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Twitter Roundup: June 24 – “Changemaker” dads, celebrity water projects and roads to development

   /   Jun 24th, 2011News, Uncategorized

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:

"Some observers believe that the tough times may be increasing interest in social ventures." @nytimes #socent

The NYTimes has caught on to the social enterprise bug. They suggest that the recession has actually been fruitful for socially-minded startups, and provide some advice drawn from concrete examples for getting a social venture off the ground.

Roads and Rice: How Innovation and Infrastructure Can Feed the World #socent: Roads and Ric...

This succinct but vivid description of a rice farming community in Vietnam, and how it was transformed by the appearance of a new rice variety alongside new roads, makes for an interesting read on NextBillion’s blog. But it fails to address practical details about the mechanisms behind international development, which have, in the forty years since the author witnessed the impact of road construction, become the subject of critique.

Fancy fundraising galas are “so analog,” says actor Matt Damon, explaining to FastCompany his approach to creating better water access in developing countries through his organization, The organization’s philosophy is to take into account communities’ needs and desires, as expressed in their own words, as much as possible.

2 weeks left for early bird registration for the #ImpactInvesting USA Conference in DC! 9/20 @G_B_Fund #socent
Rachel Zedeck

Two weeks remain to make the early-bird deadline, and get discount rates, for registration at the Impact Investing Summit taking place in Washington DC this September.

How three Ashoka Fellows are empowering a generation of changemaker dads #socent

In honor of the recent Father’s Day, President Obama has created a website to highlight the importance of fathers’ role in society. Along these lines, Ashoka profiles a few fathers amongst their international Fellows who are strengthening families and helping parents do their jobs better.

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