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Finding funding:   Investing in Socially good projects

We at KookyPlan recognize the importance of capital flows and funding for socially-minded projects.  Please visit our resource:  Investing in socially good projects  


What is "Social-Entrepreneurship"?


  • about applying practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on those who are marginalized and poor. 
  • a term that captures a unique approach to economic and social problems, an approach that cuts across sectors and disciplines. 
  • grounded in certain values and processes that are common to each social entrepreneur, independent of whether his/ her area of focus has been education, health, welfare reform, human rights, workers' rights, environment, economic development, agriculture, etc., or whether the organizations they set up are non-profit or for-profit entities.
  • It is this approach that sets the social entrepreneur apart from the rest of the crowd of well-meaning people and organizations who dedicate their lives to social improvement.


Traits of social entrepreneurs:

  • A pragmatic visionary who achieves large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these. 
  • Combines the characteristics represented by Richard Branson and Mother Teresa
  • an unwavering belief in the innate capacity of all people to contribute meaningfully to economic and social development 
  • a driving passion to make that happen. 
  • a practical but innovative stance to a social problem, often using market principles and forces, coupled with dogged determination, that allows them to break away from constraints imposed by ideology or field of discipline, and pushes them to take risks that others wouldn't dare. 
  • a zeal to measure and monitor their impact. Entrepreneurs have high standards, particularly in relation to their own organization’s efforts and in response to the communities with which they engage. Data, both quantitative and qualitative, are their key tools, guiding continuous feedback and improvement. 
  • a healthy impatience. Social entrepreneurs don’t do well in bureaucracies. They cannot sit back and wait for change to happen – they are the change drivers.
  • read more from the Schwab Foundation 



Green & clean tech

Clean-tech and environmentally conscious investing 



Development 2.0: collaboration in the development sector


Conventional wisdom is that the development sector, unlike the private sector, is the natural place for "radical collaboration" to occur. The reality is, however, often quite different. Just like in the private sector, traditional business models and practices in the development sector are being challenged by the emergence of wikinomics. We are currently witnessing the birth of a whole new bunch of start-ups that have embraced peer-to-peer, openness and collaboration at the heart of their business models, thereby challenging traditional players such as established NGOs and international financing institutions. Kiva, Change.org and Changemakers are well-publicised examples.


More on this topic:


See also the discussion on NGO 2.0 on the Wikinomics blog





Links from KookyPlan



Social Entrepreneur links


companies of note:



Socially Responsible Concepts:


Sustainable concepts


companies of note:




Bottom of Pyramid marketing concepts




organizations we support


see our list of Social Entrepreneurship organizations



Forum discussions


Productivity vs. creativity: Does the culture war impact social entrepreneurs?
Case Study: Gumball Capital
Nonprofits / For-profits Partnerships
Social Ventures in the Competitive Business World
Converting from Non-profit to For-profit Status
Choosing a Social Franchise: Pros and Cons
Should your organization go "hybrid"?
Emerging Nonprofit / Business Partnerships in India
Profit for a Purpose
Social Franchise: Is It For You?
Nonprofits of the Future: NGOs in 2016
Equity Investment in UK Social Enterprise - How??
Should You Launch A Profit-Making Business?
Social Fusion: Going Corporate
Social Fusion: Hybrid Capital and Sustainability
Nonprofit vs. For-Profit
Creating a Hybrid For-Profit / Non-Profit Social Enterprise Structure
Stop or Go: Is Social Enterprise Right for My Organization?
How to Build a Social Enterprise, Part 2
Benefiting from Social Entrepreneurship and Social Businesses in India
Cross-Sector Partnership
Business Social Ventures - Critical Path for Global Impact?
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