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Roles Foundations Play in Shaping Impact Investing

“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

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

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

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

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.

Creating Shelter in the Storm: Pivoting Your Business in Response to COVID-19

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 for Social Entrepreneurship,

Social entrepreneurship: Can it curb unemployment?

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

How online training is revolutionising social enterprise start-up support

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. “The course was a revelation to me.” For several years, Sabeena Ahmed

Immigration integration: An opportunity to reunite America

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

Creating a ripple effect: Social impact entrepreneurs focus on people, planet, and profits

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 a

No time to talk – what big business can learn from social enterprise

‘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

With A Bit Of Work Any Business Can Become A Social Enterprise

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 laundromat is a 24-hour business, so the restaurant

New report unveils key insights into business models that put people and planet first

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

37 Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020

This will mark the 7th edition of our Social Entrepreneurs to watch for list. If you want to check out the previous years of social entrepreneurs you can see them here. 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 Over the past six years I have had the great pleasure of speaking with over 500 social entrepreneurs around the world while running Causeartist. It

5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Looking to Create a Movement

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. The importance of companies having

Conscience Consumerism – Food For Thought From The Social Enterprise World Forum

The rise of social entrepreneurship is a topic that either excites you-or one you glance over because of a failure to understand its role and socioeconomic impact. Either way, we’re here to provide some insights based on our experience at the Social Enterprise World Forum. Firstly, it is important not to confuse social entrepreneurship with

Crowdfunding for Impact?

Individuals seem increasingly keen to invest in ventures that create social impact, and crowdfunding platforms are making this easier than ever. But there is a catch. Unlike professional investors or major foundations which rely on hard data and cost-benefit analyses, retail investors often base decisions on the emotional connection they feel in an investment opportunity.

The Ghost Workers Powering The AI Economy

Rightly or wrongly, the AI-driven world has come to typify the woes of modern economic life, as tech giants such as Facebook and Alphabet amass vast fortunes, due in large part to the huge quantities of data that users often freely provide them. Accusations of economic imbalance tend to be multi-faceted. Not only do these companies

How This Woman Successfully Launched An Ethical Shoe Brand With Zero Fashion Experience

Ten years ago, Bethany Tran went to Guatemala and had a transformative week that would ultimately change the trajectory of her career. Her friends had started a nonprofit that was working to break the cycle of poverty in the largest urban slum in Central America. It was her first time abroad and her first real