The Buzz 4-20-12
Our quick read on the top tweets, news, and buzz circulating in the field of changemaking this past week. Tell us, what's got you talking? And what do you want to be talking about?
- Our question of the week: How much money do you need to be happy? Certainly not the easiest question to answer, but as you consider what kind of career with meaning you want, it is an important value to consider. Share your thoughts with our community: http://ht.ly/artQz
- Do we need to do a better job of making social entrepreneurship more understood in the mainstream? YouGov, a global opinion center, conducted a survey in the UK last year and discovered that only one-third of those surveyed could explain the definition of a social enterprise. Nearly fifty percent didn’t really understand the purpose of a social enterprise. While certainly not indicative for the entire world, the survey does suggest that the social enterprise sector could benefit with a little more mainstreaming, http://ht.ly/arw59
- Entrepreneurs have a myriad of relationships to manage, from investors, to board members, to donors and customers. But how often should you be in touch? When do you need to give them in-depth updates? Zvi Band, the CEO of Contactually, an early-stage startup, offers his advice on when to call investors, potential investors, other entrepreneurs, and the whole range of other people who you might need to interact with to get your business done. http://ht.ly/arwmE
- Corporate Responsibility Magazine shared their list of 2011’s 100 best corporate citizens last week. Taking into account over 320 data points in seven categories, the top companies included Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Nike, Sara Lee, and Accenture. Surprisingly, the list also included several natural gas, oil, and tobacco companies—turns out many of them have worked very diligently to improve their environmental practices and increase transparency about their work. Check out the entire list: http://ht.ly/arwUC
- Beverly Tam, a student at the University of California, San Diego, interview twelve female startup founders to understand the gap between the number of male and female founders. She discovered several common themes, including family, culture, and a lack of role models. Perhaps the most telling is a large aspiration gap—as Sheryl Sandberg says “until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not going to achieve as much as men.” See the full results of Beverly’s interviews and insights on what we can do to reduce the gap: http://ht.ly/arxn4
- David Brooks, a New York Times columnist, wrote an op-ed several days ago finding social entrepreneurs to be too idealistic and out of touch with ground realities. We have a different point of view. It’s the idealistic notion of what can be in this world that makes social changers so special. And, more than ever, social entrepreneurs are being required to deep dive into their impact and to prove their business models worthy of venture capital. How we think David Brooks got it wrong: http://ht.ly/ary8i
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