Applying Social Enterprise in a Refugee Setting
Humanitarian assistance relies on a charity model of providing immediate relief in emergency situations. But once the emergency has passed, other approaches might better deliver services in a market-driven, customer-centric way.Read article here.
To be or not to be: For profit or not for profit?
Some social entrepreneurship leaders advocate non-dividend growth. Others emphasize that profit drives growth, and that the only way to effectively reach people without access to basic services is to have a large volume and a low margin model that adds up to an overall surplus. How do you decide which is the right fit for you?Read article here.
The New Double Bottom Line
By combining the characteristics of small and nimble organizations with those that have successfully scaled, can we have our impact and our numbers too?
We visited Grameen Bank and BRAC in Bangladesh, to learn their secrets and apply them to our own social enterprises in Lebanon and Egypt. Along the way, we realized the answers lay hidden in the most obvious places all along: in the people we worked with and the communities we served.Read article here.
Local innovation through social incubation
A look at why and how social innovation can catalyze solutions for local problems from within the community, rather than by importing ideas from the outside.Read article here.
Fueling Financial Innovation in the Middle East
Getting social entrepreneurs in Arab countries to take bigger risks in financing for scale may require that they put more skin in the game.Read article here.
Social Entrepreneurship @Harvard Chan
Read the reflections and experiences of students building social ventures at Harvard Chan School.
The unexpected evolution of an idea, the importance of focus, inspiration for a part time entrepreneur, the power of connections, and many other topics posted by students.Check out our class blog here!