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Social Entrepreneurs at Annual Meeting

Hilde Schwab | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Hilde Schwab

At the beginning of each year, Davos becomes a true global village assembling business, political, intellectual and civil society leaders to define the priorities on the global agenda and possibly look for solutions.

Seeding Startups at the Base of India's Pyramid

David Bank | Posted 01.03.2013 | Business
David Bank

A team of technology veterans has raised $8 million for one of the first funds making early-stage investments in companies meeting the basic needs of ...

Social Enterprise 4.0 Is About Enlightened Self-Interest

Ben Mangan | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
Ben Mangan

The latest iteration of social enterprise will lead to faster rates of deep social impact, and to an increase in the ways talented people can make structured contributions to social and economic change.

The ABCDs of Impact Investing and Social Enterprise

Antony Bugg-Levine | Posted 01.29.2013 | College
Antony Bugg-Levine

Inspiring pioneers are demonstrating that business and investment can be a morally legitimate and economically effective way to tackle social challenges.

Simplicity Brings Hope to the Digital Age

Paul Polak | Posted 01.28.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

Can the design genius of Steve Jobs and Apple be harnessed to create a $15 iPad that would create revolutionary transformative markets serving the world's 3 billion most bypassed customers?

South African Taxi Driver Is Disabled and Poor -- Yet Ready to Start a Social Enterprise

Alexandre Lemille | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Alexandre Lemille

Mpondo has been driving the streets of Cape Town for nine years. In 2009, he was hijacked by two youngsters who shot a bullet from his shoulder through to his chest. With the help of neighbors and friends, Mpondo adapted his taxi to his disability.

While US Government Dithers, Social Enterprises Fill the Gap on Climate Change

Anya Cherneff | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Anya Cherneff

While major climate change policy remains a question mark in the US, efforts in the developing world by groups such as Empower Generation offer the hope of entrenching sustainable energy production before large energy grids fueled by fossil fuels take root.

Here's How Big Data and Social Media Will Change Social Movements

Beverly Macy | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Beverly Macy

What if we could really achieve repeatable and scalable results in terms of widespread global development, entrepreneurship, mitigating poverty, and h...

The Facts on U.S. Social Enterprise

Ben Thornley | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

The Great Social Enterprise Census is open for business and will provide the data needed to support sustainable growth and job creation in this emerging sector of the economy. If what your enterprise does, or how and why you do it, is motivated by social purpose, now is the time to join a movement.

Disruptive Women Entrepreneurs

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Jeannie E. Javelosa

In the first hour that I met my other co-finalists for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards here in Paris, I knew this experience would be a precious life memory to look back on.

The Top Four Trends Shaping Social Enterprise in 2013

Beverly Macy | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business
Beverly Macy

The economy will eventually improve. When it does, the organizations that are social, mobile, in the cloud, and using big data will be on top. The rest of you will wonder what happened.

At 20, Investors' Circle Gets Its Groove Back

David Bank | Posted 12.14.2012 | Impact
David Bank

Investor's Circle, the 20-year-old network of mission-driven angel investors, has survived the long economic slowdown and a rough organizational patch and appears poised to have its best year since 2006.

Local Network Takes on Community Investing

Geri Stengel | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Geri Stengel

So what can we expect from these local, community-investing gatherings and these innovative efforts to harness private-sector financing for important public initiatives?

The Business of Women

Monika Mitchell | Posted 12.12.2012 | Business
Monika Mitchell

There is a lot of talk these days about what women don't do. We don't head Fortune 500 Companies. We don't sit on corporate boards. We don't hold key political seats.

Empowering Women: Give Your Holiday Shopping a Purpose

Dr. Caroline Cicero | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Dr. Caroline Cicero

This holiday season, are you willing to alter your shopping habits to do some good in the world? Are you willing to value the human face associated with the items you buy, to support individual women who make things with their hands?

E+Co Avoids Liquidation, Barely, and Emerges Persistent

David Bank | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
David Bank

Millions of dollars in bad loans have driven E+Co, one of the pioneers of impact investing, effectively out of business, offering a cautionary tale for those seeking to provide financing for large numbers of small and growing businesses as a strategy to accelerate sustainable development in low-income countries.

Helping the Homeless Sleep With a Purpose

Alexandra Pyke | Posted 12.01.2012 | Small Business
Alexandra Pyke

Making dream come true for many people transitioning out of homelessness across America is the mission of a new social enterprise called Sleep With a Purpose.

Fostering the Green Shoots of Philanthropy in Asia

Jane Wales | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact
Jane Wales

Asian philanthropists are working to strengthen the capacity of the fledgling non-profit sector, socially conscious businesses, and accountable governments. They have every reason to believe that, like bamboo, Asian philanthropy will be flexible, strong and self-propagating.

Six Dynamics Describe How Impact Investing Is Unique

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact
Ben Thornley

As dozens of new impact investing funds are created explicitly to tackle the world's most intractable social and environmental problems, including over 60 globally in 2011, best practices that lead to impact investing performance are more needed than ever.

Dreamforce and the Social Enterprise: An Interview With Terri Griffith

Phil Simon | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business
Phil Simon

The annual pow-wow took place last week amid much fanfare. While I could not attend, I was able to get a first-hand account of it through Terri Griffith, a professor of Management at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business.

Become an Opportunity Maker With Others

Kare Anderson | Posted 11.20.2012 | Money
Kare Anderson

Years ago, a board member brought me into a corporation to lead a team in creating two products that he felt would boost the stock price. Here's how it happened.

The Perfect Marriage of Goodness: Cultivate Wines Give Big to Non-Profits

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

Talk about having your cake and eating it too -- thanks to California-based social enterprise wine company Cultivate Wines six non-profit organizations addressing education and basic human needs will win a total of $100,000 this fall.

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.

Zuckerberg Gives Thumbs Up To Social Good Tech Startups

Lisa Curtis | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Lisa Curtis

For the first time ever at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, where Zuckerberg gave his speech, an entire pavilion was reserved to startups creating social change.

You Choose Which Good Choice Wins Cash!

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 11.12.2012 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

After growing up the Minister's son, musician and pastor Randy Phillips is now leading his own church -- and a new movement.