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Searching for Compassion and Vulnerability in Cambridge, UK
by Elisa Birnbaum
on August 23, 2014


Looking into someone’s eyes for 10 seconds straight is a daunting task. It yanks you unceremoniously out of your comfort zone, invades your personal space and makes even the most self-assured among us question the authenticity of our alleged sense of confidence.

It's Time to Re-Think the Way You Shop
by Merry Walker
on July 27, 2014

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One common thread throughout generations has been the influence of clothing on cultures and societies globally. Subtly or not, what you wear represents who you are and is one of the first things people notice about you. Mark Twain famously wrote, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”


So isn't it time we took that influence more seriously?

Bill Gates and Bill Drayton Make the Case for Empathy
by Verity Dimock
on July 22, 2014

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It might have been pure coincidence, but last month, Bill Drayton, speaking at Toronto's MaRS Discovery District and Bill Gates, at Stanford University in California, made separate cases for why empathy is so important to the social change movement.

Enjoying the Food of the Gods with Slow Food Chocolate-Maker, ChocoSol
by Elisa Birnbaum
on July 07, 2014

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SEE Change's video series profiling social entrepreneurs effecting change continues with a visit to ChocoSol Traders, a learning community/social enterprise that makes sustainable, artisanal chocolate using innovative, alternative technologies



Watch. Learn. Enjoy.

Following in Coca Cola's Footsteps
by Elisa Birnbaum
on July 06, 2014



How is one organization using innovation and Coca Cola's distribution channels to tackle health issues in the developing world?


Grant or Government Service Contract: What is the difference?
by Jonathan Wade
on July 05, 2014

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Social enterprises, by definition, generate revenue and social value through the sale of a product or service.  At the same time, charitable programs providing social value are often funded by government grants.


But what happens when a government agency elects to HIRE the charity to fulfill a service contract? In fact, it may not be easy to see the difference between a government contract and a grant.


Practical Tips for Failing Well
The Blog
by Ashley Good
on July 02, 2014

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One of the skills most frequently overlooked is the skill of failing well. It's time to change that as our competitive and complex environments increasingly require us to transform our failures into learning and needed change.


Pay for Success: Moving from Concept to Reality in California
The Blog
by Jessica LaBarbera
on June 30, 2014

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Over the past few years, we’ve seen “Pay for Success” evolve from a buzz-word (with a sky-high word to action ratio!) to a concept that is being explored and implemented across the country.


Young Social Entrepreneurs Work to Transform Glasgow's City Streets
The Blog
by Karen McGregor
on June 22, 2014

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Beyond the Finish Line is a vibrant project based in Scotland’s biggest city – Glasgow.  It challenges creative young people to come up with innovative responses to challenges identified by local residents, giving new life to empty spaces around Glasgow.

Building a Healthy Container for Your Vision
The Blog
by Dr. Peter Mortifee
on June 15, 2014

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You’re ignited by your vision, and you feel a deep urge to make it happen. Perhaps you’re already making it happen, and you’re busy managing the manifestation of your dreams.

But have you created a “container” that will serve your vision well? It’s just as important to consider the health and well-being of your own program and organization, as you strive to support the health and well-being of others.

Love and Money: Harnessing Finance to Serve the Disruptive - and the World
The Blog
by Donna Morton
on June 15, 2014

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Donna Morton explains how a stint with the Unreasonable Institute inspired a new paradigm for finance - one that meets the needs of all social entrepreneurs


Poverty is Changing - Shouldn't We?
The Blog
by Pamela Hawley
on June 11, 2014

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We have some positive, revelatory news on poverty which can aid our community, helping us become more sensitive in how we give.


Helping is not just about giving money—it's also about training a future workforce within a community. We feel good when we donate, but we also feel good when we are productive, give of our talents and have a calling. We need to afford that opportunity to everyone.

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