SOCAP report day 1: Get investable!

For social entrepreneurs attending SOCAP10, the social capital markets conference underway this week in San Francisco, the call to action is: get investable! The conference feels different from social change…

WATCH: Judy Wicks on building a sustainable food movement

Philadelphia restaurateur Judy Wicks hadn’t sought to become a food activist and sustainability entrepreneur when she opened the White Dog Café in 1983.  But when she learned about the dire…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Phyllis Novak on why homeless youths need art studios, not just shelter

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring a…

Co-founder Kevin Jones on his vision for this year’s SOCAP conference

The Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference gets underway on Monday and the social enterprise community is coming from around the globe to participate, present, network, fundraise, and learn. We checked…

Twitter Roundup – October 1: Geniuses, Google grants, libraries and electric rides

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Just as we…

Roberta Golinkoff on play and learning at the Ultimate Block Party

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff believes that American children don’t get enough time to play and that it’s negatively impacting their development. With joint appointments to the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics…

George Overholser on how to finance social organizations so they learn to fend for themselves

One of the key questions in the social sector is: What kind of financing is needed to help build great organizations, i.e. organizations that genuinely succeed in solving problems and…

Big Ideas: Pamela Hartigan on why you don’t have to be a social entrepreneur to make change

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with top thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Jeff McCarter on challenging teens to tell their stories on film

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by  or disconnected from — public schools. Starting today, and over the newt few weeks, we’ll be…

Twitter Roundup – September 24: Student microloans, sparkling water, dog poop, and cruise ship greenhouses

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: That’s right, microlending…

Interview: F.K. Day on how bikes can catalyze economies

Before creating World Bicycle Relief, F.K. Day ran SRAM, one of the world’s top manufacturers of bicycle parts.  In 2005, struck by the images of people struggling to cope after…

A tale of two gap years: from Thailand to the Middle East before college

It’s becoming increasingly popular to take a gap year either before college or between college years. Many youths are choosing to use that time to make a positive impact in…

Interview: Harry Rhodes on how learning to farm can rebuild the lives of homeless people

Harry Rhodes helps homeless and low-income individuals grow roots—both figuratively and literally. As the executive director of Growing Home, he works with people who are seeking to leave behind lives…

Interview: Jacqueline Novogratz on the art of investing in business to change the world

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm, which makes loans and equity investments in companies that deliver health care, water, housing, and energy…

Twitter Roundup – September 17: British ex-prisioners, grading fish, and the future of air conditioning

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