As all South Africans are entitled to opportunities in commercial enterprise, they all deserve opportunities in social entrepreneurship as well.
Human.Box, a newly launched Lithuanian social enterprise, brings to Vilnius the idea for so called “street magazines’ sold by homeless people as a way to help them find their way out of poverty.
The conference, amusingly titled Bizzz, doesn’t attract a gathering of social entrepreneurs so much as it does a circle of people; last year, only 250 attendants made up the event’s biggest crowd yet.
Arūnas Survila describes the unfortunate but all too common experience that makes disabled Lithuanians’ already challenging lives more difficult. It is ultimately what spurred him to become the initiator of a project called Social Taxi.
“Not to mean to insult anyone,” says Paul Sanford of the private investment-management company TriLinc Global, “but it can a bit myopic.”
One of Russia’s few social enterprises is working to inspire kids to read by traveling the country in an old, book-filled bus.
In the 1990s, the plastic bag killed the Soviet Union’s disabled-run industries. Now one Russian social enterprise has brought it back to life, helping hundreds of the country’s blind and deaf with an idea made in the USSR.
Mini-Series: Impact Istanbul features conference highlights, round-ups, interviews, Q&A’s, and speaker profiles. It is part of our International Business Forum 2013 live coverage. This time, a look at smallholder farmers: Over 2 billion people in the world depend on small-scale agriculture for their livelihood. How can inclusive business help smallholder farmers? After visiting Ethiopia, where coffee originates, Martin Elwert and Robert Rudnick became fascinated with the complexity and diversity of coffee aromas.
Can social enterprises like Fairphone can help achieve a world free of conflict mineral products?
Moscow just hosted its very first social innovation conference. Held between Stalin’s gothic skyscrapers and the city’s brand new financial district, where they’re throwing up twisted glass towers three at-a-time, the organisers did well for symbolism.
Liter of Light Switzerland (LoL) is part of a larger movement that works towards bringing eco-friendly “bottled light” to communities with no electricity. Through the use of plastic bottles, water, bleach, sun and a bit of special glue, they aim to spread an alternative cheap source of energy.
Let’s face it, failure sucks. Failing is neither particularly fun nor particularly rewarding. And yet entrepreneurs do it all the time. According to a recent study from Harvard, three-quarters of venture-backed start-ups fail. At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions last week, failure and the resilience required to bounce back from it were discussed as necessary requirements for future entrepreneurs.