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The Best of Social Impact: Must-Read Articles of the Month (November 2020)

Social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation – if it’s interesting news, you’ll find it here. These stories may not be the ones on the top of your news feed, but chances are they’re the ones you’ll actually want to read. Whether its opinions on creating positive social change – or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here’s a round-up of the past month’s most interesting articles.

Common Misconceptions About Social Enterprises

Even with all of the recent buzz surrounding social enterprises, many people are still left in the dark about what exactly a social enterprise is and what they do. While there’s still some debate around what exactly a social enterprise is, we know for sure what they are not. That being said, here are 5 common misconceptions about social enterprises.

Why We Cannot Wait for the Social Enterprise Sector to Become Diverse

Social enterprise is a relatively new way of helping marginalised people. But it’s only effective if it creates true systemic change, which is only possible with the right people at the decision making table. In order to achieve this, we need to truly embrace diversity.

The Rise of The Remote Social Enterprise

Following the inaugural Social Enterprise Summit for Northern Australia, we speak to leaders of two Indigenous-led enterprises about the challenges of operating a remote organisation.

Creating the Kickass Advisory Board for Your Social Enterprise

You know what they say, it’s lonely at the top. As a founder of a social enterprise, you’re likely to run into your limits sooner or later—and that’s when an advisory board comes in. Support, collaboration, new ideas, and valuable insights are all possible with a kickass advisory board, but half the battle is creating one. With that in mind, here are 8 steps for creating a kickass advisory board.

Toilet Paper Social Entrepreneurs See New Spike In Demand

Though not approaching the levels of last March and April, panic buying of toilet paper has become a thing again. That’s according to Danny Alexander, co-founder of Who Gives A Crap, a social enterprise that donates 50% of its profits to charities focused on providing access to clean sanitation. At the beginning of the pandemic, the demand for the company’s product increased by about 1100%.

Using Business for Good Not Good Enough to Tackle Social Challenges

There’s no doubt that social enterprises have created more equitable outcomes for young people, but it’s time they address causes as well as symptoms and lean into advocacy, writes Jane Chen.

What Does Kindness Mean to You? How to Make Your Impact This World Kindness Day!

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a tough year. Coming off the back of a devastating summer of bushfires here in Australia, the world has been thrown into turmoil with the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic. With some parts of Australia living through the toughest lockdown restrictions in the world, now is the time to check-in, both on ourselves and our neighbours, to see how we can be more kind to each other.

News as a Social Enterprise?

People are used to getting news from public broadcasters paid for by taxpayers – or as a customer of commercial media organisations. But is news as a social enterprise an idea whose time has come? South Island online outfit Crux now wants its local audience to take ownership.

7 Shoestring Strategies for Marketing Your Social Enterprise

When the double bottom line of impact and profit are on your mind as a social entrepreneur, it’s easy to overlook (or even hide from) marketing. However, to achieve both, effective marketing is an essential thing to have in your operational toolbox. We know first hand that a marketing budget can be hard to come by, which is why we’ve come up with 7 shoestring strategies for marketing your social enterprise.

Wow!: How Social Entrepreneurs are Getting Creative in Pandemic

As COVID-19 forces businesses worldwide to reinvent themselves, social entrepreneurs are getting creative to help communities hit hard by the pandemic – from a Ugandan medicine-on-wheels service to upcycled face masks made by vulnerable women in Peru.

This Funding Approach Can Help Social Entrepreneurs Weather The COVID-19 Storm

A “crisis” is generally defined by an acute, time-bound period of disruption, hardship, or challenge. A crisis comes, and it goes. And when it does, calm and a return to normal typically follow. Yet, what happens when crises follow one another at an accelerating scale and pace? How do you respond when the crisis is the new normal?

The Perfect Gift: Australian Social Enterprises to Support this Christmas

It’s certainly snuck up on us but the time is here: holiday gift-giving is soon approaching and now’s the time to start planning and purchasing. Fortunately, combining value-driven shopping with supporting local organisations has never been easier! Here are our favourite Australian social enterprises to buy the perfect Christmas gift from.

Why Social Entrepreneurship Is Good For People And Business

When imagining a career devoted to serving the greater good, most envision charities or nonprofits. But over the last few decades, a new model has emerged—for-profit social enterprises.

The True Impact of COVID-19 on the Social Sector

With burnout and fatigue increasing among employees and volunteers in the Social Purpose sector, latest research also uncovers a strong message about pre-existing systemic impacts on the sector’s mental health and wellbeing. Lighting The Spark for Young Indigenous Entrepreneurs A new report finds social entrepreneurship opportunities are key to helping young Aboriginal people thrive.

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