Articles

SLASummit is so much more than a four-day conference. Read as we discuss participatory development, Latin American communities, and sustainability.

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REDISCOVERING SOCIAL INNOVATION

By James A. Phills Jr., Kriss Deiglmeier, & Dale T. Miller

Excerpt: "Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise have become popular rallying points for those trying to improve the world. These two notions are positive ones, but neither is adequate when it comes to understanding and creating social change in all of its manifestations. The authors make the case that social innovation is a better vehicle for doing this. They also explain why most of today's innovative social solutions cut across the traditional boundaries separating nonprofits, government, and for-profit businesses."

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WHAT CAN THE SOCIAL INNVATION ECOSYSTEM LEARN FROM THE TECH SECTOR IN LEBANON?

By: Alain Daou & Teresa Chahine

Excerpt: "Social entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as the key for sustainable development in diverse contexts worldwide. As developed countries seek to increase the positive social and environmental benefits of economically productive companies, developing countries seek to increase the economic benefits of socially and environmentally focused organizations..."

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EVOLVE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES A $100 MILLION FUND TO FIND STARTUPS WORKING TO RELIEVE HUMAN SUFFERING

By: Sara Burr

Excerpt: "Columbus’ arrival to the New World immediately revealed the tension between a land that could supply for the livelihood of all its inhabitants, and a human desire to make the colonies a profitable enterprise. The search of El Dorado, the silver fountains of Potosí, the landscapes wasted in sugar and Banana Republics, show how Latin America has been a profitable investment despite uncreative exploitation of the environment. Latin America’s current blessing—and curse—is oil. Dependence on the black gold, while generating needed income for Latin American economies, fails to transform into social capital in the forms of health and education. Moving away from this paradigm is not an easy task, as Ecuador’s failed Yasuní experiment showed on 2013..."