Daniel Flynn, co-founder of Thankyou, Kate Raworth, internationally recognised economist and author of Doughnut Economics, and Clothing The Gaps co-founder, Laura Thompson are among the first speakers to be announced for the Social Enterprise World Forum 2022 (SEWF22) to be held in Brisbane, 28-29 September.
Globally, food waste is a significant problem. Roughly one-third of the food that’s produced for human consumption ends up lost or wasted. Not only does this diminish food security and contribute to extensive economic losses, but it also has an impact on our warming climate. If we were to consider the carbon footprint of food waste as a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world, just behind China and the USA. Fortunately, there are some Australian social enterprises doing something about it.
Fast fashion may be affordable, but it certainly comes with costs that aren’t listed on the price tag. Sustainable and ethical fashion means minimal impact on the environment and maximum benefits for society. Here are just some of the exciting Australian social enterprises leading the way.
How to avoid the incredibly common and consistent reasons why many social enterprises fail to build that community, gain momentum or reach sustainability.
There has never been a better time to start that social enterprise you have been thinking about. If the global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that there is no time like the present to follow your dreams and do what you have always wanted.
Westfield will provide a whopping $1.26M in Westfield Local Hero grants in 2022! In nominating a local hero, you not only give a hardworking member of the community the recognition they deserve, but the chance for their cause or organisation to step into the spotlight. In this post, we showcase some alumni so you get a taste of what it takes to be a local hero.
If there’s something that’s consistent across all social enterprises, it’s faith – even when that faith isn’t always warranted. In 2020, Irish researcher Kate Kenny and her UK-based colleagues looked into exactly that. They asked how, amidst tensions and anxieties, social entrepreneurs were able to retain their faith in the field. Is it because of fantasy? Let’s explore some of their key takeaways.
By focusing on both sales and marketing, social impact organisations can boost their effectiveness, efficiency and bottom lines, accelerate progress towards their core purpose and ultimately have a greater impact on the world.
Using business as a force for good has taken the world by storm, and for good reason. According to the World Economic Forum, in just two decades, social entrepreneurs have improved more than 622 million lives. They argue that social enterprises exert so much positive influence that they have the potential to transform entire industries for the better. Locally, social enterprise is on the rise and not just for the positive impact the sector is having. Here are 8 other reasons social entrepreneurship is becoming more popular in Australia.
As we wrap up the crazy year, help your loved ones unwrap gifts that support social and environmental good. These social enterprises have just what you need to spread some holiday cheer.
Public Interest Registry (PIR), the people behind the .ORG domain, have named the winners of the 3rd annual .ORG Impact Awards, which honour and celebrate mission-driven organisations and individuals working to make the world a better place.
This year’s SEWF – Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C. just wrapped up. Changemakers from around the globe made their way (in most cases, virtually) to Nova Scotia, Canada. Co-host Common Good Solutions set the stage for conversation, inspiration, and so much more. Weren’t able to tune into the event? Here’s what you missed.
As the CEO and founder of StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform and education provider for social entrepreneurs, Tom Dawkins sees people attempt to launch their enterprise every day, full of optimism, hope and good intentions. But these things alone are not enough. In this post, Tom shares the top 5 common and consistent reasons social enterprises fail – so you can avoid them.
As a person whose journey into social entrepreneurship began around six years ago, Sarah Prime knows how tough it can be. At times, it can feel isolating, overwhelming and disheartening. But she’s still here. And there’s a very good reason why.
SEWF is an opportunity for social enterprise leaders and practitioners from around the world to network and exchange ideas. The multi-day event of roundtables, panels and open forums will discuss issues relevant to running a social enterprise, measuring impact and navigating the ecosystem.
Wondering if a startup or accelerator is right for you and your social enterprise? Let’s take a look at what exactly they are, and what you should consider before joining.
Hoping to make a positive social or environmental impact? Want to make it on a meaningful scale? If you’re a social innovator and you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, securing capital should be a top priority. While there’s no single “best” approach to navigating social enterprise funding, it’s helpful to know some of the different types of investors you might end up receiving funding from.
Every now and then, a bit of inspiration can go a long way in providing a much-needed boost in combating burnout, overcoming obstacles, and making sense of day-to-day life as a changemaker. While the digital world has become a popular medium of choice for digesting information, sometimes there’s nothing as powerful as a good old fashioned book. Here are 5 every budding social entrepreneur needs to read.
You want to do it all. You’ve got the passion and the heart to make our world a better place. That’s no small feat, and it’s important to remember that you don’t have all the answers, nor do you need to do everything on your own. We know that sometimes, the most difficult thing to do is accept your shortcomings and ask for help. To give you a leg up, we’ve come up with a few ways you can learn to embrace your social enterprise’s vulnerability.
As a social entrepreneur, it’s common to want to do even more. But how do we go about this? Much like in the traditional business world, your options include scaling or replicating your social enterprise. So, what exactly do scalability and replicability mean, and how might they apply to your organisation?
You’ve founded a social enterprise and are shepherding its growth. But do you know when it’s time to throw in the towel? There are two terms that go together more than people like yet are rarely talked about: social enterprise and failure. In an interview with The Guardian, social enterprise founder Emily Mathieson speaks to some of the trouble […]
In the world of impact, there are unfortunately many things outside of our control. While it will do no good to worry about everything (cough, cough, burnout can be a cause of failure, too), it is helpful to understand ways you can support yourself and your team, and ultimately decrease your social enterprise’s chances of failure.