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Twitter Roundup: May 20 – Impact investing, filter bubbles, and rethinking technology’s possibilities

   /   May 20th, 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:

Impact investment has made its mark all over the world by funneling capital into business plans that aim to produce social benefits. Here you can download a thorough, 87-page report by the Dalberg Global Development Advisors on the impact investment industry in various sectors throughout West Africa.

If you liked that, then you’ll love this: @elipariser on web personalization and the Filter Bubble

Are personalized search results potentially detrimental? Eli Pariser thinks so, as he explains in this video on PopTech. He argues that the loss of randomness created by such filter bubbles may limit users’ exposure to new websites, authors, and ideas.

RT @coconutsurfing: Call for challenges of #socent ! We're gonna solve them in June in Paris & San Francisco
Anna Gough-Zgadzaj

MakeSense is an innovative organization that provides online and offline support for social entrepreneurs by connecting them to individuals who can catalyze their mission. They provide “challenges” for individuals to make helping seem like an engaging mission.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can provide promising solutions to the challenges of poverty and development – like in the SMS service that Random Hacks of Kindness deployed in Haiti and Chile to help estranged people find each other during earthquakes. But aidwatchers’ blogger cautions against uncritically accepting ICT as a catch-all solution to underdevelopment.

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