Scaling Through Mass Disruption

How do social enterprises and the funders that support them achieve impact at scale even in times of crisis, such as outbreak of war or disease?

In light of the mass disruption caused by COVID-19, we are working with our Scaling Pathways partners on a new video interview series called Scaling Through Mass Disruption, which captures how social enterprises are adapting, pivoting, managing finances, engaging teams, and so much more in times of crisis. The social enterprises interviewed share advice and insights that are not only relevant for the present situation, but also help identify trends and lessons learned that can prepare organizations for inevitable future crises and disruptions.

Keep checking back as we add more interviews, shorter clips on critical topics, and brief write-ups. Questions? Email us at

Scaling Pathways is a partnership between the Skoll Foundation, USAID, Mercy Corps Ventures, and CASE at Duke to curate and share scaling insights from the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. See more at

Finding Hope: Opportunity & connectedness in the face of crisis

Social enterprise leaders share what gives them hope during this time of crisis and challenges

Building Resilience: Creating organizations that can weather the storm

On any normal day, social enterprises face significant challenges trying to tackle major unsolved problems. Crises such as COVID19, political upheaval, and climate disasters only add to the challenge. Hear how six social impact leaders work to create resilient organizations that can continue the march toward impact.

Partnerships: Leveraging opportunity in times of crisis

As Kevin Trapani, Co-Founder & CEO of The Redwoods Group, articulates, “Social entrepreneurs understand that nobody does anything that matters and lasts alone.” Hear below how six of the organizations we interviewed are calling on and supporting partners in these challenging times.

Mission Balance: Addressing trade-offs in times of crisis

Social enterprises are always making difficult decisions to maximize both social impact and financial sustainability, but in times of crisis these decisions come into sharper focus. Hear how frameworks and long-term thinking guide the organizations we interviewed.


Talent: Empowering your team to achieve impact in new ways

How are social ventures leveraging their teams’ expertise in new ways, empowering decision-making at the front lines, and leaning heavily into values to accomplish it all? Check out their experience and tips below – individually, or in the ten minute round-up.


Money Matters: Tips, cautions, and lessons learned

Insights on everything from cutting costs, to fundraising, to investor communications during a major disruption.  View the video compilation below bringing together voices from six different social enterprises, or see the individual clips.

Full 30 Minute Interviews

Whether you’re interested in a specific sector, region, or legal status, there is sure to be a conversation relevant to you. We will continue to pull shorter clips on themes most relevant to social entrepreneurs at this time.