Twitter Roundup: March 18 – Business incubators, development and design

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 founder of Craigslist…

Retelling and rethinking masculinity

Why are gender-based issues primarily considered “women’s” issues? Josie Lehrer founded the Men’s Story Project (MSP) to rethink this faulty truism. Intended for local replication, the MSP uses performance and…

Solution Snapshot: Creating music and opportunity in Birmingham

To many, the shrill wails and screeches of an inexperienced orchestra are something to avoid. But for 130 low-income children in Birmingham, Alabama, that’s the sweet sound of opportunity. Scrollworks,…

“Hero” rats sniff out tuberculosis and land mines in Africa

One of the most difficult problems with tuberculosis is detecting it. In 2007, for example, half of all cases in Tanzania were missed, adding to a large death toll. The…

Social Impact Bonds: A revolution in government funding

In his recently proposed budget, President Obama has asked for up to $100 million to implement programs funded by Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). These bonds are the cornerstones of a…

Twitter Roundup: March 11 – Smart activism, spreading ideas, and mitigating homelessness

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: If you’re considering starting…

A sun-powered collective

At first blush, installing solar panels on your roof may seem like a great deal, both for your wallet and the environment. But as many homeowners have learned, residential solar…

B Corp: Better laws for business

In the current corporate structure money takes precedence over mission — as a matter of law – but for many social entrepreneurs, maximizing company profits can often be at odds with…

Why you should chew your news longer

Have to have all your news the minute it breaks? The new Delayed Gratification Quarterly is working to change your mind. Started by Rob Orchard and Marcus Webb’s Slow Journalism…

Unintended consequences: Christian Pena of Conexiones

Starting a social enterprise is full of surprises. In this series entrepreneurs discuss unintended consequences on the path of social innovation and how they adjusted to new circumstances — from…

Twitter Roundup: March 4 – Free design toolkits, the Big Society Bank analyzed, and mother-owned businesses

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: Human-centered design work is…

New structures for helping Haiti rebuild

While most of the Haitians that were displaced by the devastating earthquake of more than a year ago are still living in tent cities and shacks made of plywood, one…

StartSomeGood launches with new crowdfunding tools for social innovators

You’ve probably heard of Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, two of the largest, and most successful, crowdfunding websites. Both platforms focus on raising money for independent artist-focused projects — whether that’s a…

Quench: Development lessons in a startup

International development projects have long been subject to critiques that they are unsustainable, inattentive to local needs and overly costly. But young self-starters continue to see value in bringing their…

On Fundraising: Michael Gray of Fairbourne Consulting Group

The best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: the strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…