Millennials and Money: Disrupting Conventional Financial Services

Millennials are now well into their 30s and their priorities are shifting to a family-oriented way of life – weddings, children’s education, and buying a house – which requires savings and investment. This is a big shift away from what one generally associates with millennials – being lifestyle-oriented and living for the moment. As a result, financial services providers are looking for …Continue reading Millennials and Money: Disrupting Conventional Financial Services

Which type of funding is right for you? An important decision for social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs, especially those of you with a brilliant idea ready to go, will likely soon wonder where to find the money to pay for it. Choosing the type of funding is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. When attending the 2016 Sankalp Summit in Jakarta (link), I found that there were three types of funding most often being discussed: debt, equity, and grants. So let’s take a closer look at each of them and discuss which one might be right for you.Continue reading Which type of funding is right for you? An important decision for social entrepreneurs

How social marketing can ensure the success of clean cooking programs in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, together with the World Bank, announced a multi-phase program to introduce affordable, biomass-fueled cookstoves to the 24.5 million families – or 40 percent of households across Indonesia – who still use traditional biomass, mostly firewood, for cooking. For a stove program to succeed in Indonesia, we must frame the interventionContinue reading How social marketing can ensure the success of clean cooking programs in Indonesia