands and Global Politicians to Walk the Talk

Renat Heuberger | Posted 03.21.2014 | Green
Renat Heuberger

Imagine you are 95% sure that your house will burn down tomorrow. Would you get a fire insurance coverage? Scientists have been warning for many years...

How to Create More Social Entrepreneurs

Jennifer Hirsch | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Jennifer Hirsch

Every day, I hear about one of the following: An individual's deep desire to find meaningful work -- where she can practice her craft and change the...

Entrepreneurs: Help Others to Help Yourself

Jack Nadel | Posted 02.22.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In essence, when you give to others, you are really helping yourself, and often in ways you cannot imagine. This is a lesson all entrepreneurs should take to heart. Even if you are at the beginning of your business career, you should think about ways to give back to your community.