It’s that time of the week again! The ThinkChange Pakistan team has compiled some of the most interesting social enterprise and innovation-related articles, just in case you missed them!
Japan Disaster & Aftermath
- A week after an earthquake and tsunami devastated communities in Japan and set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, the government is struggling to evacuate residents near and around nuclear plants, trying to prevent what the NY Times has dubbed, “a nuclear catastrophe.” For resources on where to donate to help survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, see this Google Crisis page.
- In Forbes this week, Elmira Bayrasli discussed how entrepreneurial solutions were instrumental in Japan post-disaster. Crowd-sourcing and social innovation tools played a significant role, from Google deploying a Japanese version of their person finder tool to help locate those missing, trapped or safe, to Ushahidi, the “open source mapping project” spawning a local version that helped identify those trapped or those in search of aid.
Social Entrepreneurs in the News
- Roshaneh Zafar, the founder and managing director of Kashf Foundation, Pakistan’s first microfinance institution (see here for our related ThinkChange Pakistan piece)was featured in Newsweek Pakistan’s 100 Women Who Shake Pakistan.
- Business Line features another social enterprise and Acumen investee – Husk Power Systems, a biomass based power plant that uses discarded rice husks to generate electricity in some of India’s most remote communities.
Other Related News & Happenings
- Next Billion profiles the Asian Social Enterprise Incubator (ASEI), a Manila-based organization that identifies products and ideas with transformative potential and helps to grow them into sustainable businesses. Unlike typical business incubators, ASEI employs an “active incubation model,” taking on a managerial role and overseeing day-to-day operations, developing the sales and marketing strategy, putting necessary systems in place, and eventually spinning it off to investors, noted Next Billion.
- Bob Pattillo, the founder of Gray Ghost Ventures, and Stephen Rockman, the founder of Merism Capital, will be hosting an open session about social investment and a proposed Village Capital program in London on March 28th. See Village Capital for more details.
- DC for Acumen is hosting the “Dignity DC” photo exhibition and auction on March 31st. Tickets can be purchased online.
- Looking for a job in the social enterprise field? Check out Next Billion’s Career Center for the latest job postings.
- The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is fast approaching! One of our ThinkChange Pakistan editors, Kalsoom will be blogging from the conference, taking place in Oxford, English March 30 – April 1.
- Fellowship applications are closing soon! PopTech and Skoll Awards.