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What The Private Sector Can Do For Your Social Enterprise

You have an idea you think can change the world. You put together a team with the skills and smarts to turn your ambition into action. You hustle, you lose sleep, you launch. You get boots on the ground, make a little change—things are going well. Time to scale-up. But how?<p>Instead of trying to do …

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

I am an unapprehended felon. From age 18 to 38, I spent some part of virtually every day in the illegal drug culture. Buying, selling, using and/or driving under the influence of highly illegal substances.<p>Nothing in my persona ever gave me away as a practicing criminal. What you'd likely, but …

Social Enterprise

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business

In the past few years, the social enterprise space has evolved rapidly from a concept that required explanation to a trend everyone is eager to join. Business schools have drastically increased their social entrepreneurship course and club offerings, and many businesses and startups can get away …

Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprises Raise Money Through Direct Public Offerings

Looks like there’s a growing interest among social enterprises in a capital-raising method called Direct Public Offering (DPO).<p>Consider Cutting Edge Capital. Launched four years ago, the Oakland, CA,-based company is really hitting its stride. It has facilitated 11 DPOs, raising just over $5 …

The Social Enterprise... Dead or Alive?

Lately I've been noticing some angst among advocates of the social enterprise movement -- namely that they think it's not living up to its promise. Back in 2011 all kinds of predictions were floating around. An article in PC World introduced a Forrester study predicting a big push to social …

Social Media