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

GOOD’s Great Infographic on the B-Corp

As reported here at dwbdg in Brown Signs Law for B Corp’s in California…Will venture Capital Follow?, B-Corps were recently made legal in California.     Below is a link to GOOD’s great infographic on the little business engine that could…be the future of American business, according to B-Lab, the nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, and the agency that developed the stringent pro-social rating system.   See the full infographic @ GOOD.                 Continue reading GOOD’s Great Infographic on the B-Corp

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

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

Beyond CSR to the new ‘PPP’: Public+Private+Philanthropy…”How Companies Can Move Beyond Philanthropy in Developing Countries?”

                        More from Kay’s article: “For years the developed world’s standard M.O. has been to fund philanthropic projects in poorer countries across the globe. The results overall are mixed and have certainly been controversial. But despite one’s views of the “donor community” and whether one believes that charity and aid are effective, the stubborn fact is that needs have become greater, costs more expensive and for philanthropies and foundations, the funds must be stretched even further.”     DWBDG asks: Can companies move beyond brand pumping CSR initiatives to … Continue reading Beyond CSR to the new ‘PPP’: Public+Private+Philanthropy…”How Companies Can Move Beyond Philanthropy in Developing Countries?”