Tips and inspiration for changemakers from the social impact crowdfunding website, StartSomeGood

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This week in Social Entrepreneurship: News and Events for you!


Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year!

By now, we trust your holiday celebrations are in full swing. We hope you are all enjoying! Before you get into it again, we listed down some links we hope you find useful.

Opportunities and Events

Intro to Social Enterprise – Wellington (7 February 2017) 

What is a social enterprise? If you want to gain a better understanding, this is just the workshop for you. It will cover topics such as what you need, what to expect, and how to start. Tickets range from $10 – $20.

Social Enterprise for Not-for-Profits – Christchurch (15 March 2017) 

Akina Foundation brings you Social Enterprise for Not-for-Profits. Get your tickets from $10-$20 and learn all about growing income and creating new enterprises in this sphere at a three-hour interactive workshop.

Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise 2017 (May 10-12, 2017)

Mark your calendars for the sixth annual 3-day Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise 2017 from May 10 to 12. It will be held in Winnipeg and is brought to you by The Social Enterprise Council of Canada together with CCEDNET Manitoba. It will be a national learning experience that will allow you to dive in with local social enterprises in the area. Stay tuned on their site for registration details and early bird ticket availability.

Fledge9 (April – June 2017)

Fledge9 returns to Seattle next April-June. 10 weeks of intense guidance and education, a flood of mentors, introductions to potential partners and investors, plus at least $20,000 in cash.

All mission-driven for-profit startup from raw idea through $1 million in revenues are welcome to apply, from anywhere around the world.

If not yourself, then tell a friend. Word of mouth is how most fledglings find Fledge, and thus we need your help to spread the word.

Details at: Applications due by January 7th, 2017.


News, Reports, Insights

Social Entrepreneurs Can Transform Southeast Asia

Read about Forbes Magazine’s take on how social entrepreneurs can transform and make waves in developing economies.

This is What Social Responsibility Entrepreneurship Looks Like 

Huffington Post talks about a recent Hack-a-thon seminar in Boston and how the bright participants came up with tech-oriented solutions to social challenges.

Big firms can enhance social mobility in 2017 by committing to buy from social enterprises 

This article looks into “buying social” and how it can help improve Britain’s equality and social inclusion.



5 Social Entrepreneurship Essentials

Whether it is hope, audacity, or dealing with disappointment, this article walks you through dealing with the ups and downs and emotions you need to face as a social entrepreneur.

Celebrating the Unbreakable Tenacity of Women Entrepreneurs 

Read about how women have been making waves in the world of entrepreneurship.


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This week in Social Entrepreneurship: Upcoming Summits, Available Podcasts, and More!


Want to join summits for social entrepreneurship? We listed down some for you.

With just a little over two weeks remaining in 2016, we are back with events, reports, and articles in the world of social entrepreneurship to keep on your radar starting this week.


Opportunities and Events

The Moroccan Social Entrepreneurship Summit – Dec 17, Morocco 

Register for free at the Moroccan Social Entrepreneurship Summit, brought to you by the Moroccan CISE and JCI Rabat. It will be a day full of speakers, presentations, and awards to review and recognise achievements in the social innovation sphere within the community. Be there on December 17, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM (WET, UTC+00:00).

Starting a Social Enterprise – Jan 25 2017, Christchurch NZ  

If you find yourself in Christchurch, New Zealand on January 25 and would want to learn more about starting a social enterprise, Akina Foundation has just the workshop for you. You will learn about starting with a purpose, the social enterprise business model, testing ideas with customers, and the next steps to consider as you launch. Tickets range from $10 – $20.

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 – Sept 27-29, 2017, Christchurch NZ

This coming year, the Social Enterprise World Forum, where an international community of policy makers, social entrepreneurs, community leaders, investors, academics, and more come together, will be hosted in Christchurch, New Zealand. Join the 3-day forum from September 27-29, 2017. Book your tickets now and receive the early bird discount until April 17.


News, Reports, and Insights

Social Entrepreneurship by Huffington Post 

Huffington Post has a social entrepreneurship section, which they provide in partnership with Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. In this section, you will find quick links to blog posts, news items, and other interesting data. It serves as a quick dashboard to all things social entrepreneurship.

Modular sidewalk paving system harvest solar & kinetic energy, and is made from plastic 

PLATIO, a Hungarian startup, has found a way to convert energy from footsteps into clean electricity. They are harvesting solar energy from their roads and sidewalks. It is unconventional and innovative – the paving platform is even made of recycled plastic!

Racial Justice at Work: Beyond Black Lives Matter 

As part of insights in Corporate Social Responsibility, this article talks about race, social inequality, implicit bias, and how to talk about and address these issues in the workplace. Read for practical tips on what to do within your CSR management teams.



Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs: Podcasts 

Visit and subscribe to Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs to access a compilation of podcasts from various entrepreneurs and thought leaders about their experiences, knowledge, and ideas relevant to the industry. Currently, they are on Episode 66 and will post new updates weekly.

7 tips for succeeding as a social entrepreneur 

This article talks about finding your cause, “soul-mates”, storytelling, launching products and services, leveraging passion, and so much more. Be sure to check it out!

The 7 Human Rights We Can Do Without 

As we celebrated Human Rights Day last December 10, Roger Hamilton, New York Times best-selling author and futurist & social entrepreneur, wrote about 7 human rights we can (and maybe should) live without.


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Igniting Passion

StartSomeGood team at our global retreat.

Stars in the StartSomeGood constellation share some of what drives their passion and purpose. Check in with Luke Pearson, Tom Dawkins, Kathryn Kreps and Stephanie Arrowsmith on what gets them out of bed in the morning and keeps them going throughout the day.

I asked this inspiring quartet how did they first become passionate about change-making? luke_pearson_creative_commons_paul_hagonLuke said: “I have always been passionate about making positive changes in the world but I didn’t always know how to go about it, and I guess I am still learning things every day about the best way to get people to change their minds about a given issue, or to get active in causes they believe in. Once upon a time I was a teacher, and inspiring a belief that we can all have a positive impact in the world around us in big or small ways was the main reason I became a teacher, but really it was when I took to social media that I saw an opportunity to effect change on the issues I care about, just by telling my stories and watching it resonate with like-minded people around Australia and overseas as well.”

Tom Dawkins also had an early start in changemaking:”I grew up in a politically-minded household, but it was at the age of 16, during a year-old student exchange in the US, that I discovered my sense of purpose. I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend an amazing event in San Francisco – the State of the World Forum – as one of 32 youth representatives from 28 countries, which awakened in me a strong commitment to being a changemaker. TDSSGThe experience I had – of being included, empowered and having my voice heard – was one I felt strongly that all young people, and all people, deserved access to. While I had been the beneficiary of this system I knew the current model of “youth empowerment” was broken. It was haphazard, tokenistic and biased towards wealth. I felt we had to find ways to do better, to activate more people as changemakers and give them the tools, support and encouragement to help them succeed, and that’s more or less what I’ve been working on ever since, with a particular interest in how technology can create more accessible platforms for community-building and changemaking, such as StartSomeGood!”

Beyond systems and at the heart of all changemaking is pebeMWWKPaople according to Kathryn: “I’ve always had what could charitably be called an overdeveloped sense of justice. From an early age I saw that people around me didn’t always have access to the same opportunities, and that never sat right. Over the years my activism has taken many forms, but I’ve never lost people-first focus.”

Making a shift from Indonesia to Australia set the scene for Stephanie to get her first taste of activism in high school.  “I started volunteering for the Oaktree Foundation when I was 17 years old as an ambassador for the Make Poverty History Roadtrip: a national campaign to increase Australia’s contribution to foreign aid and increase public awareness around Australia’s role in international development. It was the first time I got to experience what it was like to be part of a movement that resulted in tangible policy change and action (our PM increased foreign aid to 0.5% GDP – an all time high for Australia!). This involvement with Oaktree led me to take up more leadership positions, align my studies towards international health and development and work in the field projects in India, Guatemala, Indonesia and remote Western Australia. After experiencing developments at the grassroots, I took up a role in campaigning and advocacy with Global Poverty Project in New York City – which gave me yet another perspective on digital activism on a global scale, working with multilateral organisations, corporations and world leaders to influence change.  Since I can remember I’ve always been fired up about poverty alleviation, exploring solutions at a grassroots level as well as at a structural and policy level. dHbXUs-GBefore moving to Australia, I was born and raised in Indonesia and was constantly exposed to extreme inequality that I couldn’t quite understand or accept, so it was hard to ignore. Getting a better education and having the safety of living in a place like Australia was not just an opportunity – it was a responsibility to do something meaningful with my life and to ensure future generations don’t have to face the injustices we have today.”


How did your passion get ignited?

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The 7 Best TED Talks To Ignite Your Inner Changemaker

With 2016 in full swing, it is now time to get back to work. However, that is often easier said than done – especially if you are trying to change the world. You may have already been tempted to call it quits and try again next year.

One way to (re)ignite your passion to create social good is to immerse yourself in motivational content, like podcasts and videos of keynote speakers from conferences around the world. Perhaps the best example is TED, a growing collection of thousands of free, relatively short presentations (around 18 minutes) from some of the most engaging speakers around the world, including Bono, J. J. Abrams, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking. Celebrities aside, the purpose of TED is to spread new and revolutionary ideas by giving a voice to diverse individuals from a range of disciplines and cultures.

Even if you are familiar with TED it can be hard to know where to start or what to watch. But no need to feel overwhelmed, here are seven mind-blowing talks that are sure to inspire you to act and make a difference in the world. Sit back, relax and get ready to ignite your inner changemaker.

The case for letting business solve social problems

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit Ñ which lets that solution grow.

The why and how of effective altruism

If you’re lucky enough to live without want, it’s a natural impulse to be altruistic to others. But, asks philosopher Peter Singer, what’s the most effective way to give? He talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality Ñ and make the biggest impact with whatever you can share.

Profit’s not always the point

You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it’s the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.

The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend Ñ not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.

How to make peace? Get angry

How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.

Poverty, money and love

What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: “they” need “our” help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of talks about how her attitude changed Ñ and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.

Solving social problems with a nudge

MacArthur winner Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems Ñ those we know how to solve, but don’t. We know how to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea, how to prevent diabetes-related blindness and how to implement solar-cell technology … yet somehow, we don’t or can’t. Why?

Seen an incredible TED talk not on the list? Add your suggestion in the comments section below.

Post originally published at Social Good Stuff.