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"Social entrepreneurship isn't giving someone a fish or even teaching them how to fish, it is revolutionizing the fishing industry. "

-Bill Drayton

Re: Definitions by jchu1225jchu1225, 05 Apr 2007 06:46

Social E is….The Art of Mission-Based Venture Development

according to Peter C. Brinckerhoff

Re: Definitions by tifflintifflin, 29 Mar 2007 06:48

I'm doing Craigslist

(although the Skoll foundation site is so much more exciting… :)

Re: Week #7 by kalvinkalvin, 09 Mar 2007 22:04

While doing some research for the funding source project, I found some more definitions…(from the Schwab Foundation)
A social entrepreneur is a different kind of social leader who:

-Identifies and applies practical solutions to social problems by combining innovation, resourcefulness and opportunity.
-Innovates by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem
-Focuses first and foremost on social value creation and in that spirit, is willing to share openly the innovations and insights of the initiative with a view to its wider replication
-Doesn't wait to secure the resources before undertaking the catalytic innovation
-Is fully accountable to the constituencies s/he serves
-Resists being trapped by the constraints of ideology or discipline
-Continuously refines and adapts approach in response to feedback
-Has a vision, but also a well-thought out roadmap as to how to attain the goal


Re: Definitions by skapurskapur, 09 Mar 2007 08:30

i pick acumen fund!

Re: Week #7 by tifflintifflin, 09 Mar 2007 04:12
Re: Week #7
jleejlee 08 Mar 2007 08:59
in discussion Reflection and Feedback / Make-up Work » Week #7

Omidyar Network

Re: Week #7 by jleejlee, 08 Mar 2007 08:59

Draper Richards Foundation

Re: Week #7 by rmohamedrmohamed, 08 Mar 2007 06:56

This week we had a very informative grant-writing workshop. Kimber will have packets at the next class. We also have an assingment for next week:

Many individuals, groups, and foundations are interestede in investing in the exciting field of social e. Your project is to select one foundation or other funding source and research it in depth. By each learning about one funing source and the types of projects likely to be supported, we will develop a valuable group knowledge base of funding resources for social entrepreneurs.,

Deliverable: A one page profile sheet that includes the following:
1. Description of the foundation and/or funding source. How long has it been around? Is it big, small, region-specific or local? Include a logo if you can find one.
2. What types of projects are typically funded from this source. Give general categories as well as some specific examples.
This profile should be concise, easy-to-read and free of errors. We will be compliling the profiles into a book for your future reference.

Funding Source Choices:
Omidyar Network
Acumen Fund
Angel Investors
Venture Philanthropists
Draper Richards Foundation
Surdna Foundation
Craigslist Foundation
KD Dominus
Please get other ideas approved by Kimber or Andi.

Week #7 by socialeasbsocialeasb, 07 Mar 2007 20:16

Post your response to the reading and a list of responses to the question: "How can we reduce the stigma associated with homeless shelters". Also, please join a team for funding coursereaders, either the parent's weekend map team or the gumball sales team.

Week #6 by socialeasbsocialeasb, 18 Feb 2007 01:37

Hi everyone,

As part of our pitch to start-ups, we're going to include a list of possible uses for gumballs. LET'S BRAINSTORM IDEAS!


1. To display at career fairs
2. To relieve stress
3. To freshen your breath before important meetings
4. A story about purchasing gumballs for philanthropic pursposes is a great way to let customers know that you are a socially responsible company

Let's come up with 20 ideas and then we can vote on the top 10!

Post reflections on the reading and submit a list of social issues you would like to brainstorm about to the course leaders.

Week #5 by socialeasbsocialeasb, 15 Feb 2007 10:05

1) Gumball Sales
• Using Kalvin’s gumballs, create beautifully packaged gumball gifts that can be sold to various companies around the Bay Area. The idea is that companies are quite willing to spend tons of dollars for new recruitments and in order to create the right ambience; why wouldn’t they want to pay for some lovely gumballs for their office?
2) Offer Ourselves as Service to Nonprofits in the Bay Area
• Tell the Course Reader funders that we will “repay” them by doing service in various social enterprises throughout the Bay Area.
3) Collect Money from various sources
• Write letters to the HAAS Center and other donors
• Apply some of the techniques we heard about from Tina’s class stories (buy one, get one free Stanford student service at the Shopping Center; bike pump service, etc)
4) Add your own idea

Vote Here:

Re: ideas? by socialeasbsocialeasb, 15 Feb 2007 10:02

I'm glad to hear you liked them! We will be showing some over the course of spring break. We will talk about how to get a copy of the videos during class next week.

Re: My hopes by socialeasbsocialeasb, 12 Feb 2007 00:55

Dee's "Mastering the Art of Innovation" p. 163

"Innovation can occur in any sphere of life, from cooking to car repair. Here we are concerned with the innovations of social entrepreneurs - individuals creating enterprises to serve they common good. They tend to be involved with creating and delivering products, services or programs."

Re: Definitions by egearyegeary, 09 Feb 2007 17:34

are we going to vote on coursereader funding ideas here?

just to recap we have a couple of different options:
1. Sell the bazillion gumballs in pretty packages to start-ups, dorms, clubs, gumball-fanatics. One gumball will cost $0.50 and we can sell them in boxes of 300 (correct me on the numbers if I'm wrong)
2. Enter and…win the social-e challenge
3. Ask the company who donated money to train and hire all of us for spring break/part-time spring quarter (something along those lines. giving back time/our labor in exchange for their money)
4. I forgot.

See you all on Friday. :-)

ideas? by tifflintifflin, 09 Feb 2007 01:00

This is a totally different subject but I just wanted to say that I REALLY enjoyed watching the New Heroes videos last week, and I was wondering how I might get a copy of the season for myself since I'm always busy Thursday nights. Do they sell dvds or can I just borrow from Green? And the drinks and popcorn were great, thanks KimberAndi! :-)

Re: My hopes by tifflintifflin, 09 Feb 2007 00:55

I really like the video/movie idea. What happened to that guy who wanted to film us? Is he going to be coming with us on the trip?

Re: Suggestions by tifflintifflin, 09 Feb 2007 00:53

I was a little skeptical of this reading. Or maybe I just didn't like the tone. But I felt like it was mostly a bunch of wishful thinking. Is the reason the poor are underserved really because smart multinational corporations just haven't figured out yet that poor people can be served profitably? Or is because poor people CAN'T be served profitably by traditional businesses that look to maximize profit margins and shareholder revenue? (Unless your idea of serving people, profitably, is .00001 cent margins on candy for the poor?)

And I think the reason it's more easily swallowed is that it involves foreign places we know nothing about. India is this magical place where, it says, companies can thrive by selling to people with almost no money, if they have the right mindset! Imagine if the title were, "Serving America's Poor Profitably." Wouldn't you be a little more skeptical?

I'm all for helping the impoverished and working poor. I'm not sure if traditional companies are the ones to do it.

I think basic services like telephone, water, electricity, etc. are much better when private firms go and lay down the infrastructure and charge for the service. It's much better than letting the government do it, they can't even pave the roads. Anyway, private companies will provide these necessities and provide them in good quality. Even if it takes out a significant portion from the people's pockets, these services will improve their living conditions, better their health conditions and thus reduce the cost of health treatment in the long run. It will also improve their earning potentials. of course it is best to have the more innovative companies go and provide their services that bridges the gap in purchasing power, but i think most of these developing areas lack foreign investment period, and having firms go there, no matter what they are and compete for the people's money might be a good thing for these regions. the most important thing is to find a convincing argument to attract firms to enter this market, i think Pahalad's article did a good job, but i think more examples would be more convincing, but i guess there aren't not too many examples for him to work on.

maybe we can do something like ashoka, but instead of looking for social entrepreneurs around the world, we look for companies that are making good money in developing markets so we can make a convincing argument for existing big firms to venture in these markets…i dunno what i'm talking about..haha

Week #4
andikandik 05 Feb 2007 07:43
in discussion Reflection and Feedback / Make-up Work » Week #4

This week we watched 3 segments from the Ashoka New Heroes movies:
1) Albina Ruiz, Project: Ciudad Saludable;
2) Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy ("Dr. V.") & David Green, Project: Aravind Eye Hospital and Aurolab;
3) Sompop Jantraka, Project: Development and Education Program for Daughters & Community Center (DEPDC))
If you were unable to attend, please attend the next FUSION New Heroes showing (This Thursday!) and sign in with Christina Ward (FUSION's president).

Enjoy! These are wonderful movies :-)

Week #4 by andikandik, 05 Feb 2007 07:43
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