Social Enterprise

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Balancing Act: One Entrepreneur’s Journey with Social Enterprise

In the entrepreneurial space, Mpho Sekwele is a force to be reckoned with. The daughter of parents who created their own small businesses in South Africa, Sekwele built on that firsthand knowledge by working in retail for 10 years before launching her own ventures. Bantu Hikers is her nonprofit mentoring organization, and SintuOnline is her

How One Church Tackled Their Community’s Affordable Housing Crisis

What kind of relationship should a congregation develop with a surrounding neighborhood that lacks affordable housing? Could a church, itself, be broken as a gift for others? Arlington Presbyterian Church saw these questions as an opportunity to re-envision its commitment to serving people in south Arlington, Va. Like many worship spaces in the U.S., attendance

Size doesn’t matter: Why community enterprises can solve the world’s largest problems

Whether it’s a community-owned pub or a cooperative renewable energy scheme, social businesses rooted in local communities are, by definition, small. But what they lack in size they make up for in ambition, with the power to re-shape our economy and help tackle the greatest global issues of our time. It’s no exaggeration to say

How FEED Projects Is On A Mission To Combat Childhood Hunger

Kicking off a series of profiles of inspiring women leaders, in celebration of International Women's Month, is Sarah Naseer, the President of FEED Projects. FEED is a social enterprise founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush Lauren that has provided over 100 million meals to children around the world to date. I sat down with Naseer to

Businesses ‘doing good’? Prove it

Social businesses trying to solve a diverse range of problems, from homelessness to gender inequality, the refugee crisis to plastic pollution often share the same conundrum – how to measure success. In an era of greater transparency, consumers and investors increasingly expect companies to look beyond profits and report their environmental and social impact. For

Meet The Social Entrepreneur Who Discovered A Problem Hiding In Plain Sight

There are lots of people who want to change the world—people who wish to use their time and talent to “do good.” But there’s no clear roadmap for how. Many social entrepreneurs, myself included, trace our journey back to a lightbulb moment where a combination of right-place-right-time and active curiosity suddenly illuminated a path forward.

Society and customers expect more, and a sustainable business model delivers

Sustainability is on the radar screen of every major organization. Some organizations, such as Interface, Patagonia and Unilever, have made fundamental shifts to redesign their operations behind sustainable principles. These are sustainability leaders. For most organizations, however, efforts have tended to stall out after the easy work of reducing energy and waste. But there is

How Storytelling Can Help With Measuring Impact For Your Social Enterprise

As a social enterprise, it is important to be able to measure impact. The School of Social Entrepreneurs says that measuring impact is key to demonstrating that a social enterprise is making a difference. Measurement of impact matters, but it is not always easy to do so. This is the first in the series of articles where I

70M People Are Counting On This Social Entrepreneur To Succeed

John Kluge, 35, founder and managing director for the Refugee Investment Network or the RIN, created this matchmaking service between impact investors and impact actors in the refugee space with a key group of people in mind: the 70 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world. With refugees spending an average of 26 years in

6 Social Good Companies Changing the World In Innovative Ways

There are science-backed reasons to get involved in efforts we’re passionate about — research has found that helping others through generosity can make us happier and more financially successful. Businesses, too, can reap those benefits through social entrepreneurship, setting out to change the world through innovative thinking. These six social good companies are prioritizing the well-being of people

Community enterprise and the natural world

2018 was a particularly grim year for environmentalists. The IPCC special report spelled out that we had just twelve years to avert climate collapse; extreme weather events continued to become more frequent and intense; natural assets and biodiversity continued their decline. At the same time, long-term economic restructuring and austerity underpinned an increase in personal precariousness and

Three Questions Compassionate Leaders Need To Ask

Compassionate leaders are courageous souls who often go against convention to inspire us all to be better and do better. As the founder of Investors Circle (now Social Venture Circle) and Slow Money, Woody Tasch has inspired qualified investors around the world to shift over $200M of capital toward companies with sustainability missions. Tasch’s newest project provides 0% loans

Social Enterprise is Growing

Among the most influential economists of the post-war era, Milton Friedman is famed for his aggressive stance on capitalism. Business is only responsible to shareholders, he said. Increase profit at all costs. Social issues are no concern of yours. Little more than a decade after Friedman’s passing, social enterprise, a hybrid sector, is merging for-profit

The Outlook for Social Enterprises in 2019 and Beyond

Social enterprises are a growing force in the global economy and a fierce catalyst for social change. One third of startups globally have social good as their core mission. In the United Kingdom, the startup rate for social enterprises is three times that of mainstream small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Social businesses focus on providing market-driven solutions that

How To Spark Entrepreneurship: Lessons From Innovation Hubs

"Entrepreneur" is generally understood to mean someone who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of an idea or enterprise. Because of the risk associated with entrepreneurship, it is easy to assume success requires a specific type of person. But is it possible to create an environment that helps a range of people bring ideas to

The future of business? Purpose, not just profit

We live in turbulent times. Poverty, inequality, youth unemployment and climate change are among the challenges we are facing. In business, CEOs have gone from being symbols of aspiration to objects of intense scrutiny. Even the younger, ‘cooler’ entrepreneurs, the kick-starters of the shared economy, are now being asked questions about the impact their companies

Companies can help build a more inclusive world. Here’s how

We live in a world of smart, connected ovens, but one in which 795 million people do not have enough food to eat. We are witnessing exponential growth, but also great inequality. Addressing this kind of polarization is no longer solely the role of governments and the non-profit sector. Large corporations have the opportunity, while still in

Putting the enterprise into social enterprises

SOCIAL enterprises are a brilliant idea. Instead of a charity or a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has to depend on charity or grants from governments or international agencies, a social enterprise does social good via a business entity. Investopedia states that, “social enterprises seek to maximise profits while maximising benefits to society and the environment.

Social enterprise is the solution we need right now

For all the negative and pessimistic news out there, there is a lot of good being done in the world which can serve as a source of hope. One sector which is on the rise and working to create solutions to many of our world’s greatest challenges is that of social enterprises. Social enterprises are

Five Lessons For Making Change From 18 Impact-Driven Farmers

I had the pleasure of starting and ending one of the last weeks of 2018 at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a working farm that views itself as a “laboratory dedicated to sustainable farming practices,” and also home to the world-renowned restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns. I was there to observe portions of