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Lessons In Social Enterprise From Dr. Condom

Mechai Viravaidya didn’t start out as a social entrepreneur. He began as a businessman with a freshly granted MBA who realized his country’s situation–Thailand–would never grow economically if its population explosion couldn’t be tamed. ┬áMechai’s understanding that economic development was ultimately tied to population control led him to create the Population Community Development Association (ironically, […]

4 Funding Options for Your Social Business Venture

I’m wrapping up Social Business Venture week with a look at funding options for the breed of businesses that generate profits but exist primarily to fulfill a social need. ┬áThe legal structure of your business should take into account how you plan to operate and earn revenue. Neither of these decisions can be taken lightly […]

How Turning His Non-profit Into a Profitable Company Helped His Social Mission–with Aseem Das

If you want the real story from a successful for-profit social entrepreneur, click the player to listen to Aseem Das talk about founding and transforming World Centric. Prefer MP3? Right-click and download. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] World Centric evolved from a nonprofit to a nonprofit with a revenue-earning component to a for-profit […]

A Social Business Venture Can Make You an Iconoclast, But You’ll Have To Do a Lot of Balancing

A social business venture packs a lot of punch. If you care strongly about mission and impact but don’t want to solicit donors and institutional funding, it might be the right model for your work. By definition, this type of enterprise generates profits, which are reinvested into the business to advance the cause and sustain […]