Start Something That Matters – Blake Mycoskie

In 2006, while travelling in Argentina, young entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie encountered children too poor to afford shoes, who developed injuries on their feet that often led to serious health problems. Blake knew he wanted to help, but rather than start a charity, he went against conventional wisdom and created a for profit business to help the children who he met. With the help of a local shoemaker, Blake struck out to merge activism and fashion in the form of a local canvas shoe worn by farmers and gauchos alike, called the alpargata. Blake called his creation TOMS Shoes (which stands for "Tomorrow's Shoes") and promised to give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair that he sold. Starting with only two hundred pairs of handmade shoes, optimism, and entrepreneurial charisma, Blake successfully launched TOMS into the high fashion world. They can now be seen adorning the feet of celebrities such as Keira Knightley, Scarlett...
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How to be a Social Entrepreneur Make Money & Change the World

This book by Robert Ashton, a good friend of Social Enterprise Acumen is grounded and sensible. It’s now only available from 3rd party sellers but well worth both reading and then turning into action.   The blurb says “Don′t just make money make a difference.” As a social entrepreneur, you can build a business that changes the world. But you will face some unique challenges. This book will prepare you for them. Packed with advice, inspiration and real–life stories, it will help you: Define what you want to do and why you want to do it Find the right kind of funding Build a brand that makes you unique Find a team as motivated and inspired as you are Measure the impact you′re having How to be a Social Entrepreneur is the only social enterprise start–up guide you′ll ever need.  ...
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How to Change the World – David Bernstein

How to Change the World provides vivid profiles of social entrepreneurs. The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world. The case studies in the book include Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for the international campaign against landmines she ran by e-mail from her Vermont home; Roberto Baggio, a 31-year old Brazilian who has established eighty computer schools in the slums of Brazil; and Diana Propper, who has used investment banking techniques to make American corporations responsive to environmental dangers. We love the chapter on the six qualities of social entrepreneurs and use it as a quiz for start-ups Answer these questions as follows. 1 = not at all like me 2 = a bit like me 3 = fairly like me 4 = very like me 5 = absolutely me Question 1 2 3 4 5   I am willing to admit I am wrong and change my plans               I...
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KOTO

KOTO transforms the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam through a holistic hospitality training program KOTO stands for Know One, Teach One. Learning should be passed on; knowledge is meant to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s Vietnamese-Australian founder, Jimmy Pham. More than 16 years ago, Mr Jimmy opened a hospitality training centre in Hanoi, giving at-risk and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn and thrive in their lives.​ KOTO's purpose is to end the cycle of poverty by empowering and helping our targeted youth to forge a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.  ​ As a social enterprise, KOTO has trained over 700 students in training centres in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled.​ In addition to the Foundation arm that focuses on raising funds to support its cause through charitable activities and initiatives, KOTO also operates an Enterprise arm, which serves as a platform for real life hospitality training and also a source of income to support the...
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Value Proposition Design – Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Greg Bernarda & Alan Smith

                Value Proposition Design helps you overcome the core challenges every business faces when creating successful products and services for customers. Using the same outstanding visual format as the authors global bestseller, Business Model Generation, this sequel explains how to use Value Proposition to 1. Canvas 2. Design 3. Test 4. Evolve resulting in products and services that customers actually want. This book will help you understand what customers want and how to deliver it to them, you'll learn simple new skills of design and testing which will help you deliver the needs desires of the target audience. In addition the book gives you exclusive access to an online companion on Strategyzer.com. You will be able to assess your work, learn from peers, and download pdfs, checklists, and more....
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Greenvine

How was Greenvines started ? In 2010, three students just graduating from National Taiwan University’s School of Finance worked for a period of time and decided to start Greenvines. The mission of their company is” To sprout a more genuine, healthier lifestyle that sustains.” Its social impact   Greenvines revolutionized the agriculture industry and the way that Taiwanese eat by producing the first organic “live sprout” and investing extensive R&D. The company launched its first organic sprout extract skincare product.They extended their belief to personal care products. Meanwhile, through food/farming education, it is striving to develop a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for everyone. In addition, Greenvines also promotes Moringa Oil, a fair trade skin care product from Ghana which helps the growth of the Moringa trees and African farmers build better lives. As a certified B-Corp, Greenvines published its first benefit report in 2016.The company cares its employers’ welfare. For example, staff have 40 hours off paid off for volunteering every...
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In Our Hands – Steve Wyler

The story of community business demonstrates enthusiastic support from unlikely places, from radicals and conservatives, from the very poorest in society and from the very richest. It helps us to realise that the strength and endurance of the community business movement is not simply about breadth and scale in the here and now, but that we also have depth and scale in the past. And looking backwards into the history of community business turns out to be a way to help us look forward with greater confidence and hopefulness for the community business movement. This is a fascinating book written by Steve Wyler OBE who was CEO of Locality until 2014. We have had the pleasure of knowing Steve for many years and learnt a lot from his wisdom and experience. He is up in The North East in early April to bring together activist around A Better Way. This readable book reminds all of us engaged in civil society that we...
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Special iApps

Special iApps develop educational apps for children with special educational needs, including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and other learning disabilities. Special iApps is based in Durham and was founded by Bev and Colin Dean. Their younger son, William, was born in 2005 with Down syndrome and Hirschsprung's disease. Bev recognised the potential of devices like the iPad for helping children with learning disabilities, but couldn't find apps suitable for William, so she asked Colin to start writing some for him. Special iApps are now growing with social investment and making the most of scale up programmes from UnLtd and the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Bev is a great supporter of the network and the North East Social Enterprise Festival run by Social Enterprise Acumen. They have won numerous awards for their work as tech entrepreneurs as well as for the social impact they are achieving. Head over to Special iApps for more information ...
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Escama Studio

    https://www.escamastudio.com Escama Studio is a social enterprise based in California and Brazil. Our mission is to create innovative on-trend fashion accessories while promoting sustainable development through trade. The word 'Escama' means 'fish scales' in Portuguese; the name was chosen because their flagship product -- crocheted accessories with post consumer pull tabs -- appear as if they're made from big metallic scales of a fish. To achieve their unique aesthetic, the Escama Studio team adapted traditional Brazilian crochet work and imbued the handmade crafts with a modern design sense and new materials. With designs originating from both San Francisco and Brazil, the pop top bags are handmade in Brazil by artisan groups who are not just contract manufacturers, but an integral part of Escama Studio. Kate Welch brought a bag back from the Social Enterprise World Forum in Rio in 2012 as it is such a great example of a social enterprise that increases its social impact with every bag sold. ...
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Angel Eyes Enterprise CIC

Angel Eyes Enterprise is a community interest company that operates throughout the North East region. They are a service delivered for the visually impaired, by the visually impaired. Their vision is to deliver activities that help dramatically improve the lives of visually impaired people and giving them a sense of value and purpose, allowing them to be part of a more inclusive society. In addition, Angel Eyes Enterprise help to break down the perceptions and difficulties facing visually impaired people by raising awareness and providing information on how businesses can support visually impaired people in the workplace and beyond.   Angel Eyes Enterprise CIC services are tailored for their service users and include: Assistance with job searches, applications and CV writing Providing volunteering and social group opportunities Delivering informal basic level courses on I.T. and technology Delivering sessions on visual impairment awareness for employers Promoting "Access to Work" and other support available for visually impaired employees and employers The services are available to anyone with a visual impairment over...
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