Twitter Roundup: February 11 – Entrepreneurship toolkits, inspiring female innovators, and strategic knowledge sharing
/ Feb 11th, 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:
The latest annual Lemelson-MIT Index
, which gauges Americans’ perceptions about invention and innovation, indicates a need to educate women about translating their skills and academic interests into entrepreneurial careers. The study shows that 42 percent of young women show a “strong affinity for math and science.” However, less than 10 percent of these young women earn their college degrees in technical majors such as computer and information sciences, engineering or math. But it’s not all bad news: the FastCompany
blogger also reveals key factors that contribute to women emerging as leaders in innovation.
Contrary to the belief that ideas should be privately owned and protected, The Guardian reports
that knowledge management is becoming valued as a way for growing social enterprises in the UK to efficiently share information. Perhaps the trend is due to slimmer budgets, or the emergence of companies that have similar goals and values.
If you’re trying to start up a social enterprise but need some guidance, there are some free tutorials or “toolkits” out there that are designed specifically for social entrepreneurs. Here Ashoka reviews three of them.
State and national governments around the world are testing out a new idea for social improvement programs, called social impact bonds
, the New York Times
reports. The plan allows nonprofit groups like foundations to take on traditional government roles, such as job training, and in return they receive governmental funding, but only if agreed-upon benchmarks show that the program is working.
Businessweek.com’s third annual roundup of America’s most promising social entrepreneurs is coming up. They’re looking for companies that place social missions right at the heart of their operations, and who have results that demonstrate their capacity to achieve those goals. You can submit yourself or another company for nomination on their website, until March 31st.
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