Upcoming Event – Business Beyond Usual – Social Innovation as a Sustainable Business Model

Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series - Business Beyond Usual - Social Innovation as a Sustainable Business Model Can Social Innovation be a sustainable business model?  Nowadays, we do not simply rely on the government or NGOs for solving social problems.  What can be done by a start-up enterprise or multinational corporation?  How will Social Innovation be incorporated into their business pr…

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I’m Going On a Quest. A Leadership Quest

If there is one thing that I have come to understand over the years it is the value of learning.  At times, that means getting out into the field to learn about the challenges that are faced in society / environment, while at other times it means spending time with executives from different industries to understand the pressure that firms are facing. But, this week I will be doing something dif…

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A Single Step Taken by a Single Person Can Change the World.

Here it is folks. My first TEDx presentation - One Person Can Make a Difference. I was fortunate to have followed 6 speakers in August at the TEDxWanchai event. 6 speakers who had taken steps to change the world in their own little way, and by being the closer for the evening it was my job to take all that inspiration and turn it to action. I hope it inspires you to act as well.…

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Mapping the Future of Social Innovation

When I first saw this map on a Google+ posting I was awed struck by the sheer size of the brand portfolios exist. Of course, I knew for years that these groups were actively consolidating a number pf brands (including the "green" ones), but when it is put onto a map like this ... well, wow. Interestingly enough,  over the last 2 weeks I have had three discussions with firms represented in the…

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Trade Offs and Externalities

While doing a bit of research on externalities this afternoon, I came across this graphic representation of sustainable development, and the forces that are in play. For me, it was a nice and clean graphic about how one can think about / present the forces that are occurring in today's market, environment, and society, and offers a starting place for framing the recalibration that is occur. Som…

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Should We Even Worry About Externalities

Last week while debating the NEED for government action in the US on car efficiency as part of their energy policy, a good friend of mine wrote the following: You are worried about externalities? The consequences of using fossils fuels is an almost unimaginable improvement in the quality life for the average person. The average American today lives a better than the richest Midevil Kings of Europe…

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Finding Innovative Ways to Engage

Without a doubt, finding ways to effectively engage people is becoming harder to do.  Yet, there are moments where a program is able to separate itself and engage using simple ideas.  Ideas that don't force engagement, but are done in a manner that engagement is as easy as walking across the street. The recent BDD / China Environmental Protection Foundation did that, literally, and through its…

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How Should Social Entrepreneurs Value Themselves?

18 months ago while interviewing 75 social entrepreneurs in China, we asked the question "what has been your greatest success?". It was a question that was originally intended to elicit information about programs that had been successful, traction in developing a revenue stream, or some pride in the fact that their staff of 5 had stabilized and they were poised to grow. Instead, what we heard mo…

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Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur

In the recent HBR blog post Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur, Laura Galinsky (SVP of Echoing Green) writes about a trend she sees where many want to be "social entrepreneurs", but few should be. She was a young, energetic college freshman at NYU who knew just what she wanted. She approached me after I spoke on a panel about social enterprise and said those magic words: "I want to be…

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Job Opportunity: Thunderbird for Good China Liaison

JOB TITLE: Thunderbird for Good China Liaison               REPORTS TO: Executive Director of Thunderbird for Good, Kellie Kreise  POSITION PURPOSE: The primary responsibility of this position is to help identify and cultivate new project opportunities for Thunderbird in China and work with 10,000 Women program grantees based in China.  This consultant will facilitate the application of Thunde…

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