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Did you know that every 6 seconds, a social good blog is launched somewhere in the world? Well, that’s probably not true. But it sure seems like it. From changemaker profiles to impact measures to social impact bonds, blogging has never been bigger. *Cough*.
To save you time, we’ve done all the hard searching to bring you a definitive guide to the best-ever social entrepreneurship blogs. Sign up to a couple or all to get the most varied and complete picture of what’s happening in social entrepreneurship in Australia and around the world. Although the styles and subject matters vary, they all share three important qualities: they are all about systemic sustainable social change, frequently updated and interesting to read.
Acumen’s mission is to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. It was founded in 2001 by Jacqueline Novogratz, author of The Blue Sweater. Acumen Fund is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve problems of global poverty. They seek to prove that small amounts of philanthropic capital, combined with large doses of business acumen, can build thriving enterprises that serve vast numbers of the poor. The blog contains stories and commentary written by Acumen’s global staff, covering such topics as social investment, entrepreneurship, and base of the pyramid (BoP) business strategies.
B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab’s goal is to accelerate this culture shift and make it meaningful and lasting. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.
Echoing Green believe positive change is only possible when you live boldly, taking responsibility for finding your unique role in making the world a better place. Whether it’s social entrepreneurs, university faculty, impact investors, or business leaders, Echoing Green work to catalyze the ability of emerging leaders with purpose to impact the world and drive social progress further, faster. For nearly 30 years, they have worked to find rare and exceptional leaders, forge a community of global pioneers, and accelerate these leaders to impact the world.
FYA is a national for-purpose organisation dedicated to backing the next generation of young people who are going to rethink the world and create a better future. FYA provides a national platform of respect and opportunity for the best ideas and actions that young Australians have to offer. They believe that all young people have the courage, imagination and will to shape their education and create social change. The organisation works with both young people and those supporting young people to build a culture and ecosystem of socially active and engaged young people in Australia.
A conversational blog written and maintained by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’. From Poverty to Power argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states. Duncan’s personal reflection is not intended as a comprehensive statement of Oxfam’s agreed policies.
Inventshift create articles and videos about social enterprise. Believing information is the key, they focus heavily on creating high quality content around social entrepreneurship and business to help people around the world succeed.
Mashable’s Social Good section provides the latest news on how technology and social media are being used to bring about positive change. Mashable is deeply committed to Social Good. From daily coverage about how people are changing the world through technology to their annual Social Good Summit, they believe we have a responsibility with our community to make the world a better place. Mashable’s mission – to give voice to millions who are trying to make their lives better through digital innovation.
Pioneers Post delivers the news and sets the agenda for the new wave of responsible business leaders and social entrepreneurs. For over a decade, the Pioneers Post website, weekly e-bulletin and Twitter feed have developed a loyal readership of tens of thousands of individuals and organisations committed to doing business that creates positive social and environmental change, reaching social entrepreneurs and innovators in 60 countries.Pioneers Post is itself a social enterprise, with clear social aims and profits ploughed back to support their community of socially progressive readers.
TriplePundit, a Certified B-Corporation, is a global media platform covering the intersection of people, planet and profit. Believing business can be a force for good, TriplePundit’s mission is to further the conversation on the Triple Bottom Line in business. With over 10 million unique annual page views, we cover topics ranging from global water and energy challenges to social justice and economic equality, sustainable food to corporate social responsibility, and much more!
Social Change Central (SCC) is Australia’s first dedicated online hub for social enterprises. SCC connects, encourages and supports social enterprises and aspiring entrepreneurs through an easy-to-use, comprehensive self-service database which collates the most up-to-date opportunities available in Australia and internationally. Their blog covers resources, events and articles for businesses that are changing the world for the better.
SocialEarth is the leading source for news and information about social entrepreneurship. The company has over 170 contributors in 25 countries which cover the latest trends and provide thoughtful analysis on socially and environmentally conscious news. They cover news stories from green to microfinance, and almost everything in between. While the core focus is social entrepreneurship, SocialEarth will also share stories of individuals and organizations (non-profits, for profits, charitable, venture capital) that are uplifting the human race via their work.
Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) informs and inspires millions of social change leaders from around the world and from all sectors of society—nonprofits, business, and government. SSIR bridges research, theory, and practice on a wide range of topics, including human rights, impact investing, and nonprofit business models. SSIR is published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.
This awesome weekly newsletter is for people making a difference. Compiled by Tom Dawkins, founder of social change crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood, and Starting Good shares links to inspiring stories of social entrepreneurs, news about funding, emerging models of change and more. It’s basically all the information you need to change the world.
If you know of a topnotch blog not on the list, add your suggestion in the comments section below.