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Pencils of Promise Is Giving Nonprofits a Hard-Nosed Entrepreneurial Facelift

Image credit: Nick Onken/Pencils of Promise Adam Braun remembers a night a few years back when he was at a fancy, New York City rooftop soiree having an extended chat with a venture capitalist. About 20 minutes into the conversation, the investor asked Braun about his profession.

NOW PLAYING ON INDEPENDENT LENS - PBS! | The Revolutionary Optimists

NATIONAL PBS BROADCAST ON INDEPENDENT LENS - MONDAY JUNE 17! PREVIEW OF MAP YOUR WORLD - LAUNCHING FALL 2013! "Blazes with a will to change India's slums" -The Village Voice "...Refreshing...Thoughtful..." -Indiewire "Inspiring" -The Hollywood Reporter "Tastefully observational...high drama" -Slant Magazine "Compelling" -Yahoo!

Social enterprise today: Wednesday 27 November

Hello and welcome to the Guardian Social Enterprise Network's daily digest. Our space to tell you the latest news, advice and analysis from the sector. * Today on the network, Claudia Cahalane asks whether fan ownership is the answer to struggling football clubs.

Designing a Learning Organization

How organizations can use design to better implement, share, and expand on knowledge. Anyone who regularly attends professional conferences or tries to keep up with the overwhelming volume of relevant published work available in the digital age has experienced the challenges of retention and application.

Secret Social Entrepreneur | Why isn't social enterprise more social?

Social enterprises do not collaborate well. This frustrates me because teams are often the only way to assemble the knowledge and capacity required to complete complex tasks. Collaboration is more effective than "capacity building" and "better infrastructure support", we've spent hundreds of millions of pounds on that but not changed behaviours and the big breakthroughs remain to be found.

The Chicken and Egg Problem of Nonprofit Social Media Measurement

My new job is forcing me to confront my arithmophobia/dyscalculia (I'm not sure which it actually is-basically any kind of numbers or math freaks me out) as well as my loathing of Excel and I admit it's almost pleasurable. Maybe I've been too hasty totally dismissing numbers from my life for so long.

Bringing Social Impact Bonds to the Environment

Is the social impact bond model better suited to environmental issues? Social impact bonds (SIBs), or pay-for-success contracts, are designed to help governments finance social outcomes by way of outside investment and have gained significant attention over the past few years.

Charities latch onto 'crowdsourcing'

With charitable donations growing slowly, philanthropic groups are using the power of the Internet to expand their fundraising to a mass audience at a much lower cost than traditional methods. By Jeremiah Hall, Correspondent / November 25, 2013 With donations growing slowly, if at all, US charities are pulling out a new tool to help fill their coffers: a mass appeal that might ask you for only $5.

5 Ways to Extend the Lifespan of a Tweet

What's the difference between a healthy tweet and a sick tweet? Simply put: Healthy tweets live longer. How long, you ask? Well, the jury's still out on that. Some reports say 48 hours, while others say 18 minutes.


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Model the Collaboration You Hope to See

Blog Post > Model the Collaboration You Hope to See Niki Jagpal - November 22, 2013 Author Biography Niki Jagpal is research and policy director at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). She is the co-author of "Smashing Silos in Philanthropy: Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing for Real Results."

The five stages of grief for a failed social entrepreneur

Dan Morrison talks about the five stages of grief following a failed social enterprise, and how to recover your motivation and start again Guardian Professional, Failure comes with a stigma. When Citizen Effect was failing, I'd enter a room and my ego would notice every person looking at me and I could hear them saying, "That's Dan Morrison, he's the one that founded Citizen Effect...

Pinterest Introduces 'Place Pins' to Showcase What Your Business Location Has to Offer

Pinterest has unveiled a new feature that allows business owners to add more detail to the content they pin to the social-media site. Called " Place Pins," the feature lets users link the images on their boards to a map.

Expand Your YouTube Following Through Twitter and Facebook

In his book Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business , marketing and public relations consultant Jason Rich show you how to master the secrets of successful "YouTubers" and put your brand, product or service in front of millions of potential viewers.

Leaders Fight For Clear, Fair Political Activity Rules

Blog Post > Leaders Fight For Clear, Fair Political Activity Rules Gary D. Bass and Tom Halloran - November 26, 2013Author Biography Gary D. Bass is the executive director of the Bauman Foundation in Washington, D.C. and started the Bright Lines Project in 2008 when he was running OMB Watch.

A Piece of Cake

How migrant computer literacy education in Watsonville, with UCSC's Global Information Internship Program students, is helping one woman's dream come true!

10 of the Most Stylish Facebook Cover Photos You've Ever Seen

In your inbound efforts, you obviously want to get across the value prop of your company and make it clear exactly what it is you're selling. However, you also want to build a pretty big social media following and gain some accolades for having quality social channels.

Grantees as Customers

Four ways funders can serve and empower grantees. SSIR x Bridgespan: Giving That Gets Results Giving That Gets Results is an eight-week series of voices from the vanguard of giving. Philanthropists and foundation executives share how they are adapting their strategies, aiming for results, and measuring their impact to learn and improve.

Social enterprise in the Baltic states: Humble journeys

RIGA, Latvia - Sabine Sile was hoping to score a location that would allow her business to operate rent-free. She's the co-founder of Latvia's first charity shop Otra Elpa (in Latvian, meaning "second breath"). Worried she didn't have the aura of a wise person because of her age, she brought along the Canadian ambassador's wife to a breakfast meeting with a property owner.