Looking for Ways to Fund Your Social Venture? Social Earth has 130 of ’em

From bank loans, to fellowships, to crowdsourcing websites, Tristan, Blogging for SocialEarth, “tried to capture some of the best opportunities for big-thinking changemakers to put capital behind their world-shaking ideas,” all in one place…just for you. Read Tristan’s post 130 Ways to Fund Your Social Venture @: SocialEarth Advertisements Continue reading Looking for Ways to Fund Your Social Venture? Social Earth has 130 of ’em

Feel Good’s Grill Cheese Model Slices Out Education and Entrepreneurship

At college campuses, FeelGood creates grilled-cheese social entrepreneurs who make money slinging melty deliciousness and then give a portion of their proceeds to fight hunger. In 2006, Walter and Apud launched FeelGood as a nonprofit, allowing students at universities across the country to open FeelGood grilled cheese delis. All the cash that the students raise goes to two organizations–The Hunger Project and CHOICE Humanitarian–that focus on ending hunger through sustainable practices.” We don’t [work with] too many organizations because we want to be able to have an impact,” explains Kern Beare, director of the Changemaker Academy at FeelGood. Students don’t just run … Continue reading Feel Good’s Grill Cheese Model Slices Out Education and Entrepreneurship

‘Online game that allows players to raise rice for the hungry with every correct answer, has provided almost 5 million meals’

As reported by the World Food Programme (WFP), the online game ‘Free Rice’ reached the 1 million player milestone this month, which has translated into nearly 100 billion grains of rice, or meals for nearly 5 million people since 2007. When players answer trivia questions on literature and vocabulary correctly, they donate 10 grains of rice to the WFP. “Beyond the remarkable benefits for those most in need, this is a significant milestone for WFP in our mission to engage millions of people online in the fight against hunger.” Take a tour of the game here Freerice.com  and start clicking for … Continue reading ‘Online game that allows players to raise rice for the hungry with every correct answer, has provided almost 5 million meals’

In Honor of Three Women and a Peace Prize…We are Recognizing a Social Enterprise That Empowers Women to Bring (More) Healthy Women Into the World

“We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society,” said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, in announcing the prize.  In honor of three women sharing the award of the Nobel Peace Prize today, we are Blogging about a social enterprise that will be directly responsible for decreasing maternal mortality and bringing more, healthy baby girls into the world (and we hope), into the Peace process as well! In India for example, a recent Save the Children report, ranked the country … Continue reading In Honor of Three Women and a Peace Prize…We are Recognizing a Social Enterprise That Empowers Women to Bring (More) Healthy Women Into the World

Social Entrepreneurs in Africa: Let “Trickle Out” Know Where You Are! Directory, Coming Soon….

The Trickle Out Research project is busy compiling a Directory of 19 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, specifically:  Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe The need arises from only a small footprint of Microfinance in the region, and what NextBillion determines as the prime Socent focus in the Global South being trained on India. The purpose: (From the Trickle Out website): The primary objectives of this study are to: (a) identify examples of social and environmental enterprises in the Southern Africa … Continue reading Social Entrepreneurs in Africa: Let “Trickle Out” Know Where You Are! Directory, Coming Soon….

Farm in a Pack?

With all eyes now on Somalia, one Social Entrepreneur, Rachel Zedeck, has been focusing on the systemic causes of food shortage and drought in the greater region, as well as the design and delivery of ‘colonial’ Aid programs for some time. In an August Dowser interview by Rachel Signer, Ms. Zedeck related the following: “Drought happens every year in this region. Every year there’s a famine. Every year there’s economic loss. This year is particularly bad but it’s not new. It’s like Somalia is a poster child for the aid world now. The real problems are systemic and that’s where … Continue reading Farm in a Pack?

Re-inventing the Wheel…for Water

Helping people help each other, worldwide. The Problem The burden of fetching water, invariably over long distances by cumbersome and far too often, unhygienic means, is all too evident in developing countries… The Solution The Q Drum is user friendly and the unique longitudinal shaft permits the drum to be pulled using a rope tied through the hole. There are no removable or breakable handles or axles, and the rope can be repaired on the spot or easily replaced… Efficient & Fun Even a child can pull 50 litres of water over flat terrain for several kilometres without undue strain, … Continue reading Re-inventing the Wheel…for Water