So, let’s say you agree that telling a social impact story is different from other kinds of pitches.  How, then, do you decide the optimal channels you should use to develop and deliver your impact story?This incredible graphic posted by provides a helpful perspective of relevant channel, engagement, and can help you make a strategic decision on where your social enterprise can get the most value for the time, resources, and paid advertising you might spend.



Major newspapers have been making the headlines of their own front pages this week—such as the sale of the Boston Globe to Red Sox owner John Henry—at 7% of the price of its last acquisition by the New York Times. And not to be outdone, this week also saw the sale of Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos…at what some financial analysts are calling, significantly higher than the market price.Journalism as a field has been ripe for innovation. This infographic by EByline published in 2012 provides a visual context of the recent trends of the space as well as the innovation which is already well underway.How will the recent sales transform journalism—print, online, and beyond. In this time of imminent transformation is there an opportunity to consider the impact that the industry has on the environment and community. Social entrepreneurs, on your mark—get ready….

Journalism�s death and rebirth in 60 seconds


If social innovation is a journey, the infographic below attempts to map out a path and help define a process in broad brushstrokes. It resembles a design approach to identifying a problem, listening/empathizing with those impacted by it, brainstorming & prototyping, and evaluating.What is interesting about the infographic is that it doesn’t define a flow. Without arrows showing us which step is next, it reminds us that in some degree all of the elements or steps live on the same plane and social innovators skate across them at once as often as they dive deeper into any one aspect.This image is published by Innovation Management Game


Ready to kick off your summer reading? Mike Essex of Koozai created this awesome guide to savvy, creative business books to make explain new ways of thinking, challenge existing paradigms, and put you in an entrepreneurial mindset. Enjoy!

Entrepreneurs of any feather, including (and perhaps especially) social entrepreneurs need to be able to explain their concept, the problem it solves, and the vision ahead clearly and succinctly. We talked about the ABP (always be pitching) approach earlier.dThe reason it is particularly important for social entrepreneurs to nail down their ‘elevator’ pitch (i.e. being able to deliver your pitch during the time equivalent to an elevator ride) is because social entrepreneurs are often operating in a double or triple-bottom line setting, or with a defined mission in mind.

This infographic by InvestorPitches, breaks down a winning pitch into small, digestible parts. Though the visual is framed for startups pitching for VC or angel funding, the tips and approach are applicable in a number of settings.

Enjoy the infographic, be sure to pitch well & often!


The Anatomy of a Winning Pitch


This fascinating infographic shrinks down the world’s population to 100 people. Designer Jack Hagley then looks at the demographic, geographic, socioeconomic, religious, education makeup of the representative hundred.It’s a small world indeed…

Entities love to highlight innovative work cultures…but how does a company, organization, startup, or group actually incubate an innovative culture.This infographic highlights some of the core considerations in building an intrarpreneurship setting where innovators within a company and organization can not only find footholds, but can propel ideas through through bureaucracy and hierarchies, and into implemented realities.The visual was designed by Budco and published on


This infographic by Impact Engine, a 16-week accelerator program that supports for-profit businesses making the world a better place, provides a visual map of the social enterprises that were accepted into its first cohort in 2012.Where are they now? You can find their websites here:

1st Cohort of Social Enterprises in @TheImpactEngine:


Collaboration, when all is in synch, is magical. Synergy is abound, no goal is out of reach, and nothing is impossible. When that dynamic goes awry, however, the balance is upended and even getting through simple tasks can feel labor-intensive and tolling.This is a great infographic by the Central Desktop Blog and published on that gives a nice overview of types of collaborators you may meet. Take a look below, chances are you’ll identify with the apt categories—not only to identify yourself but the personalities you engage with on projects.Surprisingly, you might find that in different settings (home, work, fun) you wear a different collaborator hat. That seems like a healthy thing, right?

What Kind of Collaborator Are You?

In case you are curious to know where you fit in the mix, the good folks at Central Desktop Blog came up with this quiz to find out what type of collaborator you are.  It is a fun, informal way of helping you to think about your collaboration style and strengths.

Here are the 9 collaborator types to choose from:

  • The Ringleader
  • The Stealth Ninja
  • The Expert
  • The Executive
  • The Socialite
  • The Siloist
  • The Skeptic
  • The Dinosaur
  • The Taskmaster
An apt depiction about the trial-and-error process of social innovation—from having the idea to testing, learning, failing, re-envisioning, until getting to a viable product. The challenge often is that we don’t know where in the graph we are.Are we bracing to withstand the “dark night” of social entrepreneurship or is that still ahead and we are only in the “it’s very hard” phase. Maybe we are in the ‘keep trying’ phase and just have to stay in the game a little longer.Perseverance (and a great idea) seem to make up the secret sauce here.

This infographic was originally published in the Nonprofit Quarterly and created by by David Brown, of Brown Performance Group, with Jon Pratt and Ruth McCambridge, and illustrated by Jim Atherton.

credit: NPQ