Author Archives: Kevin Teo

Corporate Roundtable on Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University

The Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business will be holding the Corporate Roundtable on Social Entrepreneurship (CRT) on October 13 & 14, 2009. The CRT is a network of select senior business executives committed to social entrepreneurship. CRT members meet twice annually to dialogue about best practices and

Rotary Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge Opens for your ideas

The Rotary Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2009 (RYSEC 2009) opens for submissions from Singapore-based teams TODAY. RYSEC is organised by the Rotary Club of Singapore, SYINC and Volans. Teams of 2-5 budding young social entrepreneurs (between the age of 19-30) are invited to apply, with cash prizes being awarded as well as an all-expenses paid

Schwab Foundation announces the winners of the 2009 Africa Regional Social Entrepreneurs

The Schwab Foundation has recognized three new social entrepreneurs with significant impact in the region as winners of the Africa Regional Social Entrepreneurs Award for 2009. David Kuria, Chief Executive Officer, Ecotact, Kenya; Patrick Schofield, Chief Executive Officer, Streetwires Artists Collective, South Africa; Mitchell J. Besser and Gene Falk, Co-Founders of mothers2mothers, active in Kenya,

The future of African leadership

I’m currently in Johannesburg for a World Economic Forum retreat organized for my cohort of Global Leadership Fellows (GLF). The GLF program is 3 years long, with the retreat representing the final gathering for the fellows. We are only into our second day of the week-long retreat, and we’ve already visited areas of poverty, engaged

Lien Centre announces i3 Challenge

The Lien Centre for Social Innovation is offering S$1 million for innovative ideas that can be implemented to create positive social impact. This is a three-stage competition process which begins with the submission of a 2-page idea proposal by 31 March 2009. Full details are available at the Lien Centre website.

Learning from the experts — and they’re not who you think!

Pamela blogs on Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership about how social entrepreneurs invest and partner with local communities for the long-term to address social needs; this runs counter to how international development gets “delivered” to these communities by international aid agencies and NGOs. Full details of blog can be found here.

For This Generation, Vocations of Service

Ian Shapira from the Washington Post writes about the current generation of people in their 20s and early-30s looking to effect social change by leveraging social entrepreneurship models. Pamela Hartigan, Founding Partner and Director at Volans, shares this quote: “In the 1960s and 1970s, politics was the way we thought of changing the world. But

Volans Connects – Cambodia – Hagar International

I’ve just completed a two-day planning trip for a Volans Connects engagement in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This engagement will involve a major multi-national professional services firm (name withheld for confidentiality reasons) and Hagar International, a social enterprise that serves the needs of women and children who have backgrounds of violence, abuse and trafficking. This professional

Lord Puttnam, Eden’s Tim Smit and design guru Tim Brown join former astronaut on Volans Advisory Board

At last we’re under way. Volans (a name that derives from Pisces volans, the Latin for ‘flying fish’) is airborne. We have new offices, a new COO (Charmian Love) and a new website james-lamp-01/volans. Volans works with businesses and social enterprises. We help them develop and scale market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges by

Pamela Hartigan in Social Innovations Conversation

Host Sheela Sethuraman interviews Pamela Hartigan, the founding partner of Volans Ventures, about her new book titled The Power Of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World. Pamela addresses several questions related to the book — Why are social entrepreneurs considered ‘unreasonable’? What are the different kinds of social enterprises? How