The 6th Annual Oxford Business and Poverty Conference, this one on housing, was held last week (July 27 – 28, 2022) in the Examination School at the University of Oxford, England. It brought together a diverse range of speakers addressing creative ways to meet the housing needs of low and moderate-income people, especially through mutuals
An interview with Dr. Shalini Sharma, Founder and CEO, Sanshodhan An E-Waste Exchange, and founding Director of the Global Institute for Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Goals (ICE&SDGs)
John Hoffmire: You are the founder of Sanshodhan An E-Waste Exchange, an emerging company working for e-waste management and the development of zero waste businesses and organizations. You also founded Global Institute for Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Goals (ICE&SDGs), the NGO. Tell me how this came about?
Shalini: It goes back to January 2017,
In its 72 years of independence, India has shown its unprecedented prowess in building a modern, democratic nation. It has lifted millions out of poverty, is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has increased its global influence by becoming a member of the G20
An interview with Karon Shaiva, Chief Impact Officer – IDOBRO & Managing Trustee – RISE Infinity Foundation
John Hoffmire: You are the founder of the RISE Infinity Foundation. Tell me more about this social enterprise.
Karon: I started the RISE Infinity Foundation in 2014 as an organization committed to serve those in India who are vulnerable, poor, and sick. Our vision is to create a more responsible, inclusive, sustainable, and eco-friendly society that
“Impact investing,” as a term of art, was coined at Rockefeller Foundation retreats in northern Italy in 2007 and 2008. The attendees visiting the foundation’s Bellagio Center near Lake Como—people working in organized philanthropy, asset management, social enterprise, and consulting—discussed how to describe the wide variety of their activities that had for decades engaged private
- 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
- 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 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
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
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.
This is an extraordinarily difficult time for every organization. The current situation is chaotic, and we are unsure of what lies ahead. For your (and almost all organizations), it means the existing business model has been disrupted – maybe even obliterated – and your cash flow is drying up.
At the Miller Center
As per International Labor Organization, in 2018, global unemployment levels fell one percentile to a steady five percent in 2018, the lowest figures since the economic crisis that wreaked havoc on labor markets. World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2019 report further emphasizes that unemployment rates were anticipated to fall further to 4.9 percent this
A massive open online course, or Mooc, has inspired thousands of people around the world to start up their own social enterprises. We discover how this online training programme has had such a global impact – and what its founders are planning next.
With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary behind us, the election race intensifies and so too perhaps the rhetoric, positive and negative, about immigrants. We believe there still exists an opportunity for incremental steps forward to re-unite our all too divided nation even in an election year. Moving beyond contentious debates and calls for
One who is willing to take risks in an effort to solve community-based problems and affect positive societal change. This is the definition of a social entrepreneur. While it is common to think of a mission-based organization as being a non-profit entity, in today’s society, many for-profit businesses are seeking to create change while maintaining
‘Talking the talk’ rather than ‘walking the walk’ is one of humanity’s fundamental traits and age-old flaws. Socrates would often sniping about bluster and rhetoric, specifically the way we use language to convey a picture of the world that we want people to see rather than the world as it truly is.
Almost 2500 years on and
Jane and Scott Wolfe run Melba’s in New Orleans. From the outside, Melba’s is an unremarkable sandwich shop. What’s going on inside is so remarkable Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton stopped by to see what they’re doing.
Melba’s is attached to a laundromat, which creates an odd synergy. The
A University of York academic has co-authored a major report which advocates creating business models that are focused on benefiting society and the planet. Based on a recent study of Fair Trade Enterprises, the report unveils pivotal governance, management and profit reinvestment models that are already working across the world.
The report from the World Fair
In today’s work environment, it’s no longer enough to simply bring home a paycheck. In a survey of millennial and Gen-Z workers conducted by Deloitte, three-quarters of those interviewed said they believe that multinational corporations are in a position to solve the vasty array of economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world.