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.

These Prison Bars Help Ex-Cons Build New Lives

Former NBA player Seth Sundberg’s experience as a convict led him to launch Prison Bars, a social enterprise that aims to market healthful…

Broccoli City Turns Hip-Hop Lovers into Tree-Huggers

With its annual music festival and community-engagement programs, Broccoli City is on a mission to turn hip-hop lovers into tree-huggers.

Harvesting Water from Fog: A Solution to Water Scarcity?

Countries are seeking creative solutions to tackle water scarcity. Could fog-harvesting be an option? It appears to be working in southwest Morocco.

Tracking Changes In Social Enterprise Law

"People are approaching the task of running social enterprises in different ways. Several different forms are available in the U.S., and other countries…

SXSW: Q&A with Kathryn Finney, Creator of First Accelerator for Black and Latina Tech Founders

Set to open this summer in Atlanta, the Big Innovation Center powered by DigitalUndivided is the first innovation center focused on the success…

From Masai Runaway to Eco-Entrepreneur

Peniel Laizer began his social enterprise while still working for someone else. After three years of work, fueled by a mission to promote…

Founders of Bené Scarves Offer Advice to (Eco)Fashionpreneurs

Bené Scarves is an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand that is committed to empowering girls in Ghana through education. Co-founders Michelle Blue and…

Donald Trump’s Earned Media Mastery: What Changemakers Can Learn

Donald Trump has earned close to $2 billion worth of media attention over the course of his campaign ($400 million last month alone).

Akon’s Vision To Grow Solar Power Across Africa

Artist and R&B singer Akon took fans and the business industry by surprise in late 2015 when he announced his vision to bring…

Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Observations from West Africa

Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University recently returned from a trip to Ghana and Sierra Leone.…

Kiva Hopes to Raise $2M for Women Entrepreneurs By Midnight

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Kiva recently set a goal to procure $1 million in total loans for women entrepreneurs. The…

Top 4 International CSR Insights for Fortune 500 Companies

How can companies scale their corporate social responsibility programs internationally -- without incurring extra risk? Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, Pamela Hawley, provides…

Social Enterprises: The Fourth Sector

The social enterprise is the end product of the public, private and social sectors meshing into each other; they are the new “fourth…

5 Hidden Benefits of ‘One for One’ Business Giving

One-for-one programs are great for the world (and great for external marketing purposes), but their greatness reaches far beyond this overt impact. Dig…

Bike Company Launches to Help the Homeless and Developing Countries

Pedal Forward, the makers of an American-made bamboo bicycle, are out to leverage sales to help the homeless find jobs here in the…
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