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Twitter Roundup – June 10: Too many suits, supermarket rooftop farms and the empathy economy

   /   Jun 10th, 2011News
@niliach's interview w/ @AshokaTweets Drayton: Education & the Future Marketplace - why #empathy needs urgency #socent

In an interview with NextBillion, founder of Ashoka Bill Drayton argues that empathy will be the key to successful and healthy economies for the next generation. Nothing short of a “paradigm shift” in our educational model is necessary if we are to raise future leaders who will innovate and give back to our communities, he explains. For more on Ashoka’s “Empathy Initiative” see their website.

Turning a Rooftop Garden into a Supermarket's Supply Chain #SocEnt via @Social_Innovate & @GreenBiz
Susan McPherson

It sounds too good to be true: this story highlights BrightFarms, a NYC-based startup that aims to build hydroponic greenhouse farms atop grocery stores, thereby creating a direct supply of fresh products and avoiding transport costs. The founder of BrightFarms insists that the model is scalable and profitable.

Nature or nurture? Decoding the entrepreneur --what makes them great: true for #socent too? via @SheryAHeinis

This article outlines ten attributes that characterize an entrepreneur – some of them may surprise you. It’s based on a report by Ernst & Young, which was done by surveying hundreds of entrepreneurs.

"Too many suits …not enough hippies." I actually think it is the other way around re: #socent. Recapping #SOCAP:
Roxanne Alvarez

Are suited “impact investors” taking over the social enterprise sector – and does it matter? This article in The Guardian ponders the question and gives other takeaways from the first SOCAP conference held in Europe.

Social entrepreneur under the age of 35? Check out the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship - #socent
New Profit Inc.

Applications are being accepted until July 5 from entrepreneurs under 35 for the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship. The program will provide support for five socially-conscious leaders and bring them to Chicago for a week of networking and knowledge sharing.

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