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Grameen Bank

Muhammad Yunis won the Nobel Prize for his work in developing the concept of ‘microfinance’.  This video clip explains the basic idea behind the Grameen bank, the venture he established to implement the idea.

Samasource

This is a case example of social innovation in the humanitarian context.  Samasource was an idea developed to enable refugees to participate in the wider economic system using mobile technology and earn money to support themselves. The basic idea is explained in this clip…..   ….. and this clip has a users perspective  

NEKA – a case study in social entrepreneurship

This is a talk by Jeff Church, founder of NEKA, a social enterprise which supports clean water projects in impoverished countries. It highlights his own motivations as well as describing some of the challenges in creating social ventures.

Minimonos – Melissa Clark-Reynolds

‘Minimonos’ is an online game aimed at children which currently has around 250,000 players and is growing fast. (www.minimonos.com) It has a particular focus on sustainability and is a great illustration of the innovation space opening up in this area. In this video interview the company’s founder (and Alpha-Monkey!) Melissa Clark-Reynolds gives some great insights

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Aravind Eye Clinics

This case describes a major social innovation in the field of healthcare.  Click here to view Aravind Eye Clinics There is also video material describing Aravind at these links. Aravind 1 Aravind 2 and a piece focusing on Dr Venkataswamy, the founding entrepreneur. And this TED talk explores the wider implications of this approach  

Freeplay Energy

Freeplay Radio  This is a case study of a social enterprise originally aiming to provide radios to improve education and communication amongst disadvantaged populations.  It has subsequently grown into a major provider of a wide range of support and has renamed itself Lifeline Energy – follow this link for the case. See their website for more

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Bill’s

This is a case study of Bill’s, the successful chain of fresh produce and restaurant stores.

Minimonos – Melissa Clark-Reynolds

‘Minimonos’ is an online game aimed at children which currently has around 250,000 players and is growing fast. (www.minimonos.com) It has a particular focus on sustainability and is a great illustration of the innovation space opening up in this area. In this video interview the company’s founder (and Alpha-Monkey!) Melissa Clark-Reynolds gives some great insights

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