The Top 50 Social Entrepreneurship Blogs To Watch in 2010

Top 50 Social Entrepreneur Blogs of 2010
The Top 50 Social Entrepreneurship Blogs To Watch in 2010

They seem to have found the best of both worlds: they are making a profit in their business while also giving back to their communities. Who are they? They're the social entrepreneurs who are carving out unique niches in the business world by responding to the social, economic, and environmental problems that affect us all. From producing environmentally-friendly products, to employing the disadvantaged, these entrepreneurs are not afraid to take a little risk and reap the great rewards. To learn more about how you too can use your business for good, check out "The Top 50 Social Entrepreneur Blogs to Watch in 2010" below. You can also view last year's list. The illustrations for the top 3 category leaders are provided by our internet marketing moderator Jeff Foster From WebBizIdeas , a company that offers graphic design and Custom Web Design in Minneapolis MN .


Seeing Green

Jill Fehrenbacher - Inhabitat1) Inhabitat
URL: http://www.inhabitat.com/

Inhabitat.com is a blog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.


Tom Zeller Jr - Green Inc2) Green Inc.
URL: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/

How will the pressures of climate change, limited fossil fuel resources and the mainstreaming of “green” consciousness reshape society? Follow the money. From renewable energy policy to carbon markets to dubious eco-advertising, Ny Times energy and environment reporters track the high-stakes pursuit of a greener globe.


3) Environmental Leader
URL: http://www.environmentalleader.com/

Environmental Leader is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news.


4) Greenbang
URL: http://www.greenbang.com/

Greenbang tracks the explosion of developments affecting global business leaders working toward a low-carbon future. They report on winning sustainability strategies, technological breakthroughs, leading-edge thinkers and cutting-edge discoveries.


5) EcoGeek
URL: http://ecogeek.org/

EcoGeek devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology. If you're interested in that, then stop by, and stop by often.


6) Cleantech Blog
URL: http://www.cleantechblog.com/

Cleantechblog.com is the premier cleantech site for commentary on news and technology relating to clean tech, greentech, energy, climate change and carbon, and the environment.


7) Ecopreneurist
URL: http://ecopreneurist.com/

Ecopreneurist provides news and advice on sustainable and social entrepreneurship. Learn about new green products and services, and get marketing and branding assistance for your green start-up business.


8) EcoStreet
URL: http://www.ecostreet.com/blog/

At EcoStreet they’ve tried the green lifestyle, and they’re eager to pass on what they know. Going green doesn’t have to be complicated, so they’ve dismantled it into smaller pieces to make it more accessible to regular people like us.


9) Green VC
URL: http://www.greenvc.org/

Green VC is dedicated to supporting green and social entrepreneurs as well as those working in established organizations who are interested in environmental and social responsibility.


10) Sustainable Business Design
URL: http://sustainablebusinessdesign.blogspot.com/

N. E. Landrum teaches, researches, publishes, and consults on topics related to strategic management, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable business. Follow him on his blog.


11) World is Green
URL: http://worldisgreen.com/

Worldisgreen.com is about the concept of “sustainability”. The three forces of profits, planets and people or the triple bottom line need to work in harmony for a sustainable future. Worldisgreen.com concentrates on business strategy and sustainability.


12) Echoing Green
URL: http://echoinggreen.org/blog

Echoing Green’s Spark Blog documents news, trends, and the true life of social entrepreneurs. The spark in Spark Blog comes from Echoing Green’s goal to seed social entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas for positive change.


13) The Green Market
URL: http://thegreenmarket.blogspot.com/

Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco-entrepreneur, sustainable investor and writer. He is the author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, green investing, politics and economics. This blog covers the convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment.


14) Green Marketing 2.0
URL: http://lornali.com/

Green Marketing 2.0 is a blog for people and companies interested in using Internet technology and online marketing for social change. Green Marketing 2.0 covers search engine marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click advertising (PPC), social media, online branding, and more.


15) Ecology and Economics
URL: http://forestpolicy.typepad.com/ecoecon/

Ecology and Economics is designed to daylight and refine economists’ and ecologists' views, agreements, and disagreements on current environmental and natural resource issues. Its authors hope this blog will help ecological economics ideas gain traction in social and political discussion and policy making.


16) Eco-Office Gals
URL: http://eco-officegals.com/

Eco-Office Gals strives to build businesses green and paperless. Their blog compiles information about sites and products that its authors find safe and useful for our environment.


17) OppGreen Insights
URL: http://opportunitygreen.com/green-business-blog/

Opportunity Green is not about business as usual. They facilitate the movement to transform business for good, through advancing change and market transformation by providing open-minded professionals unprecedented approaches to sustainability that are bankable and exciting.


18) BusinessGreen Blog
URL: http://blog.businessgreen.com/

BusinessGreen.com is a business website that offers companies the latest news and best-practice advice on how to become more environmentally responsible, while still growing the bottom line.


19) Future of Business
URL: http://www.futureofbusiness.info/

Green Business offers commentary and information about green business: articles, discussions, news, interviews, and even green jobs.


   

News

Ethan Zuckerman - Global Voices20) Global Voices Online
URL: http://globalvoicesonline.org

Global Voices is a community of more than 200 bloggers around the world who work together to bring you translations and reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.


21) GreenBiz
URL: http://greenbiz.com/

GreenBiz.com is the leading source for news, opinion, best practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business. Launched in 2000, its mission is to provide clear, concise, accurate, and balanced information, resources, and learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that supports profitable business practices.


22) TreeHugger
URL: http://www.treehugger.com/

For the latest in green news, opinions, interviews, and trends, visit TreeHugger.com, the leading eco-lifestyle website dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. With more than 60 contributors from around the globe, we deliver the cutting-edge scoop on green architecture, design, gadgets, technology, fashion, health, politics, science, and more to more than 2 million visitors each month.


23) CSR News
URL: http://www.csrwire.com/

CSRwire is the leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information. Members are interested in communicating their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives to a global audience.


   

Big Ideas

24) Worldchanging
URL: http://www.worldchanging.com/

Worldchanging.com is a nonprofit media organization headquartered in Seattle, WA, that comprises a global network of independent journalists, designers and thinkers. They cover the world’s most innovative solutions to the planet’s problems, and inspire readers around the world with stories of new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.


25) Triple Pundit
URL: http://triplepundit.com

Triple Pundit is an innovative new-media company for the business community that cultivates awareness and understanding of the triple bottom line. They provide expert editorial coverage and group discussions on sustainable business in the 21st century.


26) Marc Gunther
URL: http://www.marcgunther.com/

Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, writer and consultant whose focus is business and sustainability. Follow his thoughts on this blog.


27) Beneblog
URL: http://benetech.blogspot.com/

What happens when technology can do great things for humanity, but doesn't make a lot of money? Jim Fruchterman explores the social entrepreneurship side of technology applications: how to get great tech tools to the people who often need them the most, but are least able to afford them!


28) Social Entrepreneurship
URL: http://socialentrepreneurship.change.org

Today as citizens of the world, we face a daunting array of social and environmental problems ranging from health care and education to global warming and economic inequality. Change.org aims to address this need by serving as the central platform informing and empowering movements for social change around the most important issues of our time.


29) Have Fun Do Good
URL: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com/

A blog for people who want to make the world a better place AND have fun, Britt Bravo guides entrepreneurs through the process of creating work they love while making a positive impact in the world.


30) SocialROI
URL: http://socialroi.com/

Social ROI is a blog about how social entrepreneurship is making this world a better place. Its goal is to enable social entrepreneurship and to spread the word about some of the good stuff that’s happening in the space.


31) How to Change the World
URL: http://blog.guykawasaki.com

Guy Kawaski's "practical blog for impractical people" is one of the most popular blogs worldwide. For news on social entrepreneurship, jobs, or inspirational tips, check out How To Change the World.


32) Spare Change
URL: http://www.social-marketing.com/blog/

Nedra Kline Weinreich is a consultant, author and speaker who uses social marketing to promote health and social issues for nonprofits and public agencies. Check out her blog, Spare Change.


33) Audeamus
URL: http://www.audeamus.com/

Audeamus has everything you need when it comes to learning about social responsibility and entrepreneurship. From books to tools to news, this blog covers the world of social entrepreneurship in all its forms.


 

Organizations

34) From Poverty to Power
URL: http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/

This blog is written and maintained by Duncan Green, Head of Research for Oxfam GB. It is determined to make sure that conversation continues, as we grapple with the big issues of development – climate change, the role of science and tech, power and politics.


35) Private Sector Development Blog
URL: http://psdblog.worldbank.org

The Private Sector Development Blog gathers together news, resources and ideas about the role of private enterprise in fighting poverty. The PSD Blog is maintained by the World Bank Group’s Rapid Response knowledge service, which specializes in policy advice on business environment reform and privatization policy in developing countries.


36) CIPE
URL: http://www.cipe.org/blog/

This blog is developed and managed by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). It discusses international development issues in light of CIPE’s programs and world events.


37) Acumen Fund Blog
URL: http://blog.acumenfund.org

The Acumen Fund blog highlights news and offers commentary on social investments, entrepreneurship, base of the pyramid (BoP) business strategies, and other organizations and projects related to Acumen Fund’s mission to solve the problems of global poverty through entrepreneurial solutions.


38) Grameen Foundation
URL: http://grameenfoundation.wordpress.com/

Grameen Foundation is a global non-profit organization that combines microfinance, technology, and innovation to empower the world's poorest people to escape poverty. Grameen Foundation was founded by Alex Counts, who began his work in microfinance with 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank.


39) For Impact
URL: http://www.forimpact.org/

Launched in 2001 by the Suddes Group, For Impact transforms "nonprofits" through training, ideas and strategic coaching based on 30+ years of experience and $1Billion+ raised. Through its blog, it shares their complete approach, Suddes Group consulting frameworks and intellectual property at no cost.


The Bigger Picture

40) Make Wealth History
URL: http://makewealthhistory.org/

Make Wealth History is an exploration of sustainable living in the real world. The lifestyle of the western world is unsustainable – environmentally, economically, and socially. This blog will help change that.


41) Cause Global
URL: http://causeglobal.blogspot.com/

This blog covers the new people and ideas of giving and how philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and cause advocates are using Web 2.0 technologies and other forms of social media to bring about social change around the world.


42) The Social Innovation Blog
URL: http://yatinsethi.blogspot.com/

Yatin Sethi, a social entrepreneur and TED fellow, blogs about opportunities and resources for social change.


43) Next Billion
URL: http://www.nextbillion.net/blog

NextBillion.net is a website and blog bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise.


Social Entrepreneurship At Work

 

44) AppAfrica
URL: http://appfrica.net/blog

Appfrica.net is the publishing arm of Appfrica International, consisting of many web properties, print media and video. The most well known of these is Appfrica.net a web portal for the latest news related to web development, social media, innovation, education and African entrepreneurship in other areas of technology.


45) Timbuktu Chronicles
URL: http://timbuktuchronicles.blogspot.com/

Timbuktu Chronicles seeks to spur dialogue in areas of entrepreneurship, technology and the scientific method as it impacts Africa. It is written by Emeka Okafor, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur who lives in New York City.


 

46) Tim Bursch
URL: http://timbursch.com/

Tim Bursch values community and giving back. He spent 12 years trying to fit into a normal job. When the opportunity came, he decided to take action and started a business that invested over 10% of it’s revenues to impact an overlooked community. Recently, Tim has also jumped into helping small businesses with social media and social mission.


47) Startup Africa
URL: http://www.startupafrica.com/

StartUpAfrica is a blog dedicated to entrepreneurship in Africa with a particular focus on technology entrepreneurship. Its authors believe that a number of the challenges faced in Africa (poverty, crime etc.) could be solved by an increase in entrepreneurship.


48) Nubian Cheetah
URL: http://nubiancheetah.blogspot.com/

Nubian Cheetah seeks to inform those who have an intrinsic interest in Africa's sustainable development with regards to impact investing, ICT, technology, business, venture capital and sustainable entrepreneurship.


49) Responsible China
URL: http://responsiblechina.com/

This blog covers environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship in China.


50) Kiva Chronicles
URL: http://www.socialedge.org/blogs/kiva-chronicles

In 2005, Matt Flannery co-founded Kiva, the world’s first online lending platform, to support entrepreneurs in Uganda. Kiva has raised over $100 million in support to entrepreneurs all over the globe and Matt has taken to the road to promote the mission of connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. Follow him on that road.


 

 

 

 

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