Apologies for the delay dear TC-P readers. Here’s a quick round-up of what you may have missed:
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Hi all! Here’s a quick round-up of #socent happenings:
- In order to tackle the problem of poor waste management in Karachi, entrepreneur, Khayam Hussain has designed the Ricksaaf, a rickshaw with a steel container that can carry up to 200 kg of trash. How awesome is that? Check out the full story on E-Tribune here.
- If you missed start-up weekend in Lahore, Waqas Ali of Hometown Shoes sums it up here.
- Stop by Kuch Khaas in Islamabad this Wednesday for the event, “Changing Mindsets through Film-Making” in honor of International Women’s Day. The event will screen a video montage on themes related to women followed by a poetry recitation and motivational songs by Mumtaz Begum and Abida Ejaz to celebrate the struggles and achievements of Pakistani women. More details here.
- The Environmental Protection Society is organizing the GCU Environmental Conference on March 12 – 13.
- Felix Oldenburg, the European director of Ashoka talks about how organizations that do not generate changemakers are going to be left behind regardless of how much money they have. Read the full piece here.
- Check out the widely circulated post on the 7 worst ideas in international aid – what do you think they missed?
Hi all! Here’s a quick round-up for stuff #socent people like. If we have missed anything, e-mail us or let us know in your comments!
- Association for the Development of Pakistan (ADP) is currently looking for a volunteer Social Media Manager. For details, check out their website.
Happy Monday! Here’s our bi-weekly round-up of stuff #socent people like. Enjoy!
- ATTN: policy makers and implementers: Read this important article on how public administrators could (and need to) be the future of social innovation in the world. Imagine the possibilities in Pakistan!
- Here’s a handy list of 15 social venture capital firms you should know about!
- An important round-up by Sasha Dicter of 20 questions every fundraiser must be able to answer.
- “Accelerators offer hands-on help from experienced mentors, sources for seed capital, and sometimes even co-working locations, and give entrepreneurs what they need to take a startup from concept to market more quickly and effectively than if they go it alone” – Lydia Dishman from Fast Company gives you some tips on how to get connected.
Stuff #Socent Ppl Like: Thinking Outside the Box.
Hello dear readers! We hope you’re surviving the heat (unless you’re in the southern Hemisphere, in which case, it’d be the cold). Below is the TC-P round-up of recent #socent-related pieces you may have missed:
- Lucy Bernholz has an awesome piece entitled, “Open Philanthropy,” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She wrote, “There was a time when the financial resources of endowed foundations were their most precious assets. Today, in an era of deep data mining, pattern recognition, network analysis, open government, open source code, and web scraping, foundations’ most valuable resources are their data.”
- In Forbes this week, Eva Pereira wrote, “Want to advance social development? Hire and invest locally, says Tal Dehtiar, founder of OlibertéFootwear, a premium footwear company with operations throughout Africa…To illustrate his point, he explained how TOMS, a California-based shoe company that donates a pair of shoes in a developing country for each pair purchased, undermines local producers by dumping free product into the market.” Such a simple but valid point – don’t import solutions, create jobs + invest locally.
- Too often, social entrepreneurs are positioned unequally at the bargaining/negotiation table with investors. Ashoka led an interesting discussion on Social Edge entitled, “Reclaiming the Investment Dialogue for Social Entrepreneurs.”
- SOCAP Europe recently took place. Next Billion delves into one of the ‘tracks’ at the conference, igniting a discussion on how to move impact investment from niche to mainstream.
- E+Co, which makes clean energy investments in developing countries, has their new annual report out – here you go.
- The Center for Global Development also has a new report out – on U.S. aid to Pakistan. Great stuff.
- Bryan Ferris, an Acumen Fund fellow working with Pakistani social enterprise, Ansaar Management Company, has a great piece, “$300 House? Experienced Hands Needed.” He wrote, “The concept of a $300 house (which includes a solar panel & a tablet PC) has always bothered me…it simply doesn’t match the true needs of the poor. It smacks of an apple store geek designing a home while picturing himself as the impoverished dweller (skinny jeans & all).”
- Also from Pakistan, Microfinance Focus has a piece about Farz Methodology, on innovations in Islamic Microfinance through livestock.