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Can Small, Local Businesses Compete in a Globalized Market?

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 According to Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.  Despite the growing presence of big box chain stores in the US and abroad, Shuman has witnessed a growing number of small businesses using entrepreneurial strategies to gain a competitive … Continued

Job and Wealth Creation at the Grassroots Level – A Working Model In Cleveland

By Vale Jokisch at BALLE conference 2010 It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing an update on jobs and unemployment.  The federal government has invested millions in new projects to help create jobs across the US.  For the city of Cleveland, waiting for federal assistance just isn’t enough.  That is where … Continued


Next Gen Social Entrepreneurs: Leveraging Media & Tech for Social Change

By Paul Lamb Let’s face it. Social enterprise has not done a particularly good job of attracting and training the full range of next generation entrepreneurs. Sure, an increasing number of training programs exist at the college and graduate school level, but what about teenagers and youth in low income communities? Fortunately a number of … Continued


The Changing Landscape of Microfinance

By Terry Provance, Executive Director, Oikocredit USA When Mohammad Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for creating the Grameen Microcredit Bank in Bangladesh he stated, “Poverty is the absence of all human rights.”  He seemed to be echoing what Mahatma Gandhi said about poverty being the worst form of violence 60 years before.  … Continued


The Darfur Stoves Project: A Market Solution to Poverty

Today, three billion people—nearly half the world’s population—burn coal, wood, dung, or compost to heat their homes and cook their food. In addition to the deforestation associated with open fire cooking, especially in regions of conflict, the need for fuel often leaves searchers vulnerable, exposing them to risk of attack. This is particularly true in … Continued

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How to Keep People on Their Bikes Past Bike To Work Day

Have you ever wanted to get in better shape? Have you succeeded at it? Stayed with it after that? For most us, the answer is the same: We’d like to, but the motivation/discipline isn’t strong enough. With the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike To Work Day happening today, and shows like the Biggest Loser continuing … Continued


WomanCraft: Chicago’s Green Social Enterprise

By Dayna Reggero for Chicago Green Fest WomanCraft, a social enterprise of Heartland Human Care Services, uses recycled office paper and reclaimed flowers to create unique, sustainable, handmade paper products, such as wildflower seed note cards, memory books, gift tags, frames and custom wedding invitations. “WomanCraft is a green social enterprise that works specifically with … Continued


Green Products Innovation Institute Launched: Cradle to Cradle Certification Arrives

The first non-profit resource for companies seeking to make their products safer and more sustainable was officially launched today at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. The Green Products Innovation Institute (GPII) will provide certification of consumer products using the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) protocol of product life-cycle analysis created by William McDonough and Michael Braungart of McDonough … Continued


Skoll Foundation: Six Trends in Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship—the art of creating programs with a transformative business model focused on bringing about large-scale, positive change—plays a critical role in building a more sustainable future by increasing income, improving environmental quality, creating jobs, and enhancing quality of life. But just like any start-up, there comes a time when a great idea needs an … Continued


Skateistan: Educating Afghani Youth Using Non-Traditional Means

We’ve all read or watched the horror stories coming out of Afghanistan.  This remote and rugged land has seen more than its share of suffering during the Soviet invasion, the tyranny of the Taliban, and the chaos of the most recent decade.  Whatever one’s take is on the current situation and uncertain future of Afghanistan, … Continued


Social Entrepreneurialism: How Your Band-Aid Solution Can Change the World

By Olivia Khalili, founder, Cause Capitalism Ten-to-one if you’re reading this, you are an entrepreneur or intrapreneur who cares about making the world better. Whether you have a history-shifting concept, fledgling idea, or just a desire is often times irrelevant. We have a fascination with systemic solutions because they impress us in their genius, scale, … Continued


How to Use Community to Build Your Social Enterprise

By Olivia Khalili, founder, Cause Capitalism One of the undeniable perks of being part of a sector that wants to change the world for the better is its collective commitment to change over self-advancement. Patagonia councils Walmart—a company 1,300 times its size—on greening its supply chain for free. Benetech founder Jim Fruchterman takes time away … Continued

How Do Social Entrepreneurs Finance Organizations and Enterprises?

(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from David Bornstein and Susan Davis’ recent book, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.) By David Bornstein and Susan Davis Launching an organization is a process of recruiting funders, advisors, board members, and staffers, one by one. Over the past thirty years, the resource landscape has exploded … Continued

Where the Ladies At? In Search of the Female Entrepreneur

In the same way ecosystems with high biodiversity have higher survival rates, businesses with high personnel diversity also fare better than those with one variety of employee. Increased diversity of employees results in a wider variety of thinking, more robust solutions to problems, etc.  In the same way, it’s not surprising that evidence has emerged … Continued