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Blogs provide reviews and musings on important topics for Social Enterprise, development using the triple bottom line, and impact investing to consider our place in the world and how to make a better tomorrow.
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Millennials are the critical drivers of impact investment as they take the reigns from the baby-boomers. Lisa Carter explains why this couldn't be better timing if three critical challenges are met. READ MORE
Julie Fahnestock writes for See Change on behalf of Social Enterprise Associate about Zachary's employment success story. READ MORE
A primer on how to do a Direct Public Offering in New Mexico for businesses, non-profits and cooperatives. READ MORE
Sharif Bhuiyan challenged himself to become a bike-commuter-- for health, environment, and happiness. His blog shows how Bike to Work Week can inspire you next. READ MORE
Tired of waiting on federal action around equity crowdfunding rules, several states have drafted their own laws that would prevail over proposed federal guidelines. The real trailblazer: Kansas. READ MORE
Sharif Bhuiyan explains how good financial literacy provides lasting freedom from common money management mistakes.
Following through with the 2012 JOBS Act, the SEC has approved new rules regulating online crowdfunding for ventures.
New Mexico midwife experience aims to help Filippino mothers who are expecting and in need, while rebuilding continues after Typhoon Haiyan's distruction.
Startup does not just refer to development of high-tech products or social media outlets, there is plenty of value in startup technology to solve problems in the developing world. READ MORE
For Blog Action Day, we are spotlighting Breath of My Heart Birthplace in Española, New Mexico. READ MORE
John Perovich writes about the new financial tool for non-profit organizations to raise capital from private investors, generating savings to government and society. READ MORE
Social Enterprise Associates presents a history and practice of this new model. READ MORE
From Drew Tulchin to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez in support of Bill HB40: DESIGNATION OF BENEFIT CORPORATIONS. READ MORE
Drew Tulchin recently traveled to Ecuador on an assignment working with e-mortgages. He writes of the economic climate and his positive experience in the country. READ MORE
Mohammad Zia suggests good reads offering insights into the issue of global resource scarcity, and the implications it holds for the health and stability of human systems. READ MORE
Kevin Lynn explores Direct Public Offerings (DPO) and funding community ventures as an individual. READ MORE
Kevin Lynn explores a new frontier in solar power opening around the world, putting solar arrays on top of new available real estate- water.
George Brighten describes the pros and cons of equity sharing as an alternative for home ownership.
Sunny Yi-Han Lin writes of her experience at the 2012 Asian Impact Forum, themed Igniting Capital Markets for Social Good.
Julian Rochlitz travelled to Uganda with fellow students to learn about economic activities and development. He found particular interest in how crucial bicycles are to life in the country.
Anand Kumar Padmanaban discusses the REAP program in rural India, which addresses strategies for education and training for gainful employment. READ MORE
Sarah Hine discusses a unique challenge in entrepreneurship, particularly in India, through her experience co-founding a successful start-up. READ MORE
Elle McPherson explains exactly what B-Corporations and Benefit Corporations are, and how they are challenging our business world to do better. READ MORE
Laura Tulchin set off to Brazil on a Fulbright Scholarship to study affirmative action in the public university setting. Her cultural revelations expand beyond. READ MORE
Dan Jodarski writes about his experience traveling to Japan this summer for the 63rd Japan-America Student Conference. READ MORE
In her final piece, Katie Marney describes how microbusinesses empower people in ways one might not imagine. READ MORE
Continuing her blogging series, Katie Marney illuminates her experience co-leading the Conectados project with the Peruvian NGO, Wasiymi Wasiki. READ MORE
Katie Marney is a recent graduate of McGill University, where she studied Political Science and Economics. Spending much of her life outside of her native US, she comes with a unique vantage point of issues related to development, particularly seen through her three part blog. READ MORE
Social Enterprise Associates' client Alex Stainburn of New Caledon recently traveled to Mali to consult on the country's fishing industry. He discovered a vibrant local and even international market for fish in the region, but entrepreneurs often struggle to find capital to fund startup businesses. READ MORE
By Gina LaCerva on July 21, 2011
Gina LaCerva is excited about the possibility of leveraging policy and business to achieve environmental goals.
Dan Jodarski writes of his experience growing up in rural Wisconsin and the market paradigm shift in organic farming. Specifically he looks at Organic Valley(R) as the catalyst and how this sustainable business movement has transformed today's farming industry. READ MORE
Drew Tulchin asks what the proper balance is between primarily skills hiring and seeking out passionate staff. The thinking is that while many people can do accounting, for example, not everyone can do accounting and be super psyched about helping indigenous plants (as just one for instance). READ MORE
The last field we'd like to highlight is a bonus to our list of five business approaches we're introducing. Development through Global Health Improvement is a critical model as impoverished populations deserve the right to proper medical treatment, health services, and insurance. READ MORE
by Mikela Trigilio on April 7, 2011
Mikela Trigilio is a 2nd year masters candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Development. She recently traveled to Honduras to work with microfinance in the Honduran mountains. READ MORE
The fifth of the five business approaches we're introducing is development through energy Education Empowerment. Education has been regarded as the most long-term solution to poverty in the developing world, as it provides low-income people with essential skills and resources to increase financial self-sufficiency and even generates social mobility. READ MORE
The fourth of the five business approaches we're introducing is development through energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is a booming sector of international development, with the goal of improving the quality of life of those living in poverty worldwide. READ MORE
The second of the five business approaches we're introducing is Fair Trade. Fair Trade is a current trade model to improve the social and environmental effects of comodity exghange throughout the world. READ MORE
by Mikela Trigilio on November 20, 2010
Bankers without Borders® is a skills-based volunteer initiative founded by the Grameen Foundation, which draws upon a global reserve corps of more than 5,000 business professionals and recent retirees from Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and higher education institutions.
by Sarah Austrin-Willis on November 17, 2010
Sarah Austrin-Willis, of the Net Impact chapter at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), writes about today's social enterprise and explains the current state of affairs.
The first of the five business approaches we're introducing is microfinance. Microfinance is a model in which financial institutions provide banking, lending, and insurance to the poor and disadvantaged who otherwise have no access to these financial services. READ MORE
This series of 10 blog posts aims to enhance understanding about international social enterprise. When we talk about international social enterprise, we generally refer to non-profit, for-profit or hybrid entities working outside the U.S. Within this broadly defined category, many organizations work in developing countries in the ‘Global South' to serve the four billion people at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) who live on less than USD $2 per day, and therefore, have been called "BoP enterprises." READ MORE
by Joe Tulchin & Andres Lafe on June 15, 2010
Joe Tulchin writes of a recent trip to Cartagena, Colombia, where, despite social and economic improvements, the work of co-op groups like La Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas remain critical.
By Carmen Mauriello on July 12, 2010
Carmen Mauriello is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Mozambique from 2004-2006, and currently teaches high school global history and journalism in Brooklyn, N.Y.
by Sarah Ewing on June 30, 2010
ShoreBank's Sarah Ewing blogs about the importance of being a green guest when attending a wedding...domestically or abroad!
by Aneri Patel on July 7, 2010
Aneri Patel blogs of her time in Phulpur, Bangladesh, where she traveled with a CNN film crew and interned with Grameen Shakti.
by Moses Ceaser on June 22, 2010
J. Moses Ceaser has dedicated most of his life to support just causes including community activism raising awareness of the plight of powerless, marginalized people in the United States and abroad.
by Matt Kopac on June 2, 2010
Matt Kopac shares his experience in the Peace Corps, where he worked with an organization called Project Abeni, which focuses on education for girls.
by Social Enterprise Associates on April 30, 2010
Social Enterprise Associates announces our blog partnership with ShoreBank. Enjoy!
by Cristina on April 28, 2010
A simple guide for engaged citizens who are looking to make a lasting impact through social investing.
By Cristina Roman on January 27, 2010
Calculating your carbon footprint is a first step to attaining a net zero carbon emissions lifestyle and balancing the amount of harmful carbons you release.
By Nicole Furman on September 30, 2009
Nicole Furman is a student at Brown University. Last Spring, she joined a group of friends who set off to explore Peru for spring break. She writes of her wonderful experiences.
By Rachel Lindsay on August 20, 2009
Rachel Lindsay is a 2009 Fulbright Grantee working with a US based sustainable investment organization called SosteNica, the Sustainable Development Fund of Nicaragua. She is based in the Pacific region of León.
By Reid Sassman on July 13, 2009
Reid Sassman recently completed a year teaching English and studying Spanish in Bucaramanga, Colombia. He traveled the country extensively and reports that stereotypes about Colombia are exaggerated.
By Drew Tulchin on February 3, 2009
Due to popular demand following the stories from Afghanistan, I am pleased to share pithy travel and work insights from my recent trip to the Philippines. READ MORE
By Katherine Gnauck on October 31, 2008
Katherine Gnauck is a doctor from New Mexico who is working in Uganda with HIV/AIDS mothers. READ MORE
By Erich Dehart on May 28, 2008
Erich Dehart is in the middle of his 3rd year in the Naval Academy, having just experienced a French language rotation to Morocco.
by Judy Tulchin on November 6, 2008
Judy Tulchin is volunteering to teach English in Xi’an, China. Xi’an is in the heart of the country, near the Terra Cotta Warriors.
by Drew Tulchin on February 24, 2008
Drew Tulchin was recently in Mozambique, Africa helping to launch a trade association of microfinance institutions.
by Drew Tulchin on January 7, 2008
Drew Tulchin was in Afghanistan in 2007 for his second time. He was working for the DC based Making Cents on a USAID project with DAI. READ MORE
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