social enterprise

Corporations Should Create a New Role: 'Chief Social Engineer' Accountable for the Company Second or Third Bottom Line

Very crazy weeks with 8 key projects in critical phases and we're excited on every one of them. MIT Global Challenge is one of my favorite since day one as it is a great idea to bring the brightest minds of MIT alumni to solve the world's wicked problems. There is no shortage of wicked problems, while we try to solve one, new ones are being created.

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Creative Capitalism + Social Innovation = New Social Enterprises that Make Money and Change the World

We need more (and more innovative) social enterprises and I really want to see a top tier MBA programs with specialization in Social Enterprises. Call it B-school needs S-school. There are so many problems out there and sometimes we feel we are almost giving up. Our capitalist system is not adjusting well to these shocks. It is almost pointless for these endless debates on how things got to this point and who is to blame. The point remains: We've got to change it—and change it fast – and change it for the better.

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Social Enterprises Will Become the Next Big Global Brands. But Not All Social Enterprises Are the Same

Let me make a prediction, 10 of the top 100 most popular brands in 5 years time will be Social Enterprise Brands. What are they? They are a new form of organizations. We see more and more development of a mixed economy of companies coming together to further progress on social, economic & environmental well being. Expect to plenty of innovation where Social Technologies meet Social Enterprises.

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Business Models Beyond Profit - Social Entrepreneurship Lecture

by: Alexander Osterwalder

Last Monday I gave a three hour lecture on Business Models Beyond Profit at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. It was in the context of impACT, a pan-European student competition in social entrepreneurship. Find the slides of my presentation below.

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India's Best Business Innovation Idea Is a 120-Year Old Social Enterprise

by: Idris Mootee

It is probably fair to say that at least half of the Fortune 500s today are operating on an obsolete business model. Technology disruption and business model innovation have shortened the life of many once great firms. The financial crises simply accelerate the pace of destruction. There’s a lot of myth about business model transformation let alone the definition of a business model.

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Social Enterprises - May Be the Best Solutions to Many of Our Problems

by: Idris Mootee

I picked up an old copy of a Harvard Business School Reunion Magazine (1995) from my garage. Flipped through it and an article caught my attention. It was written by Gregory Dees and Kasturi Rangan (HBS professors) reporting about their research in Social Enterprise. The two of them started many years back the school’s initiate of Social Enterprise. They developed field studies and courses in Social Enterprise, which is a second year elective. 

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Is Social Innovation Ready For Prime Time? We Need More Business That Better The World.

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Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Philantropy - WISE co-founder Etienne Eichenberger

by: Alexander Osterwalder

Today I did a webcast with Etienne Eichenberger, co-founder of WISE (and formerly at the World Economic Forum WEF), to talk about his fascinating start-up.

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The Untapped Potential of Social Entrepreneurs

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Education and Skywalker Ranch

by: danah boyd

Yesterday, i flew up to Skywalker Ranch to meet with a bunch of people who think about/work on issues around education.

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