People are realizing that small positive changes add up. Those cumulative efforts are not only creating change but also inspiring amazing new social-impact ventures by others.
New York, NY (Vocus) December 13, 2009
Ten years into the 21st century, it's safe to say that “social responsibility” is not just for tree-huggers and hippies anymore. More and more people are using the skills they've learned in life or in school to help others.
“People are realizing that small positive changes add up,” says Geri Stengel, founder of Ventureneer.com. “Those cumulative efforts are not only creating change but also inspiring amazing new social-impact ventures by others.”
The cascade effect has been documented by Stengel as she has taught and worked with social entrepreneurs and non profit leaders throughout the year. For those who think that times are tough, the list of innovative, enterprising assaults on social ills will provide more than a spark of hope.
In her blog, Social Investment Activism: It's in the BHAG, Stengel introduced her readers to a whole slew of young entrepreneurs with “big, hairy, audacious goals” that will inspire both donations and new enterprises by others eager to make a change for the better.
Stengel also reminded readers in Fair Trade is More Than a Label and Entrepreneurship: Bringing the American Dream Abroad that small businesses make the biggest difference of all in creating jobs and invigorating the economy ... and gave some examples of how that concept can spread.
A tour of Stengel's blog regularly provides inspiring examples of innovation by non profit leaders and social entrepreneurs, whether it's helping children with AIDS A Social Entrepreneur Turns Children into Young Heroes or using the media to raise awareness, A New Disney Filmmaker Shows the Way to Social Responsibility.
It's enough to make a person look forward to the next decade!
About Geri Stengel
Geri is founder of Ventureneer, an online education and peer support service. An adjunct professor at The New School, she honed her online experience at companies like Dow Jones and Physicians’ Online. Geri co-founded the Women’s Leadership Exchange and is president of Stengel Solutions, a consulting service for social-impact organizations.
Ventureneer.com provides non profit and small business advice as well as entrepreuneurial and non profit training through a new approach to learning: a blend of traditional, formal instruction with informal, peer learning that takes advantage of Web 2.0 technology to capture and share knowledge. Ventureneer's customized blogs, virtual classes, peer-to-peer learning, coaching, web events and articles help entrepreneurs make faster, better decisions for their enterprises.