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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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Best Podcasts For Social Entrepreneurs and Changemakers

Guest post from Social Good Stuff.

If you’re in need of some guidance or inspiration as you try to change the world, plug in and stuff yourself with these excellent social change podcasts.

If you’re not sure what a podcast is, they’re basically free radio shows you can access via your smartphone. From captivating interviews with today’s most inspiring changemakers to news on the most pressing social issues facing the planet, you can listen to podcasts anywhere at any time. Podcasts are an excellent way to get inspired, advance your professional skills by learning new change-making tools and strategies, and stay up to date with what’s happening in world of social enterprise. If you’re new to podcasts, here’s a quick primer on how to subscribe to a podcast on your phone so you can listen on the go.

Whether you’re a serial social entrepreneur looking to advance your social impact or simply itching to learn how to foster positive social change, here’s a perfect list of regularly updated podcasts just for you.

The ChangeMakers Podcast | Podcast | Website

Each week, Andréa Ranae chats with amazing women entrepreneurs and changemakers who are making a difference through their life and work. This show is for women with a deep desire for change in the world.

Do Good Better | Podcast | Website

Frank talk about social innovation and the not-for-profit sector. Gain insights on trends and issues facing social innovators, social entrepreneurs, socially responsible businesses, and not-for-profit leaders. Host Trina Isakson blends rants, conversations with expert guests, and listener Q&A to share knowledge about social innovation, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, social finance, social purpose businesses, and careers.

Humanosphere Podcast | Podcast | Website

Humanosphere exists to tell the stories of the global poor and the people who are working to change the world. They are an independent, non-profit news organization devoted to making news about the global fight against poverty and inequity as engaging as a cat video, an explosion, a celebrity in rehab or a celebrity cat exploding in rehab. This weekly podcast looks at the world of global health and the fight against of poverty with Tom Paulson.

The Impact Podcast | Podcast | Website

The topic of social impact is the focus of The Impact Podcast by Innov8social. Join founder, host, and author Neetal Parekh in exploring the emerging and exciting space of social innovation, which leverages fields such as technology and business for good and hear her first-hand reflections and experience as a founder. Meet global social entrepreneurs, thinkers, doers, and investors, and discover meaningful ways you can engage in the space and reach your impact potential! 

Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs | Podcast | Website

Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs talks to experienced and successful social entrepreneurs and change makers, committed to building a better world. Learn about honest challenges and important successes social entrepreneurs face in fundraising, choosing a legal structure, finding a business model, and measuring their impact. Soak up inspiring stories and learn how different social entrepreneurs stay focused and motivated.

PRI Social Entrepreneurship Podcast | Podcast | Website

PRI’s Social Entrepreneurship Podcast highlights social entrepreneurs featured in PRI’s portfolio of programs. Listen to change agents as they seek creative, inventive, and sustainable approaches to seemingly intractable issues of our time, such as poverty, climate change, and global health.

Samira Stalks | Podcast | Website

This podcast brings you interviews with reckless dreamers and their stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and impact. Each week, Samira Sohail talks to dreamers from an eclectic mix of fields, weaving through their professional and personal journey to uncover the secrets to their success (but sure to talk about failure too)! Pick up business education – from funding, strategy, and operations to marketing – to help you follow your own reckless dream. 

The Social Enterprise Podcast | Podcast | Website

A monthly podcast hosted by Rupert Scofield, author of ‘The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook’, explores the challenges of starting, building, and running a social enterprise. You’ll hear established social entrepreneurs share their insight and experience, and will find out how you can get support at the beginning of your journey. 

Social Entrepreneur | Podcast | Website

Hosted by Tony Loyd, this is a podcast for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs, and for those who want to make an impact on the world. You’ll hear the stories that led them to becoming change makers, as well as the grand challenges and solutions that they are creating. The guests give advice for early stage and aspiring social entrepreneurs, each episode ends with a call to action.

The Social Entrepreneurship Diaries | Podcast | Website

The Social Entrepreneurship Diaries are Andreia Barbosa personal account of her travels in European social entrepreneurship. She organises the contributions of different makers and thinkers (through interviews and chronicles) comparing and questioning the findings she makes along the way. Institutional producers provide advice and support at various levels, including access to knowledge and practice as well as production and communication expertise. 

SproutCast | Podcast | Website

SproutCast chats with changemakers, social entrepreneurs and innovators, and for purpose leaders about how to create positive impact in society and shape a better world. In each episode you’ll discover actionable tips, tactics, strategies, insights and advice on a wide range of areas. Listen to find out exactly what it takes to have a positive impact on society and make the world a better place.