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The Article: Kiva Co-founder on the Future of Microfinance
The Publisher: Inc.
The Scoop: Jessica Jackley, co-founder of the microloan service Kiva, discusses a possible new direction for the one-for-one model and her vision for the future of microfinance.
The Article: When More is Less: This Social Entrepreneur Says Social Entrepreneurship is Often Smoke and Mirrors
The Publisher: Entrepreneur
The Scoop: Many companies call themselves social enterprises while lacking a real objective. Make sure your venture walks the walk by remaining patient and choosing a passion project with deep roots.
The Article: Profit Should Not Be a Dirty Word for Social Entrepreneurs
The Publisher: The Globe & Mail
The Scoop: Scaling up and joining with a profitable business doesn’t have to be at odds with your social mission. With the right strategy, it can help you find a larger purpose.
The Article: Is Sean Parker the Daenerys Targaryen of Philanthrophy?
The Publisher: Stanford Social Innovation Review
The Scoop: Much like the Game of Thrones character, Parker, the co-founder of Napster, wants to disrupt the status quo with a new kind of revolution. He calls it “hacker philanthropy.”
The Article: Africa’s Next-Generation Social Entrepreneurs Are Ready. Are we?
The Publisher: Forbes
The Scoop: As many African countries are quickly becoming hubs for social innovation, companies and initiatives are turning their focuses to the growing networks and communities based in places like Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria.