Thursday, May 21, 2009

Social Entrepreneurs: Pioneering Social Change

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Social enterprises are new types of businesses "set up to tackle a social or environmental need" (socialenterprise.org.uk). They use a blended business model: they measure success, not just by the financial bottom-line, but also by the social/environmental change they are able to create.

According to socialenterprise.org.uk, in 2005 there were 55,000 of such social enterprises only in the UK with a combined turnover of £27 billion. Watch the video below and learn how these new types of businesses are shaping the world we live in.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

recessionsupport.org.uk

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ACEVO, the London-based Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisation, recently launched a new web site: recessionsupport.org.uk.

From information about mergers to guides on fundraising and a selection of training courses, the web site, meant for the third sector organizations, is very informative and might give your nonprofit a few extra ideas on how to navigate in these turbulent times.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TED: Ideas worth spreading

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From architects to buddhist monks, from superfamous to the average Joe, at TED.com you can watch talks by inspirational people from all walks of life. Here's a couple examples of what you can stumble upon.



William Kamkwamba, inventor

Then 14-year-old William from Malawi read a book about building a windmill and built one from scrap materials to generate electricity to his house! Now he's planning to build a bigger and a better one to power the whole village.


Milton Glaser, graphic designer


The designer of many iconic images, including 'I [heart] NY', Milton Glaser runs the audience through his creative process. It's worth visiting his poster collection too.