The consulting firm SustainAbility, in partnership with The Skoll Foundation, has produced a fascinating 52-page report called Growing Opportunity: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Insoluble Problems. It was released in late March, 2007. The PDF is available for download from both Greenbiz.com and the Sustainability website (registration required). Highly recommended summer reading!
The report springs from a quantitative survey of 100 social entrepreneurs around the world. It attempts to assess the current state of social entrepreneurship and the possibilities presented by new mindsets, the challenges entrepreneurs face in scaling their organizations and the opportunities for greater collaboration with corporations and others. In particular, the discussion of funding challenges and options could be of great value to anyone starting or growing a social enterprise. The report also offers “deep dives” in the areas of clean energy and healthcare.