By Evan Carmichael on May 24th, 2011
If green is the new black then social entrepreneurship is the hottest rising trend, but it is a trend that seems here to stay. Indeed, the realization that making a profit can also have a positive impact on the communities in which businesses operate is solidifying in the marketplace.
As consumers become more socially and green-aware, there is increasing demand for products and services that respect the environments and people around us all. How can your business realize financial success while also doing good and giving back?
Check out these Top 50 Social Entrepreneurship Blogs to Watch in 2011 and learn from some of the best! You can see last year’s list here.
http://www.treehugger.com/- TreeHugger is one of the leading media outlets dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, it strives to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
http://greenbiz.com/ - GreenBiz.com is another of the leading sources 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.
3) Environmental Leader
http://www.environmentalleader.com/- Environmental Leader is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news.
http://www.microcapital.org/- MicroCapital seeks to provide candid information on microfinance with the goal of encouraging rational growth of the industry.
http://www.csrwire.com/- CSRWire is the leading global source of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news. Founded in 1999 to advance the movement towards a more economically-just and environmentally-sustainable society and away from single bottom line capitalism, CSRwire has paved the way for new standards of corporate citizenship.
6) Triple Pundit
http://www.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.
http://ecogeek.org/- EcoGeek devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology. EcoGeek was conceived and founded (and is run and edited) by Hank Green, who spends most of his time thinking about how our brains can save our planet and has, in the last few years, become something of an expert on the subject.
8) Marc Gunther
http://www.marcgunther.com/- Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, and writer whose popular blog focuses on business and sustainability.
http://www.ugotrade.com/- Blogger Tish Shute began UgoTrade out of her experience working on a proposal to bring ICT training centers to the Tibetan Communities in exile in Southern India. Her blog focuses on creating a new global community of knowledge and fun, where mobile social experience, ubiquitous computing, DIO technology, and games become the tools we can all use to make a better world.
10) Authentic Organizations
http://authenticorganizations.com/- Organizations are a powerful force in our society – for good, for bad, for both, says blogger CV Harquail. Striving for authenticity is a powerful way that organizations – and the people in them- can renew, reform or revolutionize what they are about and what they accomplish together. Visit this blog to find out how.
11) Selfish Giving
http://selfishgiving.com/- Selfish Giving offers small causes and businesses the tools and skills they need to execute win-win cause marketing partnerships.
12) Spare Change
http://www.social-marketing.com/- Spare Change is all about making a difference with social marketing. Blogger Nedra Weinreich is a consultant, author and speaker who uses social marketing to promote health and social issues for nonprofits and public agencies.
http://www.audeamus.com/- Audeaumus is your stop for all things social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, microloans, microfinance, and microcredit.
14) Social ROI
http://www.socialroi.com/- Social ROI is a blog about how social entrepreneurship is making this world a better place. Their goal is to enable social entrepreneurship and to spread the word about some of the good stuff that’s happening in the space.
15) Have Fun Do Good
http://havefundogood.blogspot.com/- Ideas, inspiration and interviews for fun-loving do-gooders! Britt Bravo is a blogger, podcaster and social media coach who believes using social media should be fun.
16) How to Change the World
http://blog.guykawasaki.com/- A practical blog for impractical people, “How to Change the World” is Guy Kawasaki’s always popular blog on topics important for both entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.
17) Green Prophet
http://www.greenprophet.com/- Karin Kloosterman’s interests intersect in the worlds of the environment, green technology, energy, and activism in the Middle East. Blogging for some of the most influential media outlets in the world including TreeHugger and the Huffington Post, Karin founded Green Prophet to share the enormous potential of new green tech companies, investments and environmental awareness emanating from the Middle East region.
18) Jetson Green
http://www.jetsongreen.com/ - At Jetson Green, their mission is to enhance homes (and the lives of people in them) with beautiful design, smart construction, resource conservation, energy efficiency, water savings, healthy air, green technology, and renewable energy. This site has something for everyone — whether an owner, renter, designer, builder, entrepreneur, or developer.
19) The City Fix
http://thecityfix.com/ - TheCityFix.com is an online resource for sustainable transport news, advocacy and “best practice” solutions from around the world. It boasts a global network of writers and transport specialists, including engineers, entrepreneurs, urban planners and researchers, who explore environmentally and socially responsible ways to make cities better places to live.
http://ecopreneurist.com/ - Ecopreneurist covers the latest trends in building green, sustainable and socially responsible companies and products. It offers advice, analysis and information for and about green entrepreneurs and companies targeting the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) consumer.
21) Echoing Green
http://www.echoinggreen.org/blog - Echoing Green documents news, trends, and the true life of social entrepreneurs. Its goal is to seed social entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas for positive change.
22) Eco-Office Gals
http://eco-officegals.com/eog-blog/ - Eco-Office Gals strives to build businesses green and paperless. Their blog compiles information about sites and products that they find safe and useful for our environment.
http://eartheasy.com/blog/- The mission of Eartheasy is to help people improve their quality of life by offering information and products for sustainable living. They look for solutions that lead to a simpler, more self-sufficient way of living.
24) Earth and Industry
http://earthandindustry.com/ - Today’s businesses must balance people, planet and their profit to be successful. Earth & Industry focuses on the intersection of these three elements, leading the discussion on how companies are maximizing profits while being responsible citizens of this earth.
25) Lighter Footstep
http://lighterfootstep.com/ - At Lighter Footstep, they believe that big changes happen a step at a time. And no matter where you are on the journey toward a lighter, more Earth-friendly lifestyle, they’re here to help along the way.
26) Cleantech Blog
http://www.cleantechblog.com/ - Cleantech is the premier site for commentary on news relating to cleantech, green economy, climate change, carbon, and energy.
http://www.sustain2green.com/ - Sustain2Green is a unique platform to bring forth interesting articles, thoughts, surveys, news, discussions and updates about Sustainability, Green Initiatives and Green Supply Chain.
http://www.greenbang.com/ - GreenBang’s research and insight help brands to become long-term thought and market leaders. GreenBang helps companies to structure messaging, eliminate brand vulnerabilities, recycle assets and succeed in sustainability markets.
29) The Green Market
http://thegreenmarket.blogspot.com/ - The Green Market offers insight at the convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment.
30) Terra Infirma
http://www.terrainfirma.co.uk/blog/ - Terra Infirma’s mission is to help organisations gain all the advantages of taking a proactive approach to environmental and sustainability issues. The central ethos of their approach is to see this agenda as a range of opportunities rather than a series of threats.
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31) My Heart Is In Accra
http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/ – Harvard’s Ethan Zuckerman offers his thoughts on Africa, international development and hacking the media.
32) Dani Rodrik’s Weblog
http://rodrik.typepad.com/dani_rodriks_weblog/- Dani Rodrik’s popular blog offers somewhat unconventional thoughts on economic development and globalization.
http://www.gauravonomics.com/blog - Guaravonomics helps global brands benefit from social squared, the intersection of social-media-gaming-design-technology and social-good-change-innovation-activism.
34) White African
http://whiteafrican.com/ - White African is Erik Hersman’s personal blog where he writes about high-tech mobile and web technology change in Africa.
Social Entrepreneurship At Work
35) Osocio Weblog
http://osocio.org/- Osocio is dedicated to social advertising and non-profit campaigns. It’s the place where marketing and activism collide. Formerly known as the Houtlust Blog, Osocio is a central online hub for advertisers, ad agencies, grassroots, activists, social entrepreneurs, and good Samaritans from around the globe.
http://www.xigi.net/- Xigi.net is a space for making connections and gathering intelligence within the capital market that invests in good. It’s a social network, tool provider, and online platform for tracking the nature and amount of investment activity in this emerging market.
37) Timbuktu Chronicles
http://timbuktuchronicles.blogspot.com/- Timbuktu Chronicles offers a view of Africa and Africans with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, practical remedies and other self sustaining activities.
38) The NonProfit Times
http://nptimes.blogspot.com/ – The NonProfit Times, now in its 23rd year, is published 18 times per year and is the premier business publication written for nonprofit executives. The NonProfit Times reaches 38,000 executive decision makers and addresses all business functions of the nonprofit organization including the latest news, fundraising, financial management, direct marketing, technology and legal and human resource issues.
39) Pledging for Change
http://pledgingforchange.com/blog – Pledging for Change is a multi author blog site for ethical businesses, green and ethical bloggers,charities and non-profit organizations and you are most welcome to join them.
http://bopreneur.blogspot.com/ – A BOPreneur is an entrepreneur focused on improving the lives of the world’s poorest people, the 3 billion people who earn less than $3/day, often referred to as the Base of the Pyramid (BOP). This blog shares experiences and opinions about the BOP, entrepreneurship, investing, philanthropy, sustainability, teaching, innovation, and design.
41) Social Enterprise Blog
http://managementhelp.org/blogs/social-enterprise/ - Rolfe Larson, author of the Social Enterprise blog and moderator of npEnterprise, the official listserv of the Social Enterprise Alliance, helps you develop your social enterprise by providing articles, opinions, commentary and many related resources. The blog is for a general audience, including beginners and those advanced in social enterprise.
http://www.afrigadget.com/ – AfriGadget is a website dedicated to showcasing African ingenuity. A team of bloggers and readers contribute their pictures, videos and stories from around the continent. The stories of innovation are inspiring.
http://www.startupafrica.com/ - StartUpAfrica is a blog dedicated to entrepreneurship in Africa with a particular focus on technology entrepreneurship. They believe that a number of the challenges faced in Africa (poverty, crime etc.) could be solved by an increase in entrepreneurship.
44) From Poverty to Power
http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p – This blog is written and maintained by Duncan Green, Head of Research for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’. It is intended to provoke debate and conversations about development.
45) Acumen Fund
http://blog.acumenfund.org/- Acumen Fund is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty.
46) CIPE Development Blog
http://www.cipe.org/blog/- The CIPE Development blog discusses international development issues in light of the Center for International Private Enterprise’s (CIPE) programs and world events. CIPE and its partners in more than 100 countries operate in the belief that economic and political liberties are intertwined and that democracies and market economies are essentially two sides of the same coin.
47) Creating a World Without Poverty
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.
48) The School for Social Entrepreneurs
http://socialentrepreneurs.typepad.com/the_school_for_social_ent/- The School for Social Entrepreneurs is the leading organisation in the UK providing support and learning programmes to individual social entrepreneurs (and their organisations). Founded by (Lord) Michael Young, the UK’s foremost serial social entrepreneur, the SSE now has centres in East London, Fife, Belfast, East Midlands, Liverpool and West Midlands.
49) Global Envision
http://www.globalenvision.org/- Global Envision is Mercy Corp’s blog that sits at the confluence of global markets and poverty alleviation.
50) Overseas Development Institute
http://blogs.odi.org.uk/- ODI is Britain’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. The ODI Blog features the personal views of ODI experts on a range of current events and issues.
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