Quatre nouveaux outils pour financer les entreprises sociales. Les managers enfilent des rangers. Why Innovators Love Constraints - Whitney Johnson. By Whitney Johnson | 12:00 PM February 4, 2013 While dreaming and disrupting has unfettered me in many ways, it has shackled me in others.
One of the most unexpected was losing a part of my identity. Once the rush of leaving a name-brand corporation wore off, it began to seep in that I could no longer call someone and say “Whitney Johnson, Merrill Lynch.” It was just Whitney Johnson. I also became reacquainted with the immediate concern of putting food on the table whilst on an entrepreneurial thrill ride to zero cash flow. There’s a good dose of cosmic payback in all this. Fewer resources produce proximity; proximity drives innovation. Workplace proximity can be equally productive. A sense of collaboration and immediacy often happens as people who are cash poor or without needed resources (e.g. young professional, entrepreneur, non-profit), are required to barter, to figure out what they have to bring to the table. Constraints lead to faster feedback. Les différences psychologiques entre hommes et femmes ne seraient pas évidentes. L'"empowerment", nouvel horizon de la politique de la ville.
Tim Lehmann: Rebels Without a Cause? Beyond Heroic Social Entrepreneurship in Davos. The grand narrative of social entrepreneurship is everywhere: heroic individuals build innovative solutions to transform the texture of the world's social fabric.
What have we learned in a decade of emergent debate on the topic? What are the effects of a topic nobody, be it policy makers, professors, students, or parents, can avoid touching upon one way or another? A decade ago the topic was eclectically discussed, infusing small circles of dispersed professional communities such as development experts, nonprofit managers, and small elites of foundation visionaries and its beneficiaries. Today professional communities, career trajectories, and financial and political resources navigate around the topic. Social entrepreneurship diffused through a multiplicity of linguistic labels. The innocence of social entrepreneurship, however, is over. Those most affected by its signaling is the next generation. Chuck Cohn: Million Dollar Ideas Make Money and Create Jobs Too. My wife recently started an MBA program and at least half of her classmates are considering the entrepreneurship track over the mainstays of finance, accounting, and marketing.
Excited by the Facebooks of the world, they all want to break free, be creative, solve problems, and work for themselves. One problem: they have no concrete ideas for a business. Most will likely eventually choose the lower-risk platforms over entrepreneurship specifically because they don't have a big, game changing idea. Tech blogs and venture capitalists dominate the entrepreneurship conversation and espouse advice like "only focus on $1 billion+ markets" and "ideas aren't worth pursuing if they aren't highly unique and revolutionary.
" While that advice makes sense when you're a venture capitalist trying to increase the $500 million you were given by three to five fold over five years, I believe such advice discourages many would-be entrepreneurs from starting a business at all. La "boîte à idées" sur la refondation de l'école attend sa déclinaison politique. What Kind of Misfit Are You? - Umair Haque. By Umair Haque | 9:43 AM August 4, 2011 Here’s a confession that may surprise no one who regularly reads this blog: I’m a misfit.
And I always have been. And having spent a few decades on this planet as a slightly octagonal peg facing an endless vista of square, machine-made holes, I’ve developed a hypothesis about achievement. It’s this: great accomplishment usually takes the impertinence not to fit into the suffocating status quo. Consider the following. It’s not that every misfit accomplishes something fundamentally unexpectedly awesome (for example, yours truly). So here’s my question: what kind of misfit are you? I’d bet there’s a misfit just itching to be released inside each and every one of us. Hence, I’d say: the biggest and most unforgivable crime industrial age institutions commit against our humanity is to deny us the freedom of our own singular humanity.
Moving Around Without Losing Your Roots - Gianpiero Petriglieri. Big questions always strike unexpectedly, when our guard is down.
I was watching my toddlers splash in the pool last summer when a fellow dad plunged me into revisiting the meaning of home in a globalized world. He didn’t mean to. He just asked where we were from. “We live in Boston,” I started, “but we’re from Europe. How about you?” I learned the name of his hometown, where he owned a business, and prepared myself to tack towards our common ground next — the children’s age, the local weather, the economic climate. “Where from in Europe?” Fair enough, it’s a diverse continent. “I am from Italy, my wife is British, and we live in France. “Did you meet her in France?” I felt the impulse to lie and get it over with. “We met in Switzerland when I worked there.” I didn’t just hail from a different place. Those conversations always make me pause. For many years now, I have spent my days in circles where careers and families like mine are the norm.
I think of them as a peculiar tribe. Docs/publications-docs/NetImpact_WhatWorkersWant2012.pdf. Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur - Lara Galinsky. “I want to be a social entrepreneur.”
I hear it nearly every day. Not just from those applying for Echoing Green’s social entrepreneurship fellowship, but from high school students, college students, and young professionals. They excitedly tell me that they want to launch organizations to improve education in Africa, to better the livelihood of women in inner city Chicago, or solve any number of other big problems. It’s clear that this field has captured the imagination of the Millennial generation. From Babson to Berkeley, students today can take a variety of courses on social entrepreneurship, minor in the subject, and will soon be able to major in it.
You would think as someone who works in an organization that promotes the social entrepreneurship movement, I would be happy about this explosion in popularity. There is something alluring about being a social entrepreneur. But I am getting ahead of myself. Her name was Ripa. I was shocked. And yet, Ripa isn’t a social entrepreneur. Breaking Through Social Entrepreneurship's Star System - Erica Williams. By Erica Williams | 12:00 PM September 5, 2012 Social entrepreneurship has been always both a gift and curse for me, a Millennial in the social change sector.
Echoing Green’s Lara Galinsky was right in her HBR piece: “Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur”. In recent years, amazing programs like hers (Echoing Green provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs) have made social entrepreneurs the entrepreneurship sector’s new “it kids.” And that elevation, while arguably warranted, is not without its dangers.
Like Galinsky, I worry that many in my generation have taken to a trendy career option to the detriment of other roles that may not be as “sexy” or command as many magazine covers, but are critical for long-term social impact. But I have other concerns. That first lesson is that being entrepreneurial within an organization can be just as hard and just as worthwhile as external, independent entrepreneurship. The Rise of Coworking Office Spaces - Anne Kreamer.
By Anne Kreamer | 12:00 PM September 19, 2012 “Coworking” office spaces, leasable by the day or month (think RocketSpace in San Francisco or The Hive in Denver) are multiplying in cities all over the country.
Demand is predicted to expand by as much as 40% in 2013. And for good reason. It’s no secret that the efficiency-driven modern office is a joyless and at best neutral venue in most people’s lives. (Think: boxy cubicles that don’t enable privacy or community, lack of natural light, incoherent design, etc.) To better understand what’s going on, I spent time at Grind in New York City, an invitation-only coworking space. It’s a setup that clearly seems to be working for a growing number of people, and represents a cultural shift that is a corollary to (but extends beyond) the out-sourcing and employee churn of a top-down flexible labor force.
What makes these coworking spaces so attractive? 1. 2. 3. What to Know Before You Go: Blavatnik School of Government opens for study. Policy 20 Sep 12 Some of the first group of students at the School (Toby Whiting) Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government welcomes its first ever class of future leaders today, marking the historic beginning of Europe’s first major school of government.
Coming from 17 different countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen, the group of exceptional scholars will pursue a one-year Master’s in Public Policy with a uniquely international and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on Oxford University’s strengths in science, medicine, the humanities, economics and politics. The Blavatnik School of Government was founded thanks to a £75m donation from US industrialist Len Blavatnik, one of the biggest gifts in Oxford University’s history. The first group of scholars is diverse, covering doctors and journalists as well as those who have worked in government, law and development.
The School’s aim is to develop the world’s future leaders in both the private and public sectors. Credit: John Cairns. Morning Advantage: A Serious Attempt at "Pay What You Want" - Dana Rousmaniere. By Dana Rousmaniere | 7:07 AM September 11, 2012 North American restaurant chain Panera Bread is experimenting with a nonprofit variation, where the company donates a number of existing stores to its "Panera Cares" foundation.
At these locations, any money made goes first to fund operations, and additional profits go to local charities. Niala Boodhoo at NPR reports that the main operational difference between the "Panera Cares" stores and the for-profit Panera stores is that there’s a donation box where the cash registers would be, and customers are asked to pay what they can. While Panera doesn’t track the donations exactly, Ron Shaich, the president of the foundation, says that about 60% of Panera Cares customers donate the suggested amount; about 20% give more than what’s suggested; and the rest pay less or nothing at all.
Does it make good business sense? From Basketball to the Bedsheet Business (The Korn/Ferry Institute) World Trade Center Status, 11 Years Later (NBC) How to Take a Social Venture to Scale - Paul Bloom. By Paul Bloom | 8:30 AM June 18, 2012 For a social entrepreneur with an innovative solution, the holy grail is scaling it—that is, taking it to a level where the new approach operates efficiently and effectively to achieve significant mitigation of a social problem. Indeed, many are under real pressure to scale as their supporters, not unlike investors in commercial ventures, clamor for higher social returns on their investments.
But for every Habitat for Humanity, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Teach for America that has managed to scale, there are thousands that have stagnated or failed. For the past several years, I have been studying the successful scalers to discover how they made the leap from local to large-scale impact. The answer isn’t as simple as we might wish: their leaders have pursued a variety of strategies, and there is no single “best practice” formula for scaling a social venture. Staffing. Communicating. Alliance-Building. Lobbying. Earnings Generation. Européennes, diplômées et femmes au foyer. The Joy of Quiet. Freedom key to workplace of the future. Could this type of office be a thing of the past? Future offices spaces could be like mobile meeting places where workers gather. As workers gain more freedom, the line between self-employed and employed will become blurredThe concept of the full time job may be the first thing to goThe changing workforce may also shift global power centers to the developing countries (CNN) -- The world's workforce is undergoing a revolution which will change the way we think about employment, office spaces and hierarchy - and may also shift global power centers to the developing countries, experts say.
As workers gain more freedom over when and where they work, the line between self-employed and employed will become increasingly blurred. Office spaces will become more like meeting places where mobile workers occasionally gather, and senior leaders will come out of their offices to engage more closely with workers. The need to stay relevant is emphasized by the changes taking place in corporations. Ben Bowler: The Next Revolution is Spiritual. Last week I had the great pleasure of attending the ISEP (INSEAD Social Enterprise Program) international conference and alumni reunion in Jakarta and Bali in Indonesia. The event brings together prominent social entrepreneurs from around the world to share and connect with each while learning about the latest innovations and academic developments in the relatively new and volatile field of social enterprise.
Great work is being done and solutions are being wrought out in the fields of poverty alleviation, environmental protection, intercultural cohesion and a host of other neglected areas. Rubbing shoulders with such remarkable people on the beaches of Bali, it's hard not to feel upbeat about the future. In fact the entire experience has left me feeling that the next big revolution could well be spiritual. The theme of the conference was "Social Economy 4.0", a reference to the influential book Capitalism 4.0 by British Economist Anatole Kaletsky.
So what would it look like? 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow - Interactive Feature. Electric Clothes Physicists at Wake Forest University have developed a fabric that doubles as a spare outlet. When used to line your shirt — or even your pillowcase or office chair — it converts subtle differences in temperature across the span of the clothing (say, from your cuff to your armpit) into electricity. And because the different parts of your shirt can vary by about 10 degrees, you could power up your MP3 player just by sitting still. According to the fabric’s creator, David Carroll, a cellphone case lined with the material could boost the phone’s battery charge by 10 to 15 percent over eight hours, using the heat absorbed from your pants pocket. Richard Morgan Chris Nosenzo The New Coffee Soon, coffee isn’t going to taste like coffee — at least not the dark, ashy roasts we drink today.
Analytical Undies Your spandex can now subtly nag you to work out. The Morning Multitasker Clean Hair, No Hands Tim WuAuthor of “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires” David C. Hodgson: Social Entrepreneurship Soars as a Career Choice: Finding meaning in work and life. Has "social entrepreneur" become a career of choice? Twenty-five years ago, at the founding of Echoing Green, an organization that provides seed money and support to promising social entrepreneurs, young people wanted to be doctors, lawyers or business executives. No one ever said they wanted to be a social entrepreneur. Very few people had even heard the term, which was coined by Bill Drayton, who in 1981 founded Ashoka, a global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs.
Yet today, I often hear young people say, "I want to be a social entrepreneur. " Now, being a social entrepreneur is a real choice, popularized by great examples (think of the founders of Teach For America, Freelancers Union and City Year, all of which were launched by Echoing Green Fellows) and supported by university curricula. The surge in interest is reflected in Echoing Green's annual call for Fellows. I was also struck by how much had changed in a quarter of a century. Et si la France était en avance sur la nouvelle économie durable ? Ces branchés qui débranchent. Sally Osberg: Social Entrepreneurs "Refreshingly Uncynical" Are Women Better Leaders than Men? - Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman.
Thane Kreiner: The Next Wave of Successful Social Entrepreneurs. Cultivating Empathy. Sam Spade at Starbucks. 150 Women Who Shake the World.