What’s Next Interview with Deborah Hirsh: The Hoop Connects Consumers and Producers

As part of our partnership with the Social Capital Markets Conference 2010, we are featuring a series of interviews with key conference participants. Don’t forget to get your 30% discount by using the code “3P30″ when you register!

Deborah Hirsh recently co-founded The Hoop Fund, an exciting new start-up which connect producers and consumers to make loans to build business capacity in fair trade.  Kind of like Kiva curated for fair trade consumer products.

Watch to my interview with Deborah to learn:

  • About the impetus behind The Hoop Fund and how it provides access to affordable credit for fair trade producers
  • How the social change movement is shifting towards leveraging business rather than expecting government and non-profits to handle all challenges
  • How the impact investment community is pushing social enterprise forward
  • Why this is the most exciting time in social enterprise

Amie runs Cobblestone Solutions, LLC, a consultancy focusing on business development, marketing, communications and strategy for mission driven companies. Previously, Amie served as Director of Business Development for Viv (a Bay Area environmental start-up), Program Manager for Social Venture Technology Group (a boutique consulting firm focused on measuring social and environmental impact), and Associate Consultant at Bain & Co (a global management consulting firm). She is particularly interested in innovations that reduce waste, altering consumer behavior for good, and leveraging the power of business to solve the climate crisis. You can read more from her on her blog, on GreenBiz.com, and on JustMeans.