My Inception Story – the windy path of how this all came to be

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“Did you spend the afternoon talking about your periods?” The man to whom I report in my commercial banking role chuckles to himself at his witty remark as I stiffen up and try to gauge how red my face is getting. Inside, my thoughts race but I keep my expression cool (I think). Still taking…

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Uncover Your North Star Vision for Change

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What is a North Star Vision for Change (or personal manifesto) and why do you need one as a social entrepreneur? After working with social entrepreneurs from around the world, I’ve noticed those who are really making waves all share one thing in common. And that is, a clear vision for the change they wish to…

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Reach Financial Sustainability With This Mindset At The Centre Of Your Work

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Entrepreneurs solve problems, right?  They design solutions for problems they see around them.  They see opportunities to fill gaps in the marketplace with new, better, or different solutions. This is well-accepted as a core mindset of entrepreneurs, and this dedication to bring innovative solutions to market is what many believe allow entrepreneurs the success they…

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9 Essential Considerations When Starting A Social Business (Part 2)

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Have you ever looked back and thought to yourself, “wow, I definitely would have approached that differently if I were starting over…”. I’m sure we all have, and I’m sure it’s especially true when starting a new business or project. Starting and running a profitable business is hard.  Delivering outstanding programs or offerings that truly…

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9 Essential Considerations When Starting A Social Business (Part 1)

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Top 9 Considerations When Starting The Social Business of Your Dreams  (Part 1 of 2) Starting and running a profitable business is hard.  Delivering outstanding programs or offerings that truly improve the lives of those you serve as a social entrepreneur is also hard. Doing both is much harder.  At times it can even feel impossible…

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Making The Leap From Social Enterprise Idea to Action

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Recently I received a fabulous question from a Sedge member who was taking advantage of the BOOST Sneak Peek Video Training Series. The point was raised that for nonprofits looking to grow their budgets with a complementary social enterprise initiative, it can often be difficult to move out of the ideation phase and into the…

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Embracing Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector

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Entrepreneurial thinking in the social sector has been in practice in one form or another for years. It dates back hundreds of years to farmer cooperatives and decades back to when Muhammad Yunus introduced microcredit to help the poorest of the poor in Bangledesh lift themselves out of extreme poverty. So what exactly does it mean to…

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Finding Meaning for Social Impact Leaders in Our Hyper-Connected World

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Our personal and professional networks now spread larger than ever before. Today, if I am looking for advice or information on a new program that piques my interest, within minutes I can search my LinkedIn contacts to find someone who is connected to that program. One quick email asking for an introduction, and the same…

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The Secret to Succeeding in Social Enterprise: Knowledge Exchange

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The domain of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship is entering an inspiring era.  Global players such as Ashoka, Skoll Foundation, and Grameen Bank have penetrated everyday conversations across the world.  For those not directly involved it is easy to feel like the field has recently sprouted out from nowhere.  In fact, the grandfathers of microfinance…

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