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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 11 July 2015 - 12:18pm

hearts clean upOver the last few weeks, co-operatives across the country came together to clean up local streets, parks and waterways as part of this year’s Co-operatives Fortnight.

Themed the ‘Big Co-op Clean’, Co-operatives Fortnight is a national campaign, and clean-ups were organised from Ipswich to Inverness, with co-operative retailers, pubs and housing providers all taking part.

With our members, Co-operatives UK organises Co-operatives Fortnight each year, focusing this year on demonstrating how co-operatives make a difference locally.

Our Big Co-op Clean came on the back of new survey results we commissioned, showing that one in three ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 11 July 2015 - 1:52am

I am an entrepreneur embedded in the world of social enterprise. I believe that you can do good for the world through a sustainable for-profit business model.

Over the last year I have been working on my social startup GreenChar, a clean cooking energy company in rural Kenya. I’ve experienced firsthand what it truly means to build a social enterprise from the ground up.

Though I am proud of the work that we have done at GreenChar, I am still learning and growing within the social space, adding the necessary tools to succeed as a social entrepreneur.

Every day I make tough decisions on strategy, fundraising, and the direction of the company. I have seen the team ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 11 July 2015 - 1:19am

Over the last 12 years the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) – housed at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University – has worked with over 360 social enterprises. During that time, GSBI staff have seen far too many social entrepreneurs waste precious time chasing the wrong investors.

There are many criteria to consider when targeting investors and that is why the GSBI concentrates on helping social enterprise become investment ready. After focusing on things like their value proposition, business model, and unit economics, our social entrepreneurs work with their GSBI ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 11 July 2015 - 12:35am

In the 30-plus years I have worked to fight infectious disease across Africa as Chief Medical Officer for Anglo American and as a private sector delegate to the Global Fund, I’ve seen tremendous value at the intersection of health and business in the developing world. As international governments, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities gather for the July 13-16 Third International Conference on Financing for Development, it is imperative that corporate partners join the battle against a deadly but preventable disease ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 11 July 2015 - 12:05am

In the last 50 years we have radically changed the way we produce and process our meat, dairy products and eggs. Global meat production has quadrupled, and farming methods have shifted from traditional pasture-based systems to an industrial model of production. Over 70 percent of the world’s farm animals are now factory farmed –in the US it is closer to 99 percent. The industrialization of meat production is gathering pace as emerging economies harness these methods.

Although factory farming has become the dominant mode of production, surprisingly little analysis has been done into the societal and financial ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 10 July 2015 - 11:42pm

There is no silver bullet to fix societal inequality. There is no one solution; there is no one answer. The truth is we must unleash a generation of creative thinkers, with big ideas across a wide range of issues, each ready and willing to challenge the status quo. When those individuals are empowered and supported to put forward new ideas to decades-old problems – that’s when we see dramatic change instead of incremental change. Meet a new generation of leaders ready to do just that.

Last week, Echoing Green announced the 2015 class of Fellows, a group of social entrepreneurs working on everything from improving early childhood education in the slums of Nairobi to government accountability in Nepal. While global funding structures tend to be siloed – focused on specific ...more

On 9 July 2015 - 5:05pm

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“The greatest of human emotions is love. The most valuable of human gifts is the ability to learn. Therefore learn to love.”  – UJ Ramdas

Oh! Dear Leaders today… may we embrace this lovely admonition. Our life is a beautiful life, at home at work, in the depths of despair, in the positive celebrations. We must continue to learn, and continue to love.

I will share this story with you. Early on in my work life, I was running my second company around age 31? 32? And my heart was all in it. It was my calling; it was UniversalGiving. And had worked very hard to get it off the ground.

We were building the team, and it was a young team. Like me… so ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 9 July 2015 - 9:42am

Many people who've shared some of my professional life will know that I seem to be able to engage quite well with most people, and either be able to offer the support they need (however obscure or technical) or know someone who does.
I've always glibly explained it's "because my brain is wired funny", but a couple of recent events are making me wonder if it's actually because I may have inadvertently become the answer to life, the universe, and everything...
Most people know of the famous 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' book, and that in it, the answer to life, the universe, and everything is revealed to ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 9 July 2015 - 9:00am

The fear of failure is self-fulfilling ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 July 2015 - 5:49pm

Ashoka is honored to announce that two of the Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment challenge winners, Ellen Chilemba and Alain Nteff, were selected among 30 Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs for 2015. The Forbes cited the nominees, “You may not know many of their names now, but in 20 years they could be on the cover of FORBES AFRICA with their story of multi-million-dollar success.” Alain was also recently endorsed by Queen Elizabeth under the umbrella of the first Queens Young Leaders Award. (Read More: http://bit.ly/1KdHY4J)

Ellen Chilemba, founder of Tiwale, a social enterprise that provides financial and professional training to women. Chilemba, now 20, and her team have trained 150 women as entrepreneurs, while also offering grants, loans and lessons that can ...more