Today is November 21, 2016 and the one-year anniversary of .Earth, a Top Level Domain (TLD) that strengthens the voices of organizations looking to better the planet. Happy anniversary, .Earth — and thanks for all you do. The .Earth TLD offers environmental activists, NGOs, geospatial companies, and many others a platform to enhance their […]
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Green businesses can replace Columbus Day festivities with Indigenous Peoples Day to demonstrate cultural sensitivity as part of a broad sustainability agenda.
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.
In the developing world, finding a light in the darkness is not always easy or affordable. Sometimes the only available options are unhealthy and dangerous, such as burning kerosene, wood or coal. Other times, the only option is darkness. But you can’t fight Ebola in the dark. That’s where WakaWaka steps in. WakaWaka, which means […]
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 […]
Running an eco or social enterprise, especially one with very few employees, means having to learn how to make the most of your time, so that every detail gets taken care of with the least amount of effort and in the least amount of time. And because many of us already use our smartphones and […]
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 […]
“Poverty is unnecessary” – Mohammad Yunus In India, this quote by Yunus continues to be relevant even today as a majority of its population battles poverty. Socially focused ventures that provide innovations for low-income markets and create opportunities for a better lifestyle have however made significant progress in fighting this battle – especially since […]
Oringally posted at the SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability blog, cross posted with permission This blog is a follow up to my prior blog Expecting More From Business — Common Wealth Contributions By Business (Part 1) where I discuss the book Betterness: Economics for Humans, by Umair Haque as a new standard for how we measure the contributions of business to society. […]
This blog originally posted to the SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability Blog, cross-posted with permission. Common Wealth Contributions By Business Much to the annoyance of some past bosses, I have a habit of asking in meetings, “Why are we doing this, and what are we hoping to achieve?” The economic turbulence of the last dozen years has led to […]
The Paradigm Project to Revolutionize Distribution of Energy Efficient Products in Developing Countries
The Paradigm Project recently announced that it plans to launch a new franchise brand called EzyLife that will revolutionize distribution of energy efficient products in the developing world. EzyLife will focus on last-mile distribution of fuel efficient cookstoves and other innovative consumer products, such as solar lanterns, water filters and agricultural products—products that deliver social […]
As the social enterprise ecosystem matures in India, the issue of funding only seems to be growing more pronounced – surprisingly for both the entrepreneur and investor.
LivelyHoods is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that gives youth in slums the chance to earn an honest living. CEO Maria Springer believes that underserved and poor communities need more than band-aids or handouts. They need a way to learn market appropriate skills and opportunities to sustain a decent life.
Panzanzee is Chicago’s social enterprise incubator, co-working space and continuous community. What is different and unique about Panzanzee from other co-working set-ups it the focus on sustainable financial and social impacts. They care about providing discovery, resources, trust and traction for entrepreneurs who are pursuing sustainable and socially impactful enterprises.
The Artha Venture Challenge, a national competition run by impact investment portal, the Artha Platform aims to find the most ambitious, early stage social entrepreneurs in India.
Envision Hawaii’i is an organization designed to convene and support young professionals in public service is committed to providing young public servants and social entrepreneurs with opportunities for community building, professional development and collaborative action.
How would you use $50,000 to create positive, global impact? Submit your social enterprise plans and tell us about your innovative solutions to the world’s problems.
Calling all dreamers and world-changers: Do you have an amazing idea that has the potential to transform lives?
Entrepreneurs often face several barriers when bringing innovations for low-income communities – such as solar lamps, rural primary healthcare or affordable education – successfully to market.
We are proud to announce a new Hangout-on-Air series on Ecopreneurist called “Hangout with an Ecopreneur.” Every Tuesday we will chat with an entrepreneur who is creating an impact through a viable business. We hope these inspiring stories and lessons learned will encourage you to dream big and do good.
For our next hangout on-air on Google+, we will chat with Tinia Pina, the Founder and CEO of Re-Nuble, an organics-to-energy social enterprise based in the D.C. metropolitan area.