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Social Impact Session with Sonal Shah

  Brian Weinberg of Blended Profit speaks with Sonal Shah, a Tides Fellow and former Director of the Office of Social Innovation at the White House. SONAL SHAH is an entrepreneur and…

mHealth Still Needs a Residence, Even in Rural India

by Ben Thurman Careering down the serpentine road from Araku to Visakhapatnam, in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh – one eye on an ailing girlfriend in the back seat…

Do Women Still Need to Prove Themselves?

BY Nidhi Chaudhary We know that women-led companies generate consistent revenues; boards with women show higher shareholder returns than those without; investments in women, particularly in the developing world, yield high return…

Opinion: Why not Everyone Should be A Social Entrepreneur

By Lara Galinsky “I want to be a social entrepreneur.” I hear it nearly every day. Not just from those applying for Echoing Green’s social entrepreneurship fellowship, but from high…

Analysis: Why South Asia has Transformed into a Social Enterprise Hub

By Nidhi Chaudhary There are hubs for social entrepreneurship around the world—from San Francisco to the United Kingdom to Nairobi to Mexico City. No one can deny that India has…

Echoing Green: Creating an Ecosystem for Social Enterprises

This year Echoing Green piloted a new program –  Open Society Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship, aimed to “create hope and opportunities for black men and boys who are significantly…

Sustainable Development is Sexy or Hard Work?: iOnPoverty series

Our next video features John Anner, President of East Meets West Foundation. Best Decision Ever:  Getting in the field, getting dirty, and seeing it first hand. Fore more videos with Anner…

“Maximize Impact without being a Jerk” in Social Enterprise: iOnPoverty Series

Our next video comes from Jacob Harold of Hewlett Packard Foundation. Sage advice for social entrepreneurs looking to get funding. For more videos with Harold, go to iOnPoverty.tv 

Small Starting Salaries in Social Enterprise

Recently Jonathan Lewis, an entrepreneur, started iOnPoverty, to answer the fundamental question:  how did you get that job in social enterprise?  Hundreds of young graduates are looking for gigs in…

10 Little and Big Things You Can Do to Make Change: Story of Stuff Continued…

Recently, we ran an interview with Ann Leonard, founder of the Story of Stuff.   Leonard and co-director, Michael O’Heaney compiled a list (though lists are just the beginning of…

Starting From Scratch: Working On-The-Ground To Make Something Happen

Over the last year, Dowser has tracked the nascency of Rubina Design, a social enterprise that aims to address rural poverty and women’s empowerment through ethical, informed consumerism. When we…

Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace: Thoughts post Rio+20

  KUMI Naidoo of South Africa has emerged as the Intl. Executive Director of Greenpeace after a lifetime of activism.  He was recently seen at the much publicized Rio+20 conference….

Learning from Frugal Health

Last year, a book was published that narrated the story of an eye doctor who was performing free surgeries for the poor. The book, “Infinite Vision,” had nothing to do…

On CollegeNet Site, Student Blog For Scholarship Money

Destiny Watson is an undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Central Florida, where in-state tuition (Watson is from Pensicola) around $15,000 per year. While looking online for scholarships…

Scaling Social Impact in Six Steps

The recent Social Impact Exchange conference discussed one of the most difficult aspects of running a nonprofit organization: the decision of how, and when, to grow.  How does an organization…