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轉寄︰ Plunkett Weekly News 30-07-2012

2012 年 07 月 31 日

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主題︰ Plunkett Weekly News 30-07-2012

Dear all,

This week in the Plunkett Weekly News:

-The Rural Broadband Debate: More must be done to inspire rural community broadband initiatives

-Locality National Convention

-Save the date ? Social Enterprise Exchange 2013

-Shortlist announced for £60,000 Community Buying Challenge Prize

-Food Ethics Council seeks Executive Director

Very best wishes,

Katherine

轉寄︰ TBN News, Updates and Resources

2012 年 07 月 25 日

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主題︰ TBN News, Updates and Resources

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July 2012

Hi Houghton
This month’s eNews brings you a number of resources on topics such as impact investing, access to nutrition and India’s development, along with an opportunity to assist a TBN Partner project.

Opportunities

Potential poultry farm in Somaliland
A group based in Somaliland, led by TBN Partner Tim Parks, have identified an opportunity to help set up a poultry farm for the production of eggs. Plans are already in place including local partner, site, agreement with poultry farm in neighbouring country to supply point of layer hens and feed and agreements with local market to purchase eggs. Prior to moving ahead they would appreciate some specialist advice from someone who has experience in poultry farming. Do you have any connections, contacts or expertise to offer him? If so, join the discussion on LinkedIn or get in touch with us so we can introduce you.

Resources

Impact Insights: The Climate of Impact Investing | Nexii

The Climate of Impact Investing
This article on Nexii talks about the critical stage Impact Investing is at, the hurdles that need to be overcome to develop it into a proper mainstream asset class, and the steps we need to take now to get there.

Growing Social Innovation | DASRA

Social Change in India
The incredible growth in India, driven by innovation in technology, finance and industry, has not been inclusive of everyone in society. Many socio-economic issues (health, education, income) persist and nearly half the population is below the poverty line. The scale of the problem is too big for individual social enterprises to tackle alone – what’s needed is social innovation that spreads India’s rapid growth to those left out. This report looks at how that might happen, and deals with 4 main problems facing social enterprises in India today:
1) Access to blended capital and mentoring support
2) Lack of big data to make better business decisions
3) Shortage of skilled human resources for all sectors
4) High upfront cost of behavioural change in society
Read the report here »

From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing | Monitor Group

Will capital alone unlock the potential of Impact Investment?
Research by the Acumen Fund and Monitor Group suggests that capital alone is not sufficient to unlock all the potential for growth and change that impact investment can bring to the global poor. Can an argument be made that, due to the challenges faced by those pioneering new models of inclusive businesses, realising the impact in Impact Investment will require more philanthropy, not less? Read the executive summary, or the whole report, here on the Monitor website »

Intellecap report

Human Resource Challenges in Social Enterprises
Social Enterprises — particularly for-profit ones — face numerous challenges, not least of which is getting the right people at the right time. Often this is a major reason why a social enterprise can’t scale up and multiply the impact it’s having. This Intellecap report looks at current HR practices (hiring, training, promotions, work culture, etc), decodes the problems being faced and aims to develop an understanding of how social enterprises can overcome human resource issues and expand. The report is focussed on India, but would be applicable to many areas of the world. Read the report here »

Access to Food and Improved Nutrition at the BoP: Five business interventions to achieve social impact, financial sustainability and scale | Business Fights Poverty

Report summary: improving food access and affordability for BoP
Improving the availability, accessibility and utilisation of food in the developing world is a complex challenge because the key activities — production, distribution and consumption — are in the hands of private enterprise. This article is a summary of how the private sector is (and has been) able to intervene in the value chain to include those at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) and increase the availability and affordability of food. Read the summary and download the report here »

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轉寄︰ Red Ochre e-newsletter July-August 2012

2012 年 07 月 24 日

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主題︰ Red Ochre e-newsletter July-August 2012

 

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Featured in this month’s newsletter:
  • No workshops during the Olympics
  • Government ‘Funding for Lending’ Scheme
  • Nesta – another year for the Creative Business Mentor Network
  • Hackney House
  • Job vacancy – Project Manager, London Innovation Voucher Exchange
  • Knowledge Peers – The Exchange 2012
  • Events at the British Library Business & IP Centre

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Leonard Cheshire Disability are supporting an EU funded project, Social Progress in Action, that aims to inform future EU-wide policy on the support available for disabled and disadvantaged people in setting up or creating businesses. The project is a partnership between several organisations in the UK, Portugal, Spain and Poland and there is a body of research being conducted alongside the project by two European universities, Sair da Casca (Portugal) and the Social Business Factory at HEC in Paris.

Leonard Cheshire will be holding a series seminars to explore the issues facing businesses and entrepreneurs, business support agencies and potential business investors and funders in the UK. For more information please email innovation@lcdisability.org.

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Would you like to spend 13 weeks in an internship (expenses paid) in Seville, Spain? Red Ochre has won EU funding for The Skills for Green Jobs Project. We will be placing graduates in environmental business and organisations in Andalucía, Spain. Internship roles are hosted in local and regional government, charities, and businesses active within the energy efficiency, renewable energy, tourism, architecture, and translation.
During the placement:
  • Participants will stay in a (3 or 4 person) flat share with other interns in the heart of Seville.
  • Participants will have your accommodation (including internet and bills), flights and travel to and from Spain, and travel insurance paid for. You will also receive a total of €500 towards travel and food.
  • Participants will be supported during your placement by an English speaking mentor as well as project staff.
  • Participants will have access to regular Spanish language classes and training.
Who are we looking for?
We are interested in receiving applications from unemployed graduates and others with:
  • Spanish language skills
  • Interest in the environment and sustainability, international business, social enterprise or similar
  • Applicants who are motivated to enjoy and contribute to their experience abroad.
The current round of placements is from September 23rd to December 22nd 2012, so you will need to be available then.
APPLY NOW! For more information and an application form, visit www.redochre.org.uk/skillsforgreenjobs or email the Skills for Green Jobs Project Manager, Martin Cooper: martin@redochre.org.uk | Deadline August 5th!

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Robert Foster, co-founder of Red Ochre, has recently come back from a three week trip to China (see Twitter @RedOchreUK for some snippets of the trip). Thanks go all involved, but especially Fang Ming and Hou Peng from the British Council (www.britishcouncil.org/china.htm) and the whole team at CYDF (www.cydf.org.cn/en/).
The visit in numbers makes for interesting reading
* Four cities – Beijing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Hangzhou
* Four, two day workshops for undergraduates on business skills and social enterprise
* Address to the inaugural meeting of Guangzhou social entrepreneur’s group
* Presentation to Skills for Entrepreneurs summer camp at Beijing University
* 370+ people trained or addressed
* 150 projects or social enterprises trained
* One set of eyes opened to the amazing opportunities and drive of the cival and social enterprise sector in China
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News from the British Library Business and IP Centre

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No workshops during the Olympics
For the main fortnight of the Olympic Games, we will not be hosting any workshops or one-to-ones.This is because, here at King’s Cross is expected to be a particularly busy traffic hub and we’re not placing any undue strain upon staffing or building logistics.The Business & IP Centre will however still be open should you wish to use the networking area for meetings or the reading room for research. The Writing Britain exhibition will also be able.

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Government ‘Funding for lending’ scheme
From a BBC article, 13 July 2012
A multi-billion pound scheme designed to make more – and cheaper – loans and mortgages available to businesses and individuals has been outlined.
The scheme, called Funding for Lending, will see the Bank of England make low-cost funds available to banks and building societies. The aim is to tackle rising borrowing costs and a drop in lending. Lending has fallen 16% since its peak in 2008.
However, some expressed concerns that not all savings would be passed on. “The banks may not pass on all that cost advantage they may just take it on wider margins,” Graeme Leach, from the Institute of Directors, told the BBC. “And at the end of the day you know the elephant in the room is the euro crisis and companies and consumers need the confidence to borrow.”

How the scheme will work:

  • Banks and building societies can initially borrow up to 5% of the amount they currently lend
  • They will be charged just 0.25% interest, much lower than the going rate
  • They can borrow more than 5%, only if they increase their overall lending
  • If they decrease lending, the interest rate will increase up to 1.5%
  • Any losses on the loans will be borne by the banks, not the taxpayer or Bank of England
  • Lending levels to be monitored by the BoE

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Nesta – another year for The Creative Business Mentor Network

The Networkset up to nurture creative companies with an appetite for growth – gives creative companies the rare opportunity of one-to-one mentoring with some of the most successful business people in the creative sector. 
The Mentors are passionate about the sector and volunteer their time as a way of giving something back.  They share practical advice on overcoming the challenges of running a creative business and have helped a variety of creative companies build business success.
Participating businesses receive:
  • One-to-one business mentoring in the form of 10 x 2hour sessions over a 6-12mth period.
  • An induction workshop at the start of the programme to get the most out of your mentoring sessions.
  • Workshops and events designed to meet other members of  the Network
  • Coaching support – in addition to mentoring support mentees will  have access to an executive coach.
Participating businesses are working within: Advertising, Digital Media, Film, Games and TV.
Closing date for applications 13 September 2012 (at 11am).
The mentoring sessions will begin in October 2012.

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Hackney House  

Hackney House will during the Olympic and Paralympic Games offer a 1,000 SqM urban pop-up space in Hackney’s Shoreditch district, showcasing the area’s business and cultural offer. The collaboration is a unique partnership between London Borough of Hackney and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and is supported by private sponsorship and membership. 
During the day Hackney House will host a series of events based around themed days. These include tech, creative, tourism, fashion, food, investment and development expo style events and conferences.
At night Hackney House will showcase performance. From the cool vibe of local artists singing and performing to the region’s top comedians and cabaret artists. 
The aim is to show the world what Hackney, Tech City and East London has to offer and increase investment and jobs in the area.

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Job vacancy – Project Manager, London Innovation Voucher Exchange
LIVE (London Innovation Voucher Exchange) is a new project to provide scalable and growing enterprises in London with vouchers, worth between £5-10K, to use on purchasing innovation support services from London’s leading universities and specialist innovation experts.  
  • Previous experience of coordinating projects within the public sector
  • A proven ability to prioritise work and deliver projects on time
  • A process driven environment and will be highly adept at detailed reporting
  • Be able to present the aims and progress of the project to key internal and external stakeholders
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience of coordinating projects funded by the EU or the LDA would be advantageous but is not essential.
The post is on a fixed term contract until 31st March 2013.
Salary for this role is £33,646

Closing date for applications is 10th August 2012

For further information please contact Carly Lloyd on 020 7679 4598

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Knowledge Peers – The Exchange 2012
Q: What’s it all about?

A: Over 250 business leaders together at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for a morning of inspiration, innovation and experience sharing.

With full run of the theatre, and from key note speakers on the theatre stage, to seminars in dance studios, it will be an entertaining, sociable and informative day.

Covering four topics that will challenge you to think differently about the development of your business, we’ll have experts, thought leaders and most importantly, other business directors who have ‘been there and done it’ on hand to share what they know.

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轉寄︰ Plunkett Weekly News 19-07-2012

2012 年 07 月 20 日

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主題︰ Plunkett Weekly News 19-07-2012

Dear all,

This week in the Plunkett Weekly News:

-Plunkett Foundation launches new membership package

-Final Reminder! Community Facilitator sought for Local Food Systems project

-New grant programme proof Community Land Trusts deliver

-North Yorkshire communities first to benefit from BDUK funds

-Bookings now open for Co-operatives United

Very best wishes,

Katherine

Katherine Darling
Press & Communications Officer

轉寄︰ Decoding PULSE + New Report on Social Change Impact

2012 年 07 月 19 日

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主題︰ Decoding PULSE + New Report on Social Change Impact

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The Alphabet Soup of Measuring Impact: Decoding PULSE

Pulse_AppXAsk any portfolio manager and they will likely tell you that tracking the impact of their investments is one of their greatest challenges. According to a recent report from J.P. Morgan, the impact investing industry’s biggest risk is around investment illiquidity and uncertainty of financial returns. For impact data to be useful to an organization, it needs to be collected and managed in an organized way.

This is where PULSE comes in as a technology solution to support these processes and manage impact data, says Beth Busenhart. Learn the how, where, what and why of PULSE on CSRwire Talkback.

Video: Re-imagining the Big Picture

What is impact investing’s role within the context of our historical assumptions, present-day social, economic and ecological position, and future opportunity?

David McConville, President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, explores how questioning the outdated assumptions underlying “business as usual” approaches is the first step in designing for a resilient future. Check out McConville on YouTube.

Interview: David Murphy, CEO, Better World Books

Better World BooksBetter World Books is a social enterprise that has donated over 6 million books, reused or recycled 85 million books, and an annual revenue of over $55 million in 2011.

In an interview with SoCap, CEO David Murphy discusses the organization’s mission, scaling a business idea, mentorship, and the hurdles this team had to overcome. Murphy also shared his five-year vision for the social capital market and identified critical challenges ahead. Take a look.

Social Entrepreneurship  vs. Social Innovation: The Same Thing?

You really would not want to go out for beers with most social entrepreneurs. They are stubborn, opinionated, obsessional and basically difficult people.”

Are social entrepreneurship and social innovation interchangeable? Besides the stark differences in how a social entrepreneur and a social innovator pproach business, social issues and solutions, David Wilcox offers four distinct differences and warns: “To be a social entrepreneur, you have to be misunderstood for at least 10 years.” On CSRwire Talkback.

SOCAP12: Early Bird Registration Now Open

SOCAP12SOCAP12 will be held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA from October 1-4. Join the world’s pioneering impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, civic leaders, and innovators to create the intersections where you – with friends and valuable strangers – mobilize resources and capital for good. 
Confirmed participants include leaders from McKinsey, Rockefeller Foundation, Federal Reserve, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, REDF, Acumen Fund and Impact Assets. They will join ~1,500 others to explore themes like ‘Who is the Impact Investor?’, ‘Tomorrow’s Philanthropy’, ‘The Public Sector Arrives’, ‘The Entrepreneur Experience’, and ‘Tech for Good’.

This year SOCAP is offering both entry-level and expert-level workshops. Whether you’re a SOCAP first-timer or an old hand, be challenged and raise your game! SOCAP12 30% Off Early Bird – a $403.50 discount – is now open. Learn More.

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Announcing Canada’s first Social Finance Awards | Blog | Social Finance

2012 年 07 月 18 日

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 Trailblazers within the field of social finance are the types of leaders who challenge the status quo. By proposing new models, solutions and frameworks, they fundamentally alter the

way we perceive and interact with the world. From Picasso to Rosa Parks, such personalities are found in a wide array of contexts, and are often revered for having single handedly revolutionized their field. The ideal of an omnipotent figure grabs attention because it is simple and easy. However, in a complex and interdependent 21st century, solutions to social and environmental problems rarely are. Time and time again, we are learning that silver bullets rarely have the durability or breadth to address the scope of systematic challenges we are dealing with.

This is an integral premise of Social Finance, which at a fundamental level is a wide collection of arguments that question many of the basic assumptions and values that play out in all of our lives. Scores of individuals have taken the initiative to innovate the way they are responding to our world’s challenges. Individually, these efforts amount to little relative to the scope of the issues they face. However, each time a business becomes a certified B.Corp, each time a CSI or a YWCA uses innovative community funding, they are contributing to a growing set of examples, precedents, and stories, drawing a roadmap for others. As a community, these efforts amount to a growing movement. SocialFinance.ca’s raison d’etre is to support this movement by connecting, informing and inspiring all parties interested in social finance. We strive to trigger a fundamental shift in the alignment between what our society values and how we allocate our resources.

Introducing … the Social Finance Awards

As a tool to enable this process, SocialFinance.ca is proud to announce the launch of the Social Finance Awards (SFA) . For the transformative potential of our community to be realized, the stories and examples of our leaders need to be shared widely. A People’s Choice award, the SFA is an instrument that SocialFinance.ca will use to surface, showcase and celebrate the initiatives of trailblazers in the Canadian impact investing marketplace. In doing so, we hope to support the growth and development of our national social finance community.

Award Process

An open nomination process will be followed by the selection of up to ten finalists by our panel of distinguished judges (Brenda Reid-Kuecks of Ecotrust Canada, David Lepage of Enterprising Non-Profits, Michael Oster of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, Seth Assimakos of the St. John’s Community Loan Fund,  Tania Carnegie of KPMG, Tessa Hebb of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, and Timothy Nash of Strategic Sustainable Investments). The stories of each finalist will be profiled and honored on SocialFinance.ca. Readers will then have an opportunity to vote for the leader who they feel is most deserving of the award.

Nominate a leader for this year’s award

Each year, the Social Finance Awards will highlight leaders from a different sector. This year, the award will be presented to the country’s “Most Promising New Financial Player”. A myriad of financial leaders have recently entered the Canadian impact investing space. We wish to celebrate this energy, as it is a powerful motivator for other financial leaders who might consider the role that impact investments could play in their own practice. Nominations are now open for this year’s award, and will close on July 25th. To nominate a leader, simply send your name, the name of the nominee, and the contact information of the nominee, to awards@socialfinance.ca. Consideration will be given to the nominee’s:

●      Financial commitment to Impact Investing

●      Financial/Investment model (innovation, scalability)

●      Social, Environmental and Financial impact as a direct result of investment

●      Involvement in advancing the social finance industry in Canada

More information on the awards process can be found at http://www.socialfinance.ca/awards. Please note that although we are accepting nominations for Canadian organizations and residents, anyone (regardless of country) can nominate.

 

The power of stories

In a world of dynamic social complexity, what room exists for the fabled hero? What role is left for the most driven, innovative leaders of today to fill? Perhaps the answer lies in a shift of awareness. While the heroes of old slayed the beast, the heroes of today mobilize armies. Considering our historical examples, Picasso and Rosa Parks led movements that revolutionized visual arts, music, architecture, and racial equality (respectively). In both cases, these leaders accomplished incredible feats not in isolation, but rather through their ability to influence and unleash the creative potential of millions of others.

Transformational leaders of today create change through the larger cultural shift which they affect. By motivating, inspiring, and proposing new models for how to think and behave, they begin sowing seeds on fertile soil. They are revolutionary not because of their actions, but because of how their actions inspire a more widespread shift in thinking and behavior. Through this resonance, they catalyze a profound and fundamental shift in the way we live our lives.

It is the stories and examples of our leaders, which have the potential to shift the trajectory of history. The Social Finance Awards are one way of enabling this process. Nominate your colleagues today and have their story told!

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轉寄︰ Media release: Barefoot Power reaches 2M people and raises A$5.8 million

2012 年 07 月 17 日

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Barefoot Power reaches 2M two million people and raises A$5.8 million

Less than a year after announcing it had impacted one million people worldwide, Barefoot Power achieved its second milestone of bringing affordable lighting and phone charging products to two million people across 20 countries. In parallel, the Sydney-based social purpose business has successfully raised Series B funding of A$5.8 million from three leading social investment funds, d.o.b Foundation, ennovent and Insitor Fund, along with existing shareholders, The Grace Foundation and Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Coop, and a number of private angel investors. Unitus Capital was sole advisor to Barefoot Power for the transaction.

“We appreciate the commitment by new shareholders and the continuing support of existing shareholders. The funds raised will be used to continue the solid growth trajectory and potential of Barefoot Power, as recently recognised by receipt of the Ashden Award, and solidly positions us to meet our target of impacting 10 million people by 2015”, says CEO of Barefoot Power, Rick Hooper.

Complimenting Barefoot Power on closing the equity round, Hedwig Siewertsen, Director, d.o.b Foundation, said, “We chose to invest in Barefoot Power because it provides access to an affordable and environmentally friendly product for people that currently live without electricity. Bringing a product to Mombasa or Accra is not so difficult; getting it deep into the power grid lacking markets through a network of dealers and micro-entrepreneurs who can offer a warranty for the product, that is the real challenge that Barefoot Power has been addressing successfully in the past few years,”

Valerian Fauvel, Investment Manager, Insitor Fund, noted, “Combining its strong brand with a portfolio of recognized products and a solid distribution channel supported by innovative financial schemes, Barefoot Power is an inspiring example of a successful venture driven by a clear social mission. Insitor is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the future development of Barefoot Power and to be a part of a great team.” Peter Scheuch, Founder and Managing Director, ennovent added “We are very pleased for our shareholding to be supporting the expansion of Barefoot Power’s success into India.”

Commenting on its decision to increase its support to Barefoot Power, Tom Keleher, Investment Officer, Oikocredit, said “The products of Barefoot Power enhance the quality of life for its customers and their families and its business model creates much needed jobs in the markets it works. These benefits to society, combined with the attractive potential financial returns, are compelling. ” John Altmann,founder and Executive Director of TheGrace Foundationadded, “We are confident in the ability of the talented leadership team of Barefoot Power to grow the company, and look forward to the value the three new social investment funds will bring through their interaction with management and the board.”

“Unitus Capital takes pride in working with one of Australia’s leading social businesses and is excited that the capital raised will enable Barefoot Power to continue to provide affordable energy access to millions of people” said Kylie Charlton, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Unitus Capital.

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About Barefoot Power
Barefoot Power is a global, social for-profit enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar phone charging, lighting products and business development services to people at the base of the global economic pyramid.

Founded in 2005, Barefoot Power has impacted the lives of one million people in over 20 countries. Over 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity and Barefoot Power is on a mission, to bring affordable renewable energy and efficient lighting to 5 million people by 2013 and 10 million people by 2015 and help eradicate energy poverty.

How will we do that? By bringing electricity to millions of people that currently use kerosene lighting and walk far for phone and battery charging, we plan on reversing the traditional process of rural electrification while reducing the global carbon footprint.

Barefoot Power is funded through a diverse group of investors and the European Union. Learn more about our products, distribution models and financing opportunities at www.barefootpower.com.

About d.o.b foundation
d.o.b foundation’s mission is to support innovative private sector initiatives that contribute to improvements in the quality of lives of disadvantaged people and communities in Africa.
We focus on initiatives that generate income earning opportunities for at least 1,000 low income people or that provide affordable products and services to at least 10,000 low income people.
d.o.b foundation provides equity financing to businesses that are in the early growth stage and expansion phase and that do not (yet) have access to commercial private equity. Through our active participation in the financed initiatives, we can provide advisory services and access to our network to support our mission.For more information visit www.dobfoundation.com

About ennovent
ennovent accelerates innovations creating a sustainable impact on low income people. We work with a global network of entrepreneurs, investors and experts to discover, finance and scale up the best innovations. We envision sustainable living for people at the base of the economic pyramid. www.ennovent.com 

About The Grace Foundation
The Grace Foundation is a Melbourne based Christian charitable foundation dedicated to creating sustainable business opportunities for the poor with both our capital and our income. We support business start up programs in Tanzania and we have a particular concern for energy poverty in Africa and South-East Asia.  We have been pleased to invest a substantial amount of our capital in Barefoot Power to help meet these objectives.

About Insitor
Insitor Fund is a social venture capital fund that finances social enterprises in emerging and frontier markets. Investees are new and existing for-profit companies proposing market solutions to critical social issues and promoting a responsible and sustainable economy. Sectors include energy, water, low-income housing, health and education. Operations are headquartered in Phnom Penh with offices in New Delhi and Yangon. For more information, visit www.insitorfund.com.

About Oikocredit
Oikocredit is a social investor and worldwide cooperative that promotes global justice by empowering disadvantaged people with credit. Since 1975, Oikocredit has offered loans and investment capital to microfinance institutions, cooperatives, fair trade and other businesses. Today, Oikocredit has 896 partners in almost 70 countries. For more information visit www.oikocredit.org.

About Unitus Capital

Unitus Capital is a financial services firm specializing in arranging capital for companies benefiting those at the bottom of the economic pyramid in sectors including microfinance, renewable energy, health care and education. With operations in Bangalore and Sydney, Unitus Capital delivers a range of financial advisory and capital market services to clients across Asia. For more information, visit www.unitucapital.com.

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轉寄︰ Concepting now open in OpenIDEO’s E-Waste Challenge

2012 年 07 月 14 日

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傳送日期︰ 2012年07月14日 (週六) 1:14 AM
主題︰ Concepting now open in OpenIDEO’s E-Waste Challenge

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CONCEPTING NOW OPEN

         

How can we manage e-waste & discarded electronics in ways that safeguard human health and protect our environment?

Add your ideas to our Concepting phase
Our E-Waste Challenge has been buzzing, beeping and humming along – with global insights posted in our Inspiration phase that helped us learn about the topic and start thinking about potential solutions. 
Now it’s time to dive into our ever-collaborative Concepting phase: what are your ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle our discarded electronics and e-waste?
 
As always, everyone is welcome to take part in our efforts. Join us to share your ideas, applaud and comment on other community concepts, and get inspired by new and innovative solutions to this pressing global challenge.

Head over to Concepting to get started, and be sure to check out our blog post with tips for using Concepting Themes to guide your ideas. You could also host a challenge brainstorm with friends – because collaboration loves company!

Cheers,
The OpenIDEO Team

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