Category Archives: Social Enterprise

Norman Borlaug: Kick-ass Social Entrepreneur

It’s about time that the Father of the Green Revolution gets in the limelight. He only saved a few billion people. Thanks to Integral Practice for the heads up!  Norman Borlaug: The unnassuming innovator "He’s the answer to Dallas’ best trivia question: What local resident has won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of […]

Hans Rosling @ TEDTalks: Debunking Myths About the “Third World”

I’ve watched this TEDTalks video three times already and I’m still fascinated by it. In this video Hans Rosling debunked the notion of the "Third World" using a data visualization software called, Trendalyzer, which is now acquired and available at Google. This TEDTalks video is one of my favorites, not only because of the cool […]

Past, Present, and Future of Food (Reloaded)

Previously, I posted a dialogue between John Mackey and Michael Pollan about the Past, Present and Future of Food. The audio of the dialogue is now available as a Social Innovation Conversations podcast. Here’s the blurb:"Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, continue their year-long public conversation about […]

Social Enterprise and Web 2.0

(Crossposted from zBlog: ~C4Chaos) and Zaadz are in the news. Nice. Responsibility is in their sitesWeb entrepreneurs have an eye on social need – not personal greed  Jessica Guynn, Chronicle Staff WriterSunday, April 15, 2007 Ryan Mickle’s life was the stuff young bourgeois dreams are made of. He had a lucrative career as a […]

Loans That Change Lives, An Old Idea That’s New Again

Brian is all over Kiva. He thinks Kiva is stunningly cool. I think so too. Another similar service is called Prosper. The focus is not micro-lending ala Grameen Bank. It’s more like eBay for loans. But the concept is empowering for borrowers and lenders. Here’s a comparison made by BusinessWeek, A Tale of Two Lenders.