Alltop répertorie de nombreux articles sur l'entrepreneuriat social à travers le monde.

06.07.2015 We've been eating them for a while - Africa's Super Vegetables

A topic covered quite frequently here. Rachel Cernansky writing in Nature:
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Long overlooked in parts of Africa, indigenous greens are now capturing attention for their nutritional and environmental benefits.
One lunchtime in early March, tables at Nairobi's K'Osewe restaurant are packed. The waiting staff run back and forth from the kitchen, bringing out steaming plates of deep-green African nightshade, vibrant amaranth stew and the sautéed leaves of cowpeas. The restaurant is known as the best place to come for a helping of Kenya's traditional leafy green vegetables, which are increasingly showing up on menus across the city.

Just a few years ago, many of those plates would have been filled with staples such as collard greens or kale — which were introduced to Africa from Europe a little over a century ago. In Nairobi, indigenous vegetables were once sold almost exclusively at hard-to-find specialized markets; and although these plants have been favoured by some rural populations in Africa, they were largely ignored by seed companies and researchers, so they lagged behind commercial crops in terms of productivity and sometimes quality.

Now, indigenous vegetables are in vogue. They fill shelves at large supermarkets even in Nairobi, and seed companies are breeding more of the traditional varieties every year. Kenyan farmers increased the area planted with such greens by 25% between 2011 and 2013. As people throughout East Africa have recognized the vegetables' benefits, demand for the crops has boomed.

Recipes for African super vegetables This is welcome news for agricultural researchers and nutritional experts, who argue that indigenous vegetables have a host of desirable traits: many of them are richer in protein, vitamins, iron and other nutrients than popular non-native crops such as kale, and they are better able to endure droughts and pests. This makes the traditional varieties a potent weapon against dietary deficiencies. “In Africa, malnutrition is such a problem. We want to see indigenous vegetables play a role,” says Mary Abukutsa-Onyango, a horticultural researcher at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja, Kenya, who is a major proponent of the crops.
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04.07.2015 The 'Libyan Rocket' Car

Intriguing project, did it die with Ghadaffi? In Afroautos:
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...This project was named ‘
Saroukh el-Jamahiriya’, loosely translated to Libyan Rocket. It was the brainchild of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The late Libyan leader designed this stylish sedan with its rocket lookalike nose and tail, hence the fancy name. This project, a special one of its kind in Africa, was financed by LADIC (Libyan Arab Domestic Investment Company). Tesco TS, an Italian firm, did the actual prototype at a cost of $2.85 million.
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04.07.2015 Sampling, Remixing, and Making with Pop-Up Factories

David Cranor writing in Radar:
Images by Halfdan and Rachel Kalmar; image compilation courtesy of Andrew “bunnie” Huang
Building hardware is hard, indeed. Until we have general purpose matter compilers, development of hardware products will differ dramatically from the development of pure software. Producing a device that can be used by thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of users is an extremely complicated dance that involves moving physical goods around the planet. It costs tens of thousands of dollars and around a month to press “compile” on even a simple injection mold. When a single company attempts the design and production of every part of a product — circuit board, enclosure, software, etc. — a whole lot of capital and human resources are required.

But all of that is changing as the development process for hardware begins to look like the development process for software. That’s how these no-name Chinese companies do it with a small fraction of the resources that their Western counterparts have. The jaded might assume that it’s just a blatant disregard for intellectual property and avoidance of meticulous design work upfront, but the answer is much more nuanced than that, as David Li describes in the ParisTech Review:

[An] informal network dominates the cell phone supply chain in Shenzhen…People no longer locate themselves in the same office anymore. They reshuffle on the basis of projects. A promising project will soon attract a group of talents or a few competent companies, with each having different assignments. Some will be in charge of providing printed circuit boards (PCB); some take care of the shells, with the rest of the parts covered by another team. Since the threshold for entering is low, it is even acceptable for companies to try crazy projects. Free information flow brought unrelated companies together and enabled grassroots innovation.

In other words, these companies use radically dynamic allocation of expertise and open information flow to turn a profit on low-volume hardware, basing their designs on previous or modularized ones. This allows products such as the phones pictured above to be designed and manufactured in a matter of months, and for an extremely low cost. If they sell, more are made. If they don’t sell, everyone moves onto something new. Where some may see piracy, others see sampling, remixing, and burning.
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03.07.2015 Building an Instant Noodle Business

Lee Middleton in Quartz:
...Outside traditional open-air markets, food in Africa is largely a spin of the non-African globe: Marie biscuits from Dubai, butter from Ireland, rice from Thailand. This reality is reflected in an annual food import bill that is almost double that of the sector’s export earnings ($81 billion vs. $45 billion, according to MD Ramesh of Olam International).

The upshot being that the continent is spending some $36 billion a year on products from wheat to cooking oil, tomatoes to canned soup. Putting aside the question of why Africa imports tomatoes, the business opportunity represented by agriculture generally and processed foods in particular screams for recognition. Monica Musonda, CEO of Zambia’s Java Foods heard the call. Quitting her job as a lawyer, Musonda started what she says is a rare thing: an African-owned agribusiness company. Java’s first product? Instant noodles. “I wanted to develop a product for the youth market that was affordable and nutritious,” says Musonda, who was a panelist on the “Food Challenge” session at the 2015 World Economic Forum Africa Summit in Cape Town.

Java won’t be the first to produce noodles in Africa, but it will be one of the first African-born brands. Indonesian-brand Indomie landed in Nigeria in 1996, and by 2013 had helped build a non-existent instant noodle sector into a $600 million business—with 70% market share.
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02.07.2015 Support 8 youth to succeed in school and society

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$10 — will cover cover vocational guidance for 5 students
$25 — will cover personal enrichment workshops for 2 students
$35 — will cover 1 month financial aid for one middle school student

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Eight young people with financial need and a deep desire to continue and complete their education, in spite overwhelming personal and social hardships ,will obtain financial aid, individual support and mentoring, and enrichment activities. This will enable them to achieve a well-rounded education that otherwise may be unreachable.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Guatemala has a long history of discrimination against low income and indigenous people. It is not surprising that youth have an extremely low educational attainment and that the government does not have a well-equipped social ladder to allow for self-improvement and achievement. Many youth in Guatemala suffer from the lack of opportunities that not only keeps them in poverty, but also affects their emotional and family life.

Youth who go to school attain an education and gain personal skills will obtain a job, build well-rounded families, and make positive changes to their communities and society. CasaSito addresses the lack of access to school through financial aid. But more importantly, through individualized attention, academic support, and personal enrichment activities, CasaSito gives youth the support system for success that they do not receive at home or school.

Potential Long Term Impact
These youth will complete their education, obtain a degree, and make significant contributions. They will move from unskilled jobs to skilled jobs with decision making positions and in this way generate change in their communities and impact society. They will also serve as examples to their brothers, sisters, and own children.

Project Sponsor: CasaSito Association
Theme: Education | Location: Guatemala
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$10,000
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02.07.2015 Innovation and Enterprise: A Driving Force for Social Impact

Traditionally innovation and entrepreneurship are seen as drivers of jobs and competitiveness, however we think it can also be an important driver of inclusiveness and social development.

We see how private actors are driving social development – the example of the
Development Marketplace and its spin-off Social Enterprise Innovations program demonstrate the potential for scaling inclusive businesses, grassroots innovations and social entrepreneurship to solve development challenges like sanitation, clean water, early childhood nutrition, health-care services, and many more. We have examples in our portfolio of how social enterprises are delivering low cost TB treatments in poor communities, delivering clean water to urban and rural poor, and offering education opportunities to girls.

02.07.2015 Improve Nutrition for 60 IP Filipino Children

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$10 — Serve a good meal for 8-10 kids
$25 — Serve a good meal for 20-25 kids
$70 — Serve a good meal for 60 kids

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The indigenous people (IP) in the Philippines are among the poorest sectors in the country. They are hardly reached with the basic services due to accessibility factor and neglect. As a result IP children generally have poor nutrition because of parents' lack of awareness and financial difficulty to buy foods rich in nutritional value.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
The main challenge is to improve the health status of IP children living in IP communities of Salumay, Upian, and Kalun Barak in 6 months period by providing the children with daily food with good nutritional value as prescribed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The other challenge is to educate the IP parents on food and nutrition using the principle of "Food Always in the Home" or FAITH gardening.

The first approach is to provide immediate solution to the malnutrition status of IP children. The second approach of teaching the IP parents on FAITH gardening method is a long term respond. That is why education is very important on the part of IP parents.

Potential Long Term Impact
The adoption of FAITH gardening method will make the IP families and communities self-sufficient on basic foods and vegetables that are rich in nutritional value especially for young children in the community. What is important is that they will adopt the method, practice it, and make it as a way of life in the field of farming and agriculture.

Project Sponsor: Children's Joy Foundation, Inc.
Theme: Children | Location: Philippines
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$8,704
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02.07.2015 BioPark Mauritius

Led by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim:
BioPark Mauritius is the first hub of its kind in the Indian Ocean: a dedicated space to biotechnologies for Research and Development comprising a synergy of laboratories with complementary expertise.

This private-public partnership, fostering innovative companies as well as talented researchers and professionals, is creating the conditions to help Mauritius achieve its transition from manufacturing to a more intelligent economy.

01.07.2015 Advice to a Younger Me: Marcus Noel, Heart of Man

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WHO? Marcus Noel, 29, the founder of Heart of Man.
WHAT? Heart of Man is an immersive education program and brand that teaches middle and high school students STEAM through entrepreneurship and design.
HOW? Glad you asked.

We’re actually going to not only bring the real world to the classroom but bring the classroom to the real world.

My big vision for this is to create the next generation of innovators and creators.

Three out of four students are telling you that they want to become an entrepreneur and want to start something one day and we don't have an education system to fulfill that. We’re doing a disservice to our students.

We explain the foundation and principles of human-centered design and walk them through the full design process. Then we take it one step forward and introduce rapid prototyping. The key with rapid prototyping is you’re falling fast, like really fast, and you’re getting feedback and you’re able to iterate your idea. That right there is teaching a life skill.

Your first idea isn’t always gonna be perfect. Life is about grit, life is about perseverance. It’s all about getting feedback and making it better the next go around.

All the adults at the table are making decisions and we need to listen to the kids. That is a powerful thing that we overlook.

When you talk about equity it isn’t about teaching everyone the same. It’s about allowing everyone to get to the same place, by whatever means works for them. If we are going to personalize learning and we’re going to really be at the service of students, we need to understand our students.


We’ve impacted about 300 students through workshops, different afterschool programs and a lot of partnering. We serve students in Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia at this point.

I felt lonely. I felt like on one understood me. I had this vision and I wanted to bring it to life but I didn’t have the tangible resources, the skill sets, to do so. I covered a lot of ground over the last few years and now I’m at the point where my parents believe in me.

As a visionary you see what other people don't and you have to conquer the fear to go after whatever it is inside of you.

We can’t create this box and expect every student to fit inside that box. That’s just not the way the world works. That’s one of the biggest mistakes we’ve made in education: trying to standardize everything.

You have to allow people to fail. There’s so many lessons to be learned in failure. It only makes you stronger.


You have to find your zen. You may take an ‘L’ today but a ‘W’ is right around the corner. Just stay positive.

Entrepreneurship is really, really hard. Before going into it, it’s very glorified and you see these people are doing such amazing things. ‘I wanna do it, I wanna grow my venture in the next few years, I’m gonna have a million dollars, I’m gonna have tons of impact.’ I just doesn’t work that way.

When you step out and discover your weaknesses, that requires humility and you have to be vulnerable. You have to allow yourself to fail and be the dumbest person in the room, sometimes.

Follow your heart, be fearless, and don’t quit. Adversity is a part of the game. If you see the vision, you’ve been granted a gift that’s very special and it’s OK if other people don’t see it.

If you want to do something at scale and want to make an impact in the world, you have to figure out a way to be an effective leader. It isn’t about you. You have to figure out how you can cultivate other people to follow your mission and vision.

Education, how I see it in the next 10 years, has the opportunity to serve the needs of all students, no matter what your background is, no matter what your career interest is, there’s a pathway to success for you. That’s what I’d love to see. And that’s what I’m working to do.


This blog post is part of the podcast series "Advice to a Younger Me," where social entrepreneurs from the Class of 2015 American Express Emerging Innovators talk about their experiences in launching their social ventures. Stay tuned for more podcasts from our other innovators, and search the hashtag #amexleads on Twitter for insights on innovation and leadership.


30.06.2015 Rachel

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29.06.2015 People Aren't Rejecting You, They're Rejecting Your Opportunity

I want to continue the conversation about making cold calls. I realized that I hit a nerve with that last post, and maybe we need to dig a little deeper into why we dread making cold calls.

Rejection is Progress

Cold calls are dreaded because we don't want to be rejected. Being rejected is not a good feeling, as a matter of fact, we fear rejection so much that it makes us not want to make those calls to strangers. It's takes rejection to make sales, so when those prospects tell you no, or hang up the phone on you, think of it as progress. Nothing else. It's not a setback, rejection is making you better, stronger. Your presentation is getting better, it's the practice that makes perfect. If you want to be taken serious, be consistent.

People are not rejecting you, they are rejecting your opportunity.

Brandon Janous, Global Ambassador for ViSalus was rejected 6 months by his best friend before he decided to join. Keep in mind it takes rejection to make sales. So expect it. Understand that rejection is normal. They are only rejecting you now. It has to be the right time for someone to join you in your business. Maybe it's not the right time, understand you can't quit, you can't give up. Stay consistent in what you do. Think about what it took for you to join your opportunity. You joined when it was the right time. So, if you're rejected today, it doesn't mean you're rejected forever. The more rejections you get, the faster you're going to get. It makes it easier to overcome those rejections when you keep going. Keep calling. Where some won't, one will. Remember, it's not about you.

You don't need them, but they need you

Think of it this way, you know you're presenting an opportunity to a prospect and they need what you're presenting. But, they tell you no. Don't sweat it. You have an awesome product to share, you can help them increase their bank accounts, you have the power to change their lives, if they let you. So, understand you hold the keys to their prosperity. If they are not ready to act on that, don't worry, go to the next one. Whatever you do, don't give up!

Listen to motivational tapes or read the books

When you are down go up, when you're up go down--Get out of your comfort zone, that's where your success lies! Whatever you do keep your head up, the more rejections you get, the more confident you'll become. I make 40-50 calls a day to small and medium business owners, I leave voicemails when they're not there, and send emails when I have their email address. Out of all those activities, I usually have a 10% success rate. But, I am simply calling to discover their business challenges, not to sell them anything. If I got down on myself doing this job, I would have quit a long time ago. My job has given me confidence to call on prospects to build my network marketing business. All things in divine order right? I also read motivational books, to keep my mind off the negative and to focus more on the positive. At the end of the day, just keep smiling and dialing. Trust me, that major sale is just around the corner.

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29.06.2015 Should Your Small Business Bother With Social Media?

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Sure, you’ve missed out on some stuff, but it’s still early days. With social media, the pace of change has been breathtaking. But with the increasing adoption of mobile, devices, and smartphones; virtual reality; augmented reality; artificial intelligence; tectonic shifts in social norms around things like the sharing economy and creative class; Millennials displacing Boomers in the workforce… Goodness gracious!… read more →

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29.06.2015 Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to […]

26.06.2015 High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of […]

26.06.2015 Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a […]

26.06.2015 Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s […]

25.06.2015 Chat with Toronto’s Emerging Innovators at 12 p.m. (EDT) on July 8

"Go out there and be a passionate amateur,” said Ashley Wile, the founder of Sole Girls, at the recent Toronto Boot Camp.


There, American Express and Ashoka welcomed 20 of the brightest young social entrepreneurs from around Canada to Toronto for an intensive leadership journey, the second of five being held around the world this summer.



Each of the Toronto Emerging Innovators received advice from established innovators, one-on-one guidance from some of the best minds in business, and picked up how-tos in funding, scaling, communicating, mentoring, and networking. The idea is to provide them with the training and guidance to allow them to achieve even greater impact—and serve as inspirations for the next generation of changemakers.


Curious to hear more? Here’s your chance!


Join the Twitter chat (#SocEntChat) at 12 p.m. EDT on July 8 using the #amexleads hashtag, and debate with the 2015 Class of Toronto Emerging Innovators on the future of social innovation. This is your opportunity to hear what they learned at the Boot Camp, ask them about sector-specific solutions, and meet other young problem-solvers.



What is a #SocEntChat?


Twitter Chats (#SocEntChats) are real-time, Twitter-based discussions about social entrepreneurship. They are designed to provide a forum for participants to share ideas, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas that require deeper exploration.


Our line-up of thought leaders

Blair Brettschneider, GirlForward (@GirlForward2015 Emerging Innovator 
Marcus Noel, Heart of Man (@LoveHeartofMan)2015 Emerging Innovator
Jessica Meyer, BUILD Institute (@StartWithBuild), 2015 Emerging Innovator
Lauren Fine, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (@YSRPinPhilly)2015 Emerging Innovator
Manyang Reath Kher, Humanity Helping Sudan Project (@_HHSP)2015 Emerging Innovator
Jonny CohenGreenShields (@GreenShieldsBus), 2015 Emerging Innovator

Joining the conversation

It's easy! Just log-in to Twitter account a little before 12 p.m. ET on July 8. Then:

  • Use the #SocEntChat hashtag to make your comments visible in the stream, and you have extra characters to spare, use #amexleads as well.

  • Use or an application like Tweetdeck ( or thwirl ( to follow the hashtags and keep up with the conversation.

  • Introduce yourself and take a minute to get to know the other chatters when you join.

  • @Changemakers and @AshokaCanada will moderate the discussion and send questions to the whole group.

  • Send your questions to @Changemakers without the hashtag (to keep them out of the stream) so they can be considered for this conversation.

  • Stay on topic, be respectful, and have fun!


Until then, keep in mind the advice that McClimon had for social purpose leaders in the 21st century: “Be flexible, be adaptable, be open-minded. Think globally, act locally. And think locally, act globally.”





Truly social: Many of our 2015 Class of Toronto Emerging Innovators are on Twitter.


Aniqah Zowmi - Reconnect Movement (@ReConnectMvment)

Ashley Wiles - Sole Girls (@sole_girls)

Candice Mazzoleni - La Seconde Ligne/The Second Line (@C_Mazzoleni)

Christina Marchand - Full Soul Canada (@FullSoul_Canada)

Donn Eric Pasiliao - STEAMLabs (@STEAMLabs)

Eric Termuende - Gen Y Inc. (@genyincca)

Erin Millar - Discourse Media (@discourse_media)

Jessica Ho - SparkGig (@sparkGig)

Johnson Fung - The Grammaticus (@thegrammaticus)

Jonah Brotman - Hult Impact Fund (n/a)

Lars Boggild - Finance for Good (@FinanceforGood)

Linda Servi - Zenith Cleaning (@zenithcleaners)

Marc Soberano - Building Up (@BuildingUpTO)

Marine Bonnell - La Route des Possibles (@Bonnellmarine)

Maxwell Tran - Ink Movement (@InkMovement)

Rachel Friesen - EyeCheck (@eye_check)

Rashmi Patel - NWES (@NWESoft)

Shaharris Beh - HackerNest (@HackerNest)

Shaun Frankson - The Plastic Bank (@PlasticBank)

Terrence Ho - Equal Grounds(@EqualGrounds)

25.06.2015 8 Ways to Beef Up Your Content (and Boost Conversion Rate)

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Your website is a lot like a new home. When you build a house, you invest in professionals to build a house that’s structurally sound, and is the nicest one on the block. If you only furnish your new home with cheap, second-hand furniture, your ability to impress people will stop at the front door. Likewise, when you build a… read more →

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25.06.2015 Ensuring the End User is at the Core of a Business Model: Why I Chose to Be a Social Enterprise

There is a perfect start, there is a less than perfect start and there is an imperfect start. As a social entrepreneur, the thing I have learned is that it pays to START- even if it’s less than perfect or imperfect.

So, there I was, I had left my job, had no savings, but kept people like Bonti in my mind. But, I had no idea how, or even where to start. 

Eye Research Center (ERC) Eye Care was officially founded in the summer of 2011. With the generous help of my mother, we were just one clinic – in her kitchen – in the heart of the city. Although we had a strong mission, we quickly realized that to the outside world, there was nothing to differentiate us from other ophthalmic clinics spread across the city. But what exactly was ERC Eye Care? We had initially set it up as a sole proprietorship, as it was the cheapest and easiest registration process, but we weren’t strictly a for-profit business. Were we a NGO? Or were we something else entirely?

25.06.2015 Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a […]