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.

How a Hudson Valley Entrepreneur is Transforming the Shrimp Industry

Eco Shrimp Garden's first project contains scores of indoor pools where shrimp are raised inside a retrofitted mattress factory in the town of…

Healthy Snack Boosts Sustainable Development on South Dakota Reservation

A healthy snack bar startup is bringing inclusive economic prosperity to South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

Listening To Learn: Best Practices for Social Purpose Strategy

Asking good questions is one of the most important skills a person, or a team, can develop. It’s also a skill attributed to…

Crowdfunding Links Small Investors To Social Enterprise Startups

"Regulation crowdfunding" is a lot like Kickstarter, with one big difference: When you send money through Wefunder or SeedInvest, you get stocks or…

Small Group Tours are Transforming the Travel Industry

A quickly emerging market of small, specialized group tour operators offer a more sustainable, social, affordable and ultimately transformative experience for the traveler.

Beyond the Porn Principle: How to Better Evaluate Social Enterprise

When the term “pornography” was put to the U.S. Supreme Court to define in 1963, Justice Potter Stewart famously stated simply, “I know…

B-Lister’s Memoir of ‘Gap Year’ in Africa Makes the Case Against Voluntourism

Unfortunately for Louise Linton's future career prospects, the reception of her self-published book about a voluntourism stint in Zambia did not go well.…

Investors Can’t Ignore the Human Capital Challenge for Social Enterprises

New research reveals how to tackle the human capital challenges facing social enterprises.

The Quick & Dirty: Kicking the Puppy

Companies keep talking about how they kick puppies (think: burning coal or selling cigarettes) and then expect us to love them for it,…

Cook County, Illinois: An Agent of Change

Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago and is home to over 5 million people, struggles with poverty, unemployment and homelessness -- but a…

Can the $16 Cup of Blue Bottle Coffee Help Rebuild a Country?

The popular Blue Bottle Coffee company is upping the ante with a high-end cup of joe sourced from Yemen that would make some…

Creative Solutions to Laos’ Ongoing Problem with Conflict Weapons

Bombs were dropped on Laos every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Over a quarter of these bombs failed to…

Will Ending Energy Poverty Produce a Unicorn?

More than a billion people worldwide need electricity. Will a new breed of decentralized renewable energy company provide it, and create the next…

This Incubator Has Saved 200,000 Premature Babies

The Embrace Warmer is a cheap infant incubator that creates heat and fights off neonatal hypothermia -- and it's credited with 200,000 babies…

Responsibility, Transparency and Customer Engagement Are Keys to Marks & Spencer’s Success

Marks and Spencer, which operates over 1,000 stores across the United Kingdom and three continents, makes the case that customers should be at…