The Social Side of Sustainability

In this series, we examine the entrepreneurs, organizations, and innovative ideas that foster sustainable growth in developing nations, as well as economic recovery here in the U.S.

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

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Banks vs. the New Kids: Microfinance in the United States

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The Changing Landscape of Microfinance

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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…
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Skoll Foundation: Six Trends in Social Entrepreneurship

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SENO’s Innovation Incubation Offers Model for New Orleans’ New Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Nick Cain, and originally appeared on Dowser.org. When we hear the word “incubator,” the image that…
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Skateistan: Educating Afghani Youth Using Non-Traditional Means

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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…
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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…

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(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from David Bornstein and Susan Davis’ recent book, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.) By…

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Sustainability is a poorly defined notion. More often than not—and we’re guilty of this, as well—sustainability is talked about in environmental terms. Be…
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Offering Sick Leave Benefits Has Benefits

It costs an employer 23 cents per hour per worker—on average—to provide sick time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   Yet, 39…
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Negative Therapy Pressure Systems: Simple Medical Invention Could Improve the Lives of Millions

A $3 device may just help wound patients with limited access to medical personnel heal faster.  And, there are about 55 million people…