Geri Stengel's blog

Wikileaks Raises Questions For Nonprofits, Small Businesses

The Wikileaks controversy no longer is just about state secrets. It now involves Twitter, Google and Facebook as well as internet freedom, and limits on journalism. Anyone who uses social media or email should be concerned.

I certainly am.

Just What Is a "Socialpreneur?"

It's the era of word creation: anything beginning with "i" as in iPhone or "e" as in e-marketing and, it seems, anything ending in "-preneur" as in solo-preneur.

But with no one standardizing definitions, the process has gotten out of hand; conglomerate words are taking on multiple meanings. Case in point: socialpreneur.  

NPR Is Lesson To Us All: Policies Must Be Clear, Known

Act in haste, repent at leisure. NPR is the living proof of that.

Having fired its reporter, Juan Williams, for a comment made on Fox News, the radio station opened itself up to vilification by everyone the left for Williams allegedly anti-Muslim comment and the right for violating the free speech rights of Williams.

Impact Investing Gets A Boost From JPMorgan Chase

Whoa, wait a minute: Am I dreaming? Is this Christmas Future still dusting my eyes with what a wonderful life it could be?

No, I'm awake and the dream-like fantasies are hard facts, well, maybe not hard facts but publicized statements of the socially responsible world to come.

Mission Fit Essential in Cause Marketing Programs

Good news! Companies will have spent $1.61 billion on cause marketing in 2010, up 6% from 2009, according to International Events Group.

What's not to like about increased income for nonprofits and increased customer loyalty for businesses?

Nothing, as long as the cause-marketing partnerships are genuine, compatible, and do what they say they will do for the cause involved. Anything less calls into question the integrity of the nonprofit and may harm the ability of the sector to use this very good fundraising technique.

'Tis the Season

 May good fortune be with you throughout the New Year.

 

 

 

Trends in 2011 Will Be Same as They Were in 2010: Collaboration, Social Media, Integrity

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Collaboration
Every conference I went to in 2010 stressed collaboration, whether in new forms of financing for social good, both nonprofit and social enterprises, or among co-workers, within sectors or across sectors to generate new products/services. If you didn't get the memo, check out some of the posts from the Social Impact Exchange 2010 Conference

Small Businesses: A Cause Large Business Should Take Up

I know I'm prejudiced. I think entrepreneurship can solve some of the world's problems both in the developed and developing world. 

This is one reason I wrote an article for Triple Pundit about corporations helping small businesses as part of their social responsibility work. American companies just had their best quarter ever. If those corporations want to prosper in the future, then they need to ensure that small businesses thrive, too. Reinvesting profits into activities that support small businesses is a great way for these large corporations to ensure their own prosperity; it helps their customers and the overall economy as well. 

A win-win-win!

Connection to Customer Gives Small Businesses an Edge

Homogeneity may be on its way out, which means local small businesses have another edge (the first is trust) People trust small businesses more than they trust their government or even their preachers.)

Integrity Without Social Responsibility Isn't Integrity

The man who symbolizes executive greed as the poster-boy for "integrity?" Yes, according to a columnist for The Harvard Business Review, who seems to accept former head of GE Jack Welch's definition of integrity: being true to who you are and not to think you know more than you do.



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