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Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs are individuals whose goal is to respond to the most pressing social problems through innovative solutions. These solutions are creative business ideas that do not only aim to make money, but to bring about changes in the society as well. In this section, we will discuss different business opportunities with a cause.

[E4C15] Turning Amazon Herbs Into Energy Drinks While Preserving Indigenous Medicine – Runa

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One of my passions in life is Amazon medicine. I’ve been to the Amazon rainforest of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Brazil 8 times since 2004, and have been privileged to enter territories that are off limits to foreigners as a guest of the tribes. I’ve spent months in the back country of Brazil, traveling by river, scaling mountains, and staying in indigenous villages as a seeker of plant medicine wisdom. The value I have received as a guest of various tribes – specifically the Huni Kui, the Ashaninka, Puyanawa and Kuntanawa nations - in terms of healing, spiritual growth, expansion of my world

[E4C13] How to Discover Your True Calling & Turn It Into A Viable Social Enterprise – UniversalGiving

How to Discover Your True Calling & Turn It Into A Viable Social Enterprise - UniversalGiving

Pamela Hawley is a seasoned social entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the social enterprise sector. She is the founder & CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning social entrepreneurship organization that helps people give to and volunteer with vetted, quality opportunities all over the world. Unique to UniversalGiving, it takes no cut on donations -- 100% of donations go directly to the cause. Prior to UniversalGiving, Pamela co-founded the Full Circle Fund's Global Economic Opportunity impact circle. As the current co-chair of the circle, she helps support and strengthen

[E4C12] How to Co-Create a Greener Economy, a Better World & Retire with a Million Dollars – Green America

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Alisa Gravitz, the CEO & President of Green America, is a leading expert on how families and businesses can “go green,” saving money and resources. Alisa has helped lead the national agenda to create a socially and environmentally responsible economy for 30 years. She is also a nationally recognized leader in the social investment industry. She authored Green America’s acclaimed Guide to Social Investing, with over a million copies in print, as well as the popular Guide to Community Investing. For the past 30 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy

[E4C9] How To Attract VC Funders To Your Social Enterprise with Tyler Gage – Runa

How To Attract VC Funders To Your Social Enterprise - with Tyler Gage of Runa Amazon Guayusa

Tyler Gage is the President and Co-Founder of Runa Amazon Guayusa tea company, a social enterprise that exports sustainably harvested guayusa tea sourced from indigenous communities in Ecuador. An idea that started while attending Brown University in 2008 Runa is now exciting social venture that has lead Tyler to spend the last five years working with indigenous communities in the Amazon developing fair trade initiatives with generous funding from business plan competition prize money, angel and VC investors, USAID, the government of Ecuador, and many other organizations. In this interview,

[E4C8] Herding Jaguars & Empowering the Masses to Unleash Positive Social Change

Herding Jaguars & Empowering the Masses to Unleash Positive Social Change

We are here today with Darian Rodriguez Heyman, a social innovator with a long history of building businesses and creating community. Darian is the chief development officer for Better World Wireless, the first mission-driven telecom company aiming to simultaneously serve you as non-profit and donate one million smartphones to moms, teachers, and farmers within the next ten years. He is the co-founder of Social Media for Non-Profits, a conference series devoted to strategies and tactics around using social media for social good. For many years, Darian served as the Executive Director for

[E4C6] How You Can Start A Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly Global Import Business – five ACCESSORIES

How You Can Start A Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly Global Import Business - five ACCESSORIES

five ACCESSORIES is one of the most triple bottom line businesses you will encounter. five ACCESSORIES is a wholesale business whose mission is to empower and deliver sustainable livelihoods for workers and their communities through the sale of eco-friendly and fair traded, locally made products. Products can be found in over 150 national retail stores. Christine Hutchison and her husband Wells founded the company during their honeymoon five years ago. While there, they met a Balinese tour guide who told them how much difference five dollars a month can make to a Balinese family. While

[E4C5] How to Launch a Global Nonprofit & Attract the Best Volunteers – Universal Giving

Universal Giving on How to Launch a Global Nonprofit & Attract the Best Volunteers

Pamela Hawley is a social entrepreneur from the nonprofit side of the fence. She's the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, the only nonprofit marketplace that allows you to Give 100% of your donation directly to the cause. It's the best way to give freely -- where all your money goes directly to the top nonprofit leaders who need it most, in the most remote parts of the world. One of the great things about donating through UniversalGiving is the trust you can have that your money will be well spent. That’s because they vet every nonprofit through their stringent, proprietary Quality Model,

[E4C3] How to Raise Over $700K on Kickstarter & Provide Solar Light to People In Need – WakaWaka

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 We’ve got an exciting interview with green entrepreneur Camille Van Gestel of WakaWaka, a company that makes the world’s most efficient solar lights and mobile solar chargers. WakaWaka, which means “shine bright” in Swahili, is a social enterprise that is bringing light to desperate people in times of darkness. For every solar light or mobile solar charger purchased, they give one to a family in need somewhere in the world. In places like Haiti, Syria, and the Philippines. They partner with organizations like the IRC – the International Rescue Committee - to make sure WakaWaka units reach

[E4C1] Evolutionary Entrepreneurs Screwing Business As Usual

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Introducing the Entrepreneurs for a Change Podcast Happy Thanksgiving from beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand! My name is Lorna Li, and I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Entrepreneurs for a Change podcast on iTunes, a radio show featuring entrepreneurs who are choosing to “screw business as usual.” In this very first episode I’m going to talk about: Why business can be an even greater force for good than charity The kinds of world changing entrepreneurs we are going to interview for this podcast The juicy questions I’ll be asking to uncover exactly how these entrepreneurs

Anandi Pads: Helping Girls Gain Full Attendance at School

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Women in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra are losing daily wages, and young women are missing up to 50 days of school per year, and all because of a lack of affordable sanitary towels. This is a social problem than can be solved through social entrepreneurship and Anandi Pads, created by Jaydeep Mandal of Aakar Innovations, aims to abolish this obstacle for girls by creating affordable, accessible green solutions. How Jaydeep Mandal and Anandi Pads is Solving an Education Crisis with Affordable, Accessible and Compostable Sanitary Towels Numerous girls and women worldwide stay