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This article was originally published in Idealog Magazine and is co-authored byΒ Nathan Rose of Value my Venture.Β  Funding projects or companies through a crowd has a longer history than you might think. The Statue of Liberty was partly funded by thousands of people throwing money into donation buckets, gold mining prospects in 19th century New Zealand were often financed by offers of stock, and vast networks of railroads during the industrial revolution… Read More

A social enterprise is an organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and environmental well-being β€” this may include maximising social impact rather than profits for external shareholders. I love social enterprises. I tend to care more about companies which have three bottom lines instead of one: people, planet and profit. The thing about social enterprises is they’re different β€” this scares a lot of people. Social enterprises challenge… Read More