Bringing about dramatic and lasting social change requires lifelong leadership and learning lessons along the way.
The Buzz 11-11-11
Here's our quick read on the top tweets, news, and buzz circulating in the field of changemaking this week. Tell us, what's got you talking? And what do you want to be talking about?
- A helpful resource to bookmark, print, or tack up on your bulletin board—50 + fellowships, with their application deadlines, for social entrepreneurs: http://ht.ly/7sc17
- Continuing with your look at women entrepreneurs—and the organizations that are supporting them—a look at why women make excellent entrepreneurs in the digital age: http://ht.ly/7sc6G
- Many consider San Francisco, or New York as centers for innovation and social entrepreneurship, but more and more cities are creating the infrastructure to drive social innovation in their own communities. Two incubators in Detroit could possibly make it the next Silicon Valley for social entrepreneurship: http://ht.ly/7sdl3
- Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business just received $150 million to create an institute to find creative ways to fight poverty. We wonder what they will come up with. http://ht.ly/7sdRh
- Be your own hero. In Harvard Business Review, Nilofer Merchant argues that we must not only be our own Heros and Heroines , but we must also believe that the people around us can rise to the status of Hero as well. So, don’t obsess over other’s success and instead, focus on why you want to do something. A beautiful manifesto that is worth a read: http://ht.ly/7sekU
- If we look at the world of seven billion as a village of 100, 63 out of 100 of us do not have jobs; half of us do not have access to a basic toilet; only 20 of us have access to basic housing. Some stunning numbers that we should not ignore. How do they influence how we approach social change? http://ht.ly/7sey9
- And in Echoing Green news, the questions for the 2012 Fellowship application were just released! The application opens on December 5th and will only stay open for a few weeks, so take this opportunity to get a head start: http://ht.ly/7seDB
Entrepreneurs face unequal challenges even before getting in an investor's door. Data illustrates disparities in the social innovation sector.
One clear way to drive change is to invest in leaders who have a direct connection to the communities they serve.