New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

“The findings are detailed in Fightback Britain, a report based on the largest analysis of the social enterprise sector in the UK, supported by the Co-operative Bank.  It reveals that social enterprises, which exist to benefit society and reinvest their profits, are twice as likely as mainstream businesses to have reported growth in the last year. They are also more likely to be led by women, young people, and those from minority ethnic groups. Research uncovers ‘start-up explosion’ in Britain’s most deprived communities – highlights from the report include: 39% of all social enterprises are based and working in the most deprived communities … Continue reading New Business in the UK is Increasingly Social

Even the Kids Are Doing It: Saving the World…As Easy as 1…2…3

When Hurricane Katrina coincided with Halloween, Random Kid Founder, Talia Leman, decided to raise money for its victims by Trick or Treat-ing for coins instead of candy. She ‘coined’ the effort  “TLC” or “Trick or Treat for Loose Change,” set up a website to get other kids involved,  got ‘viewed’ by the Today Show, and:            “
One day later I was fielding reports from kids all over the USA tracking donations on a map with pushpins. One week later, a local grocery chain agreed to print 8.5 million Trick-or-Treat bags to be given out with my message … Continue reading Even the Kids Are Doing It: Saving the World…As Easy as 1…2…3

Can Pay Toilets Save Lives?

….the transformation, restoration and sustainability of social dignity in our ever growing urban population. Providing pay toilets in schools, slums and cities may not seem like a revolutionary idea. But when you consider that 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation and that 1.5 million children perish annually as a result- and that 2008 marked the year when 50% of the population resides in cities (which could rise to 5 billion in 2030 per UNFPA)- it’s literally a life saving concept with great future implications. This is why, Ecotact, provider of the Ikotoilet, describes its mission as going beyond … Continue reading Can Pay Toilets Save Lives?

A Hybrid Social Enterprise Entity Gives “How To’s” on Healthy Eating

What you will find on the Parent Earth Website are videos pertaining to and promoting a variety of issues on healthy shopping, cooking, and eating options, for parents and their children. Videos on the site include: Is it Healthy to Have a Vegetarian Baby?, Daddy Does Dinner: Man With a Pan, Composting With Pre-Schoolers, and How to Have Fun at The Farmer’s Market with your Child. What you will also find on their site is that Planet Earth is a hybrid For and Non-Profit Social Enterprise, which is comprised of two separate entities– Parent Earth, Inc., (the for-profit)  and Parent … Continue reading A Hybrid Social Enterprise Entity Gives “How To’s” on Healthy Eating

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

Social Enterprise + the World Wide Web = An Incubator for Disadvantaged Youth, Women, & Minorities

Don’t think an organization can “Really” make the world a better place and change the landscape of business? We create student-driven local websites that help reduce poverty and promote diversity. We help: Students experience the web startup culture and low-risk ownership Local businesses & promising aspiring talent reach their full marketing potential Local residents connect with each other & save $ on their purchases Disadvantaged youth become successful Web Social Entrepreneurs Create and keep wealth in local communities (The niche, grassroots based websites that we create are started without any traditional institutional venture capital.) The act of a person who … Continue reading Social Enterprise + the World Wide Web = An Incubator for Disadvantaged Youth, Women, & Minorities

Social Enterprise + Innovation = LifeStraw®; Drawing Closer to the Clean Water Access Millennial Development Goal 0f 2015

We operate under our own unique Humanitarian Entrepreneurship business model. This “profit for a purpose” approach has turned corporate social responsibility into our core business of creating life-saving products for the most vulnerable. The LifeStraw® Concept The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) call for a reduction of the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by half between 1990 and 2015. Yet, an estimated 884 million people in the world, 37% of whom live in Sub-Saharan Africa, still use unimproved sources of drinking water.  Treating water at the household level or other point of use also reduces the … Continue reading Social Enterprise + Innovation = LifeStraw®; Drawing Closer to the Clean Water Access Millennial Development Goal 0f 2015