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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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Catch of the Week #4: Solving food deserts & the Nobel Peace Prize

Dernière mise à jour le 11 octobre 2013.

Catch of the Week #4: Solving food deserts & the Nobel Peace Prize

This Catch of the Week is the video edition.

 

We wanted to share an interview about one girl’s struggle to ensure access to education for all, and an American who took food production into his own hands and started a fantastic urban agriculture project in Los Angeles.

 

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this week to a watchdog organization overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. 

 

“The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is an independent international body formed in 1997 to implement a new global treaty prohibiting the stockpiling of chemical weapons.” The organization is ...

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Catch of the Week #3: New books, Social Enterprise World Forum, and a better bicycle!

Dernière mise à jour le 4 octobre 2013.

Catch of the Week #3: New books, Social Enterprise World Forum, and a better bicycle!

Happy October everyone! We have some exciting updates from the world of social entrepreneurship this week.

 

First up, the Social Enterprise World Forum concludes today in Calgary.

 

  • This forum takes place annually and brought together 1200 individuals from more than 30 countries to discuss social innovation and different ways we can work to resolve some of todays most complex and confounding social challenges. Check out their website to learn more about what was discussed this year. 

 

Second, a new book has been published to raise awareness about Africa’s challenges and how they can be helped by social entrepreneurship.

 

  • The ...

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Catch of the Week #2: SocEnt Cities, Hult Prize Winners & Happiness

Dernière mise à jour le 27 septembre 2013.

Catch of the Week #2: SocEnt Cities, Hult Prize Winners & Happiness

This past week was a big one for social entrepreneurship.

 

The Hult Prize was awarded (and some controversy has followed), the first social enterprise city was announced in the United Kingdom, and we found a great video to help you increase your happiness levels!

 

This year over 11 000 applicants from more than 150 countries submitted applications for the Hult Prize.

 

  • The prize awards $1 million to a student group that proposes a project to solve the chosen problem. This year: food security. The pool of applicants was whittled down to 26 students in 6 teams. Projects ranged from innovations ...

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Catch of the Week #1: Social Isolation vs Social Innovation

Dernière mise à jour le 26 septembre 2013.

Catch of the Week #1: Social Isolation vs Social Innovation

The Internet will do great things, they said.

It will connect us like never before, they said. Well, it turns out the Internet is doing great things, and it has connected humanity like never before (Skype vs snail mail anyone?) … but with all the articles about Facebook and other social networking sites increasing feelings of loneliness, depression and general unhappiness in many users, it can feel like the promise of the Internet connecting us in amazing new ways is falling flat.

 

Social Isolation vs Social Innovation

Fortunately, this is a tear in society’s fabric that social innovation is seeking ...

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