Social enterprise encompasses alot of networking and connecting with other groups of successful-entrepreneurs and organizations that can help support your cause.
Here are 3 examples of how Social Enterprise Alliances are building around the world:
1. Social Enterprise Alliance in Africa
A social enterprise alliance in Africa between HP and the nonprofit Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING) is using mobile health monitoring technology to combat malaria outbreaks.
The program equips healthcare workers in Botswana with Palm Pre 2 smartphones to collect malaria data, and notify the Ministry of Health about outbreaks by tagging both data and disease surveillance information with a GPS coordinate. This means that workers out in the field are using advanced webOS technology to input data in real time and send it to decision-makers in the government, who can thus issue supplies or public alerts much faster than before.
It’s estimated that response times have been cut from weeks to days or hours thanks to this innovation. This a good example of the form that corporate giving is taking these days.
2. Social Enterprise Alliance USA
The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) in the US is a membership organization that enables members across the country to join together in a community of innovators. Members can network with other SEA members online and through Chapter events, where they can discover similar goals, struggles and successes, share experience and best practices, and learn through webinars, conferences and news from the field.
All members of SEA enjoy benefits including free membership in their local chapters, discounted and free networking events, discounted Summit conference registration, GrantStation Insider eNewsletter, and much more. The SEA is supported by some large businesses and organizations, including the Citi Foundation, which supports the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of low income people in communities around the world.
Goodwill Industries is also a major sponsor. This organization has been providing employment opportunities for the disenfranchised since 1902.
3. Seattle Social Enterprise Alliance Meetup Group
One example of how local chapters of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) can help connect social entrepreneurs in local communities is the Seattle Social Enterprise Alliance meetup group.
The meetup is a chance for members to pool their connections, expand their contacts and help each other to help the world. Members often use the meetups as an opportunity to get to know one another and start exploring co-opportunities. The latest meetup in Seattle is being organized by the Donor Squad, which aims to make it easy for volunteers to connect with each other and with local nonprofits and social enterprises to make a difference in their communities.
This group currently features 142 members, some of which are successful-entrepreneurs, and some upcoming projects they’re working on include an event for the American Cancer Society DetermiNation program and the Cocoon complex, which helps homeless youth at the Cocoon house in Seattle.