Green businesses can replace Columbus Day festivities with Indigenous Peoples Day to demonstrate cultural sensitivity as part of a broad sustainability agenda.
Women eco-entrepreneurs in the solar energy industry are taking action for empowerment, diversity in careers, and extending access to energy to impoverished areas of the world.
Designer Matt Manos devotes half his time to business customers and half to social entrepreneurs. He claims entrepreneurs do not focus enough on issues that will confront mankind in the future.
Food sharing is at the heart of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a non-profit start-up in the Boston area that has redistributed more than 3.6 million pounds of fresh food since 2010 to help feed the hungry.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend The Franchise Expo, a huge expo that winds its way across America and Canada each year offering up an array of franchise opportunities. The franchise model holds a lot of promise to aspiring business owners: many people know they want to work for themselves, but […]
In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities as if they were organisms, which exchange […]
Social Enterprise: Sustainable Business Plan Competition Offers Mentor Capital to Social Entrepreneurs
If your for-profit social enterprise is at the stage where it could benefit from the experience of others, in the form of mentor feedback and coaching, in order to grow the business and expand its reach, plus the chance to win cash and in-kind prizes and connect with potential investors, the 12th annual Sustainable Business […]
According to the social enterprise Tanganyika Apicultural, beekeeping is the fastest and most affordable way to double household earnings in rural Tanzania in a way that is socially and environmentally sustainable, and for every dollar invested into an East African honey enterprise, it yields an estimated $15.48 in social impact returns. The country has more […]
A quiet movement by young social entrepreneurs across north and east India finds ways to turn waste from plants and animals into jobs for the ultra poor. Across India, young entrepreneurs are finding ways to innovate the mundane. Using found technology, they cobble simple machinery together to do more than just recycle: They’re expanding local […]
If you’re anything like a lot of us, you’re probably a bit jaded with social media and social networks, and couldn’t give a fig about funny cat videos, clickbait titles, “Which character are you?” quizzes, silly memes, or manufactured outrage. If that’s the case, you might be looking for a social network with a loftier […]
Superfoods are all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder, considering the denatured condition that most processed foods are in, and the fact that more of us are turning to food for our health and healing. And while we’re probably well acquainted…
All Nippon Airlines (ANA), in partnership with Ashoka, is helping to support and expand the reach of social entrepreneurship with its new Blue Wings social platform. Through Blue Wings, users can vote for their favorite changemaker each week (which garners a donation of $.50 per vote toward the social entrepreneurs’ travel and accommodation fees), stay […]
It’s one thing to engage in charitable giving in order to help out another human being, or a cause that we support – that’s as easy as reaching in our pockets and pulling out some cash. But it’s another thing entirely to build a business around doing good in the world, and to use that […]
GWEN IFILL: Next to the Philippines, where one organization is trying to tackle the nation’s poverty by luring people to the countryside. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro has the story, part of his ongoing Agents for Change series. FRED DE SAM…
SOCIAL entrepreneurship is a hot topic. In business schools students seem increasingly keen to find ways to use the skills they are learning to improve the world as well as their bank balances. Search for social entrepreneurship online and you come…
These days, it seems as if everyone with a business idea that has an angle that could possibly benefit society or the environment or the underprivileged or under-served in some way describes themselves as social entrepreneurs. But is that really the case? Some might argue that unless there’s a very strong case for social good […]
The current trend of corporate sustainability initiatives, while potentially ‘greening’ the operations of those companies, may not be the most effective method of advancing environmental sustainability across the US. While those sustainability programs can offer a feel-good effect for company communications efforts, they may not be doing much for the overall picture, except for reducing […]