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         Advertisements 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

McKinsey & Company calls for Videos from Today’s Most Promising Innovators…Is That You?

Huffington Post Impact, October 30, 2011   If you or your organization has developed an innovative solution to a crushing social problem and you want to share your story with a large, elite and influential audience, we encourage you to submit a video. Continue reading McKinsey & Company calls for Videos from Today’s Most Promising Innovators…Is That You?

Mobile Technology, Kiosks, and Last Mile Distribution: Three Trends in Rural/BoP Social Enterprise

    In her Blog Post, Jessica Santana, follows three trending tools in Rural/BoP models which, “currently show great promise in terms of financial self-sustenance, scalability, and provision of tangible social benefits to low-income people.” Non-financial services via mobile devices: health, agricultural, and other information Africa embodies the promise of mobile communication. Mobile cellular subscriptions in Africa have skyrocketed from 11 million to 333 million over the past ten years. Nearly half of all African villages are covered by mobile networks. Africa has led the world in the adoption and penetration of mobile-based money transfer solutions. Nearly all of the … Continue reading Mobile Technology, Kiosks, and Last Mile Distribution: Three Trends in Rural/BoP Social Enterprise

From the Ashes of the Smoldering Corporate Business Model, The Rise of the Social Business Model: A Diagram

Dion Hinchcliffe, of the Dachis Group, presents a great diagram depicting the rise of social business from the ashes of the corporate model. He attributes this evolution to the “Shirky Principal, ” When markets change and the economic rules evolve — as they always do — companies that have an excessively vested interest in the status quo don’t bend or adapt to new ways of doing things. Instead, they usually break. This has been called the Shirky Principle, namely that “institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” When you have a global business environment … Continue reading From the Ashes of the Smoldering Corporate Business Model, The Rise of the Social Business Model: A Diagram

Brown Signs Law for B Corp’s in California…Will Venture Capital Follow?

As reported in the October 10, 2011 L.A. Times, Governor Brown has signed California Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s, Bill AB 361 into law, allowing B Corporation to join Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia, in legally operating in the State of California. Without this legal protection, says B Lab Co-Founder Jay Coen Gilbert, by prioritizing social (environmental and other sustainable) outcomes, California B Corporations were operating in what could have been considered opposition to the fiduciary duty to “maximize value to shareholders even if that comes at the expense of workers or the community or the environment.” Gilbert also notes … Continue reading Brown Signs Law for B Corp’s in California…Will Venture Capital Follow?

Social Change? Why Not Make it a Game?

Want to try challenging your assumptions about relief work in disaster situations? Craft an urban energy portfolio that balances economic, social, and environmental issues? Teach your kids about global hunger and humanitarian aid work? You can…from your computer console by logging into games for change (.org) and playing Inside the Haiti Earthquake, Energy City, or Food Force. Games for Change, founded in 2004, is the leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact. The games are grouped in categories like: Civics, Health, Poverty, Education, Human Rights, and the Environment. The object of the game? For Inside the … Continue reading Social Change? Why Not Make it a Game?