Big Solutions Start Small: How Ioby uses local crowdfunding to transform the global environment

Each Earth Day, programs, events and tree-plantings try to galvanize public awareness about environmental concerns.
But sometimes, widespread problems–like climate change–can seem so massive that individuals and grassroots groups may find it difficult to conceptualize how they can really make a difference–or even where to start.
NYC-based Ioby (In Our Back Yards) aims to change that.

Work on Purpose: How to create a meaningful career

The social entrepreneurship movement is full of stories about changemakers and the organizations that they have started, or the work they have done to impact society. While these stories are…

Beyond Connectivity

Data-driven apps are opening a new era of global development. That’s one of the big takeaways from the recent Global Philanthropy Forum in Redwood City, Calif. It’s hard to pinpoint…

Are we outgrowing how we grow?

Could we have outgrown modern agriculture? Dr. E Ann Clark thinks “agriculture was never designed to be sustainable,” and argues in recent research that we need to re-vision our food…

Twitter Roundup: April 15 – Leadership don’ts, investment advice, and positive deviants

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: It’s important for…

Opposing child labor with consumer demand: Nina Smith of GoodWeave

April 16th marks the anniversary of the death of Pakistani rug-slave-turned-activist Iqbal Massih who championed work against child labor and inspired the work of GoodWeave, a market-based solution to child…

The importance of reaching out: Cindy Cooper of Speak Shop

In this series social entrepreneurs discuss the importance of sharing their big idea and reaching out to others. From  making business partners out of strangers to saving flooded headquarters, our contacts and future contacts…

4food: Creating healthy, sustainable, fast-food meals

While you can’t force people into eating healthfully, perhaps you can make it into an enjoyable or interesting experience, which they’re more likely to choose. That’s the approach that 4food,…

Smaller isn’t always greener: why aren’t American homes more efficient?

Average American homes today are using essentially the same amount of energy per year as they were in 1970s – which seems odd, given the improvement of heating systems and…

Twitter Roundup: April 8 – Impact evaluation, savings groups, and an online idea marketplace

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 California state legislature…

BoP Slideshow: KOMAZA, innovations in microforestry and sustainablity in Africa

KOMAZA helps rural families in Africa plant and maintain small-scale, income-generating tree farms,  a new concept they call microforestry.  KOMAZA’s direct impact is threefold: First, KOMAZA workers hope to alleviate…

The Power of the Playground

Ask a young child, “How was school today?” and you’re likely to hear about recess. My son is 7 years old, and like many children his age, recess is the…

Natalia Oberti Noguera on launching the Pipeline Fund Fellowship

Natalia Oberti Noguera is on a mission to increase funding to for-profit social ventures by empowering more women to become investors and approach giving in a different way. Last year,…

Starting from scratch: Rubina Design’s founder on building a social enterprise

Bringing an idea to life is a little like launching a rocket: the moment is fueled by many patient hours spent studying, researching, planning, searching for resources, building a team,…

On Fundraising: Kit Jenkins of Raw Art Works

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…