Thursday, March 19, 2009


As promised, I am supplying you all with a list of recommended reading materials for the Seminar.  

Please remember, this is not required reading- but these are all insightful publications about the field of social enterprise.  Whether you read them before, during or after the Seminar, these materials will surely refine your ideas of social enterprise and methods of using business skills for community betterment.  

Bornstein, David. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. (book)
• Brooks, Arthur. Social Entrepreneurship: A Modern Approach to Social Value Creation.
Crutchfield & Grant. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits.
Gergen & Vanourek. Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives.
Dees, Emerson, Economy. Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs.
Dees, Emerson, Economy. Enterprising Nonprofits.

• Paul C. Light, “Searching for Social Entrepreneurs,” Pgs. 1-27
• Paul C. Light, “Reshaping Social Entrepreneurship,” Pgs. 47-51
Barendsen & Gardner, “Is the Social Entrepreneur a New Type of Leader?” Pgs. 43-50
• Austin, Stevenson, & Wei-Skillern, “Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship: Same, Different, or Both?” Pgs. 1-22
• Michael D. Mumford, “Social Innovation: Ten Cases from Benjamin Franklin,” Pgs. 253-266
• Colby, Stone, and Carttar, “Zeroing in on Impact,”
• Gregory Dees, “The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship”
• Edward Skloot, Beyond the Money, Pgs. 61-89
Dees & Anderson, “The Process of Social Entrepreneurship”
• Alter, “Managing the Double Bottom Line: A Business Planning Reference Guide for Social Enterprises”
• Michele Jolin, Investing in Social Entrepreneurship and Fostering Social Innovation, Pgs. 1-8
Letts, Ryan, & Grossman, “Virtuous Capital: What Foundations Can Learn from Venture Capitalists”

Introductory Seminar

The time for the Introductory Seminar is drawing near, and we will be using the blog to communicate with our students over the next few weeks.  

I will shortly be posting a list of "recommended reading" for preparation, or simple general information about social entrepreneurship. 

Best of luck to all of our Seminar students!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

H.E.L.P. Malawi

In 2006, H.E.L.P. Malawi was founded with the goal of spreading Hope, Education, Love and Protection to the children of Malawi.

Today, H.E.L.P. Malawi is raising funds and awareness through sales of various products, including a jewelry line (Panthera) that is gaining popularity in Hollywood. 100% of profits made go to direct service, as the products are sold through the organization itself.

H.E.L.P. has partnered with Wilderness Safaris to build schools throughout Malawi in rural areas:

Nanthomba Primary School

Nandumbo Healthcare Center

Community Outreach

H.E.L.P. is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference by giving the children of Malawi Hope, Education, Love, Protection, and a chance to realize their dreams and aspirations. 100% of the funds collected by H.E.L.P. go to direct service. They are a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

How can this be applied in Saudi Arabia? Perhaps urban citizens with resources can mobilize resources and replicate this type of model in rural areas of the Kingdom...? Plus, fashion and jewelry are popular among urban women in the Kingdom- why not be making an impact while setting a trend?

For more about HELP Malawi

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women's Day!

Since 1911, International Women's Day has celebrated the economic, political, and social achievements of women: past, present and future.

The progress women have made world-wide, and the critical contribution of women to the betterment of their societies in every corner of the world are indisputable.

IWD events are being held all over the world- check them out.