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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Human rights issues are far too prominent on a global scale. These days we have all kinds of nifty technology to communicate with one another creating a giant virtual think tank. Then, after all these brilliant minds come together, what happens next? How about some help developing those ideas into a business? That’s where Geeks Without Bounds’ 6-month business accelerator comes in. They’re accepting applications!
  • Feeling insightful? Know a little about Social Entrepreneurship? Join Ashoka’s live Twitter Chat on The Future of Social Entrepreneurship this Wednesday, December 19th at 3pm. Mark your calendars with a hashtag! #SocEntChat @Ashoka! Don’t have a Twitter account? No worries. Just follow #SocEntChat at search.twitter.com to follow along.
  • Holiday shopping is fun when you know what gifts you want to buy for your family and friends, but when you don’t it can be a total nightmare. Make the most of your holiday shopping by gifting items from Social Enterprise Mark certified social enterprises. To make it even easier, there’s already a Pinterest board for you to browse through.

  • Twitter is feeling awfully generous. In support of Small Business Saturday they are giving away $100 in free Twitter advertising to the first 10,000 eligible business advertisers that apply. Is your business based in the US? Do you Tweet regularly? If the answer is yes, you’re probably eligible.
  • Let’s face it…the Internet has pretty much taken over our lives. From smart phones, to social media, to funny YouTube videos—we all spend a huge chunk of our time staring at screens. What do you know about all the stuff that happens behind the scenes? What kind of coding and programming did it take to create your favorite site? Start with the basics and then get real technical with Coding for GOOD presented by the Apollo Group. Submit your final project by December 30th and you could win a chance to be the next Apollo Group “Virtual Apprentice”.



Rachael Casagrande

imageI am currently working towards a BS in Information Design and Corporate Communication at Bentley University. Before college, I hadn’t any idea where I wanted life to take me so I decided to just let the wind blow me around a bit. The following summer, I shipped myself off to Romania through Learning Enterprises where I volunteered running English camps. The children I met there made me realize how much just one hello, one meal, or one hug can really grow change in someone’s life. After coming back to the US I’ve been keeping myself busy working odd jobs, studying and taking every opportunity I can to mesh my business degree with my love for positive change.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • After a successful tour through New York City, Adventures in New Giving is now in Boston from July 19th through the 23rd and will then travel to St. Louis for July 24th and 25th to network with local supporters. Nathaniel raised $10,191 from 150 backers on StartSomeGood to make this tour a reality! Interested in learning what his campaign is all about? Contact Nathanial James or check the website to learn more.
  • SS48 Melbourne is now accepting applications until August 3rd. Participants will work in teams looking for innovative yet legitimate solutions for social problems. At the end of the event, teams will present their findings to a panel of judges. Does SS48 Melbourne sound like it suits your passions? Apply before August 3rd and get ready to be amazed by where your talents and creativity can lead you.
  • KaBOOM! says it starts with a playground—everybody loves playgrounds. Are you ready for the KaBOOM! 2012 Playground Challenge? Get involved, join the challenge, and have a blast with your family visiting as many playgrounds as you can! Participants will be entered into weekly drawings and will earn points towards the Grand Prize—a week-long trip to Washington DC! It’s time to get outside, enjoy the summer weather, and have some unforgettable playground adventures.
  • Tune into “Are you a Social Entrepreneur?” live chat on July 26th at 2 PM EST. Register now for the chance to discuss the meaning of social change and social entrepreneurship  with Abby Chroman, a leader at Ashoka Global Fellowship and Nell Edgington, the President of Social Velocity.
  • Ashoka Changemakers is hosting a multilingual six-hour Twitter conference covering Technology & Financial Inclusion, Financial Livelihood and the Future of Financial Inclusion Innovation. #SocEntChat is a real-time discussion—join in by logging on to Twitter at 8am EST on July 25th and following the hashtags #SocEntChat and #G2012FinIncl and sending your questions to @changemakers.
  • TEDxManhattan is pleased to announce an open call for speakers for Changing the Way We Eat 2013. TEDxTalks are famous for their impact and high quality. Interested? Apply as soon as possible to be considered for the event.


Rachael Casagrande

I am currently working towards a BS in Information Design and Corporate Communication at Bentley University. Before college, I hadn’t any idea where I wanted life to take me so I decided to just let the wind blow me around a bit. The following summer, I shipped myself off to Romania through Learning Enterprises where I volunteered running English camps. The children I met there made me realize how much just one hello, one meal, or one hug can really grow change in someone’s life. After coming back to the US I’ve been keeping myself busy working odd jobs, studying and taking every opportunity I can to mesh my business degree with my love for positive change.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

  • Nominations for the PopTech Social Innovation Fellows program opened this month. Nominees that are chosen as fellows are given the opportunity to participate in a training program designed to accelerate innovations. Whether you are nominating someone else or yourself, what does it take to become a PopTech Fellow? Based on previous nominations, the most successful were specific and cited examples of leadership, could clearly describe the innovation and impact, had a set path and timeline for achieving goals, and described the nominee’s passion and personality. Make sure to check out PopTech’s list of tips before submitting your nomination on April 3.
  • Join the Ashoka Changemakers on March 20th for an Asia #SocEntChat on Activating Empathy. This Twitter chat, Learning and Empathy in Asia, will take place from 2 pm to 4 pm Indian Standard Time (that’s bright and early for east coasters—4:30 am to 6:30 am EST). Some topic discussions will include learning innovation and changing education systems, but it’s really up to the participants to drive where the conversation goes. Participate by following the #SocEntChat hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to make them visible to the chat. For the U.S. dwellers that value their sleep, you can catch a transcript of the conversation here after the chat concludes.
  • University of California’s Haas School of Business is hosting Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: Entrepreneurs and the Decisions They Make on March 22. This event will discuss the unique set of challenges that a social entrepreneur faces when starting a new venture. Featured speakers include Sean Blagsvedt, CEO of Babajob.com, Daniel Hoffer, co-founder and CEO of CouchSurfing.org, and Ned Tozun, President and co-founder of d.light. 
  • The Bold Academy is accepting student applications through March 22. This is a 4-week experiential program that helps college students and recent college graduates find their full potential. This is for the idealists who want to change the world but can’t figure out how to get started. It provides the practicality students need to start to carve out paths for the future. Apply today and take the first step of your journey to create a meaningful career.
  • How are you making a difference in the world? This is what The Zeitgeist Young Minds 2012 competition is asking. If you are between the ages of 18 and 24 and are doing something to make a difference in the world, this is your chance to share it and compete for a chance to join the world’s top innovators and leaders at Google’s Zeitgeist. Upload a 60 second video and tell everyone how you are making a positive impact by March 19.
  • A very special congratulations to HourSchool for winning Pitch Some Good, hosted by StartSomeGood and Center61 in Austin during SXSW this week. And a special thank you to all those who participated and Rackspace for providing the grand prize. Stay tuned for more reflections on this event from Vanessa very soon! 

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Social entrepreneurs, have you been inspired to start your own good?  Do you have a social enterprise, a non-profit, or an amazing idea that needs some momentum to take off?  Visit our site to find out how to start your own campaign today.  Still have questions?  We have answers—check out our FAQ section.

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

On February 15, the Fuqua School of Business is hosting The Duke Net Impact 2012 Conference, Sustainable Business and Social Impact. This year’s theme, Disrupting the Status Quo, will highlight the innovations that have broken the mold by creating innovative business models to tackle some of the world’s toughest social issues. The conference includes 16 panel sessions and keynote addresses by Jill Dumain from Patagonia and Laura Callanan from the Social Sector Practice at McKinsey.  An added bonus for students—your admission is free. Register before tickets sell out!

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is recruiting for its Dartington, UK 2012 Start-Up Fellowship course. The 6 month course brings together a cohort of 15-20 students who have ideas they are looking to launch. It provides students the resources they need to make their ideas a reality. Course trainings include legal structures, marketing and branding, financial management, business planning, pitching, partnerships, and management. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 13. 

If you are in Seattle on the weekend of February 24, you have to check out #SocEnt Weekend. Organized by Hub Seattle and Nsansa, #SocEnt Weekend is a meet-up for aspiring social entrepreneurs looking to put their ideas into action. On Friday night, all participants are welcome to pitch their ideas in 60 seconds  Everyone votes on their favorite ideas, and the most popular ideas make it to the next round where teams are formed. On Saturday, teams work on developing their ideas and on Sunday they all participate in a pitch competition in front of judges who are leaders in the field of social innovation. This is your chance to take the plunge into social entrepreneurship with #SocEnt Weekend

Join Ashoka’s Changemakers for a Twitter Date on Valentine’s Day this year. The Changemakers will be hosting a #SocEntChat in conjunction with the 1440 Foundation focused on empathy and its impact and future. Share your thoughts on empathy with other social innovators and connect with others in a meaningful way this Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, are you joining Shopanthropic’s #GlobalLove Campaign? Show you care this Valentine’s Day by shopping ethically—be aware of where the products you purchase are coming from, the conditions they are made in, and consider the environmental impact they are having on the world.  Tweet #GlobalLove on Valentine’s Day and let everyone know what fair-trade, ethically made gift you got for the one you love this year.   

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Social entrepreneurs, have you been inspired to start your own good?  Do you have a social enterprise, a non-profit, or an amazing idea that needs some momentum to take off?  Visit our site to find out how to start your own campaign today.  Still have questions?  We have answers—check out our FAQ section. 

This Week in Social Entrepreneurship

In our “This Week in Social Entrepreneurship” series, each Friday we will feature the top stories in Social Entrepreneurship for the week that we find to be noteworthy, novel, and thought-provoking.  What are your favorite stories this week in Social Entrepreneurship?  Let’s start a discussion!

  • The Transformative Action Institute promotes university curriculums that teach key skills that make social entrepreneurs successful.  Comprehensive studies show that the most successful social entrepreneurs possess seven competencies: leadership, optimism, grit, resilience, creativity and innovation, empathy, and emotional and social intelligence.  Each and every one of these traits can be developed with practice—you don’t have to be born with creativity, you can learn and develop it.  The Transformative Action Institute has been teaching a course on the key skills of successful entrepreneurs since 2005.  It piloted the program at UCLA and now has reached over 30 universities worldwide.  To learn more about the program, check out this Stanford Social Innovation Review article, which highlights the mission and goals of the Transformative Action Institute.
  • The Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) is taking applications through November 9.  This is a leading international social business plan competition.  University student teams from around the world are encouraged to pitch their creative business solutions to poverty in the developing world.  Prizes come in the form of funding and professional support.  Are you a university students with an innovative market-based approach to solving poverty in the developing world?  Consider applying today!
  • On October 31, our world population reached 7 billion.  As one can imagine, this growing population presents a slew of new challenges for us as social change agents.  On its blog, Echoing Green quantifies some of these challenges for us.  Some of the statistics that stand out the most—By 2050, we expect a world population of 9 billion and will need to increase our current food production by 70 percent.  Thirty-seven out of one hundred people in this world have jobs.  Only 20 out of 100 people reside in housing that is considered livable.  Some of the biggest challenges we face are the shift of the majority of the population into cities and climate change.  Now more than ever, we need innovative approaches to take on these emerging challenges.  
  • Have you been yearning to chat with other social entrepreneurs?  Want to get involved with the social entrepreneurship community on Twitter?  You should consider joining Ashoka Changemakers for its frequent #socenchats, usually held on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 PM EST.  Next week’s chat (Nov 9th) will discuss citizen media.  This is a chance for all you online activists to chat with Changemakers, Google, and the finalists in Google’s citizen-media competition.  Participate by following the hashtag #socentchat on Wednesday, November 9th from 3 to 5 PM EST.  Don’t forget to use #socentchat in all your tweets that are part of the discussion!

Last but not least, our featured SocEnt news story this week:

Imagine if study abroad were a vehicle to end poverty. Would you GO?

Calling all students who want to explore new thinking on international development and social entrepreneurship. Join the 2012 Innovation Institute powered by ThinkImpact—Apply now!

ThinkImpact provides applicants the chance to join the Innovation Institute—the premier social entrepreneurship education program for undergraduate and graduate students in rural Africa. Innovation Institute scholars learn about a new culture while exploring entrepreneurship in emerging economies. The 2012 Institute runs from June 20 to August 12.  Experience the Institute in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda or South Africa. Want to learn more? Watch this video about the Innovation Institute!

Innovation Institute Scholars will:

  • Explore market-based solutions to poverty in emerging economies 
  • Earn college credits while learning about a new culture
  • Live in a rural village with a host family, creating lifelong friendships
  • Explore the scenic beauty of Africa on Safari
  • Be part of a diverse and innovative team
  • Launch ideas in the real world

Read about a day in the life of a scholar at the Innovation Institute. Are you interested in becoming a Scholar at the 2012 Innovation Institute? Sign up here to receive the latest updates from the ThinkImpact Team. Think you might be qualified to be an Advisor and want to join the ThinkImpact staff next summer? Check out the eligibility requirements and apply today!

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Social entrepreneurs, has all this great SocEnt news inspired you to start your own good?  Do you have a social enterprise, a non-profit, or an amazing idea that needs some momentum to take off?  Visit our site to find out how to start your own campaign today.  Still have questions?  We have answers—check out our FAQ section.