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Eight trends in social entrepreneurship to watch for in 2011

We thought we’d kick off the year with a look at some of the trends currently shaping the movement. What follows is the culmination of a series of interviews with…

Interview: SOCAP’s Kevin Jones on trends to look for in 2011

Kevin Jones is perhaps best known as one of the fathers of SOCAP, a series of annual events dedicated to the flow of capital to social enterprises. SOCAP 2010, which…

Interview: Acumen Fund’s Sasha Dichter on trends to look for in 2011

As the director of business development at Acumen Fund, a global venture fund that invests in entrepreneurial approaches to poverty, Sasha Dichter has a firm grasp on the evolving discussion…

Giving What We Can: Maximizing the impact of donations

In the giving season, choosing where to donate can be difficult; the staggering number of important organization and causes is overwhelming, and where you put your money is as important…

The Unreasonable Institute, version 2.0

The Unreasonable Institute is gearing up for its second year and the wind is at its back. More than half the entrepreneurs selected last year received funding to implement their…

Twitter roundup – October 8: Life-ring bazookas, eyeglasses, and being unreasonable

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: Quite a bit…

SOCAP wrap-up: Human capital, mobile madness and green jobs

SOCAP, the social capital markets conference, wound down in San Francisco earlier this week. What follows are some insights and reflections from the event. Venture (human) capital: Jacqueline Novogratz of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Big Ideas: Jed Emerson on how investors can move from intent to impact

Here’s the second installment of our Big Ideas feature — in which we check in regularly with big thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what…

Interview: Kim Scheinberg on how Presumed Abundance turns angel investing into lifelong collaboration

Kim Scheinberg has a habit she can’t seem to kick: investing in social entrepreneurs who have business ideas to change the world. The problem is she doesn’t enjoy haggling over…

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….