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What are the forces of change that are opening up for new business opportunities and social innovations? And what does the world look like through social business glasses? On a regular basis I will be posting cases, articles and other inspirational material here to shed light on the current social business trends that are shaping our lives in new ways and creating a new face of capitalism. Do join the conversation!

Best regards, Tania Ellis

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New Year resolutions and The Future We Want

The New Year is the time of new beginnings and our resolutions are the commitments we make to new goals and possibly even new visions. So why not reflect on what kind of future we want? The Future We Want is a project, which empowers individuals, communities, businesses, corporations, world leaders and countries to give their visions of a sustainable future. Continue reading

Posted in | Environmental sustainability, Globalization, New paradigms
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Beyond Boom-And-Bust?

The immoral aspects of greed, selfishness and short-term profit thinking are just some of the causes that have been proposed as the root core of current recent financial crisis. Many of the growth challenges that are being discussed right now are not new. We can go 20, 30, 40 years back in time to find warnings and revelations of the flaws in our current systems’ design. The big question is: will we be able to move beyond the already familiar boom-and-bust cycle? Continue reading

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Philanthrocapitalism – social change through business

A new kind of charity is shaking up the business world and revamping the concept of ‘giving back’ – because this kind of charity is in fact not charity at all. Continue reading

Posted in | Growth principles, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovations, Socially Responsible Investing, Uncategorized
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Employee volunteering – for the inner & outer bottom lines

Citizens and employees are increasingly on the hunt for a greater purpose with their daily efforts. It’s a quest for meaning – and a quest for a meaningful work-life. Employee volunteering is part of this trend – and when integrated into a company’s core business strategy it can benefit the triple bottom line. Continue reading

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Community – not just a stakeholder but the purpose of business

Long before terms like “values” and “sustainability” became business buzzwords in the West they were already being implemented by one Indian corporation. The Tata group, founded by Jamsetji N. Tata in the late 1890s, is today going on over 130 years of emphasising themes of governance, sustainability, values and ethics. Continue reading

Posted in | CSR, India, New paradigms, Social entrepreneurship
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The New Pioneers makes the Top 40

The New Pioneers has made no. 21 on the University of Cambridge’s “Top 40 Sustainability Books of 2010” alongside books by authors such as Al Gore, Muhammad Yunus and Joseph E. Stiglitz. “We selected those books which we believe are most relevant for today’s leaders,” explains Wayne Visser, Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and author of the newly published book “The Age of Responsibility”. Continue reading

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Measuring happiness – progressive or pointless?

With today’s resource scarcity and skyrocketing social imbalances, how we determine and measure growth is becoming a critical issue. In The New Pioneers I focus on three sustainable growth principles. One of them is the principle of immaterial growth, reflected in concepts like the Triple Bottom Line and Gross National Happiness. Continue reading

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Business students demand sustainability

The New Pioneers blogpost has been listed among the 50 best blogs for green business students. Conscious business school students want to make a difference beyond maximizing shareholder value. Continue reading

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Socially Responsible Investing – A big step forward or a waste of time?

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is putting more focus on corporate social and environmental practices through both positive and negative screens. In fact, ethical and green investment has never been more popular. Continue reading

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A business force for good

Hardcore businesspeople are realizing that they can increase their profits by incorporating social responsibility as a part of their business strategy. And heartcore idealists are recognizing that the use of market methods give them the opportunity to create even more social value. In time, the two fields will converge, and social entrepreneurship become more of a mindset rather than a specific category of start-up companies. Continue reading

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