The experience of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in accelerating investment, collective action, profitability, and impact provides lessons for other impact industries attempting to do the same in base of the pyramid markets across the developing world.
By digitizing indigenous designs for commercial use, Roots Studio connects tribal artists and villages to the global economy, generating new sources of income while preserving cultural traditions.
Social enterprises must navigate the contradictory pulls of social and for-profit goals without tipping too far to one side.
Social sector organizations must consider whether their internal operating system is serving them, their clients, and their pursuit of social impact.
Through innovative strategies for bringing women into the workforce, social enterprise is poised to transform the meaning of “women’s work.”
By taking on an advising role, an organization can scale a core innovation with less demand on its resources than would be required through direct action alone.
More investors need to bet on early-stage social ventures that cover all the bases, and more entrepreneurs need to build them.
Understanding the strategies needed to catalyze cultural change, as well as the advantages and limits of benefit corporations, are critical in guiding enterprises to inspire social good.
Realizing the transformative potential of women’s leadership in India’s social enterprise sector will require persistent efforts to refine and mainstream gender-lens investing.
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