Social Impact

Social Impact

The case of letting business solve social problems

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society's biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he's biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit -- which lets that solution grow

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Profit’s not always the point

You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it's the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly Learn more...

Why become a Social Entrepreneur

In this talk Annette Bauer gives an honest account on her career journey and how she wanted more from her corporate life and so embarked on a social entrepreneurship journey. Anette talks about her motivation for working in Africa learn more...

In this talk Annette Bauer gives an honest account on her career journey and how she wanted more from her corporate life and so embarked on a social entrepreneurship journey. Anette talks about her motivation for working in Africa

Theory of Change (TOC)

Theory of Change (ToC) explains your organization's intended path to impact by outlining causal linkages in an initiative (i.e., its shorter-term, intermediate, and longer-term outcomes).  The identified changes are mapped in an “outcomes pathway” that shows the logical relationship and chronological flow between outcomes along the path to the desired impact learn more...

A step-by-step guide on Theory of Change

Social impact measurement is an imperfect scenario. But this isn’t the main problem. The real tragedy is that I have met so many fellow entrepreneurs that are letting these barriers keep them from moving forward — either they looking for that “holy grail” perfect impact business model before they get started on their business idea or they are actively running their companies and shy away from impact measurement because it’s just too expensive… or time consuming… or difficult learn more...

The  Beginners Guide To Social Return On Investment

We all make choices in our life, whether as an individual or in our professional role as investor, manager, commissioner, or whatever other position you may hold. But when we make these choices, we are Marlon van Dijk - Managing Director also accountable for the consequences. Especially when your choices affect the lives of others learn more...

How to Choose the Right Impact Indicators to Demonstrate Impact

Successful mission-driven organizations artfully articulate impact to a variety of audiences. The key to achieving proficiency in that journey is first to understand which impact language will best serve your needs and those of your audience.  In this blog, we'll take you through the four essential steps to get relevant and actionable metrics for your organization learn more...  

A Playbook for Designing  Social Impact Measurement

Would you buy something from Amazon if it only had one review? Or go to a restaurant that had just five reviews on Yelp? Maybe, but for many of us, it would feel like a risk. The more reviews, the more confident we tend to feel about the quality of a product or place. That’s because one review is an anecdote, but 50, 100, even 1,000 reviews is data learn more...  

How to select social impact  indicators - show me the impact

How much change has taken place?  This is the first in a two-part guide laying out how to quantify a social outcome by selecting reliable and actionable indicators learn more...

Measure Your Impact with Social Return on Investment

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DIY Toolkit | Theory Of Change

Use the Theory of Change tool to define goals and the path to reach them

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