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Twitter Roundup: May 6 – State Department TechCamps, reality TV meets socent, and the case of Seventh Generation

   /   May 6th, 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:
We are proud to announce nearly $5m to support govt transparency through journalism in developing world. #socent
Omidyar Network

Journalism in the developing world is often constrained by undemocratic governments or lack of funding. Omidyar Network, an impact investment firm, has created a program to support media initiatives impeded by sociopolitical factors.

Social entrepreneur to feature on The Apprentice: Good for social enterprise? #TheApprentice #socent

Blogger Dan Martin reports that the famed reality TV show The Apprentice will feature a social entrepreneur on its upcoming season. The participant, Melody Hossaini, founded a youth skills-training organization. The blogger suggests that having a social entrepreneur on the show will help the general public to better understand the sector.

RT @socialedge: How do you make it as a social entrepreneur? @IncMagazine names eight imperatives #socent
Mike Mompi

Is becoming a social entrepreneur as easy as 1-2-3? Inc. magazine says it can be, if you follow some important guidelines. Above all, passion for a cause and savvy leadership will allow the other elements to fall into place.

State Dept is building on the @ushahidi model to connect technologists to dev orgs. Me gusta. #ict4d #socent
Kelly Meeker

The U.S. State Department is attempting to tackle global problems by bringing together technology experts and issue-based  organizations, reports FastCompany. They hope to harness the expediency of digital tools to address problems related to democracy-building and economic development. Funding organizations will be invited to the gatherings, known as TechCamps, to facilitate implementation of ideas.

This article is an engaging and simple introduction to social enterprise, with a focus on the company Seventh Generation as the classic case study and profiles of newcomer social enterprises.

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