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Developing countries can respond to COVID-19 in ways that are swift, at scale, and successful

The COVID-19 crisis presents the world with a huge challenge: Everyone and everything is affected, and the response has to be both quick and global. While it is first and foremost a health crisis, it is also an education crisis, an employment and economic crisis, a crisis of hunger and a poverty and, in some

The Path To The Covid Recovery Is Paved With Renewable Energy

Harish Hande is an engineer and social entrepreneur working with underserved communities. He is the co-founder of SELCO whose interventions have impacted more than 800,000 poor households across 6 Indian states. We caught up with him a couple of weeks ago to reflect on the relevance of sustainable energy during the Covid pandemic and after.

The social enterprise at work: Paradox as a path forward

With COVID-19 creating urgency around workforce reinvention, it’s clear that while organizations have doubled down on investments in technology over the past decade, many have significantly underinvested in how humans could adapt to and embrace new ways of working. Only 17% of respondents are making significant investments in reskilling to support their AI strategy with

Is COVID-19 Causing More Socially Responsible Consumer Behavior?

In a few short months, the devastation wrought by COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on consumer attitudes regarding socially responsible behavior—their own and that of companies they expect to patronize. That’s according to the latest survey by the marketing consultancy Good. Must. Grow, conducted earlier this month. Published every year since 2013, the benchmarking study

A Medical School for Changemaking

We founded Amani Institute to answer two questions. For Ilaina, it was a memory of my first university class: in an overcrowded room, after three uninterrupted hours of lecturing on the “Logic and Theory of Knowledge,” the professor matter-of-factly remarked that “fewer than 30 percent of you will graduate.” When a brave hand raised to

Here’s how faith leaders can help rebuild a better post-pandemic world

COVID-19 has highlighted the interdependence of all people and the natural world. The pandemic's disruption presents an opportunity to rebuild a world in which markets work for the whole of society. The COVID-19 Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs will help faith-based organizations and social entrepreneurs enact radical change and rebuild a better future. In recent

Workforce Strategies for Post-COVID-19 Recovery

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 2.7 billion people, or more than four out of five workers in the global workforce, have been affected by lockdowns and stay-at-home measures. Organizations’ first priority in crisis response has been ensuring the health and safety of workers. Now, as organizations begin to emerge from this phase,

How Businesses Can Make Impact Permanent: Three Tips

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the business community, and we have not yet seen the end of the economic impact of this global crisis. While my heart breaks for every job lost and every business that has to close its doors, I’m encouraged by every story of business leaders who are retooling their models to

Why social entrepreneurs are critical to our response to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

Social entrepreneurs solve market and government failures by serving excluded and vulnerable populations, which are most at risk to impacts of COVID-19. Decades of work in the impact sector are at stake during the economic crisis. A new alliance of 40 organizations aims to coordinate response to support social entrepreneurs. The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing

COVID-19 and the baby boom of social enterprise

Last month, I wrote that your company’s response to the coronavirus might redefine your brand. We know from experience that nothing defines a company, its culture and its brand more than its response to a crisis. For corporations, crisis response has gotten a lot more complicated as information has become democratized. With internal and external

5 ways to help the world’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is helping social innovators respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social entrepreneurs are providing food, water, shelter and mental health care to vulnerable populations. There are five easy ways you can help people in need right now. Every day we engage with the some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs

How an entrepreneurial approach can help end the COVID-19 crisis

The evidence base and experimentation of science are essential to ending the COVID-19 crisis Universities are analysing and sharing data to inform policy-makers Entrepreneurs are repurposing their equipment to help fight the pandemic Scientists and entrepreneurs spend their lives anticipating and creating the future. They design techniques and practices to experiment and explore new options,

Reimagining your business model: 17 social enterprise types to guide you

The post-Covid world may offer new opportunities to push business as a force for good. But getting the business model right will be crucial. In this second of a three-part series to help you pin down your plans, Tara Anderson explores the four components of a social enterprise business model, and details the 17 types, drawn

How This Social Entrepreneur Turned $80 Into A $43 Billion Housing Giant

Gospatric Home turned an $80 investment into London’s largest landlord, founding not-for-profit housing organisation L&Q. His story is extraordinary. The former British Army Major, who served in the Korean War, became a serial entrepreneur and director of IPC media. His greatest achievement was to launch a not-for-profit Housing Association, aged 30, that now holds a $43

Redesigning sustainability for a pandemic world

As we kicked off the New Year, 2020 was shaping up to be a pivotal moment for the global sustainability movement. The world’s most valuable companies were planning to go carbon negative, renewable energy had achieved competitive pricing, and heck, Greta Thunberg had just been named Time’s Person of the Year. There was a glimmer of hope that humanity could

The social enterprise demystifying carbon offsetting – one tree at a time

So, you want to cut your carbon footprint? Where to start? Drop the plane for the train, cut out the burgers, switch to green energy, swap the light bulbs for LEDs – yup, all the above. But short of becoming the 21st century equivalent of a foraging monk, chances are you’ll still be responsible for

How 2020 Is Ushering In A New Era For Corporate Social Responsibility

The COVID-19 outbreak has thrown us into a time that can be described as unprecedented for many reasons. For one, businesses across the globe are making quick shifts for the good of workers, customers and society. These shifts for the greater good may prove to be impossible to roll back when the virus blows over.

Here’s a look at how tech companies across the nation are giving back during COVID-19.

In a world where lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders restrict physical movement, digital technology is filling the void to keep households connected, supplied, entertained and informed. But amid the increased demand for digital products and services — and the logistical challenges associated with a massive work-from-home transition — many tech companies have not forgotten those who

Coronavirus is changing the way we recycle waste and it’s not all bad news

Coronavirus, and the many restrictions and rules it has imposed upon us, has justifiably drawn almost all of our attention as we attempt to flatten the curve. With the radical changes made to our lives in just a few weeks, the way we run our households, work and even prepare meals has shifted. For some