Meaningful Learning – managers teach Selfhelp groups on business skills

Last Saturday the participants of the leadership week in rural India did a basic business and communications training for Selfhelp group members who are interested in generating more income. The Selfhelp group members are mostly women, but also some men who live close to the poverty line. It’s part of the week challenge for the…

Three basic hints for startups and social entrepreneurs

Often people ask how to start an own social business.  You want to make sure that you are well prepared?  Download this question-based guiding brochure “the budding social entrepreneur”. It helps to get an overview on what you should take into consideration before you launch your own business. It’s free.  You need to “sell” your business…

Fantastic ideas to change the world – but no success?

Do you have an idea on how to bring more health  or a better education into the world or on how to fight environmental issues? But then… you fail and it feels as if there is no way to make your idea happen. There might be several reasons behind it, but one reason I experienced…

5 ideas on how to use social marketing for social issues and causes

Social marketing is not just a social way to communicate and share with others, not just a good marketing tool for all kind of businesses, but also an important way to address social topics and should be used much more also by social entrepreneurs. Often I find very interesting websites that describe social enterprises and…

Spreading social good? It’s not about scaling up, but scaling deep

Have you ever asked why social entrepreneurs do often focus that much on scaling up? Especially, when they start thinking on further development of their business already working well on a local level? This is not bad, do not get me wrong, but I just wonder why social enterprise thinking takes the traditional old ways…

Why to start from Zero? – Focus on community participation

The best results are always achieved together Which is your strategy? Who are your stakeholders? What do you want to achieve? How to finance? Probably these and similar issues are the questions most of us ask when starting a (social) business. So far, so good. But what has been done when having the answers to…