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Introduction to the Special Section on Social Entrepreneurship

By Paul N. Bloom Social entrepreneurs are leaders of ventures that employ innovative approaches to address social problems. Their innovations can emerge in the ways the products or services of the venture function; the ways they are distributed and delivered; …

Learning Laboratory

by J. Gregory Dees Social entrepreneurs bring private resources, ingenuity, determination, business skills, and, in some cases, deep local knowledge to the problems that hold societies back. They innovate, test, and refine new approaches. Their successes and failures, once identified, …

Designing Your Business Model for Social Impact

By Cathy Clark and J. Gregory Dees From starting-up through scaling, social entrepreneurs are constantly redesigning their business models to increase their financial stability, efficiency and ultimate impact. Building on their global study of social entrepreneurial business models, the authors …

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise

By Matthew T.A. Nash Few concepts in the social sector have caught on as quickly and have captured the imagination of so many, or have been the subject of such intense debate, as has social entrepreneurship. We need to create …

Creating Large-Scale Change: Not ‘Can’ But ‘How’

By J. Gregory Dees Scaling impact is a very serious and challenging issue, but we need a better way of framing the conversation. The author proposes three reframing steps: • Reframing step # 1: Shift from “can” to “how can” …

Resource and Revenue Management in Nonprofit Operations

By Francis de Vericourt and Miguel Sousa Lobo Nonprofit firms sometimes engage in for-profit activities with the sole purpose of generating revenue to subsidize their mission activities. The organization is then confronted with a consumption vs. investment trade-off. Investment corresponds …