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Social Entrepreneurs

The Village Technology Hub, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Eliud Mathu is a young entrepreneur who created a multi-service technology boutique in a small village in the rugged mountains of Kenya's Rift Valley. He used a Zidisha loan of $536 to buy a computer and a scanner-printer for the boutique.

The Center for Digital Inclusion: Transforming Lives and Uplifting Communities by Bridging the Digital Divide

Michele Hunt | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Michele Hunt

I wanted to hear and see firsthand how people were using the CDI methodology and technology to change their lives and develop their communities and I knew the only way to do that was to talk with the people who lived there. The people I met were amazing!

Insanity at the 2012 Nexus Global Youth Summit

Michael Solis | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Michael Solis

It was Einstein who said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Perhaps if the Nexus summit continues year after year, in different locations across the globe, it will be able to achieve its goal.

Entrepreneurship -- Completing the Circle

Suren Dutia | Posted 11.24.2012 | Small Business
Suren Dutia

Engaging entrepreneurs in the social sector to apply their capacity for innovative ideas, high performance expectations and generating results could lead to real solutions to social challenges.

Dialogue with Time -- An Exhibition about the Art of Ageing

Andreas Heinecke | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Andreas Heinecke

Dialogue in the Dark is my brainchild. It's a simple concept: the blind leading the sighted ones in the dark.

The 2012 Social Entrepreneur Awardees

Hilde Schwab | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Hilde Schwab

There is a shift of consciousness underway - and social entrepreneurs are leading the charge. It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce the 2012 awardees of the Schwab Foundation.

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.

Beyond Boundaries: Collaborative Approaches to Social Protection

Jürgen Griesbeck | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Jürgen Griesbeck

As social entrepreneurs we are in a unique position to explore creative new approaches -- going beyond what governments and businesses can do on their own.

What Social Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Aung San Suu Kyi

Mark Joaquin Ruiz | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Mark Joaquin Ruiz

"The Lady", as she is reverently and affectionately known, tackled her current thoughts, strategies, and actions for her country Myanmar.

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 Latest In Social Entrepreneurship

Abigail Noble | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Abigail Noble

We all dream of reaching our potential. Social entrepreneurs, who often see the mission of their organization as the embodiment of their own personal mission, perhaps know this better than most of us.

Social Entrepreneurs "Refreshingly Uncynical" -- But Not at All Delusional

Sally Osberg | Posted 06.20.2012 | Impact
Sally Osberg

David Brooks is concerned that social entrepreneurs have "little faith in the political process." But a number of organizations work with a "healthy political process."

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.

Getting Down to Business

The Technician | Posted 06.06.2012 | College
The Technician

Barriers to entry are low, and it is feasible to start a business with limited resources in today's marketplace. When you allow your creativity to take off, before you know it, you'll find out you're in business.

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.

Inventing a New Future: Beyond Our Humpty Dumpty World

Pamela Hartigan | Posted 05.31.2012 | Impact
Pamela Hartigan

When one is surrounded by men and women with a "can do" attitude, an infectious energy, and an ability to see opportunities for innovation and transformation at every turn, it is pretty hard to be gloomy about the state of the world.

What It Takes to Change the World

Stephan Chambers | Posted 05.31.2012 | Impact
Stephan Chambers

I have cried every day this week. Remember as I tell you this, that I'm male. And British. And from Oxford. I cried when I heard Nick Danziger. I cried when I heard Eve Ensler. I cried when I heard Annie Lennox. I've also smiled a lot.

WATCH: The Top Social Entrepreneurs Saving The World

Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 09.21.2012 | Impact

From teeny-tiny sleeping bags ending infant mortality to soccer balls that produce electricity, a new documentary shows how fresh solutions to old pro...

The New Movers and Shapers: How a Millennial Generation Came of Age

Christine Horansky | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Christine Horansky

Since we have been given a lot of lemons to start with, we have become determined instead to shape the world into the place we want it to be. Could this spirit make us the next great generation?

How to Solve the World Water Crisis Today

Auren Kaplan | Posted 01.21.2012 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

The LifeStraw is a life-saving technology that allows any individual to insert the straw into water, no matter how dirty, and an advanced filtration system ensures that the only liquid coming out the other end is clean, potable drinking water.

Occupy Wall Street Precursor 24 Years Old

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.03.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

For 24 years, the Social Venture Network has been pushing back against the received wisdom of American commerce. SVN members are building better, smarter businesses with multiple bottom lines: profits, planet, people.

Taking the 'Avon' Way to Reach 'The Last Mile'

Chuck Slaughter | Posted 12.31.2011 | Impact
Chuck Slaughter

Roughly 270 million people in Africa still lack access to life's most essential products. Now more than ever, we need an efficient, scalable, and sustainable system to deliver life-saving and life-changing products to the world's poor.

Calling All Social Innovators!

Denielle Sachs | Posted 12.30.2011 | Impact
Denielle Sachs

If you or your organization has developed an innovative solution to a crushing social problem and you want to share your story with a large, elite and influential audience, we encourage you to submit a video.

Wife, Mother, Social Impact Trailblazer: Bridging the Worlds of Social Change

Nicole Skibola | Posted 12.13.2011 | Impact
Nicole Skibola

In recent years, the value of women to their communities has been celebrated and received newfound emphasis in economic development. Women are often the caretakers, the breadwinners and the binding forces of their communities.

An Ebola Scare and Political Instability Didn't Stop Us

Vivian Glyck | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Some people thought I was crazy. But I did it anyway because I knew we'd be fine. Despite an Ebola scare and political instability, I took my husband,...