Social Enterprise

A social enterprise is an organization that uses commercial strategies to maximize human and environmental well-being, rather than simply maximizing profits for external shareholders.

Conscious Business Must Move Beyond the Two-Party System

Business can no longer remain a two-party system -- conscious and unconscious. We need to unite around any leader or company that is…

This Vertical Farm Wants to Pioneer ‘Post-Organic’ Food

New Jersey startup Bowery Farming wants to change how you think about organic food -- starting with its definition.

Thinking ‘Glocally’ About Water Scarcity: Why We Need to Act Now

When Karishma Bhagani was attending high school in Kenya, half of the country was drought-stricken. So she invented a low-tech water purifier to…

This One-For-One Peanut Butter Fights Famine in South Sudan

The social enterprise Good Spread aims to help address the humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan with its one-for-one business model.

Building a Better World Also Builds a Better Workplace

Everyone at a company — from the founder to its newest recruits — needs to work toward a better world. And that’s not…

Air-Ink Turns Air Pollution Into Pens

Anirudh Sharma and Nikhil Kaushik co-founded Graviky Labs, the maker of Air-Ink pens that so far have scrubbed at least 1.6 trillion liters…

Australian Company Raises Money from Customers to Fund Clean Energy Projects

The concept of asking utility customers to pay higher rates may sound dubious. But if a case study in Australia is any indication,…

3 Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Make the Right Sacrifices

Nobody wants to make sacrifices. But if you want to succeed in business, you first need to determine where your priorities lie.

Why Innovation is Integral to Nonprofit Management

Successful nonprofit organizations are run by great leaders. So, what does it take to show excellent, innovative leadership in the public-sector and nonprofit…

Entrepreneurial Innovation Is Driving Disruption in the Food Industry

If industry stakeholders continue to slowly trail entrepreneurs rather than expedite their own efforts, it will be at their own peril; those who…

This Social Enterprise is Creating a ‘New Generation of Readers’ in Brazil

Nearly 30 percent of Brazilian adults are functionally illiterate. Former investment banker Danielle Brants turned this unsettling statistic into an opportunity to create…

This App Helps the World’s Largest Minority Group to Communicate and Thrive

Collectively, people with disabilities tend to experience greater degrees of workplace discrimination and economic hardship, especially when they can’t communicate orally. This app…

LifeShare: Disrupting the Healthcare System for the Better

How do you make sure state healthcare services meet the needs of people with disabilities? If you're Josh and Rachel Boynton, you prepare…

Community Compost Thrives in San Diego

Food2Soil, a micro-enterprise founded and supported by NGO Inika Small Earth, exists to "resource the local food web," Sarah Boltwala-Mesina, executive director of…

This Social Enterprise Fights Human Trafficking in Israel with Skills Training

Matthias and Tabea Oppliger founded Glowbalact in 2011. Its social enterprise in Israel, A.I.R., provides job training to former sex workers as a…