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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Networking, Summits, Conventions, News and More!

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Meet with entrepreneurs – whether they are already seasoned or still aspiring – and learn as much as you can!

Hey change makers, hope you have all been having a good week! We are back with links to events, news items, and articles to put on your radar!

 

Opportunities and Events

Social Entrepreneur Networking Evening – March 2, Haymarket HQ, Sydney

Join StartSomeGood’s networking event to meet some social entrepreneurs across Sydney. Confirmed founding entrepreneurs attending include Tom Dawkins (StartSomeGood), David Gravina (Compost Revolution, Digital Eskimo), Rebecca Tapp (Supernova Tribe), Elena Antoniou (Mighty Good Undies), Jay Boolkin (Social Change Central), Ben Pecotich (Dynamic4), and Margaret O’Brien (Young Change Agents). If you’re interested in the social entrepreneurship space or are looking for a part-time gig, this will surely be worth attending! Tickets are now available. Get in quick!

#StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit

Next month, hear all about tools for social change, how to get started, and so much more from insightful entrepreneurs and trainers in a free-to-access virtual summit. Stay tuned and register your interest now!

Youth Food Movement Australia

Join a 9-month program for change makers in food and agriculture. Choose between registering for the full program or Session Two only. Register until 26 February!

The Entrepreneurs’ Unconvention

Register your interest for a bigger and better “unconvention” in Australia and New Zealand this 2017!

 

News, Reports, Insights

Start-up Air Trunk raises $400 million for data centres

The Singapore digital startup, Air Trunk, will be constructing flagship stores in Melbourne and Sydney after raising $400 million. Read their story here.

Alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship

In the Philippines, one of the government’s main priorities has been ridding the country of poverty. Look at how the government has been looking into focusing on entrepreneurship to solve this.

Entrepreneurship and Philantropy to Take Center Stage at Star-Studded Gala

Read about the City Gala in Los Angeles, which took place on February 11 and 12. The event focused on gathering to talk about creating a brighter future through charity.

 

Inspiration

Tackling the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship

Research has shown that female entrepreneurs have it even harder than females climbing the corporate ladder (and we know they do not have it easy at all). This interesting article talks about how workplace diversity is not the same thing as equality and how the gender gap is addressed in entrepreneurship.

Seven surprising mistakes Australian entrepreneurs make

We can learn a thing or two from other entrepreneurs who have had more experience in the entrepreneurship sphere. Whether it’s lack of forward planning, not talking to your customers, or more, we can learn from what seasoned entrepreneurs consider mistakes. As we know, we learn from our own mistakes; and we can learn from others’ too.

Should You Go to College If You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

You may be asking: If I already know that I want to be an entrepreneur, is it worth going to college? The answer will be different for various people. Read this article for a different spin on it.

 

Send us links to events, opportunities, resources, news, insights, and other articles that you would like us to publish at hello@startsomegood.com


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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: More Things to Look Forward to in 2017!

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We hope you are all settling well into 2017. We are back this week with events and opportunities to add to your calendar & articles and news clips on social entrepreneurship around the globe. Enjoy!

Opportunities and Events

The Global Good Fund Announces 5th Annual Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs

Now on its fifth year, learn more about The Global Good Fund’s annual fellowship for social entrepreneurs in partnership with Johnson & Johnson who will sponsor three fellows who have innovation ideas when it comes to healthcare challenges.

Startup Fest in Montreal – July 12-15, 2017

Join the Startup Festival in Montreal this July and be amongst global entrepenreneurs, founders, investors, and mentors. Startupfest is for everyone whether you are a startup or an investor. Register now as early bird tickets are up for grabs until 18 February!

SXSW in Austin, Texas – March 10-19, 2017

If you’re in Austin, Texas this March, drop by The South by Southwest Conference featuring professionals and big names in the creative industry. Visit their website for more details.

Radical Self Care Project 

Starting February 1, take part of a 28-day program that focuses on authentic and intentional self care, which tends to get buried under all the responsibilities we need to attend to. Check this out as it may be for you!

 

News, Reports, Insights

MSU launches speaker series January 19 featuring social entrepreneurs

Montana State University is kicking off a four-part social entrepreneurship speaker series. Speakers will impart knowledge on topics such as environmentally sustainable products, food security, autism and music education, and more. Visit their site for more details.

Millenials (and more) turn to business to make social change

Read this article from the University of Southern California News about how millenials are now more and more looking into businesses to make social change. In 2008, USC founded the first social enterprise program housed in an American business school known as Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. Learn more about it through the link above.

JDC’s Social Hackathon aims to help vulnerable Israelis

In Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Community hosted a social impact hackathon in partnership with large tech players like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Microsoft. With over 100 participants in 30 mentors, the event asked the programmers to develop programs and apps to address challenges in Israel with regards to people of old age or with disabilities. 21 ideas were chosen to be further developed and 3 of these received top awards.

 

Inspiration

Relevance is vital for social entrepreneurship

The Hindu Business Line talks about the importance of relevance in the realm of social entreprenership and how the first step is to “understand the people at whom the venture or product is aimed”.

The profit in social impact: Business models that balance social relevance and bottom lines

There is a current rise in investments in enterprises whose business models give equal emphasis to profitability and social relevance. This is an interesting read especially for social entrepreneurs who strive for social impact.

The 17 Rules These Entrepreneurs Say You Should Break in 2017

Meet 17 entrepreneurs who share tips and secrets on what to give up this 2017. Learn from their experiences to be more productive, present, and healthy in growing your businesses and ideas this year.

 

Let us know if you have links you would like to share. Email us at hello@startsomegood.com with “TWISE” in the subject line. Looking forward to hearing from you!


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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: 2017 is the Year

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Happy New Year from StartSomeGood!

Happy new year, everyone! We trust you all had wonderful celebrations filled with food, fireworks, and tons of laughter.

To kick off this year, we collected a couple of links relevant in our social entrepreneurship world that could be of interest to you. Scroll down and enjoy!

 

Opportunities and Events

2017: A Year for Social Entrepreneurs

StartSomeGood co-founder Tom Dawkins has a new year’s message especially for you. Read and find out what opportunities you have with us here at StartSomeGood.

Social Entrepreneurship Pitchfest at Pausefest 2017

Do you have a social enterprise idea that you would like to see come true? Get the chance to pitch it at Social Entrepreneurship Pitchfest at Pausefest 2017 in Melbourne, Australia! There will be a pool of experts in the realm of social enterprise, start-up and technology to share ideas and rub elbows with. Applications are open until 5pm, Monday 16 January 2017.

Social Business Consultant Fellow with Alterna Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Grab this internship opportunity at Quetzaltenango, Guatemala that offers a unique chance for a hands-on experience at supporting local entrepreneurs who have a shortage in access to high-quality business services. You can apply until 7 February 2017.

 

News, Reports, Insights

The Gates effect: Social Entrepreneurship Reframes Charity

Read about how social entrepreneurship is reframing charity in South Africa and what they call “The Gates effect”.

Putting Community First in Social Innovation Education

Here is a good read on how educators can teach students to become collaborative community partners. This article is part of a series from Stanford Social Innovation Review regarding the future of social impact education.

Entrepreneur Designs New Electric Wheelchair and Car for Quadriplegics

Talk about innovation for a cause! Read all about how an entrepreneur designed this wonderful tool for quadriplegics.

 

Inspiration

Meet The Social Entrepreneurs Giving Back Around the Globe

In this life of social entrepreneurship, it is always a great encouragement to know that you are not alone. Read this article to meet other social entrepreneurs making an impact in other parts of the world.

7 Social Entrepreneurs on How They Finally Got Their Big Break

Some entrepreneurs talk about their success stories. Read and be inspired. Whether you have gotten your big break or not, know that it is never too late for a breakthrough.

Day in the life: Social entrepreneur and philanthropist connects volunteers globally

Stuart Rees Jones, social entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the founder and chief executive of Camps International, which is known as a for-profit social enterprise providing experiential learning experiences for students worldwide. Read this article on how he goes about his day. Take mental notes, too. You could learn a thing or two.

 

Email us at hello@startsomegood.com for suggestions of links to include in this series. Include “TWISE” in the subject line.

 


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

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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.

 

Inspiration

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.

 

If you have anything you would like to add to our next entries in this column, hit us up at hello@startsomegood.com. Include “TWISE” in the subject line. We would love to hear from you!


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After the election…

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This was originally sent by StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins to our team last week. After a great response it was decided to share it more widely. It has been edited only very slightly for this wider audience.

I would not presume to know the politics of everyone who gets involved in StartSomeGood. But from conversations over recent days, I know that some of us, and I’ll own up to being in this group, are shocked by the recent US election results and worried about the implications for the future.

However you feel about election results, I think it’s really important to remember that there’s only so much that we can ever expect our political leaders to do, and so much that we as citizens must do with or without them. If you’re worried about what Trump means for the future America, then realize the importance now more than ever of the kind of infrastructure that we are building to support citizens to create change for their own communities, without requiring permission from traditional gatekeepers of social change, such as governments, foundations, and the well-off.

StartSomeGood is about citizen leadership to create the future that we all want. Now of course governments have an important role, and there are issues that only government can work with, or can only work on at the scale required, but there is so much that we can do to create the changes that we seek directly, and indeed, things that citizens can do that government simply can’t do. You can’t legislate against fear and resentment, you can’t legislate to end sexism and racism, but you can reach out to people, build communities, build trust, educate and create connections that change people’s perspectives and sense of what’s possible. These local actions can create the kind of community that we all want to live in, one that is more fair, safe, prosperous and connected.

This is what crowdfunding makes possible for so many communities around the world, and this is why we do what we do. Because whatever happens at a political level people need to realize their own power to affect change. We live in the greatest time in human history for citizen-initiated change. Never before have we had such an incredible collection of tools that enable us to share our stories, collaborate with one another, and make a real impact on people’s lives.

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly important part of the changemakers’ toolkit, and that’s why we’re going to keep doing what we do to build better tools, make them more accessible, and teach people how to use them so that communities can create the future that they need for themselves.

Because whatever our political leaders may promise us, there is no one person who alone can “save us.” We can only do that for ourselves, together.

Thank you for everything you’re doing to advance this vision and enhance this possibility for changemakers in America, Australia and dozens of countries around the world.

And to anyone now reading this, and especially to the entrepreneurs, activists and community groups launching projects on StartSomeGood, thank you for stepping forward, sharing your dream and daring to make a difference.

Whatever you do, don’t feel defeated. This is a time for social entrepreneurs. A time for activists. A time for changemakers. And when you step forward to take on the hard work of social change, we will do everything we can to support you to succeed. Because we’re all in this together.


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Social Entrepreneurship with Simon Sinek: An Except from Rank & File Magazine

An excerpt from Rank & File magazine.

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Award winning author, motivational speaker and leadership guru Simon Sinek, who uses the power of storytelling with a parable-like quality, first planted his concepts of “Start With Why” and “The Golden Circle” into the hearts of our corporate executives back in 2009, spawning one of the most popular TED Talks of all time.

To date, Simon has penned two best sellers — “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” and “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.” Beyond writing, Simon works as an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world, and he regularly comments for respected local and national media outlets like NPR and The New York Times.

Accolades aside, Simon embodies his teachings. He is approachable, humble and generous with his time. These character traits are exactly what made Rank & File aspire to sit down with Simon to discuss social entrepreneurialism, including the biggest mistakes that social entrepreneurs make, why cultivating inner character is a critical step in the leadership journey, and how leaders should become guiding “Cause Holders” for their companies. During our interview, we spoke in length about the benefits and dangers in the growing social enterprise trend — a topic about which Simon holds some strong opinions.

“I like the idea of social entrepreneurship, but to fully embrace the goodness of social entrepreneurship you have to treat everyone right,” he told Rank & File. “Not just the chosen receivers of your goodness.”

Simon went on to explain that he thinks the term “social enterprise” may be thrown around too loosely. From Simon’s view, the key to developing a successful and impact-driven social enterprise is to first look internally before projecting externally. Practically, this means focusing heavily on your company’s foundational values and character and allowing this core element to act as the lead domino for all of your outward-facing programs.

“You have all these well-intended young entrepreneurs out there [wanting] to do something of social importance, looking externally,” said Simon. “And yet, while building their companies, they may mistreat their own people. It’s like being a child psychologist but abusing your own children. It doesn’t make sense. And so I find it fascinating how people can be so obsessed with an external while ignoring the internal. To be good at anything, in any company, it has to start from within.”

This challenge comes at an opportune time, as thousand of young people approach social entrepreneurialism with a new enlightenment to accomplish social good through their startups. So what are the keys then to fully embrace the calling of our responsibilities as social entrepreneurs? How do we go forth as strong leaders that focus internally when we may be fighting to keep all the wheels on our fragile businesses in the marketplace? Sinek’s teachings challenge us to dig deep.

In the spirit of shifting our perspectives to focus on the internal rather than the external, Simon encourages us to cultivate humility.

We social entrepreneurs have a tendency to view our business models as superior to mainstream programs and organizations. Indeed, we are often guilty of forming cliques and belittling traditional methods of conducting business and outreach.

From Simon’s perspective, abandoning this superiority complex and developing humility will actually allow us to have greater social impact, both personally and professionally.

“[Having] the word ‘social’ in your product or business [mission] doesn’t actually mean that you are a good company,” said Simon. “And not doing those [social good] things doesn’t make you a bad company. You can make any type of widget and treat people right. And the people who work for you will have better marriages, treat their kids better, and treat people that they interact with on a daily basis better, and they will have a great impact on the community.”

Simon didn’t disparage the value of social entrepreneurship or individuals’ desires to achieve social outcomes through their business models. Yet, his advice cuts through the hype often associated with the social good sector, reminding us to get back to the core — the ABC’s, so to speak — of what it means to be a social entrepreneur. Among other things, having a humble attitude entails respecting traditional business models who conduct their affairs with integrity and treat their employees and stakeholders with dignity.

Become a Holder of Your Cause.

In the social enterprise space, we hear a lot about “social innovation,” especially as it relates to sustainable energy and technology. But what do we mean when we use the term? Usually, we’re describing a tangible, specifically applied approach to making change through new models while challenging norms and bureaucracies, achieving new levels of efficiency, and defending the inherent rights and dignity of human beings.

However, Simon pointed out that these models are only social enterprise products. He developed this idea using a classic example: Apple.

“The product, no matter what it is, is just the manifestation of an underlying cause,” he said. “Steve Jobs’ obsession was empowering people to stand up to the status quo. That was their cause. The personal computer was the manifestation of their cause — a product that gave an individual power to compete against a corporation.”

Next came the iPhone. Prior to Apple, cell phone functionality was determined by cell service providers. “Apple showed up and said, ‘No, we are going to tell you what the phone will do,’’ placing all of the power into the hands of cell phone manufacturers and, ultimately, consumers themselves. With the development of the iPhone, Apple challenged the status quo yet again, fulfilling one of Jobs’ core values.

“The key for Apple and all of us is not confusing our innovations or our products as our cause,” said Simon. “They are three separate things. Innovation doesn’t come from our social desire to give and solve world poverty, although it’s a great thing to do. The innovation comes from actually having a disposition, actually having a cause, and actually having a why…”

Remember that your social innovation models and your solutions to problems are not your cause. They are your products and services.

Identify your root cause. What is your underlying motivation for developing these innovative products and services? Dig deep — past the tangible, past your approach, past your mission statement, and past your goals and objectives. Ask yourself “Why?” again and again until you know what underlying motivation or belief is fueling your efforts. Then keep your cause at the forefront of everything that you do…


The full version of this story, including Simon’s 7 Steps for Students of Leadership, is available in Rank & File Magazine. Rank & File is much more than a magazine. They are a community of risk-takers, like you, who believe people are worth serving and business can create change. Download the Rank & File App for Apple and Android today to start reading for free.

Photos in this article courtesy of © Simon Sinek, Inc.


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Interview Spotlight: Mighty Good Undies

An interview with Mighty Good Undies, a new underwear company making super soft toxic-free underwear from organically grown, Fairtrade cotton, sewn by adults who get paid a living wage, at a price you can afford. Change the world by changing your undies. 

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What does ultimate success look like for you and your project?

Obviously success is reaching our goal, but for us it is more than that. We want our supporters to be as excited as we are about Mighty Good Undies and our mission to bring certified organic and Fairtrade cotton undies to the market at an affordable price point.

Why did you choose StartSomeGood as your partner?

We loved the personal approach of StartSomeGood and the fact that we were not going to get ‘lost in the crowd’ of projects. Also, the focus of the StartSomeGood site on social enterprise, community and environmental projects was really attractive and fit in well with our brand ethos.

What kind of support do changemakers in your community need?

We see our community as the ‘ecofashion’ community who are actively trying to find new ways of producing our clothes by addressing the enormous social and environmental impacts of the textile industry.  These changemakers need support in getting the message out there about ecofashion and their brands and pathways to working with major retailers so that we can upscale our work.

What’s your number 1 piece of advice for people who want to make a positive impact?

Have a really clear vision of what you want to achieve. And keep on coming back to that through the good and hard times. It will keep you centered and focused.

To learn more about Might Good Undies or to pledge support, visit here.