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Twitter Roundup: March 11 – Smart activism, spreading ideas, and mitigating homelessness

   /   Mar 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:

If you’re considering starting a venture that will provide social benefits, but not sure whether to make it non-profit or for-profit, check out this article in the Standford Social Innovation Review. The author, speaking from experience, goes through the pros and cons of either kind of legal structure, giving clues that will help you decide which one fits your goals.

Applications are open for social entrepreneurs who want to apply for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.  In order to be eligible, applicants must have a tested and proven social innovation that addresses an important issue and shows promise for large-scale impact.

You’ll be inspired by NPR’s profile of Rosanne Haggerty, who founded the nonprofit Common Ground over thirty years ago. The organization helps chronically homeless people by finding them housing and campaigning for their rights at the national level. It’s interesting to learn how an organization like this one grows and has staying power over the years.

Share your ideas and let yourself be enlightened by others at the newly-launched site 72ideas. Here you can contribute a link, a paragraph, a link, or a video telling the online community about how you envision a more inclusive world.

What’s really great about the site for the Not For Sale Campaign, an organization dedicated to combating human trafficking, is their impassioned manifesto on the attributes that create “Smart Activists.” These are people who use their education to improve the world, look for connections between issues, and have a healthy balance between optimism and realism that enables them to keep pushing forward even when change might not be just around the bend.

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