Social Entrepreneurs 2011: What It Means to Be a B Corporation
The Reinvention of Philanthropy: An Interview With The Aspen Institutes' Jonathan Greenblatt
After weeks of anticipation, TOMS Shoes has finally unveiled their new One for One product: sunglasses! In case you don’t know about TOMS or their One for One program, the idea is this. For every one purchase you make, they will also donate to a person in need. They started with shoes in a small town in Argentina and have now given more than a million pairs of shoes away. They sell flat shoes, wedge shoes, men’s shoes, women’s shoes and kid’s shoes. Why shoes? TOMS Adds Sunglassses to Products
Jeffrey Hollender Shares Four Reasons He Got Fired from Seventh Generation Jeffrey Hollender onstage with Gil Friend and Chip Conley shortly after his big announcement (photo courtesy Kate Drane) Jeffrey Hollender took the stage at Sustainable Brands yesterday and he didn’t need a powepoint for the message he was going to deliver. It was time to come clean about his departure from Seventh Generation and he was not going to mince words: “I was fired 6 months ago after 23 years and I was never allowed to set foot back in the company. I was fired because my view of the role Seventh Generation should play in society fell out fell out of step with the board’s view of the role.” Despite being summarily dismissed from the CEO position and then the board, Hollender was not afraid to take responsibility for his role in his firing.
How To Create Infectious Action How do you connect meaning to social media to create impact? At Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored, Jennifer presented on this very topic. Drawing from psychological insights on happiness, storytelling principles, and design-thinking methodology, Jennifer’s presentation reveals why some movements and brands take off when they harness social media–and why others don’t.
SUSTAINABLE BRANDS '11 | Sustainable Life Media Nearly 800 business leaders from 19 countries convened at Sustainable Brands '11 on June 7-10, 2011 for the 5th annual Sustainable Brands Conference. The global sustainable brands community, made up of sustainability, brand, and design professionals from global companies, socially responsible start-ups, investors, NGOs and government officials and a raft of service and solutions providers, are leading the change towards a brighter future, and it's annual flagship conference has become the center of gravity for individuals and companies around the world that are committed to leveraging sustainable innovation as a driver of business and brand value. Follow SB and join our mailing list to stay up-to-date with our upcoming SB Events, and SAVE THE DATE for Sustainable Brands '12, June 4-7, 2012!
An Opportunity for Young Progressives to Shine
Love them or hate them it's hard to deny that reality TV shows such as Dragons' Den and The Apprentice have generated a renewed interest in business. That's certainly true in my day job where as editor of BusinessZone.co.uk any content I publish focusing on the shows usually leads to a spike in traffic. What there is very little of in these TV programmes however is anything focusing on social enterprise. You may well have seen the clip in a recent episode of Dragons' Den when an entrepreneur pitching a social enterprise cookery school was met with confusion from Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis and co who struggled to work how they could get a return from any investment in such a business model. With that in mind I was interested to spot that among the contestants for the new series of The Apprentice, which were revealed today, is a successful social entrepreneur. Social entrepreneur to feature on The Apprentice: Good or bad for social enterprise?
The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) has been providing budget accommodation in England and Wales since before the second world war. It was set up to offer "young people of limited means better access to the countryside". But keeping up with modern expectations has proved challenging for the association, one of Britain's best known social enterprises. A series of programmes to invest strategically in its hostel network has forced it to close those that it deemed unsustainable. In February it was announced that eight hostels, including Derwentwater, Salisbury and Newcastle, would be sold at the end of the 2011 season. The most devastating round of closures in 2006 saw 32 hostels put up for sale – almost a seventh of the network. How youth hostels have been given a new lifeline by social entrepreneurs
Trailblazers for Good
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Takeashine: The First Crowdfunding Platform For Students In the last three decades, college tuition has grown over 900%. It is one of the biggest burdens families face today. The inability to pay for higher education is even greater for families from underserved backgrounds. Through the proven effectiveness of crowdfunding, Takeashine’s online community platform will help students meet their financial needs for higher education.
GSDRC provides applied knowledge services on demand and online. Our expertise is in issues of governance, social development, humanitarian response and conflict. Our specialist research team supports a range of international development agencies, synthesising the latest evidence and expert thinking to inform policy and practice. New Topic Guide:Civil Service Reform What do we know about what has – or hasn't – worked in civil service reform, and where? This Topic Guide for policymakers and practitioners gives an overview of the research evidence and examines the lessons that emerge from the literature. Governance and Social Development Resource Centre-GSDRC
Social Investment Organization Introducing: The RI Academy The Responsible Investment Association is launching the RI Academy in Canada. It is increasingly important to understand how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors affect shareholder and stakeholder value.
A Look into the Public Management and Social Innovation Program Academic Offering | Extra-curricular Activities | Real-world Experience Fellowships This is Social Innovation
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Social Enterprise Coalition £2M Fund opens to budding social entrepreneurs in Yorkshire Jan 16, 2014 A ground-breaking £2m incubator fund is offering 0% interest loans to social entrepreneurs across the East Midlands and North of England. Read more... SEUK member shortlisted for JP Morgan award Jan 15, 2014 Social enterprise jobs specialist, Timewise, is one of three organisations in the running to win $25,000, as part of the 'Give-It-Away' award.
September 08, 2005 Banks and Financial Service Providers Figure Prominently in FTSE4Good Attrition, DJSI Matriculation by William Baue Corporate social responsibility plays an important role at banks and financial service companies, which are not only recipients but also increasingly purveyors of socially responsible investment. SocialFunds.com -- The two leading global socially responsible investment (SRI) index providers, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) and FTSE4Good, announced results of their annual reviews yesterday and today, and will reconstitute their indexes over the next weeks. High-profile names stud the DJSI lists, with McDonald's (ticker: MCD), Daimler-Chrysler (DCX), IBM (IBM), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), and Abbott Laboratories (ABT) amongst the 57 additions and Dow (DOW), Alcoa (AA), Fannie Mae (FNM), HJ Heinz (HNZ), Home Depot (HD), Mattel (MAT), and VW (VOW) amongst the 54 deletions. Banks and Financial Service Providers Figure Prominently in FTSE4Good Attrition, DJSI Matriculation
Global Envision | The Confluence of Global Markets and Poverty Alleviation
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