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Conscious Capitalism: Can Empathy Change The World?

Conscious Capitalism: Can Empathy Change The World? | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
ForbesConscious Capitalism: Can Empathy Change The World?ForbesIn the late 19th century, a concept called the Progressive Movement crept through the vineworks of American business thinking.

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Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding

Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather proves unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at a very low, affordable cost. Rose Goslinga, a citizen of Kenya, and her team pioneered an unconventional way to give farmers whose crops fail early a second chance at a growing season.
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How to make microinsurance work for subsistence farmers...

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The Great Promise of Social Co-operatives | David Bollier

The Great Promise of Social Co-operatives | David Bollier | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

While most of us are familiar with consumer or worker coops, the social co-operative is a bit different.  First, it welcomes many types of members – from paid staff and volunteers to service users and family members to social economy investors.  While many coops look and feel like their market brethren, with a keen focus on profit and loss, social coops are committed to meeting social goals such as healthcare, eldercare, social services and workforce integration for former prisoners. They are able to blend market activity with social services provisioning and democratic participation, all in one swoop.

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Think Like a Commoner | Think Like a Commoner

Think Like a Commoner | Think Like a Commoner | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

"In our age of predatory markets and make-believe democracy, our troubled political institutions have lost sight of real people and practical realities. But if you look to the edges, ordinary people are reinventing governance and provisioning on their own terms. The commons is arising as a serious, practical alternative to the corrupt Market/State.

 

"The beauty of commons is that we can build them ourselves, right now. But the bigger challenge is, Can we learn to see the commons and, more importantly, to think like a commoner?"

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Definitely going on my short list.

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No value creation without culture - Corporate culture is the glue

No value creation without culture - Corporate culture is the glue | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

"The most successful organisations understand that the purpose of any business is to create value for customers, employees, and investors, and that the interests of these three groups are inextricably linked. Therefore, sustainable value creation cannot be created for one group unless it is created for all of them.

 

When broadly defined, value creation is increasingly being recognized as a better management goal than strict financial measures of performance, many of which tend to place cost-cutting that produces short-term results ahead of investments that enhance long-term competitiveness and growth.

 

As a result, value creation should be the first priority for all employees and all company decisions."

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Placing long-term value creation above short-term financial gain puts these two essential goals in their true perspective and produces a more solid, sustainable economy based on human well-being rather than a mere upward spiral of capital accumulation as an end in itself.

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Social Good, Inc. | TED Playlist

Social Good, Inc. | TED Playlist | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

"Businesses have the resources to make contributions to the collective good. Here, TED Talks on what can happen when corporations make saving the environment and helping people a priority, plus talks on how business principles might even be more effective for creating change than non-profit models."

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This series could very well be a key to designing the new economic models the world needs so urgently.

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8 talks to think about!

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Toby Eccles: Invest in social change

"Here's a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely -- but the government can't find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an imaginative idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It's an unusual bond that helps fund initiatives with a social goal through private money -- with the government paying back the investors (with interest) if the initiatives work. Toby Eccles has created a radical financial instrument that helps private investors contribute to solving thorny public problems."

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Making social investment profitable as well as effective, through government participation - a great step in the right direction!

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How Can We Teach the World Empathy? Bill Drayton Says He Knows How

How Can We Teach the World Empathy? Bill Drayton Says He Knows How | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
The founder of Ashoka, a network of global social entrepreneurs, is taking on education to change the world
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Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong | Video on TED.com

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done.
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Shift: Compassion in Business

The Fetzer Advisory Council on Business Professions has been studying themes and ideas to determine what values such as compassion, love and forgiveness could mean in business.

This council consists of highly successful businessmen/businesswomen as well as thought leaders. They have identified and highlighted a number of companies that have incorporated these values into their businesses.

The video showcases the work of the council and highlights businesses from major corporations to small social ventures that have used their resources and creativity to make a difference in the world.

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LAUNCH | collective genius for a better world

LAUNCH | collective genius for a better world | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
LAUNCH is a global initiative to identify and support the innovative work poised to contribute to a sustainable future and accelerate solutions to meet urgent challenges facing our society.
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organic collaboration

organic collaboration | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

For the past few years I've been serving in an informal advisory capacity for a company called SecondMuse, which is learning to apply the art and science of collaboration to the betterment of the world. Some of their projects include Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) and Launch.

 

Last spring we co-authored a chapter on collaboration in a book called Creating Good Work: The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build A Healthy Economy. This week we were asked to publish a blog post on the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.

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Creating Good Work: How to Build a Healthy Economy

Creating Good Work: How to Build a Healthy Economy | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

The Creating Good Work series features contributions from some of the foremost social innovators in the world, writing about what is being built to shift those social issues that often feel so intractable.

The bloggers in this series are a loose federation of colleagues brought together in the bookCreating Good Work - The World's Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

 

The themes explored in these blog posts will focus on the common efforts being made to demonstrate how we can create good work while benefiting others and strengthening the social well-being and economic fabric of our communities.

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Introduction to Social Dilemmas

Introduction to Social Dilemmas | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
This is the focus for Week 3 in Howard Rheingold’s course – Towards a Literacy of Cooperation We have been introduced to social dilemmas principally through the excellent work of Peter Kollock, who...
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Leadership in Social Enterprise

Leaders of social enterprises face manifold challenges: many leaders do not have a formal business education and were driven by the passion to solve a social cause. Their intrinsic motivation comes first and economic reasons rank low. But business procedures need to be implemented, teams built and money earned to run a social enterprise successfully. To support them, this manual sets out to answer the following question: What are the key challenges for social entrepreneurs when it comes to leadership?


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 24, 7:09 AM

Leaders of Social Enterprise

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Guy Standing: "the Precariat is growing angry"

Guy Standing: "the Precariat is growing angry" | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

"The precariat consists in millions and millions of people living insecured lives. They are insecure in the labor market, insecure in their housing, and most of all they are insecure in their identity.

The precariat is a global phenomenon that I have been trying to analyse since the 1980s. When I started, I called this phenomenon the flexi-workers, but I realized there were various forms of insecurity that are growing, and I wrote a series of papers and articles at that time. Then people like Bourdieu came with the notion of precarité , which is similar, but gradually, the precariat has been sticked to some specific social groups, and then an emerging potential class, a class in the making, but not a class for itself."

Peter C. Newton-Evans's insight:

The extremes of wealth and poverty are not only unjust - they are dangerous. Dangerous to political and economic stability, dangerous to peace and security, and especially, dangerous to the human spirit - of both rich and poor.

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The Commons as a Rising Alternative to State and Market

The commons is not just an Internet phenomenon or a matter of economics. The commons lies at the heart of a major cultural and social shift now underway....
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This trend merits very close attention.

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The investment logic for sustainability

"Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world's most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it's large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn't enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company's environmental, social and governance structures, too.

Chris McKnett helps institutional investors put money toward sustainable and socially-forward assets."

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This is a must-see TED Talk! As Chris McKnett says, sustainable investment is less complicated than we think, more profitable than we suspect, and more important than we can imagine. Investing in world-wide sustainability is not just philanthropy -- it is an economically solid long-term investment strategy.

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Profit’s not always the point

"You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it's the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly. Harish Manwani joined Unilever as a management trainee in 1976; he is now the company's chief operating officer."

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The concepts and application of the "doing well by doing good" model -- consistent, competitive, profitable and responsible growth -- the "and-and" model of creating social value while creating economic value.

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Más de 1300 herramientas 2.0, recursos y materiales educativos y didácticos para experimentar

Más de 1300 herramientas 2.0, recursos y materiales educativos y didácticos para experimentar | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
Más de 1300 herramientas web que podemos probar o usar confines didácticos y educativos de forma gratuita y sin registrarnos. Se aconseja que l@s niñ@s utilicen estos recursos siempre bajo la super...
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The Evolution of A New Trust Economy - Brian Solis

The Evolution of A New Trust Economy - Brian Solis | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Social Media is rooted in relationships, the dynamic interaction and collaboration between real people. We learned and continue to learn how to communicate in public forums, evolving our personal views on privacy and uncertainty as we transform from digital introverts to social extroverts.

This is our industrial revolution and its reward for participation is relevance. The socialization of online societies democratized the publishing industry and equalized influence.

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Benefit Corporations: Expanding the Landscape of Corporate Responsibility - Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Benefit Corporations: Expanding the Landscape of Corporate Responsibility - Peace and Collaborative Development Network | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

The passing of the Benefit Corporation Act is an important win for the tipple bottom line. If implemented, monitored and enforced successfully it has the potential to significantly expand the landscape of corporate responsibility. Building a network of benefit corporations has powerful implications for the development of sustainable supply chains.

 

Moreover, integration of the legislation in economic development strategies can more holistically boost local economies. Attracting impact investors and capital to fuel expansion requires improved aggregation, transparency and accessibility of data.

 

ChangeMatters and the Smith School of Business have done a commendable job of pulling together the disparate data on benefit corporations and LLCs to date; such research should be continued and expanded. Click here for the full report on the ChangeMatters website.

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New Book on Social Entrepreneurship

The bible for social entrepreneurs in which experts in the field of social entrepreneurship share their experience, knowledge and wisdom.

A rich guide book that recounts the stories of some of the most successful social entrepreneurial programs operating today, with real life examples of how they overcame both physical and societal barriers to create a lasting impact on the world. 

The lessons contained in this volume are an asset to any social entrepreneur looking for new and innovative ways to have a positive impact and change the world around them, be they at their initial concept phase or a successful venture looking to expand their sphere of influence.

Featuring contributions from some of the world's best social ventures such as: Benetech, Brac-USA, Root Capital, Second Muse, Share Our Strength, and YouthBuild, the lessons imparted in Creating Good Work are an asset to any social entrepreneur searching for the best way to make their vision into a reality.

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Home | Random Hacks of Kindness

Home | Random Hacks of Kindness | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
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A rapidly growing global initiative encompassing a community of over 5,500 innovators in over 30 countries making the world a better place by developing practical, open source technology solutions to respond to some of the most complex challenges facing humanity. This is done by defining problems, organizing hackathons, and ensuring projects are effectively deployed. Join us on December 1st and 2nd for the next series of global hackathons.

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Mobile Money in Developing Economies

 

Mobile money, the ability to bank using cell phones -- is a game-changer in  global development. This video chronicles M-Pesa, a mobile money product made by Safaricom, and its unparalleled success with mobile banking in Kenya. Read the related report from the Brookings Blum Roundtable: http://goo.gl/bq3Bq.

0:12 What is mobile money?
0:32 Who can benefit from mobile money services?
0:43 How many services are there?
0:53 What is M-PESA?
1:30 What distinguishes M-PESA from other programs?
1:52 How does regulation affect mobile money innovation?
2:06 Learn more by visiting http://www.brookings.edu/bbr

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Introduction to Social Dilemmas | www.socialdilemma.com

Introduction to Social Dilemmas | www.socialdilemma.com | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Social dilemmas are formally defined by two outcome-relevant properties: (1) each person has an individual rational strategy which yields the best outcome (or pay-off) in all circumstances (the non-cooperative choice, also known as the dominating strategy); (2) if all individuals pursue this strategy it results in a deficient collective outcome--everyone would be better off by cooperating (the deficient equilibrium).

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