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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…

Recent McKinsey report culls from the successes of worldwide school reformers

What makes school reform succeed? A report recently released by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company suggests that school reform is most effective when under-performing school systems identify where they…

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…

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…

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…

Why numbers matter: How big a problem is human trafficking?

Talk about a single girl who’s been trafficked from her home country, held captive, and forced into servitude — and your audience will naturally listen and sympathize. But talk about…

Fair trade certification expands to the apparel industry

In time for the gift-buying season, Fair Trade USA launched a new a fair trade certification for apparel. Their other certifications, like the ubiquitous fair trade coffee, enable consumers to…

Interview: Debra Natenshon explains why you need to know what’s working if you want to change the world

The difficulty of measuring impact is one of the most persistent and nagging challenges in the social arena. Organizations evaluate their results in different ways, using different tools and benchmarks….

Big Ideas: John Elkington on fighting to preserve the meaning of social entrepreneurship

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

Lessons from the Unreasonable Institute: Khalida Brohi on choosing the right legal structure

We asked this year’s Unreasonable Institute Fellows, who are in the early stages of developing innovative social ventures, to reflect on some key takeaways from the eight-week Summer Institute they…

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…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. But those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to…

Big Ideas: J. Gregory Dees makes the case for social entrepreneurship

Starting today, we’re going to check in regularly with big thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

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….

Mini Case Study: How Common Ground reinvented its homelessness strategy

PROBLEM: By standard measures, Rosanne Haggerty and her staff at Common Ground had achieved stunning success attacking the problem of homelessness in New York in the 1990s. Haggerty had won…