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    • Michele (@michele)
        Detroit has become the typical example of how the recent economic crisis can transform the whole structure of an important city: highest rates of illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, etc.But sometimes (often?) it's exactly in these extremely...
      • SBW Team (@admin)
        SBW Team (@admin) commented on the blog *NEW* SBW's Job World

        Hi mjray,

        Thanks for joining and for your comment. Multi-currency option is on our to-do list for the Jobs board among many others. Hopefully implemented within few weeks.

        Stay connected!

        :)

        Cheers

        • mjray
          mjray commented on the blog *NEW* SBW's Job World

          Can it be priced in USD?

          • Gianni
            Gianni published a blog post *NEW* SBW's Job World
            Announcing SBW's Job World plugin
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            • mjray

              Can it be priced in USD?

            • SBW Team (@admin)
              By SBW Team (@admin)

              Hi mjray,

              Thanks for joining and for your comment. Multi-currency option is on our to-do list for the Jobs board among many others. Hopefully implemented within few weeks.

              Stay connected!

              :)

              Cheers

            • Michele (@michele)
              Michele (@michele) bookmarked Save the dates in USA
              SuperGuide to events for nonprofits & social good organizations in the US
              • Gianni
                The California Institute for Social Business (CISB) in collaboration with Professor Muhammad Yunus was established as part of the CSU Channel Islands’ commitment to prepare students for the world they will inherit upon graduation. The CISB addresses...

                California Institute for Social Business - CSU Channel Islands

                socialbusiness.csuci.edu

                California State University Channel Islands is Ventura County's first public, four-year university.

                • Jeff Mowatt
                  Jeff Mowatt replied on the discussion topic Microfinance – Can it become a profit making business?

                  I'm with Yunius on the issue of profit. Our position is creating profit for a social purpose not profiting from it.

                  Before I set up our UK organisation, my colleague and founder had sourced a microfinance bank in Russia which was based on the loan circle approach pioneered by Grameen. It became known as the Tomsk Microfinance Bank and FINCA were to manage the bank. It was this model that subsequently became the standard at the Russian Microfinance Center.   

                  Moving on to Crimea, with a proposal to deploy social enterprise against the risk of terrorism in a peaceful Muslim community, he describes the concept of a Community Funding Enterprise which will collaborate with a microfinance bank and create mutual benefit for both.

                  Creating Shared Value in Ukraine

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                  • Michele (@michele)

                    Thanks Gianni for this thread and DPGray for the interesting link.

                    I'm sure we'll experience lots of new ventures and cooperation between regular and social businesses worldwide and here at SBW we'll help!

                    Cheers

                    • DPGray
                      DPGray replied on the discussion topic Microfinance – Can it become a profit making business?

                      I think the answer is yes. There are many community and faith based credit unions who are doing this now. The Microfinance community does not have this long track record as does US credit unions. The Occupy movement asked us to move money from main stream banks to local credit unions. The next step would be to make these credit unions comply more in line with 7 principles of a social business. See article about success of credit unions @ http://tinyurl.com/7zk52b7.

                      • Gianni
                        Gianni replied on the discussion topic Can SBW be a social business itself?

                        Dear all, the moment has arrived! Tomorrow June 28, Michele and Gianni will be at the Social Business Workshop in Prato (Italy). SBW will be looked as a case study of a potential social business! We will keep you posted on the workshop's outcome. Meanwhile, please feel free to post your comments or questions!

                        • Gianni
                          Gianni added a new discussion topic Can SBW be a social business itself?
                          The idea has been roaming in the SBW team's heads for a while: can Social Business World become a social business itself? Being SBW an open community, comments from the community are not only welcome, they are essential. Tell SBW what you think by...
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                          • Gianni
                            By Gianni

                            Dear all, the moment has arrived! Tomorrow June 28, Michele and Gianni will be at the Social Business Workshop in Prato (Italy). SBW will be looked as a case study of a potential social business! We will keep you posted on the workshop's outcome. Meanwhile, please feel free to post your comments or questions!

                          • Michele (@michele)

                            Nice! Why dontt we contact them asking for more details and inviting them to join SBW? Thank you for the interesting new Gianni!

                            • Gianni
                              A very interesting article in the New York Times website describes KaBOOM!, an NGO created by Darell Hammond in Washington DC. KaBOOM!'s mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, they...
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                              • Michele (@michele)
                                By Michele (@michele)

                                Nice! Why dontt we contact them asking for more details and inviting them to join SBW? Thank you for the interesting new Gianni!

                              • Gianni
                                Gianni bookmarked Grameen America
                                Grameen America provides affordable micro-loans to financially empower low-income entrepreneurs.  Our vision is to help create a world free of poverty.  We predict a market where any individual with a dream can receive affordable financial...
                                • Gianni
                                  Gianni added a new discussion topic Microfinance – Can it become a profit making business?
                                  Most of you know Grameen’s story and how it pioneered the idea of microfinance starting from the poorest areas of Bangladesh and extending to other parts of the world, including the US.  Given its success, microfinance has attracted over time the...
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                                  • DPGray
                                    By DPGray

                                    I think the answer is yes. There are many community and faith based credit unions who are doing this now. The Microfinance community does not have this long track record as does US credit unions. The Occupy movement asked us to move money from main stream banks to local credit unions. The next step would be to make these credit unions comply more in line with 7 principles of a social business. See article about success of credit unions @ http://tinyurl.com/7zk52b7.

                                  • Michele (@michele)
                                    By Michele (@michele)

                                    Thanks Gianni for this thread and DPGray for the interesting link.

                                    I'm sure we'll experience lots of new ventures and cooperation between regular and social businesses worldwide and here at SBW we'll help!

                                    Cheers

                                  • Jeff Mowatt
                                    By Jeff Mowatt

                                    I'm with Yunius on the issue of profit. Our position is creating profit for a social purpose not profiting from it.

                                    Before I set up our UK organisation, my colleague and founder had sourced a microfinance bank in Russia which was based on the loan circle approach pioneered by Grameen. It became known as the Tomsk Microfinance Bank and FINCA were to manage the bank. It was this model that subsequently became the standard at the Russian Microfinance Center.   

                                    Moving on to Crimea, with a proposal to deploy social enterprise against the risk of terrorism in a peaceful Muslim community, he describes the concept of a Community Funding Enterprise which will collaborate with a microfinance bank and create mutual benefit for both.

                                    Creating Shared Value in Ukraine

                                      .      

                                  • Gianni
                                    Gianni uploaded the file Microfinance for profit 08 Jun 2011
                                    From Business Daily (with Leslie Cohen), a program of BBC World Service: Is it right to make money out of microfinance? The program ask Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Vikram Akula of SKS.      
                                    • Gianni
                                      Gianni bookmarked Sense of purpose is key
                                      What motivates people to do things? Surprise surprise... it is not profit. Look at the video!!! What if we give people the option to do things that satisfy their sense of compassion and at the same time be financially sustainable, we would have a...

                                      RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

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                                      This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace....

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