Social Enterprise Innovative ways that organizations are using and adapting business strategies to advance social and environmental well-being

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Scaling Out

By Harvey Koh 2

For solutions to get to scale, we need strong entrepreneurs who can build on existing breakthrough ideas, rather than creating entirely new ones.

Creating Systemic Change

By Ken Ito

Japan is opening the door to new approaches, such as social enterprise, for solving its pressing social problems.

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The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee

By Colleen Haight 27

Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in sales, but strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.

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Design Thinking for Social Innovation

By Tim Brown & Jocelyn Wyatt 33

Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world.

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Rediscovering Social Innovation

By James A. Phills Jr., Kriss Deiglmeier, & Dale T. Miller 12

Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise have become popular rallying points for those trying to improve the world. These two notions are positive ones, but neither is adequate when it comes to understanding and creating social change in all of its manifestations. The authors make the case that social innovation is a better vehicle for doing this. They also explain why most of today's innovative social solutions cut across the traditional boundaries separating nonprofits, government, and for-profit businesses.