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How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Making an idea for social change become a reality

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

Getting life off the page and into the reader’s imagination: an interview with Tracy Kidder

Can writers promote causes for social change, and should they? Tracy Kidder is author of numerous essays and books of fiction and nonfiction, and is recently best known for Mountains…

E-Health Point combines water and wireless to provide healthcare in rural India

Al Hammond and Amit Jain of E-Health Point found a hook to get rural Indians to come to their clinics: provide clean water. Cheap clean water brings the foot traffic…

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,…

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: January 21 – Changemaking degrees, crowdfunding and LinkedIn startups

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: Get some advice…

Charles Slaughter of Living Goods applies the Avon model to healthcare in Uganda

Living Goods is a hybrid microfinance and public health organization; it operates a network of saleswomen in Uganda who go door to door offering health products, like bed nets, condoms…

The Human Incubator

Sometimes, the best way to progress isn’t to advance — to step up with more money, more technology, more modernity. It’s to retreat. Towards the end of the 1970s, the…

Twitter Roundup – November 12: Home efficiency scores, cigarette warnings and Yale scholarships

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: Vice President Biden…

Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Welcome to Fixes. This is a series about solutions, or potential solutions, to real world problems.  It focuses on the line between failure and success, drawing on the stories of…

Interview: Allen Wilcox of VillageReach on his post-Microsoft job: changing healthcare in Mozambique

One of the toughest challenges facing social innovators today is attracting the talent needed to build world-class organizations. That’s why we feel it’s significant when a high-ranking business leader decides…

Twitter Roundup – August 13: Health tips from Sesame Street, mentorship from i/o ventures, and street parking solutions from San Francisco

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: Sesame Workshop, the…

Sally Osberg on how social entrepreneurs can punch above their weight

Several years ago, I was at my mother-in-law’s home for a social gathering and I got into a conversation with one of her guests, a woman in her 70s. She…

WATCH: Elizabeth Scharpf on that time of the month for millions

We all know that that time of the month is a pain, but who knew that it causes millions of women to lose up to 45 days of work and…