Resources Websites - Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Traditional entrepreneurship measures success using a solely profit-based bottom line. In contrast, social entrepreneurs use a triple bottom line that assesses the impact on people, planet, and profits. Social entrepreneurs foster transformational change through innovative and systemic approaches that will benefit disadvantaged communities as well as society at large.
Ashoka.org - Ashoka International is a global association of social entrepreneurs with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. They provide living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. Working with their global community, they develop models for collaboration and design infrastructure needed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship and the citizen sector.
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR.org) works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Their research is working to advance the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the four areas of environment, economic development, governance and accountability, and human rights.
Conscious Capitalism promotes the value of purpose beyond profit, establishing principles and best practices for conscious business. Conscious Capitalism Events provide a forum for members and others to connect with each other, to deepen their understanding of the principles of Conscious Capitalism and to explore new applications and best practices. Their principle events are an annual Spring Conference, open to the general public, and an annual CEO Summit in October, by invitation.
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and educate independent professionals and students in the use of business to create a more sustainable world. Net Impact members are current and emerging leaders in CSR (corporate social responsibility), social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability.
Pacific Community Ventures (formerly Silicon Valley Community Ventures) - the mission of Pacific Community Ventures(PCV) is to help small businesses create jobs and opportunities for low-income communities in California. PCV helps companies in traditionally overlooked areas to gain access to capital, business advice, and critical business resources that will accelerate their growth. By connecting its portfolio companies with the people and resources of the region's business network, PCV aims to create a vital new network that transcends barriers and reaches across communities.
SkollFoundation.org - The Skoll Foundation's mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, the Skoll Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society.
SocialEdge.org - Social Edge is a global online community launched by the Skoll Foundation. Its mission is to connect social entrepreneurs and their allies to discuss cutting-edge issues shaping the field, to foster frank dialogue, mutual respect and a sense of community among all in the sector, and to promote learning from both the most responsible and the most disastrous business practices.
SocialEntrepreneurship.Change.org is Change.org's social entrepreneurship blog. It carries deep insightful pieces covering social entrepreneurship nonprofits and resources on social enterprise, venture philanthropy, social venture capital, blended value, and much more.
Social Enterprise Alliance is a North American membership organization with a mission to improve society using the tools of business, seeing social enterprise as a primary engine for creating a more sustainable world. SEA engages its community of established enterprises with an advocacy strategy to help policy-makers understand the importance of social enterprise as a tool for tackling key social challenges and to design relevant policies and initiatives.
SVN.org - The Social Venture Network is a nonprofit network committed to building a just and sustainable world through business. SVN promotes new models and leadership for socially and environmentally sustainable business in the 21st century. They champion this effort through initiatives, information services and forums that strengthen the community and empower members to work together on behalf of their shared vision.
Wisdom 2.0 started with an annual conference in San Francisco with the question, "How can we live with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the technology age?" Featured speakers have included Marianne Williamson, Jack Kornfield, the founders of Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Zynga, and Paypal, and with wisdom teachers from various traditions. They now are branching out with additional events in numerous locations. Ultimately it's a place to gather with other like-minded changemakers to discuss how to live with greater wisdom, purpose, and meaning, while using technology in ways that create a more open and healthy culture.
The Public Squared bridges the gap between social innovation and impact investment. Founder Rich Tafel and his team have played a bridge-building role in some of the most challenging social sector challenges of our time. They have served in government, nonprofit and entrepreneurial environments, bringing in well over $8M in funds for their clients.
Wiser.org is a social network built specifically for the discussion and resolution of environmental issues. Their mission is to support people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship to connect, collaborate, share knowledge, and build alliances. Wiser.org is run by the not-for-profit organization WiserEarth.