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Should social entrepreneurs not bother with a business plan?

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Sales and Marketing 'R' Us

<p>I was really struck this week by&nbsp;<a id="ebqh" title="Martin Sorrell" href="http://www.off-grid.net/2008/07/30/end-of-consumerism/">reports</a> that Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of WPP, one of the world's largest advertising conglomerates, has been giving speeches about the end of consum

The end of the road for social enterprise?

<p>Recently I've found myself letting out an involuntary sigh whenever anyone says the words "social enterprise".<br /> <br /> The fact that I keep sighing is a bit of a problem, as I aim to make a living out of social enterprise.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I like terms that say exactly what they do on the tin.&nbsp; The term social enterprise doesn't do that.&nbsp; I can't help but think that social enterprise is a term that has its roots in the days when we were all a bit uncomfortable with the idea of being in business, even if it was for a social purp

Microcredit Promotes Ecological and Economical Sustainability

<p>To those of us who live in the industrialized world, living more sustainably is mostly a matter of choice. We can choose to drive less. We can choose food which is grown locally. We can boycott brands with a poor track record on social issues. We can choose to invest our savings in firms and funds which avoid practices which we deem unfavorable.<br /> <br /> Sadly, for more than a billion people, there is no choice.

Just do it!

<p>I feel so much better today than I did yesterday, having listened to a very inspiring talk on the wonderful <a href="http://sic.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail3570.html">Social Conversations network</a> by an economist at Chicago University, David Galenson. He described his research into creativity.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

<p>The global microfinance revolution is about unleashing power.&nbsp; Even small loans can enable poor communities to transform their skills and energy into higher incomes.&nbsp; This is the basic idea celebrated by the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank of Bangladesh.&nbsp; It meshes with economic theory, and it&rsquo;s backed by thousands of success stories.<br /> &

Microfinance at a 4th of July Picnic

<p>I took my 3 sons to the DC suburbs for the July 4th weekend.&nbsp; The highlight was the annual picnic in my parents&rsquo; neighborhood (pony rides, egg toss competition, blueberry bake-off).&nbsp; One of my parents&rsquo; friends, someone who has been around the international development scene for decades (including a stint at the World Bank), disturbed the patriotic revelry to give

Seller's remorse

<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/business/smallbusiness/10sbiz.html">The New York Times</a> has just posted an article on the sad price of entrepreneurial success--selling the business to someone who does not share your vision for the company you founded.&nbsp; <br />

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