Capitalism is changing. The rise of the “social enterprise” — entities that use the power of the market to create sustainable social and environmental good — are becoming mainstream. Whether you’re an aspiring social entrepreneur or a professional looking to keep a pulse on the changing business and philanthropy landscapes, we’re rounding up the best resources to help you learn about social enterprise and stay informed on the latest industry insights and trends.

What is social enterprise?

A social enterprise is not a thing, it's a way of operating.

Social enterprises can exist as nonprofits, businesses, advocacy groups, and even governmental organizations.

Simply stated, it's a way of creating a sustainable impact using a market-driven approach. As notably, social enterprises force the entire system they operate within to become more sustainable in the process.

Most often, you'll hear the term "social enterprise" in conjuction with "social good startups" or "benefit corporations", but they are so much more.

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Top Online Course Platforms to #followsocent
Top Online Course Platforms to #followsocent

If you’re ready to dive even deeper, check out these top online course platforms to take your knowledge of social impact to the next level (without the hefty university price tag!)

Top Podcasts to #followsocent
Top Podcasts to #followsocent

Make the most of your commute and get inspired with this round up of top podcasts related to social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and social enterprise.

Top Twitter Accounts to #followsocent
Top Twitter Accounts to #followsocent

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Top Blogs & News Outlets to #followsocent
Top Blogs & News Outlets to #followsocent

Keep up with the latest in social entrepreneurship, impact investing, sustainability, & corporate social responsibility with this collection of blogs and news outlets.

The 600-Year History of the Social Enterprise Movement
The 600-Year History of the Social Enterprise Movement

Social Enterprise has been a long time coming. Here's what you need to know about its past, and why the next 3 years are so important.

Using Human-Centered Design for Social Enterprise
Using Human-Centered Design for Social Enterprise

Read our guide on how to use human-centered design for social impact, including leading tools from the design-thinking movement.

Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.

- Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka

“Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they’re serving.”

- David Bornstein, Author, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas