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Bill Drayton on Empathy and Collaborative Entrepreneurship

Ashoka’s Founder and CEO Bill Drayton recently spoke to Dowser about a new approach to problem solving – collaborative entrepreneurship. By pooling together hundreds of entrepreneurs (and their passion, innovation,…

Weekly Roundup: The SEC Considers Crowdfunded Investing, Impact Investment Is Buzzing, and Solyndra Debate Continues

Every week, we provide a roundup of the latest news in social change and innovation. Obama Jobs Plan Calls For Less Red-Tape In Crowdfunding The future of crowdfunding is at…

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: Collaboration

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…

Weekly Roundup: Hunger for change, Wangari Maathai’s legacy, and renewable energy abroad

Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change. Debates on Food Take Center Stage in the U.S. Americans appear…

SunSaluter Wins Social Good Summit’s Startups for Good

A 19-year old woman won the Social Good Summit’s Startups for Good challenge last week. Eden Full’s presentation to the panel of judges as a finalist was so impressive that…

Paul Polak’s BoP advice

Go spend time with your new market.  Understand their needs.  Do not presuppose that you know the answer. Multinationals can play a role in this.  It’s about collaborating.  They can…

Harvard Undergraduate Business for Good Competition Improves Its Strategies Along the Way

More and more, university students in the US and elsewhere are using their knowledge and drive to launch social enterprises right out of college instead of waiting until their careers…

Weekly Roundup: Solyndra scandal, climate change denialism, and alternatives to unemployment

Solyndra Green Jobs Scandal This Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee held a hearing about a failed $528 million government loan to Solyndra, a solar equipment manufacturer that recently…

The Coming Capital Convergence

True Believers As attendees entered last week’s SoCap conference in an old Army warehouse on the San Francisco waterfront, they filed past a large graphic projected on a screen depicting…

Weekly Roundup: SOCAP11, the Green Jobs Debate and Boosting Small Business

Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change. SOCAP 2011 SOCAP11, the four-day conference that brings together global leaders…

Sanitation In A Bag

Anne Nudge is a Sales Representative for Peepoople AB, a Swedish social enterprise that, last October, launched a pilot project in Silanga, marketing and selling “The Peepoo”– a single-use, personal toilet that sanitizes human excreta shortly after defecation, preventing the feces from contaminating the surrounding environment. After just a few weeks, the bag transforms the waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Becoming a sustainability consultant: why systems matter, and boundaries don’t

By now, the field of social entrepreneurship is an established career path, and MBA programs all over the country have launched tracks dedicated to its study. But another field of…

The Bicycle Coffee Company: Sustainable From Bean To Cup

By now, most people have heard of “fair trade.” But the real-life, on-the-ground effects of the model are often overlooked. So here’s a quick breakdown of what fair trade really means.

Making Relief Aid More Sustainable

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news stories frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re examining…

Twitter Roundup: August 12 – Resources for educators, social unrest, and SocEnt stories

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: Months of social…