Twitter Roundup: March 4 – Free design toolkits, the Big Society Bank analyzed, and mother-owned businesses
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:
Human-centered design work is at the center of companies like the well-known firm IDEO, which employs a process of inspiration, conceptualization, and implementation to solve problems. Here learn about the basic tenets of IDEO’s design thinking, and access their free Human Centered Design Toolkit to start implementing their strategy in your own enterprise.
Imagine the inconvenience of having to close up your shop and travel across town just to pay your business loans. Mobile microfinance presents a solution to this problem for vendors living in remote locations in places like West Africa.
In July 2010, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron launched the Big Society program, which aims to devolve power from central government to local ones and civil society. The engine that will fuel this shift is the Big Society Bank, founded to catalyze sustainable social investment and help non-state organizations take over public service work. Here the Local Government Information Unit, a British think tank, speculates on the impact of the Bank.
Even after feminism’s third wave, working mothers still have to juggle a lot to keep their careers afloat. Give support to a mom-owned business by entering it in StartUpNation’s contest for the 200 leading moms in business, or enter in yourself.
Though Facebook’s features appear relatively straightforward, there is an art to using them to the advantage of your social enterprise or cause. Take a look at the Mashable’s five points of advice to make sure that your project can get the most out of social networking.
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