social enterprise

0 Fighting poverty with mushrooms, green things & social enterprise

Most people might not think growing mushrooms could make the world a better place. Most might not see natural disasters like the Philippine’s catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda) as a business opportunity. But then, most people aren’t creative entrepreneurs looking for innovative and profitable ways to fight poverty and human…

1 Business fighting poverty: Water wheels keep on rolling

Everyone knows that access to water is essential for life, but for the poor we should add ‘cheap’ and ‘easy’ to the access part. One of every seven people on the planet, a billion or so of the poorest people worldwide, lack ready access to clean drinking water. In many…

0 Advice to Social Entrepreneurs from a Social Entrepreneur

Social entrepreneurs, the people who create businesses aimed at improving the lives of the poor, gathered last weekend for the Skoll World Forum. Even when there are not events just for social entrepreneurs, it is hard to go to a development conference or talk without running into a few self-starters.…

0 Seattle opens a town square for social enterprise community

Seattle creates a new physical space for the social enterprise movement. Three of the area’s leading organizations at the forefront of this movement — Hub Seattle, Social Venture Partners and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute — on Friday celebrated the grand opening of their new conjoined and co-working space known as…

2 Seattle pitches ‘social enterprise’

Whatever is precisely meant by the term “social enterprise” — and I would contend it’s not at all clear — Seattle clearly has a lot of it. On Thursday evening, at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion some 700 or so enterprising people from high school age, to college age, established…

0 Women’s issues dominate at the UW’s Global Social Enterprise Competition

Every year, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business holds its Global Social Enterprise Competition aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs to find business solutions for the problems of poor countries. Last year’s winners were focused on finding a better toilet, an MIT business venture called Sanergy that has since…

7 Social entrepreneurs building a common space, Hub Seattle

It is often said that the Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters which mean “danger” and “opportunity.” I guess that’s not quite right. But then neither is the word “irregardless” (which, technically, means the opposite of how people use it). So, irregardless of the true meaning of…