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.

Chobani’s Secret: Employee-Owned Firms Beat the Competition

Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani yogurt, made headlines late last month when he gave 10 percent of the company's stock to his…

USAID: Renewables Are a Way to End Poverty in India

USAID is trying a different foreign aid approach worldwide, including in India. Last week the agency awarded $5 million in grants through its…

TaDah Foods Promotes Eating Good and Doing Good

Five years ago, the company’s founder, John Sorial, set out to create super inventive, high-quality, insanely delicious East Mediterranean cuisine with a purpose.…

ASPIREist Brings Meaningful Content to TV

ASPIREist, a feature news show, is out to showcase the issues that matter to today's generation and empower viewers to take action.

Code the Dream Works to Bring Coding Skills to Immigrants

Code the Dream is hoping to turn things around for low income and immigrant communities through tech. Based in Durham, North Carolina, the…

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.…