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1871 - WORKPLACE FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS IN CHICAGO
https://1871.com/
From the web site: "Founded in 2012, 1871 was created to support Chicago’s digital startup community. Since that time, it has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today 1871 is the home of more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 120,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, industry-specific incubators, tech talent schools, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition — the state’s leading technology advocate, a number of Chicago-based VCs, and satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, DeVry University, and DePaul University."

A MAP OF THE OPEN INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM
http://sidewaysthoughts.com/blog/2015/08/a-map-of-the-open-innovation-ecosystem/
From the web site: "The innovation ecosystem refers to the various programs, projects and institutions that come together to deliver innovation. This interaction works based on a premise that innovation is more likely at the interface between boundaries." This article attempts to "show the different parts of the system and provide an idea of which parts interact."

A VISION FOR THE SHARING ECONOMY
https://www.shareable.net/its-time-to-go-big-a-vision-for-the-sharing-economy/
This article reflects on what's possible in the "sharing economy" and talks about opportunities to shape the direction of this movement". The writer says "the sharing economy is not only a real solution, it’s also an inspiring true story. People experience it as empowering. It puts people in a new, constructive relation to one another. In the sharing economy, we host, fund, teach, drive, care, guide and cook for friends and strangers alike. This is a world where people help each other. It’s also a world where self-interest and the common good align."  Read more and follow the links to build your understanding of the "sharing economy" and its impact on you.

ASHOKA.ORG - SUPPORTING SOCIAL INNOVATION
https://www.ashoka.org/en/about-ashoka
From the web site: "Ashoka US was launched in 2001 when we began supporting social entrepreneurs in the United States as Ashoka Fellows. Together with our partners, we have supported more than 200 social entrepreneurs and connected them into a dynamic peer network to help grow their ideas and impact.   We also work to ensure that every child masters empathy through our Start Empathy initiative, that teens and college students are equipped with changemaking tools and skills through our Youth Venture and Ashoka U programs and that networks of changemakers and social innovators across the US are able to scale their ideas and impact through competitions produced by our Changemakers team."

ASSOCIATION FOR ENTERPRISE OPPORTUNITY (AEO)
https://aeoworks.org/
From the web site: "AEO is a national membership organization and voice of microbusiness development in the United States. For more than two decades, AEO and its hundreds of member organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves and their families and contribute to their communities through business ownership.

Mission: AEO creates economic opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs. AEO supports the development of strong and effective US microbusiness initiatives to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing, and expanding businesses.

BALTA - BC-ALBERTA SOCIAL ECONOMY RESEARCH ALLIANCE
http://www.socialeconomy-bcalberta.ca/
From the web site:  "BALTA is a regional research collaboration amongst community based organizations, universities and colleges in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, with an interest in the social economy. BALTA's mandate involves researching various aspects of the social economy with a view to both increasing knowledge about the sector and identifying ways to strengthen and expand the sector. BALTA is the BC-Alberta node of a pan-Canadian research initiative, the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships (CSERP). This five year research initiative (2006-2011) is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  This website and the linked online library contain an extensive and growing body of information about BALTA, its research and other programs, research results, and the social economy more broadly."

BAUMHART CENTER FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND RESPONSIBILITY AT LOYOLA CHICAGO
https://www.luc.edu/baumhartcenter/
Visit the Baumhart Center's website and respond to their invitation to "Join us at the intersection of profit and purpose."

BERT-OLA BERGSTRAND - FACILITATOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
https://www.facebook.com/bertola.bergstrand
This link points to the Facebook page of Bert-Ola Bergstrand, a social entrepreneur based in Europe.  Look at the list of organizations that he supports as a facilitator. These represent a vast library of social enterprise websites and resources.  Rather than add each link to the Tutor/Mentor library I'm just pointing to Bert's list.

BIG MARKER - HELPS YOU BUILD A COMMUNITY
https://www.bigmarker.com/about
From the web site: "With better tools for conversations, sharing resources, webinars and video conferencing, BigMarker helps your group make a mark. Thousands of organizations, teams, and movements use their BigMarker community as a destination for learning, sharing, support, and collaboration."

CHANGEMAKERS - GLOBAL NETWORK
https://www.changemakers.com/
From the web site: "Changemakers activates a global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policy makers and activists to build an Everyone a Changemaker world."

CHI COMMMONS COOPERATIVE AND SOLIDARITY MAP
https://www.chicommons.coop/
From the website: “ChiCommons is a multi-stakeholder organization that grew out of local Civic Tech and Sustainability volunteer movements for common good — and evolved into a Limited Worker Cooperative Association (LWCA).  We are based in the Chicago, Illinois, USA region — and focus on global cooperative, peer-to-peer commons, and asset-based community development principles.”

CIVIC EXCHANGE CHICAGO - COWORKING SPACE CENTERED ON HOW NEWS, INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY
https://datamade.us/blog/civic-exchange/
Launched in 2019.  From the web site: "Civic Exchange Chicago is a coworking space and learning community centered on how news, information and technology can increase democracy and freedom." 

CREATE GROWTH THROUGH INNOVATION
https://newandimproved.com/
From the web site: "New & Improved, LLC, is a global organizational development firm that focuses on the people skills organizations need to create growth through innovation. We develop groups of individuals who excel at creative thinking and working productively together."

CREATIVITY, SOCIAL BENEFIT AND JOB CREATION - ONTARIO (PDF)
http://www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/mpi/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/Creativity_Social_Benefit_and_Job_Creation-A_Baldwin.pdf
Creativity, Social Benefit and Job Creation: The Potential for Social Entrepreneurship in Ontario is the full title of this 2009 working paper, written by Andrea Baldwin. This paper makes the case that "social entrepreneurship - both in the for-profit business sector, and the non profit sector, creates economic value by creating jobs. Furthermore, it also creates service delivery and, in some cases, stimulates employment for economically disadvantaged regions or individuals." The ideas in this report could be applied in Chicago, New York or any other city.

CURRENT LANDSCAPE OF "OPEN EDUCATION", CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
https://edtechfrontier.com/2018/02/
This is a blog by Paul Stacey, who became Executive Director of the Open Education Consortium in 2018.  He writes: "in this post I map out how I see the current landscape of ‘Open’ and mention the most prominent challenges and opportunities. In a second post I define where the Open Education Consortium should be positioned within this landscape and propose a roadmap for getting there."  Paul published articles on th is blog from 2010 till February 2018.

DESIGN COMPETITIONS - HOSTED BY UK DESIGN COUNCIL
https://www.designcouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/social-innovation/reducing-violence-and-aggression-ae
From the web site: "Design Council is a charity and is recognised as a leading authority on the use of strategic design. We use design as a strategic tool to tackle major societal challenges, drive economic growth and innovation, and improve the quality of the built environment. We address all aspects of design including product, service, user experience and design in the built environment. We are the UK government’s adviser on design.  Our Design Challenges bring together designers and design novices alike, to address some of society’s biggest challenges. We also run regular talks by leading designers - see our events page for more."

Note: This is something Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC would like to be part of in conjunction with US organizations focused on education, non profit sector, etc.

DESIGN EDU - HOSTED BY CORE77
https://boards.core77.com/?utm_source=navigation
From the web site: "Since 1995 Core77.com has served a devoted global audience of industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. Core77 provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits." This link points to a page hosting discussion boards.

ENCORE NATION - SENIORS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
https://encore.org/
From the web site:  "Encore.org is spearheading efforts to engage millions of people in later life as a vital source of talent to benefit society. Our ultimate goal is to create a better future for young people and future generations." Visit the site to see how they do this.

FINDING COMMON PURPOSE - ROOTCAUSE BLOG
https://rootcause.org/finding-common-purpose/government-benefits-and-trust-in-people-lessons-from-stockton-california-part-2/
From the site:  "Root Cause is a purpose-driven consulting group that exists to enable more people and families to achieve lifelong success."  Browse the site. Read the blog. Learn more.

FIVERR® - AN OPEN MARKET PLACE FOR FREELANCERS, ENTREPRENEURS, MORE
https://www.fiverr.com/categories/graphics-design/cartoons-and-comics
From the web site: "Fiverr® provides an open marketplace for freelancers and small business operators to create, customize, and sell their niche services on the web. The flexible and affordable platform currently lists millions of services posted by entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses around the world. Fiverr's global community of creative self-starters monetize their talents and market to people in 190 countries."

GREENSTAR - SUPPORTS GROWTH OF VILLAGES IN DEVELOPING WORLD
http://www.greenstar.org/
From the web site: "Greenstar has developed a solar-powered community center that delivers electricity, pure water, health and education information and a wireless connection to villages in the developing world. To support this program, we record traditional art, music, photography, legends and storytelling in small villages, and bring these unique, priceless products to global markets through the Internet. Revenues are returned to the village to support their ongoing, independent development.

GUIDELINES FOR FORMING AN L3C ORGANIZATION IN ILLINOIS
http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/forming-l3c-illinois
Visit this site for steps in forming an L3C organization in Illinois.

HOW TO EMPOWER AND SUPPORT YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS (RESOURCES & TIPS)
https://www.finimpact.com/empower-and-support-young-entrepreneurs/
This article is an extensive guide to help understand and support the growth of youth entrepreneurs.  Useful for mentors, educators, parents and entrepreneurs!  

IDEACTION CORPS - CONNECTS CREATIVE PEOPLE WITH SOCIAL BENEFIT WORK
http://ideactioncorps.com/about
From the web site:  "Ideaction Corps is a collaborative of accomplished agencies and freelancers working together for the common good.  We use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. And because our unique business model provides a platform for consultancies to access work that makes a difference in their community, we are helping other businesses solve them too."

ILLINOIS INNOVATION NETWORK
https://iin.uillinois.edu/
From the web site: "The Illinois Innovation Network website launched in 2013 as a common platform to connect startups, innovation-driven enterprises, service providers, research and academic institutions, and community leaders to position Illinois as one of the world’s top innovation centers."

ILLINOIS SOCIAL ALLIANCE MEMBER DIRECTORY
https://socialenterprise.us/programs/member-directory/?search&chapters&locations=IL&areas&industries
You can use this directory to search for socially conscious businesses in Illinois and to submit your social enterprise for directory inclusion. Join Social Enterprise Alliance - Chicago (SEA-Chicago) in creating this community.

INNOVATE WITH INNOCENTIVE CHALLENGES
https://www.innocentive.com/
From the web site: "Move beyond the standard modes of thinking and problem solving.  We offer a comprehensive suite of externally and internally-focused programs, providing the methodology, technology, expert support and problem-solving network for you to crowdsource solutions to important problems." This site is built around InnoCentive Challenges, that involved a network of people from around the world.

INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS - TERMINOLOGY
https://www.socialent.org/Social_Enterprise_Terminology.htm
From the web site: "The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs is a for-profit consulting company founded in 1999 by Jerr Boschee, who served for the previous eight years as President and CEO of The National Center for Social Entrepreneurs."  The site hosts a variety of useful resources for SEs. 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL MARKETING ASSOCIATION
https://isocialmarketing.org/
From the web site: "iSMA "is seeking to build a community among social marketers to exchange ideas and learnings so that we will all be more effective in the work we do to ‘create a better world through marketing’." This link points to their blog.

JELLYWEEK - CONNECTED SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - ARCHIVE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/jellyweek12/
This Facebook group hosted planning for the WORLDWIDE #JELLYWEEK 2012 (16 to 22 Jan), with a goal of connecting social innovators to communicate and collaborate on a global level. The page is still live although the Jellyweek project ended in 2013. 

LEARN ABOUT THE BLUE ECONOMY
https://www.theblueeconomy.org/
The BLUE Economy is a book, with 100+ Ideas for creating a future economy using nature-inspired technologies. It was launched in 2004 as "ZERI in Action" project. Since then hundreds of people have contributed to bring the content within reach of many.  Visit the Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (ZERI) web site at http://www.zeri.org/ZERI/About_ZERI.html

LIVING BRIDGES PLANET ON FACEBOOK - MEETING PLACE FOR SEs
https://www.facebook.com/groups/livingbridgesplanet/
This group was formed around 2012 and continues to be active. It is a connecting point on Facebook for social entrepreneurs and people who want to make good things happen in the world.

MENTOR TRAINING IDEAS FROM THE MOWGLI FOUNDATION (UK)
https://www.mowgli.org.uk/
From the website: "Mowgli Mentoring is a social enterprise driving inclusive economic and social change in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Mowgli’s unique, accredited methodology provides a supportive framework which empowers and supports the talent and leadership development of entrepreneurs (micro, refugee and SMEs), women, youth as well as corporate leaders and employees to unlock their potential and seize new opportunities for growth."  View a collection of Slideshare presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/mowglifoundation/presentations. 

MICROAID - SIMPLE STEPS - FOCUS ON POVERTY IN INDONESIA
https://www.microaid.net/
From the web site: "MicroAid’s local Community Partners help low income families to LEARN new skills using simple materials available from MicroAid Library. GET SUPPORT through micro-project donor funds (www.microaid.org), and CONNECT to community organisations, buyers and local markets (http://products.microaid.com)."

NETWORK ANALYSIS VISUALIZATIONS ILLUSTRATE UNIQUE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORT
https://www.shareable.net/enspiral-changing-the-way-social-entrepreneurs-do-business/
This 2014 article describes a New Zealand Social Enterprise support group, called Enspiral (https://enspiral.com/) that has found innovative ways to support a network of organizations throughout the world. The article uses network analysis visualizations effectively to illustrate Enspiral's efforts.

ONE COMMUNITY: FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL
https://www.onecommunityglobal.org/purpose-mission-values/
From the web site: "Mission Statement: To offer non-profit leadership, demonstration, and open source project-launch blueprinting to re-invent the planet as a cooperative of comprehensively sustainable and self-propagating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities collaborating for The Highest Good of All."  Browse the site to learn how this works.  

PARTNERSHIP FOR CHANGE - NORWAY
https://pfchange.org/?lang=en
From the web site: "Partnership for Change (PfC) is a Norwegian NGO that works to secure economic independence for women and youth. We currently have operations in Ethiopia and Myanmar.  PfC develops and applies new tools, methods and forms of cooperation to address societal problems. We seek cooperation across a variety of sectors in order to build solutions that are sustainable – financially, socially and environmentally. " Visit the site to learn more.

PLATFORM BUSINESS MODEL - DISCUSSION 2015
https://searchcio.techtarget.com/feature/Platform-business-model-picks-up-steam-whats-the-CIO-role
This article shows how business is beginning to understand and value platforms and may offer some ideas for T/MC and others who seek to further develop their own platforms. 

Note: The Tutor/Mentor Connection, now operated by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, has been building an information-based platform that anyone, from any place, could use to support the growth of youth serving organizations operating in high poverty neighborhoods of urban areas.  We've never had significant investment to support this effort.

PLATFORMS SUPPORTING NEXT GENERATION BUSINESS - SOCAP ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SOCAP/
SOCAP is a group meeting on Facebook. SOCAP convenes a global network of innovators working for social change. It  uses this Facebook and documents such as this list of platforms supporting social enterprise activities as "a space to connect, share ideas and opportunities, have conversations, match-make, and grow our global network as we continue to build this new paradigm together."

POP TECH - GLOBAL NETWORK OF INNOVATORS
https://poptech.org/
From the web site: "PopTech brings together a global community of innovators from many fields to share insights and work together to create lasting change. Our Fellows programs for social innovators and scientists identify and train some of the world’s most promising talent. Our Labs bring together curated and diverse experts to work together on areas of critical significance. Our Initiatives incubate high-impact, collaborative and new approaches to some of the world’s toughest problems. Our annual conferences and events are among the highest rated in the United States.

POWERED BY ACTION - HELPING NON-PROFITS DO GOOD, BETTER
https://www.poweredbyaction.org/
From the web site "Powered by Action is a 501(c)3 organization that amplifies the efforts of those trying to change the world by connecting people anywhere as though they were in the same room. Our expertise is powering the work of activists, experts, and people with know-how by demolishing the barriers between them and the people they want to help. We believe connections build movements. People with knowledge and innovative ideas are already out there – they simply need help helping others. That’s where we come in. As global technology leaders, we know how to build systems that empower nonprofit organizations to reach more people effectively. Our expertise powers theirs. We’re here to provide tools that individuals and organizations need to more effectively achieve their development goals. And we’re here to inspire action that creates results, achieving higher returns on donations and investments by deploying a different approach to sustainable development."

PRESENTE ON FACEBOOK - ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Presentee/
Presente! is a group started on Facebook in 2011, intended to boost and to bond alternative educational initiatives by connecting leaders of successful projects around the world in a lively exchange of ideas. It's goal is to "combine our strengths to mobilize the mainstream in order to follow new ways in education."

PROFIT FOR PURPOSE - SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
https://archive.skoll.org/2006/09/25/profit-for-a-purpose/
Capitalism and financial gain are the driving force behind our entire economic system. However, does the wealth gained benefit the entire world or just a few fortunate entrepreneurs? This article was referenced in a Profit for Purpose discussion hosted on the Social Edge platform in September 2006.

Here's another article by Jeff Mowatt about “Profit for Purpose”
https://peoplecentred.medium.com/what-is-profit-for-purpose-c26bd96cf244

PUBLIC GOOD - STRENGTHEN TIES BETWEEN PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS
https://publicgood.com/
From the web site: "Public Good is a place for people who care about the world’s most important causes to come together and make a difference. It starts with our Take Action technology, which connects people reading the news to actions they can take to support nonprofits in their communities and around the world. Whether it’s helping with hurricane relief, refugees, animal rights, or education, Public Good’s 1.1 million nonprofit organizations are on the front lines making it better, and they need your help.  Public Good isn’t just a petition platform or a crowdfunding site. There are lots of different ways to make an impact ranging from volunteering to hosting a book drive to adopting a pet. You can also meet like-minded people and form communities around the causes you care about. Public Good is civic action online."

SHARED VALUE INITIATIVE
https://www.sharedvalue.org/
From the website: "The Shared Value Initiative is building a community of leaders who are activating their own potential for impact so that everyone can realize their possibility and live a life of dignity. We are driven by pioneers, the curious, knowledge seekers, idea generators, and committed leaders who want to make the world a more equitable, healthy and sustainable place."

SOCAP - NETWORK OF INVESTORS, ENTREPRENEURS, AND SOCIAL IMPACT LEADERS
https://socapglobal.com/
From the website: "SOCAP is the largest and most diverse impact investing community in the world. We convene a global ecosystem and marketplace – social entrepreneurs, investors, foundation and nonprofit leaders, government and policy leaders, creators, corporations, academics, and beyond –  through live and digital content experiences that educate, spur conversation, and inspire investment in positive impact."

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENTREPRENEURS (SEE)
https://saveourplanet.org/about-see/
From the web site:  "Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs’ mission is to empower, encourage and catalyze individuals to facilitate progressive change in areas of social justice and ecological restoration.  SEE handles back office work so the project workers’ time is freed up to focus on the fieldwork. SEE processes all donations for the individual projects, files appropriate paperwork with government agencies, sees to paying all related bills of the project, issues tax-receipts to donors and maintains a professional office for the projects.  In addition to the administrative and accounting duties, the SEE staff offers support in grant-seeking, tabling events and general community outreach."

SOCIAL EDGE DISCUSSIONS NOW ARCHIVED ON SKOLL WORLD FORUM SITE
https://archive.skoll.org/category/social-edge/
From 2003-2013 social entrepreneurs from around the world gathered on the  Social Edge site to share ideas and resources.  While this is no longer active, the archives are still available.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ALLIANCE
https://socialenterprise.us/about/
From the web site:  "Social Enterprise Alliance is the national membership organization and key catalyst for the rapidly growing social enterprise movement in the United States. We provide social enterprises with the resources they need to succeed, support and grow social entrepreneurship on a national scale and serve as a voice for more sustainable social impact."

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ALLIANCE - CHICAGO CHAPTER
https://socialenterprise.us/chapter/chicago/
From the web site: "SEA/Chicago connects the community of social enterprise by hosting learning and networking opportunities among social enterprises, foundations, lenders, educators, corporations, and service providers in the Midwestern United States."

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE AT HARVARD
http://socialenterpriseconference.org/
From the web site: The  Annual Social Enterprise Conference (SECON), presented by students at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, brings together top leaders, practitioners and students to engage in dialogue, debate, and expression around Social Enterprise. Our mission is to educate participants about Social Enterprise’s potential in solving the world’s most pressing problems and to inspire meaningful discussion around the key challenges within the field." 

SOCIAL INNOVATION – THE LAST AND NEXT DECADE - ARTICLE
https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/social-innovation-the-last-and-next-decade/
From the web site: "Social innovation is not a new concept or practice, but in the last decade it has taken off. There are now hundreds of social innovation centres, funds, courses and incubators of all kinds, most of which didn’t exist 10 years ago.   In this short, and far from comprehensive, note - prepared for the SIX Wayfinder, which Nesta is hosting this month - I attempt an overview of what was achieved over the last decade, what’s missing, and what might be priorities for the decade ahead, in what is likely to be a much less favourable political climate in many countries."

SOCIAL INNOVATION NETWORKING RESOURCE LIST
https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1uSbfCbZg5_tjKWJYNV38SrYdZrlbgrO8R7E866Iw3uA&hl=en
This Google doc contains a list social innovation resources. Looks like it is updated.  The list is hosted by Katharine Bierce,  http://www.facebook.com/kbierce

SOCIAL OR CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP - A NEW DEFINITION?
https://ssir.org/articles/entry/social_or_cultural_entrepreneurship_an_argument_for_a_new_distinction
This article on Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) suggests that "Cultural entrepreneurship is different than social entrepreneurship because it is primarily focused on re-imagining social roles and motivating new behaviors."  What do you think?

SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL
https://www.socialventurepartners.org/what-we-do/
From the web site: "Social Venture Partners does more than give money. We amplify the impact of those out to do good in three distinct ways:  1) Connect and engage individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their time and philanthropic giving; 2) Fund and strengthen nonprofits, helping them take their vital work for kids and the environment to the next level; and 3) Invest in collaborative solutions, so those with a common cause can align their efforts and go farther, together.

SOHODOJO - A 1990s-2010 SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS, INCLUDING OMIDYAR.NET
http://www.sohodojo.com/views.html
From the site: "Sohodojo is an independent, self-funded applied research and development laboratory with an associated education mission to support solo and family-based microenterprise and small business entrepreneurs in rural and distressed urban communities. Sohodojo is essentially a "organizational wrapper" on the entrepreneurial free agent activities of Jim Salmons and Timlynn Babitsky. We operated Sohodojo actively from the late 1990s through 2010. The site remains on-line as a wealth of provocative ideas and first-person experience reports for what it is like to envision and pursue the "Small Is Good" World as a complementary "engine" to the conventional "bigger, faster, stronger" approach of the "Big Is Good" World."  Sohodojo was active in the Omidyar network in the mid 2000s and one archive on this site is a blog that captures many of the conversations that were held at "O-Net".

STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW (SSIR) BLOG
https://ssir.org/
From the web site: "Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) informs and inspires millions of social change leaders from around the world and from all sectors of society—nonprofits, business, and government. With webinars, conferences, magazines, online articles, podcasts, and more, SSIR bridges research, theory, and practice on a wide range of topics, including human rights, impact investing, and nonprofit business models. SSIR is published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University." Lots of good ideas, and expansive network-building opportunities.

THE CHURCHILL CLUB OF AUSTRALIA
https://churchillclub.org.au/
From the web site: The Churchill Club is "Supporting businesses to scale-up by sparking conversations, facilitating connections and encouraging knowledge sharing in innovation, entrepreneurship and technology."

THE COMMON ROOF - CO-LOCATION EXAMPLE
https://www.newpathfoundation.org/the-common-roof
This is an example of a social enterprise supporting a variety of non profits and other SE's focusing on common purpose. From the web site: "The Common Roof is a community-based social enterprise providing sustainable and professional workspace for human-service and non-profit organizations. The Common Roof not only provides stable, affordable workspace, infrastructure and shared services to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness, but also provides opportunities for cross-organizational collaboration between partner organizations."

THE COMMONS AS A TRANSFORMATIVE VISION
https://www.shareable.net/the-commons-as-a-transformative-vision/
From the website:  "This essay originally appeared in The Wealth of the Commons, which is a collection of 73 essays describe the enormous potential of the commons in conceptualizing and building a better future."

THE ENSPIRAL NETWORK - NEW ZEALAND
https://www.enspiral.com/
Visit this site to see a description of the Enspiral Network, described as: "Social enterprise ventures and social entrepreneurs working together with shared vision and values."

THE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY EXPLORER - SHOWCASE THE MOST INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS, MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND CITIES
https://goexplorer.org/
From the web site: "Rooted in over five years of research involving 18,000 business leaders and 17 expert panels, the Explorer guides you through hundreds of sustainable solutions and market opportunities which address the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).  The Global Opportunity Explorer also showcases 300 of the most innovative urban climate solutions from cities around the world." Browse the site and learn about its resources.

THE GRAY MATTER EXPERIENCE - INCUBATES YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS
https://www.graymatterexperience.com/
From the website: "Gray Matter Experience exists to give opportunities for Chicago high school students to learn about and practice entrepreneurship at an early age. We hope that our students gain knowledge, access and resources to transform the way they and others view their communities. Through our programs, youth collaborate to develop solutions around problems that plague their communities and use their newfound knowledge gained through The Gray Matter Experience, to help shape their business approach."

THE WEALTH OF THE COMMONS - A WORLD BEYOND MARKET AND STATE
http://www.wealthofthecommons.org/essay/introduction-commons-transformative-vision
From the web site: "Over the past few years an explosion of innovative activism, scholarship and projects focused on the commons has been gaining momentum around the world. This growing movement consists of activists fighting international land grabs and the privatization of water; commoners collectively managing forests, fisheries and farmlands; Internet users generating software and Web content that can be shared and improved; and urban dwellers reclaiming public spaces. The Wealth of the Commons brings together the most vibrant strands of this burgeoning international work into a single volume, revealing the significant potential of the commons as a new force in politics, economics and culture."

x4 IMPACT IS A FREE MARKET INTELLIGENCE PLATFORM FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION
https://x4i.org/
From the website: "X4Impact, a market intelligence platform for social innovation.  We want to empower tens of thousands of Entrepreneurs, Impact Investors, Philanthropists, and Tech Solution Providers, to create Technology for the Public Interest and do well while doing good."  Launched in 2020.

 
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