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social entrepreneurs | Sep 10th, 2012

Simple Ideas and Social Action: KIVA's Jessica Jackley is a Buick Agent of Change

“Simple ideas are often overlooked,” says Jessica Jackley, a social entrepreneur speaker who has just been named one of the 2012 Buick Agents of Change. Jackley is the co-founder of the microlending powerhouse KIVA, where she turned a simple idea (lending developing world entrepreneurs the exact... Continue Reading →
social entrepreneurs | May 29th, 2012

Collaboration Economy: Tonya Surman's Centre for Social Innovation

"The new economy is all about collaboration," says Tonya Surman. And she should know. Surman is the co-founder of The Centre for Social Innovation, a 5,000 square foot shared workspace in downtown Toronto—the first of its kind in the world—that contains an ecosystem of nearly 200 not-for-profits and... Continue Reading →
social entrepreneurs | Aug 23rd, 2011

Jessica Jackley's Latest Venture, ProFounder, is All About Capital

Gathering up venture capital for your brilliant idea just got a lot easier thanks to another brilliant idea from Jessica Jackley. The founder of Kiva, the foremost microlending website letting users lend as little as $25 to entrepreneurs in developing nations, is at it again with ProFounder. The... Continue Reading →
social entrepreneurs | Jan 18th, 2011

No Handouts: Kiva Co-founder Jessica Jackley Talks About Poverty, Money, and Love

In her recent TED Talk, the wonderfully upbeat Jessica Jackley explains the motivations that led her to start KIVA, and tells us why the unique connections created between lenders and lendees separates microfinance from traditional charity. What makes microfinance different? Respect and love.... Continue Reading →