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WHY THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE?

It’s not easy to live in both worlds – that is maximizing business success while achieving first and foremost the social impact desired. The goal at SEI is to relieve that pain point. SEI takes the hassle out of learning new skills and delivers seamless, on-demand eLearning produced by industry professionals. We subscribe to the idea that if an organization has the will to start social enterprise, SEI will always be in a position to deliver the way. Any business, or any size, on any system.

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Social Enterprise 101

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MUST-READ LIST

Although incredibly diverse, all successful social enterprises owe their success to a driven and informed social entrepreneur. Thankfully, some of those individuals have written incredibly informative books on their social enterprising experiences. If you’re considering social enterprise, these 6 books are all must-reads.

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WHAT MAKES YOUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE VALUABLE?

If you think about it, social enterprises are all about delivering value to a wide range of stakeholders and to society. To be successful, a social enterprise must be clear on the value they bring to others. In other words, our ‘value proposition’. Think of it as coming up with the DNA or unique recipe that makes your organization distinctive, successful and uniquely valuable to others.

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10 STEPS TO BETTER SOCIAL IMPACT MEASUREMENT

I like to call it ‘impact practice’ rather than social impact measurement. By impact practice I mean all of the things that your organization can do to plan, measure, communicate and grow their social impact. If we break this down, there are 10 basic building blocks to better impact practice.

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SOCIAL SHIFTER INTERVIEW: NNAEMEKA IKEGWUONO

Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu is the CEO of ColdHubs, an award-winning social enterprise that produces “plug and play” modular, solar-powered walk-in cold rooms to reduce food waste in off-grid communities. ‘ColdHubs’ are installed in markets around Nigeria so farmers can store their produce using a flexible pay-as-you-go model. ColdHubs is reducing post-harvest loss by up to 80% for farmers and increasing their income by up to 25%.

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STOP WASTING TIME ON SOCIAL IMPACT MEASUREMENT

All social enterprises exist for the simple and overriding purpose of creating a positive social impact (to change society for the better). It’s important that we are able to describe, measure and communicate this impact. Check out these 7 tips to help you but impact practice in perspective and take a manageable and effective approach to measurement with your social enterprise.

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