Category Archives: Challenge

Target Hybrid Social Enterprise Business Models

  Jyoti Sharma has written a thought-provoking blog in The Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled, “A Neoliberal Takeover of Social Entrepreneurship?“.  Although I take issue with the the focus on neoliberalism as a destructive force, I agree with the importance of hybrid … Continue reading

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Making Social Innovation Work

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably heard of a hackathon, even if you’re not quite sure what it is. Hackathons have become increasingly popular events challenging developers, innovators and changemakers alike to use … Continue reading

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Is Social Entrepreneurship a Distraction?

A leader in the social enterprise field, Pamela Hartigan, has written a compelling blog entitled, “Why Social Entrepreneurship has become a distraction: it’s mainstream capitalism that needs change”.  It is a clarion call.  See what you think.

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The Power of Community

Your isolation as an entrepreneur is a danger to your mental health and to the success of your venture.  This is especially so if you’re a lone entrepreneur without a team around you.  I’ve been there.  You stand, staring out into … Continue reading

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At a Crossroads

While mentoring an early stage social venture today, I was reminded that it’s so easy to get lost in the weeds while developing your business and impact models.   You are always at a crossroad where there are so many variables to … Continue reading

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Six Lessons Learned From Failure

Failure of your venture is difficult to envisage as the idea behind it seems so powerful.  This is especially the case at start-up before you and your venture have been tested by trying to sell your service or product. However, … Continue reading

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The Crucible and Impact

A Crucible:  A place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new.  The process entails a severe test or trial. In industry, it is a container where metals are mixed at high temperature to create a new material. … Continue reading

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