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 a…

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Technology and Social Enterprises

Over the last few years, as I have spent more time studying the impact of social enterprises and looked to understand how to maximize the impact of entrepreneurs who hold an issue of society, environment, or economy at their core, I have begun to understand that the future of social entrepreneurialism is VERY different today than what it will be in 5 years from now. At present, if you take a…

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What Prevents Social Enterprises from Scaling

A recent clip of Malini Mehra, Founder & CEO for the Centre for Social Markets  answering the question of "What holds Socially business from scale?" presents an great opportunity to open a discussion about what problems prevent success for many social businesses' business plans. In the 2 minute clip, she mentions three issues that hold back the organization Enabling environment - p…

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China’s Social Entrepreneurs on Twitter

While reviewing some old posts for issues/ discussions that I thought should be updated, I came across a post where I listed China's Social Entrepreneurs on Twitter... and it was old. Really Old. so, in an effort to make sure everyone is up to date and connected, pelase find the updated list of Entrepreneurs and Organizations.  I know that there are people and organizations that I am missing…

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Are Social Enterprises Ready for Market-Based Capital?

Over the last few weeks, one of the issues that I have been focused on my twitter stream on is that of social entrepreneurs, more specifically how the term “social entrepreneur” largely implies an organization that (1) solves a social mission and (2) rarely grows bigger than anything “cute”.  That, while there are certainly a few organizations like GroupOn and Whole Foods that have broken out of t…

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Jack Ma on CSR and Philanthropy

In an Charlie Rose interview, Jack Ma is asked - and speaks extensively - on CSR  and philanthropy in China.  Interviewed before the now famous Gates and Buffet dinner, the interview couldn't have come at a better time. Founder of Alibaba and Taobao (two of China's most trafficked e-commerce platforms), Jack Ma holds a god like status in China.  His voice on the matters of CSR and philanthropy…

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Moving Past, and Capturing, the Passion of Social Entrepreneurialism

In the non-profit realm, there have been fewer hotter topics discussed than the "social enterprise". it is an organization that, if asked to define, would have a spectrum of definitions that were at times vague, romantic, and would leave a lot of questions open about the real difference between an NGO and a social enterprise. Were there really a core difference. In China, this is no different,…

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