Social Enterprise - Articles

Innovative ways that organizations are using and adapting business strategies to advance social and environmental well-being (more)

Managing Medusa

By Pamela Yatsko

A Hong Kong manufacturer brings business practices to social services in Asia.

Greg Steltenpohl - Tales from the Trenches

As the founder of Odwalla, Greg Steltenpohl created what has become one of the leading U.S. suppliers of fresh juice and beverages. In this audio lecture, Steltenphohl reminisces about how he started up his company, and reflects on the importance of supporting a new model of capitalism that enriches communities and makes enterprises more socially and environmentally responsible.

The Pitfalls of Profits

By Burton A. Weisbrod

Why nonprofits should get out of commercial ventures. At the same time, the tax code needs to be changed to help nonprofits get more charitable donations.

Competitive Advantage: A Dance of Relevance

By Jocelyn Dong

Ballet Memphis leverages its understanding of local culture – Elivs, gospel, rockability, and African-American stories – to compete against touring Broadway blockbusters.

Pumping Prosperity

By Ron Russel

ApproTEC’s pumps are designed and marketed with an understanding of the culture and psychology of African farmers.

Managing Risk

By Kathryn Olney

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California is thriving, despite taking on clients that no one else would.

The Sound of No Music

By James A. Phills, Jr.

Like many nonprofits, the Oakland Symphony failed to understand the distinction between mission and strategy.

Sticking Together

By Anne Stuhldreher

A California mayor’s challenge leads to an innovative resource-pooling strategy.