What were some of the most-read stories on Social Enterprise Buzz?
Based on statistics, readers were interested in stories about education, jobs, socially innovative gadgets, social impact bonds, and startup funding.
Here is a list of the top 10 most-read stories over the last year (well, there’s a tie for 10th place so really it’s the top 11):
In 10th place is a tie between two articles released in January about the decade evolution of the BoP concept and an idea whose time has come – social intrapreneurship.
New research about the use of commercial strategies to alleviate poverty among the BoP over the last decade revealed many initiatives launched by small, local firms and the lack of co-creation with the BoP. Over the next ten years, researchers expect to see more multinational corporations engage with the BoP through partnerships and inclusive business.
Social Enterprise Buzz’s article about why social intrapreneurship is becoming popular proved popular too. Although social intrapreneurs were noted to face a range of obstacles in the corporate workplace, they nonetheless possess more resources on hand than the average social entrepreneur, making them powerful and promising agents of change.
There is generous help for those wanting to start a social enterprise in Singapore, as reported in this article. Singaporean president Tony Tan Keng Yam made several public appearances this year to show his support for social enterprises and announce what his government’s latest actions are to assist these businesses.
LGTVP spoke to Social Enterprise Buzz about what they were doing to connect impact investing dollars to social enterprises. They began a program to seek out early-stage companies and build them up to attract more investment. On a related note, we’re seeing more work being done this year to “prime the pump” for the impact investing sector.
Based on the popularity of this article, readers are showing an interest in finding jobs having to do with social enterprise. In this article, Social Enterprise Buzz reported on the current resources where potential candidates could look for jobs as well as what to expect when working at a social enterprise.
In spring, the state of Illinois announced plans to implement a social impact bond program. The program will be made possible by a $275,000 grant by the Dunham Fund. This fall, Governor Pat Quinn’s office issued a Request for Proposals from organizations seeking to partner with the state to work on reducing rearrests among youth and improving their educational achievement.
A group of 29 social entrepreneurs from around the world flew into Davos last January to attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. They join a list of social entrepreneurs who have been invited to attend the annual event in previous years, where they share their models of improving the state of the world and hope that their ideas flow into the mainstream.
Social Enterprise Buzz has covered a number of socially innovative, revenue-generating gadgets, but none viewed as widely as straws and cups having the ability to detect the presence of date rape drugs. Want to know how? Read the article.
The third most popular post of 2013 is a collection of graduation speeches by social entrepreneurs, offering words of wisdom about failure, the road less traveled, and everyday advice.
Sliding in at number two is our roundup of the world’s venture philanthropy fund and networks. In this article, we explore what venture philanthropy is and how it compares to venture capital.
By far the most-read article of the year is a review of the top-ranked social entrepreneurship graduate programs, according to over 3,000 students. Just over a decade ago, there were virtually no business school courses on social entrepreneurship. But that all changed around 2011, when some 148 institutions were teaching some aspect of social entrepreneurship.
One man who was a big part of this change is Greg Dees, also known as the “Father of Social Entrepreneurship Education”. Over the weekend, Social Enterprise Buzz received news that he had passed away on Friday. According to colleagues and friends, Dees was a compassionate, kind, and inspiring leader in the field of social entrepreneurship. And though his passing is untimely, his legacy will live on.
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What were your favourite social enterprise developments of 2013? Leave them in the comments below. In the meantime, Social Enterprise Buzz wishes you a joyous holiday!