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Twitter Roundup: April 8 – Impact evaluation, savings groups, and an online idea marketplace

   /   Apr 8th, 2011News
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:
Doing Good While Doing let's make it legal in #California: (via @OmidyarNetwork) #socent #lawforchange #socap
Echoing Green

The California state legislature is currently reviewing a bill that would create a new corporate form called the Flexible Purpose Corporation. These corporations would be able to legally place social missions above profit, something which currently puts social ventures in jeopardy if their shareholders decide to sue. A similar law has been voted into place in Maryland, Vermont, and New Jersey with the creation of B Corporations.

#socent RT @NickKristof Microsaving seems more powerful tool than microlending to fight poverty. blog on microsavings
Nicolle Merrill

Savings groups are supportive networks with a governing structure that allow individuals to put their savings into community needs. is a blog created by microfinance professionals who advocate for the importance of savings groups in low-income societies.

The NEA Foundation is offering $1,000 rewards to the top innovative ideas for using mobile phone technology to improve education. Submissions will be received until May 13.

The newbie on the crowdsourced funding scene is Simpl, a “matchmaking site” for ideas that need support. What’s unique about Simpl is that users can offer non-monetary resources to ideas they like, such as office space or networking.

RT@acumenfund: New blog on impact evaluations in development from the @WorldBank: #socent #poverty” @myen

Indicative of the recent emphasis on accountability within the development world, the World Bank’s newly-created blog on impact evaluations will cover a broad range of issues related to ongoing and planned project evaluations, methodological considerations of fieldwork, and more. The blog will be maintained by the Bank’s Development Research Group but will encourage reader participation and guest blogging.

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2 Responses

  1. Brian Howe says:

    The article mistakenly refers to the creation of “B Corps” in Maryland and Vermont, I think it means “Benefit Corporations”–an important distinction!

  2. Rachel says:

    Unless I’m mistaken, B/enefit corporations are the same thing?