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Three Takeaways in my First Steps as a Social Entrepreneur

This post is written by Armand Tossou, a Fulbright scholar from Benin who is an MBA Candidate in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University….

Eco-Marketing for the Future

What really is green marketing? In one source, it was reported to be “the marketing of products that are presumed to be environmentally safe; thus green marketing incorporates a broad…

Educational Focus: Are We Striving for the Wrong Goals?

Recently, Unnayan Learning Hub was featured in a news story that focused on how we, the co-founders, gave up our careers to transform the lives of children in underprivileged areas….

Supply Chain Transformation in Global Apparel Is Possible Now

Clothes provide cover and are key to expressing who we are and aspire to be. Encompassing clothing, textiles, footwear and luxury goods, the world’s garment and textile industry reached USD…

Designed to Arrive Early: How We Can Save the Lives of Millions of Children

Today, thousands of doctors – including me – will go to work. And wait. This is how most health systems function: providers wait for patients to come into clinics or…

“To Catch a Dollar:” New Documentary Captures Microfinance in America

This is a guest post by filmmaker Gayle Ferraro, the director of a new documentary looking at Grameen America.  Financed and released by Sundance Institute, Participant Media, and Skoll Foundation,…

Seven Reasons Why Nonprofits Won’t Spend Money on Marketing

The nonprofit industry is filled to the brim with efficient, effective, highly impressive organizations that many people have never heard of. It’s tragic, but no real surprise; many nonprofits do…

The world’s most colorful protest: How paint helped Turkish people win a stare-down with the government

In the 1500+ cream-of-the-crop TED and TEDx videos that make it to TED.com, Derek Sivers’s 3-minute breakdown of How to Start a Movement is the 32nd most viewed. His story…

Want Your Social Enterprise to Succeed? Manage Your Friends and Foes

Bureaucratic headaches happen in every country. Social enterprises are particularly vulnerable to such obstacles, especially if the start-up disrupts the status quo and must then defend itself against resistance by…

Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Businesses

According to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, a third of all small and medium enterprises in the developing world are led by women, so there’s a huge opportunity that’s…

Harnessing Private Investment to Finance Clean Water and Sanitation

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 768 million people worldwide lack access to improved drinking water, and over 2,500 million people lack access to sanitation facilities. WHO also…

Understanding Millennial Finance

Not many college students will find “travel 3000 miles on a train with a group of entrepreneurs” as a part of the job description for a summer internship. During my…

Who is Poor Enough for Cash Transfers? Difficult Problem in Malawi

One of the biggest challenges facing cash transfer programs in Malawi is deciding who is poor enough to get the money. The meeting was supposed to start half an hour…

From Silos to Solution Ecosystems

A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Sonatas.  A whopping 32,000 people signed up for the course when it went…

Money Does Grow on Trees in One Peruvian Town

How Forestry Has Transformed a Small Farm Town in Peru The Andes Mountains, the largest mountain range in the world, are home to 32% of Peru’s population, many of which…