Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Google are offering £2m in prizes to UK social enterprises that ‘have the potential to change society on a large scale’. Its Impact Challenge will let the public vote for their favourite projects. 2012 awardees included an initiative that used DNA barcoding to identify endangered and trafficked wildlife. READ MORE
Friday, September 17th, 2010
Mutuals and co-operatives seem to be making a comeback in lots of policy debates. This McKinsey article lays out why they might be interesting and the circumstances under which they might be relevant for new enterprises. Read more.
Friday, April 16th, 2010
The McKinsey blog “What Matters” is hosting a series of articles on social entrepreneurship. There’s an inspiring call to arms from Bill Gross, founder of Ashoka, who describes their emerging model of collaborative entrepreneurship. In contrast, the debate about whether ‘business’ methods are appropriate for social entrepreneurs feels a bit stale. Read more.
Friday, July 24th, 2009
This report from the Monitor Institute tracks the development of “Impact Investing”. It defines impact investing as “profit-seeking investment to generate social and environmental good”. It shows how traditional investors with a “Finance First” mentality and philanthropists with an “Impact First” approach will come together to create a new, mature sector. Read more.
Friday, May 29th, 2009
Knowledge@Wharton has a wide-ranging video interview with Mohammed Yunus, Founder of the Grameen Bank. It covers how his idea of social business is being extended to health care, insurance and yoghurt. Grameen now has partnerships with Danone, BASF, Google and Intel. Read More