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Twitter Roundup: July 1 – Investment geographies, artisan cooperatives and global energy shifts

   /   Jul 1st, 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 money that's most commercially minded is drawn to India. The charity-minded is mostly drawn to Africa #socent
Amrit Pal

Why are certain regions and countries, like India, magnets for socially-conscious investment? The analysts quoted in this beyondprofit article have some interesting ideas about why investors are overlooking Latin America, trying to make a buck in India, and philanthropically-inclined toward Africa.

Social entrepreneurship placed at the heart of Higher Education via @guardian #socent #BOP
Thomas Roulet

It seems that social entrepreneurship goes beyond curriculum when it’s introduced in a school environment. It seeps into work ethic and organizational culture. This is starting to be seen in British higher education, according to the Guardian.

Energy use is not distributed equally throughout the world, writes Scientific American, partly because of the surplus of household electronic devices and automobiles in the wealthier countries. As developing societies accrue wealth, their use of energy will increase. The writer calls for an examination of non-fossil fuel sources of energy as globalization continues full-force.

If you ever needed justification for purchasing artisan-made products, this writer on SocialEarth breaks it down for you. In the example given here, a women’s cooperative provides much more than income: it empowers artisans to take more control over their lives, helps them to make use of scarce resources like infrastructure for exporting their goods, and facilitates access to loans.

Nigerian Fellow named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for his farm-focused radio station #socent

Solar-powered devices enable Nigerian farmers to send story tips to a radio station that broadcasts helpful information in the country’s south. One broadcaster has been named one of FastCompany’s 100 Most Creative People in Business of 2011 for his innovative use of radio to help remote farmers run their businesses.

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