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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.