Leaders & Organizations

Social Entrepreneur Search Widgets

Social Edge launched the Social Entrepreneur Search widgets this week. In collaboration with funders who are known for their successful efforts in finding, researching, and funding social entrepreneurs, they have populated an open source database that shares the information of social entrepreneurs that they have funded to anyone that wants to access it.

Opening Doors to Entrepreneurial Initiatives for All

Social entrepreneurs are tackling some of the most challenging issues in Asia. From poverty to the delivery of clean water and access to healthcare, entrepreneurs are coming up with ideas and solutions everyday. In order to access funding to implement the ideas, many social enterprises must register as a legal entity so they may conduct business in the country. Unfortunately, social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs face many “barriers to entry.”

U.S. – Vietnamese Social Networks

James H. Bao, co-founder of the OneVietnam Network generated a list of US Vietnamese Social Networks on their blog, Vietnam Talking Points. James found five networks and he provides a summary of their work.

Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh, Indian American Physician, Philanthropist and Publisher

Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh, Indian American physician, philanthropist and publisher is named as a recipient of the 2010 Padma Shri Award. The Indian government grants this award to distinguished Indians and people of Indian origin for their contribution in various spheres of activity including the arts, education, industry, literature, science, sports, medicine, social service and public life.

Sheela Murthy, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

Sheela Murthy is a successful immigration lawyer and founder of the Murthy Law Firm. Sheela’s story showcases the ability of philanthropists in the U.S. to live, give and do business in both worlds, India and the U.S.

Tsunami Pushed Philanthropy Forward

Five years ago today, the devastation caused by the tsunami in India, Indonesia, Sir Lanka and Thailand was overwhelming. 230,000 people were killed, thousands injured and 10 million were homeless or displaced. But the response by individuals, companies and foundations was just as overwhelming.

A Floating Future for Bangladesh

Abul Hasanat Mohammed Rezwan, an architect who started the ingenious concept of the “floating schools” project in northeastern Bangladesh, has set up a fleet of 45 boats, that serve as mobile classrooms by plying through the rivers and canals to reach the disadvantaged children on the river banks.

Land Mine (ERW) Risk Reduction in Cambodia

Wesley Hedden is at the primary school in Lumtong Chas village in the far north of Cambodia, near the Thai border, in Oddar Meanchey province. Two local project officers from the Belgium NGO, Handicap International, have invited him to attend a training session, or what they prefer to call a brainstorming session, on land mine safety with children in this village.