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Twitter Roundup: July 8 – Critiques of impact investment, Kantian MBAs, and sustainability metrics

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: This interview on Echoing…

Starting From Scratch: The challenge of sticking to a social mission during product development

When you look at a business plan, it can all seem so simple: design product, sell product. Right? In reality, there are countless obstacles to climb over between envisioning a…

Unknotting the supply chain to build support for workers’ rights

Most of us would like to make sure that the products we buy  — anything from food to clothing — weren’t made with exploitative or forced labor. But even savvy…

The Obama administration gets entrepreneurial with StartupAmerica and ChooseMyPlate

It’s easy to be critical of government: it seems that our leaders never do enough to fix all the problems we face, whether they are economic, social, international, or domestic….

Twitter Roundup: July 1 – Investment geographies, artisan cooperatives and global energy shifts

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Why are certain…

Defining Solution Journalism: It’s about real news, not feel-good stories

Everybody loves a feel-good story. That’s why media outlets have a special section for them – like the section of the zoo where you can pet the gentle animals. But there’s rarely any little critical thinking about whether the story really represents an effective or systematic way to address a problem. And too often it devolves into unadulterated hagiography — which destroys the legitimacy and credibility that we’d like solution journalism to have.

5 Strategies for Scaling Social Impact

What does it mean to scale social impact? And why exactly is scaling important to the social change sector? Those questions were the focus of the recent Social Impact Exchange…

Holding the Ocean in Your Hand: How Knight News Challenge Winners Are Making Sense of a Changing World

This article is part of a series that dissects news stories to make the case for high-quality “solution journalism.” In his 2007 book Blessed Unrest, journalist/ social entrepreneur/ environmentalist Paul Hawken estimates that…

Twitter Roundup: June 24 – “Changemaker” dads, celebrity water projects and roads to development

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: The NYTimes has caught…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Keeping the momentum

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

More than just a green space: Deep in Brooklyn, two farmers are redefining the notion of a “community garden”

On a recent Sunday afternoon, people gathered on the sidewalk outside Bushwick City Farms to rummage through bins of vegetables, rescued from grocery store dumpsters, and clothing, donated by local…

What do you need to do your job better? Reporting on SOCAP/Europe

In Amsterdam from May 30th – June 1st, the SOCAP/Europe conference brought together 650+ people from around the world to discuss money and meaning. The result was a packed 3-day…

Twitter Roundup: June 17 – Innovation ecosystems, the future of impact investment, and a how-to for investees

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: This Stanford Social Innovation…

Slideshow: Inzozi Nziza creates a market for ice cream in Rwanda

It’s an unlikely place for an ice cream shop, and an even more unlikely batch of people to be running it. Inzozi Nziza, or “Sweet Dreams” in Kinyarwanda, is Rwanda’s…

Haiti First: Confronting the economic implications of relief aid

Mark Danner covered Haiti’s tumultuous transition to democracy in the 1980s and 1990s. He knows that foreign interventions have a long history of mixed results and consequences that outsiders often…