Turning Change into Dollar$ -The Possibilities

Build on the Possibilities Jane R. Plitt 2011

There is encouraging momentum percolating around the world to do good using entrepreneurial know-how, but you rarely hear about it.  That’s why it is so important to share these ideas and successes with others.

World Microcredit Conference October 1st in Calgary

Leaders of the international microcredit effort are gathering for a day to share their experiences and ideas.  You can join them.  Go to http://www.calgarymicrocreditconference.com.  The theme is “Beyond Microcredit–The Emerging Wave of Social Business and Social Entrepreneurship” focusing the dialogue from financing to building businesses with social objectives.
New Social Work Program Incorporates Entrepreneurship
Boston University’s Graduate School of Social Work has just announced the first social work program to use entrepreneurial practicesto further social innovation and change!
The wife of former Senator Edward Kennedy, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, recently spoke to the graduates of the school encouraging them to “do good for the world.” What a powerful mandate.
Lighting the World With Recycled Bottles
This September, a former award winner of social entrepreneurship, Illac Diaz, and nephew of the founder of MYShelter Foundation, reported the successful introduction of solar light bulbs in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) of the Philippines.  Using technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recycled plastic bottles are being filled with easily accessible material that act as solar bulbs. This holds the potential to provide light to people who cannot afford electricity and reduce the environmental hazards from candles or kerosene lit fixtures.   By October 29, the goal is to have 300,00 solar bulbs glowing as part of the “A Liter of Light” (Isang Litrong Liwanag) project.
May the light shine bright!

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