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Radical Shopkeeping: Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the People

Posted July 13, 2010 | 18:20:11 (EST)

I often get asked to comment on entrepreneurship initiatives. Most commonly, the focus tends to be on "innovation", interpreted as hi-tech, and highly lucrative, endeavors. Why are there such distinctions made between entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and small business owners? We need them all, and we need them all to be...

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Cafe Moto Brews Globally, and Locally, Responsible Coffee

Posted June 11, 2010 | 13:29:06 (EST)

This article originally appeared on Sheepless.org

As easy as it was to schedule a meet up with Cafe Moto owner Torrey Lee, it's much harder to pin down a description of his business. The list includes solar power, social responsibility, sustainable agriculture, local distribution, and community...

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The Rise of the Citizen Entrepreneur

Posted February 4, 2010 | 12:36:58 (EST)

It was quite remarkable to get a personal shout-out from the President of the United States last week. Amidst the ovations--some bi-partisan and some quite partisan--I heard a President say that it was small businesses that were going to get this country back on its feet again. He talked dramatically...

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Don't Start a Social Enterprise -- Unless You Have To

Posted December 16, 2009 | 16:17:06 (EST)

This social enterprise thing isn't all its cracked up to be. It sounds pretty good, if you believe the hype that you can save the world, make friends, make money, and party party party. But even the most successful amongst us is breaking all sorts of rules, the kind they...

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Find Water Everywhere You Go in NYC

Posted April 22, 2009 | 18:59:28 (EST)

This article originally appeared on PSFK.com

The folks behind the TapIt Water initiative are taking the 'convenience' excuse out of the case for bottled water. Combining popular mobile technologies and grassroots on-the-ground efforts, the program connects empty-canteen-carrying water seekers with cafes and restaurants who offer good, clean, NYC...

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Educating Youth to Design Solutions for Social Issues

Posted April 22, 2009 | 18:18:36 (EST)

This article originally appeared on PSFK.com

When it comes to utilizing design or creative thinking to shape our society, few avenues are more direct or have more potential than reaching out and fostering a commitment to social responsibility within our schools and our children. An interesting newcomer to this...

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Lawrence Lessig & Shepard Fairey on Art, Commerce and Corruption

Posted February 27, 2009 | 17:01:53 (EST)

This article originally appeared on PSFK.com.

Thursday night, we were treated to an insightful and inspiring production at the New York Public Library as part of their Live from the NYPL series and sponsored by Wired. Titled

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Kids Learn Target Marketing from the FTC

Posted February 25, 2009 | 17:45:01 (EST)

This article originally appeared on PSFK.com.

Competition? Mergers? Supply and demand? Find our what's cooking at the Food Court. These are the kind of directions you'll find as you make your way through the Saturday Morning Cartoons style website You Are Here, created...

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