Month: May 2017

9 Business Model Examples for Social Enterprises

A business model is a structure, design or framework that a business follows to bring value to its customers and clients. However, there are at least three measures of the success of a business model—its ability to generate profit for its owners, its ability to generate positive change in the world, and its ability to achieve a balance of profit and positive change. The first approach applies to traditional for-profit companies; the second approach applies to traditional charities; and the third approach (a balance between profit and positive change) applies to social enterprises. Given the definition above, a social...

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How to Overcome Life Challenges and Pursue Your Mission

In this special interview we talk to Iffit Qureshi who was deeply impacted by the terrorist attacks that took place in Oslo, Norway, in addition to life events that would have caused most people to quit. Learn how she overcame her challenges and is now pursuing her mission in life.

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3 Social Entrepreneurs Blazing New Trails Toward Sustainability

As industrialized nations struggle to slow the process of environmental degradation and resource depletion, social enterprises are forging innovative new pathways toward sustainability. Around the world, people are waking up to the fact that many of their current practices are unsustainable – damaging to both natural environments and indigenous cultures around the world. We’ve seen fires, pollution, deforestation, and oil spills that have disrupted marine life and underwater ecosystems. But in light of these environmental disasters, hope and innovation are flourishing. Findings from market intelligence agency, Mintel, show several promising consumer trends taking shape. About half of consumers surveyed...

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Funding Your Social Enterprise: First Stop – Grants

There is an up side to the current funding rollback on various government agencies and programs: long-time donors will potentially find themselves motivated to increase their support for programs they want to continue, and new donors may consider stepping up.

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2 of the Top Markets with Big Opportunity for Social Entrepreneurs

Modern society faces numerous issues. From extreme poverty to worldwide hunger to planetary concerns that include pollution, climate change, diminishing natural resources and an ever-increasing list of endangered animal and plant species—there is no shortage in the challenges that face our world. Nonprofit and government agencies have been the go-to in previous and present times of crisis. While social entrepreneur organizations can be nonprofit, they can also be for-profit and a hybrid between the two, and they are bringing government and businesses together to create change. Social entrepreneurs are making their mark in addressing key issues and solving these...

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How H2GO is Reducing The Cost of Renewable Energy for Millions of People

Exclusive interview with social entrepreneur, Dr. Enass Abo-Hamed, founder of H2GO. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud Enass Abo-Hamed is a PhD in chemistry who was working on a project storing hydrogen gas, developed an invention, and was unsure what she should do with it. But what was it? In the lab she created a smart sponge material that absorbs hydrogen gas and only releases the gas when you turn it on. It can be turned on and off. The only byproduct is water vapor with zero carbon emissions. At Cambridge she was able to test the commercial...

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5 Expert Strategies on Overcoming Your Fears

If you’ve ever thought about changing careers, or asking your boss for a promotion, or maybe starting your own business, but you thought, “Why take a risk? I might not be completely satisfied with what I have now, but at least it’s safe, and I get a steady paycheck,” maybe it’s time to think again. It might be true that you’re choosing caution over risk, but you have to consider that what’s really holding you back is fear. Everyone Contends with Fear The first thing you should know is that you’re not alone.  Most people experience fear at one...

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