Archives de la catégorie Social Innovation and Entrepreneuship

Articles on the themes of social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

SIWT#6: 18 stops around the dutch world of social innovation

Dernière mise à jour le 17 avril 2014.

SIWT#6: 18 stops around the dutch world of social innovation

When one thinks of the Netherlands it’s often tulips, windmills, wooden shoes, a certain, shall we say, liberal attitude toward herbal medicine, and canals that come to mind. But there are many more things that characterize this great country. Did you know that they were the first country in the world to legalize same sex marriages? Or that Gin was invented in the Netherlands? I’m sure I speak for many a gin and tonic lover when I say thank you for that!

 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that such a forward looking country is involved in ...

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SIWT #5: 23 changemakers in Brazil to inspire you

Dernière mise à jour le 8 avril 2014.

SIWT #5: 23 changemakers in Brazil to inspire you

Brazil is a country of a stunning contradictions. While more than 70 millions of its inhabitants have access to Internet and possess a smartphone, 16 million of its citizens still live in extreme poverty. Brazil comes in 10th in terms of countries with greatest social inequality.

 

Its citizens understand the country’s situation well and are actively trying to show the rest of the world that Brazilians are motivated, creative and care about the well-being of their country. Brazilian social innovation is booming and its projects are very characteristic of the country’s specific needs and complex culture.

 

My six ...

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Providing For Your Nonprofit: The Hybrid Business Model

Dernière mise à jour le 22 janvier 2014.

Providing For Your Nonprofit: The Hybrid Business Model

Providing For Your Nonprofit: The Hybrid Business Model

Jessica Melton of Software’s Advice’s article on hybrid business models gives great tips on how to get your board’s organization “on board” with a for-profit venture. We thought it could give you good insight on how to introduce a hybrid business model to your organization. In fact, even Imagination for People considers itself a hybrid organization. Clouds is a company specially designed to help finance the non-profit I4P. How? By answering its client’s needs with two services: citizen consulting (sourcing of experts citizens for consulting projects) and the ...

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Fringe Projects #5: Financial Innovation... Avoiding the next global recession

Dernière mise à jour le 3 décembre 2013.

Fringe Projects #5: Financial Innovation... Avoiding the next global recession

The financial system is an integral part of our world’s economy. The Global Financial crisis of 2008 and the ongoing European Financial Crisis are both indicators that money plays a huge role in the stability of the economic system in which we live. The fragility of this system has resulted in numerous creative citizens from all over the world taking matters into their own hands and creating alternative financial instruments.

 

Many people these days have heard of Bitcoin, the most widely known alternative currency, but there are many other financial innovations that are taking place throughout the world. Here ...

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SIWT #2 Spotlight on Toronto

Dernière mise à jour le 4 décembre 2013.

SIWT #2 Spotlight on Toronto

Social innovation is not tied to any one city. The social innovation projects that emerge may be unique to a certain region, but many themes are prevalent across different continents. We decided to look at how social innovation is emerging around the world and profile some of the great projects we found.  Our first stop was Ecuador and now we are turning our attention to somewhere a little colder. 

 

Toronto is Canada’s most populous city and the 5th largest in North America. It is also one of the world’s most multicultural cities. While recent media coverage of ...

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Fringe Projects #4: Social innovation helping people feel good

Dernière mise à jour le 2 décembre 2013.

Fringe Projects #4: Social innovation helping people feel good

As the winter holiday season approaches, I thought it might be nice to share some of the best feel-good projects that we have found in social innovation. Our criteria were loose – any project that aims to improve the spirits of others was eligible. And sure enough, social innovators did not disappoint!

 

Makeup in hospitals

 

Cosmetic Executive Women is an association that began in France in 1986. It gathered 270 women who work in the beauty industry and began offering beauty care to women who have been hospitalized. Cosmetic manufacturers donate products and women are selected based on patient needs. The ...

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New York's Last Hidden Gem

Dernière mise à jour le 31 octobre 2013.

New York's Last Hidden Gem

As you travel along the 4 train in New York you pass by neighborhoods famous around the world. From Brooklyn you make your way past Wall Street, Union Square, Grand Central, Hunter College, and eventually all the way past 125th Street in Harlem. Not many New Yorkers make it past the Upper East Side. If you stay on this train for another fifteen minutes you will find yourself in Manhattan’s tougher older brother – the Bronx.

 

Just like Broadway and Williamsburg are known around the world, the Bronx is a brand known across the globe. This borough is most ...

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Fringe Projects #3: The ins and outs of recycling

Dernière mise à jour le 24 octobre 2013.

Fringe Projects #3: The ins and outs of recycling

In 2011, the United States produced approximately 250 million tons of waste. To put that in terms of something more tangible, that number is roughly equivalent to 41 million elephants.

 

There aren’t even that many elephants left on the earth today. And that is just the waste from one country! Fortunately programs such as recycling and composting exist to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. But are these programs enough?

 

Recycling is a process that changes one material (waste) into a new product in order to re-use the useful materials from the original product ...

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Tips & Tricks: Help us help you solve your problems!

Dernière mise à jour le 21 octobre 2013.

Tips & Tricks: Help us help you solve your problems!

Imagination for People will be launching a new blog series in the coming weeks.

We want to find out what we can do to help you succeed in your social entrepreneurship endeavours.

In order to do this, we will be posting articles with solutions to problems that are common in social entrepreneurship. We hope to cover issues from finding inspiration to finding funding. Traditional business problems as well as issues specific to social entrepreneurs. Let us know what you want to know the answers to and we will do our best to hunt down answers!

 

Are there issues that you ...

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Catch of the Week #5: What turns someone into a social entrepreneur?

Dernière mise à jour le 19 octobre 2013.

Catch of the Week #5: What turns someone into a social entrepreneur?

What inspires someone to become a social entrepreneur, or a regular entrepreneur for that matter?

 

Objectively speaking, rolling the dice with your life and starting your own company seems like a crazy thing to do. And yet, many people take the leap. We’ve compiled three ideas and organizations that are looking into why people start social enterprises or are helping them develop the skills they will need to start one.

 

Proximity to other social entrepreneurs?

 

A recent report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation explored the issue of why people start social enterprises. Their hypothesis was that people are ...

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