Social Networking for Social Entrepreneurs and Base of the Pyramid Entrepreneurs
Social Media + Networking Opportunities for Change Makers on Ning
BOP Source on Ning (deals with poverty solutions at the base of the pyramid)
Business Fights Poverty on Ning
Our World Community on Ning (Corporate Social Responsibility)
Social Media + Networking Opportunities for Change Makers Elsewhere:
Change.org is to connect like minded people passionate about causes.
Social networking for international development professionals (Development 2.0)
For micro-development the BID Network looks like Facebook or Ning meets Kiva. (ie micro-funding of somesort)
There are also a whole host of social networks in areas like Education 2.0, Classroom 2.0, and Learning 2.0.
This post on Social Edge makes a case for more online help for social entrepreneurs and the discussion thread mentions several options (actually more than 19):
• Social Actions
• The work of Forge perhaps as a case study
• In the entrepreneur and startup space Michael Lewkowitz at Igniter pointed to Trade Vibes
• Peter Deitz points to Prosper, LendingClub, and Zopa on the funding site of the social enterprise and micro lending equation.
• Nathaniel Whittmore who blogs about Social Entrepreneurship @ Change.org mentioned Campus Catalyst in the University space
• Peter mentions the Pop Tech Accelerator
• Peter also points to the (re)launch of Zoombala which aims to be a hub of sorts for mentors program
• Marc Dangeard founder of Entrepreneur Commons chimes in with Venyo
• On the issue of ratings and metrics Jill Finlayson points to the launch of the Pulse program by Acumen
• Kristine Maltrud of Art Spark points to Entrepreneur Commons which launched in late 2008
• Peter points to Social Venture Commons (which you can follow on VenTwits)
• Daniel Bassil points to Tutor Mentor Connection as a similar community of mentors and mentees.
• Later in the thread Daniel points to The Hub of Innovation for Boston as an interesting design model as well as this very cool creativity map (mashup?)
• Dhurv S points to crowd sourcing innovation solutions are provided by Peer to Peer Innovation an innovation social network
• Richard E. Caruso points to Mentor Sphere
• Alberto points to Unltdworld.com (Unlimited World) which had 7,500 social entrepreneurs
Resources for Business at the Base of the Pyramid on BOP Source