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Social Entrepreneurs

Gaming with a Purpose -- Financial Literacy

Child and Youth Finance International | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Child and Youth Finance International

Okay, so one thing is clear: Youth are hooked on technology. Computers, smartphones, tablets, social media, video games... the list goes on. Mostl...

Superstorm Sandy -- Lessons for Health Care in a Changing Climate

Health Care Without Harm | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Health Care Without Harm

By Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm; and Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED® AP, Principal, Perkins + Will, New York, NY It has been a year...

Betting on the Big Picture in West Africa

Tostan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tostan

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWe have the opportunity to end FGC in Senegal and expand the movement in West Africa, greatly reduce child/forced marriage and violence against women and girls.

How to Change The Way The World is Fed?

Lisa Dreier | Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact
Lisa Dreier

This year's World Food Day calls for "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition." Our challenge is to devise new approaches to produce more food for a growing population, while using fewer resources and providing better livelihoods for those who need them.

Meet The Social Entrepreneurs Completely Disrupting The World Of Philanthropy

2013-08-27-Screenshot20130827at12.16.24PM.png | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact

By William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan, Dowser A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Son...

The Power of Limitations

Derek Snook | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

As the founder of In Every Story, I've decided to experiment with limitations. I've moved back into transitional housing at the Star Gospel Mission and I'm planning on living on the same wage our workers make, $8 an hour or $262 weekly after taxes.

Want Social Change? Make Politics Part of the Equation

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

When planning our work, political context is often relegated to the column of uncontrollable variables. Our communities need smart, honest and principled politicians, but are millennials up for the challenge?

What Does 83 Mean to You?

Roots of Peace | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Roots of Peace

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg We're turning mines to vines that truly build roots of peace by making farmland usable again.

Do Good & Do Well: 3 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs at Home and Abroad

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

For all young professionals around the world striving to both do good and do well, I have outlined the following three main challenges to succeeding as a social entrepreneur -- and how to overcome them.

Tidbits for Social Entrepreneurship

Derek Snook | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

The reality is that once you are able to consistently overcome mistakes, rejections and failures, nothing can stop you. While there will always be sensible reasons to give up, great stories are made by people who refuse to quit.

Simplicity, Innovation and a Refurbished Blue Box

Paul Scott Matthew | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Paul Scott Matthew

A simple idea and a growing group of partners have resulted in a network of roadside clinics, transformed from blue shipping containers, that's delivering health care to some of Africa's most hard-to-reach people across 13 countries.

When Two Social Enterprises Cooperate, the Sum Is Bigger Than Its Parts

Renat Heuberger | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Renat Heuberger

This example shows that in the case of two social entreprises cooperating, the sum can be bigger than its parts. The new product advances the cause and the reach of both companies simultaneously.

9 Points to Consider When Deciding on Impact Investments

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 11.05.2013 | Small Business
Tilman Ehrbeck

To think "a priori" about the likely market and business model characteristics will maximize the likelihood of success or, at least, make the challenges more explicit and therefore help manage expectations.

Can Storytelling Affect Social Change?

Joseph Peterson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

The power of storytelling is indisputable. Stories make us laugh, cry, hope, love and feel compassion. Stories can inspire action as they're shared across dinner tables and computer screens around the world. And particularly in the realm of social enterprise, this sharing of stories is key to any venture's success.

How to Avoid 'Band-Aid' Solutions on Expanding Energy Access

Andy Schroeter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Andy Schroeter

While those of us that live and breathe rural electrification are thrilled to see initiatives like Power Africa, all stakeholders involved must work together to create more effective approaches for widespread energy access to be achieved sustainably.

Get a Lawyer Son, Get a Real Good (and Pro Bono) One

Hugh Whalan | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Hugh Whalan

Too many for-profit social enterprises make one huge mistake in their first year... something that potentially costs them hundreds of thousands of dollars. They don't take the time to secure pro bono support.

Doing Good While Doing Well--The New Mantra Of Next-Gen Wealth

April Rudin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
April Rudin

Today, due to technological advances, IPO millionaires, successful succession planning, there is a younger breed of wealth that will soon surpass the baby-boomers in both dollars and influence. Wealthy baby boomers are far different in their likes, dislikes and values from their own next-generation children. Where there is significant wealth involved, it becomes even more critical to understand the differences between how to market and appeal to this next gen of wealth.

Things I've Learned As an Entrepreneur

Cat Carlos | Posted 09.17.2013 | Small Business
Cat Carlos

Starting my own company at the age of 25 has taught me a lot. I've learned a lot about working with people, business partners, my strengths and weaknesses and much more.

7 Sizzling Entrepreneurs Under 40 (2013)

MeiMei Fox | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Continuing in last year's tradition, here are seven amazing young entrepreneurs who are following their dreams in the fields of fashion, media and entertainment, personal and professional development, philanthropy, and fitness.

"The Last Mile" from Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Lalabu: How One Woman in Burkina Faso Is Changing the Face of Mommy-Wear in America

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Erin Bernhardt

Lalabu: It's a hip new baby carrier brand inspired by the African style of holding and transporting babies on the mother's back. Lalabu is also a person.

"It Takes a Very Special Heart" from Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Momentum Behind the Social Entrepreneur Movement

Eric Tyler | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Eric Tyler

The bold and borderless endeavors of these social entrepreneurs are also quickly inspiring a larger global movement. And although some will dismiss it as naive and youthful, the creative bravery of its pioneers and resoluteness of its supporters will make you reconsider.

"Continuing Education" from Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Life Out Loud: Bubbling Over With Good Health

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.23.2013 | Small Business
MeiMei Fox

A lifelong athlete, Steven Kessler always had appreciated the importance of honoring your body by eating whole foods and exercising. Then ten years ago, while working in sales for a natural vitamin company, he met a guy named Eric Schnell.