PromisingTech Trends for Socially Enterprising Mobile Applications

    In his article, Big Differences in Mobile Support for the Social Enterprise , Tom Petrocelli, notes the disconnect in the growth of the social software field the uneven mobile platform support for laptops versus tablets (and even for iPads versus Androids), the vastly different UI experiences for end-point users across mobile vendors, for example, “many mobile users still cannot access their social software on the go or can do so only in a very limited manner,” and  the fact that established Independent Software vendors (ISV’s) with ample resources, such as IBM and SAP, have developed and can continue … Continue reading PromisingTech Trends for Socially Enterprising Mobile Applications

Back to School CSR Initiatives: Does Mega Brand Cause Marketing always = Sustainable Social Change?

As reported by Cone, Inc., in late August, this year’s Back to School, included a bevy of cause related initiatives from Corp’s ranging from Target to JC Penney.   The Give with Target, campaign allowed Facebook users to ask for votes for their favorite school on a Cause page; for every 25 votes, the Company donated a $25 gift certificate to the school for up to $10,000 per school. This is part of Target’s commitment to raise $1 billion for K-12 education by 2015. So far they have raised $2.5 million for American Schools.     The large reach potential of … Continue reading Back to School CSR Initiatives: Does Mega Brand Cause Marketing always = Sustainable Social Change?

Great SOCENT Primer: Skoll Foundation Video on Three Decades of the Development of the Field

  The Skoll Foundation has recently completed a short film about the field of social entrepreneurship. It’s a great overview of the progress made over the last three decades. It starts with Mohammad Yunus and includes interviews with a number of social entrepreneurs and others in the field, including Sally Osberg of the Skoll Foundation, Bill Drayton of Ashoka, Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund, John Elkington of Volans, and author David Bornstein. For more information on these and other social entrepreneurs, visit the Skoll Foundation         Continue reading Great SOCENT Primer: Skoll Foundation Video on Three Decades of the Development of the Field

Significance, Systems, and Solutions at SOCAP12

  A new form of capitalism is arising that recognizes our ability to direct the power and efficiency of market systems toward social impact. Social Capital Markets is dedicated to supporting the growth of this market. SOCAP is an annual event series that connects leading global innovators – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to build this market at the intersection of money and meaning.   SOCAP operates out of Hub Bay Area, co-working space and changemaker community based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Register for the upcoming 2012 event here, and get details about this year’s agenda here.   … Continue reading Significance, Systems, and Solutions at SOCAP12

Let Your Fingers Do the Online Shopping (for GOOD)

  GOOD Technology profiles Social Impact,  an app created by Founder, Rolfe Larson, that guides “conscientious community spending” straight from a consumer’s mobile phone. For example, “a search for restaurants in Los Angeles results in listings for Homeboy Bakery and Homegirl Cafe, both part of Homeboy Industries, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk and gang-involved youth gain emlpoyable skills.”  Plus, the app has a Shop Online option for web-based purchase of products and services. Larson says, “We created Social Impact to help socially-minded customers find the businesses that create the change they want to see in the world.” Shop for a cause, at your finger tips. Read … Continue reading Let Your Fingers Do the Online Shopping (for GOOD)

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

Multi-sector Strategy…for Social Innovation

  In her JustMeans Blog post, Sangeeta Haindl, suggests,  “There is huge support for collaborative, multi-sector processes focused on modest initiatives,” which are aimed at “helping shape the planet’s future.”  While Social Change is hard work, the work of loan individuals does matter- and the mantra ‘individual efforts, can make big changes’ prevails.     If corporate America, and multi-nationals can embrace the ‘small’ over their usual M.O.’s for bigger and bigger profits  and bring their considerable resources to the social change table for ‘good’ – ‘one company’s stewardship efforts, can make big changes in our planet’s sustainable future.’       … Continue reading Multi-sector Strategy…for Social Innovation