Twitter Roundup – June 25: Tweeting for good, bird cleaning in the Gulf, Echoing Green’s new fellows

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: Twitter cofounder Biz…

Interview: Patricia Walker on art, spirituality and international development

After evaluating dozens of disappointing aid projects in places like Togo, Swaziland, and Senegal, Patricia Walker asked herself: Why don’t more of these projects succeed?  In response, Walker, a Buddhist…

Interview: Justin Zoradi on soccer, South Africa and…not the World Cup!

Justin Zoradi never expected to write a business plan, much less start his own organization. (“I got a C-minus in microeconomics in college!”) But after a service trip to South…

Is all entrepreneurship social?

The field of social entrepreneurship is still in its infancy, so naturally writers on the subject find plenty to disagree about, right down to basic definitions. Case in point:  Carl Schramm, the…

Interview: How Hannah Taylor launched the Ladybug Foundation (in first grade) and turned empathy and creativity into $2 million to help the homeless

When Hannah Taylor was 5, she saw a man eating out of a trash can.  For the next year, Taylor interrogated her mother with questions about homelessness.  One day, her…

Twitter Roundup – June 18: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, World Cup fever, and youth entrepreneurship

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 past week: Big news! As…

Drop and give me 25, changemaker! It’s Social Action Boot Camp.

This Saturday, June 19, a host of young people with plans to build a better world will descend on San Francisco for Do Something’s free Social Action Boot Camp, which…

Interview: Suzanne McKechnie Klahr on social entrepreneurship from high school to law school

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr created a counseling program and consultancy for adult entrepreneurs in East Palo Alto, one of California’s poorest cities. One day in…

Clay Shirky on ‘the collapse of complex business models’ and the rise of innovation

Media sage/prophet/futurist/demigod Clay Shirky wrote a post on his website entitled “The Collapse of Complex Business Models.” While it’s ostensibly about the need for innovation in media, it also reads…

Mini Case Study: Idealist struggles to survive the Great Recession

PROBLEM: Idealist is a leading online portal for social organizations, job seekers and volunteers to connect with causes, resources and employment opportunities. Despite its well-established brand and loyal user base,…

Interview: Eric Schwarz on how to transform education with ‘citizen teachers’

Eric Schwarz wants Americans to re-imagine how and when learning happens. In 1995, he founded Citizen Schools, a network of afterschool programs that enlists adult volunteers to provide hands-on apprenticeships…

Twitter Roundup – June 11: Cigarette vending machines sell books, MasterCard targets developing world and Waterworld star saves Gulf?

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of tweets from the past week: In the wake of an environmental…

Portland’s ChangeXchange experiments with crowdsourced funding at the local level

Call it citizen philanthropy, microphilanthropy, or crowdfunding: The idea is to get many individuals to pitch in for a cause.  It’s taken off at the global level in recent years,…

Interview: R. Paul Herman on how to invest to maximize social impact and profit

“Capitalism used to be easy,” writes R. Paul Herman in the opening line of his new book, The HIP (Human Impact+Profit) Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World….

How to ‘Work Wikily’: Monitor Institute webinar this Tuesday

The idea of microfinance took 30 years to spread from one village to global recognition. I often wonder how much that process could have been accelerated with today’s communications technologies….