Entrepreneurs face unequal challenges even before getting in an investor's door. Data illustrates disparities in the social innovation sector.
The Week in Social Innovation: 9/21/2012
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The secret phrase the top innovators use? “How might we.” Learn how you can use it in your own work: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/09/the_secret_phrase_top_innovato.html
PopTech just announced their 2012 class of Social Innovation Fellows (including 2012 Echoing Green Fellow Touré McCluskey, founder of OkCopay!): http://poptech.org/class2012
Preserving the meaning of social enterprise. Jim Schorr, a senior fellow at the Haas School of Business, and Kevin Lynch, CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance, comment on the recent battle for trademark and how our sector can be a force to be reckoned with: http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/preserving_the_meaning_of_social_enterprise
Goldman Sachs steps into impact investing with a $9.6 billion bond—the first of its kind—with a New York City program to prevent reincarceration. The outcomes could lead to many possibilities. http://www.forbes.com/sites/willyfoote/2012/09/18/goldman-sachs-foray-into-impact-investing/
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who come alive." – Howard Thurman
Brene Brown, an expert on vulnerability, says “…(it) is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” She continues, “Even if you got as perfect as you could, when you got in there, that’s not what we want to see. We want you to go in, we want to be with you and across from you. We just want for ourselves and the people we care about and the people we work with to dare greatly.”
Sharing her own vulnerabilities, Ms. Brown gave a powerful talk at TEDxHouston last year on the power of vulnerability.
Work on Purpose Question of the Week:
Is purpose only for the privileged? This is an important question, so take your time, and then share your thoughts with us: http://workonpurpose.echoinggreen.org/questions/is-it-a-privilege-to-talk-about-purpose
Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have convinced eleven more billionaires to sign The Giving Pledge and to give away most of their net worth in their lifetimes. Jon Stewart calls Mr. Gates “Batman” for all of his philanthropic work to eradicate polio and to improve the US education system. Our inspiring infographic this week shares just how much money (and work) the Gates’ have put into social change work, but also how their efforts (along with Mr. Buffet) could result in $600 billion towards philanthropic causes.
Fall conference season is upon us and there are a few live streams you may want to tune in to this weekend and early next week:
- Mashable Social Good Summit: http://www.mashable.com/sgs #SGSGlobal
- Clinton Global Initiative 2012: http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ourmeetings/2012/webcast/ #CGI2012
- United Nations is back in session and you can watch several of their high-level meetings here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/
You also still have time to sign up for:
- The Feast on Good’s Social Innovation Week and Worldwide Dinners from October 3-5: http://www.feastongood.com/
- The Columbia Social Enterprise Conference on October 5th: http://www.columbiasocialenterprise.org/conference2012/
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