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Is Social Enterprise The New Cure For AIDS and Poverty?

By Peter Glenn As we commemorate another World AIDS Day, we have some cause for celebration.  UNAIDS reports that new infection rates have decreased 20% over the last 10 years and 56 countries have “stabilized or significantly reduced new infections.”  Also, millions of people living with the virus in the developing world now have access … Continued

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Sir Richard’s Condoms: Buy One, Give One

You might have read about the Pope’s recent (slight) revision of the Catholic Church’s stance on condom-use — a stance with far greater impact in the developing world than elsewhere. In a case of near-perfect timing, Sir Richard’s Condom Company has entered the market, promising to donate one condom to the developing world for every … Continued

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#1 Problem Facing Social Entrepreneurs? Lack of Capital. What to do?

Recently, in conversation with Kevin Danaher, whose non-profit Global Exchange is the co-producer of the Green Festival, I asked him what he’s learned in several years running the Green Festivals. It’s clear that the events keep growing, that more and more people are looking to get into their dream of becoming a Green Business Owner, … Continued

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A Huge Shift In Business Began on October 1st, 2010

Something huge quietly happened on October 1st, 2010. Something that is the start of a powerful, powerfully beneficial way to do business: Global Contribution Corporation became one of the first Benefit Corporations in the world. Hang on. Hasn’t B Lab‘s B Corp status been in existence since 2006, and there’s now hundreds of companies that … Continued

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Eco-Entrepreneurship Opportunity: Sustainable Coffee Shop

Do you enjoy serving people? Are you into community? Do you like rainforests? If so, then going into business as a green coffee shop owner might be your ticket to ride.  You might be wondering about how much you can possibly make from people who bring their laptop into your cafe, order a $3.25 latte, … Continued

Investing in Climate Change: Areas of Opportunity Spurred by a New Economy

By Chat Reynders – Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management The discussion around climate change and the severity of its impact may ebb and flow, but the effects are clearly manifesting in a variety of disruptions to physical, industrial and financial landscapes.  These tangible changes are bringing unique opportunities for innovative companies and savvy investors; as socially … Continued

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mHealth India: Untapped Potential & The Innovative Groups Paving the Way

By David Schafran As 3G sweeps a nation with over 670 million mobile phone connections, and Android phones become increasingly available, the opportunity for high value mobile enabled services is tremendous. Two industries that have already tapped into the ubiquity of mobile phones in a big way are entertainment and financial services, with applications ranging … Continued

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UK Minister Gives Glimpse of Big Society Bank

The UK’s Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, gave a preview of the government’s plans for funding its Big Society bank at the Good Deals 2010 conference this week. “We want to make it easier… for people who can see a way things can be done better,” said Hurd. He added, “The prize is … Continued

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Funding the Big Society: Just How Important are Social Impact Investment Metrics

The UK Good Deals conference kicked off with more warnings than aspirations for the future of social impact investment.  A panel made up of banks and charitable trusts expressed the need for metrics and a new multiplicative understanding of a social asset class– all big asks that hinge on behavioural change. One of the most … Continued

Borrowing from Facebook: New Directions in Microfinance

By: Brendan Rigby “The microlending movement that was supposed to help lift millions of people in India out of poverty has in recent weeks fallen into chaos.” This was the lead for the Wall Street Journal’s feature article on the current microfinance crisis in India. The article goes on to shine a rather critical light … Continued

Challenges to an Economy Based on Sharing

by Eric Liu Scores of new businesses are leading the way and exploring how sharing can lower our environmental impact, increase community and happiness, and yes, generate revenues.  These companies have changed how people live, from car sharing to couch surfing.   For companies both big and small entering into this space, two main challenges remain: … Continued

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Small Businesses Will Help US Keep Pace With Asia’s Clean Tech

In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama predicted: “The nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy.” The good news is that the number of patent filings in the US Patent Office shows that America is pushing hard to lead the global race toward … Continued

The Sharing Economy is On the Rise

By Eric Liu Our current economy is based on consumerism and individual ownership of property.    Yet there are many who believe that an entirely different economy is on the rise that is based on a concept even older than money: sharing. Scores of new businesses are leading the way and exploring how sharing can lower … Continued

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New Opportunities and Conflicts for Sustainable Investors

The Boston investment firm Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management has produced a new paper called “Capital and Climate Change” arguing that climate change is creating new investment opportunities in such areas as water management, sustainable agriculture and energy. It’s a thought-provoking paper for socially responsible investors, also called sustainable investors, who are looking for new ways … Continued

Eco-Friendly Startup Opportunities With Low Capital Requirements

You’ve probably heard that green is gold. While nothing is quite that easy, the business case for green is solid, and its fundamentals are extremely strong. A green business is not much different from a conventional business in many ways: you still have to create a product or service people want, market it, deliver it, … Continued