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Social Good Instigators is a podcast featuring social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders. While social entrepreneurship is not a new concept (the term was first introduced in the early 1970’s) it has been receiving more attention of late. The goal of each interview is to share advice from social entrepreneurs for social entrepreneurs. Our hope is that listeners will learn ways to ensure their endeavor succeeds and thrives.

This podcast was originally launched in July 2015 as The Nonprofit Leader’s Network Podcast. There were 44 episodes broadcast as part of that initiative that covered topics ranging from board development to program development to fundraising. There have been over 33,800 downloads so far!

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

You might be wondering to yourself what I mean by social entrepreneurship. While there are multiple definitions available (with some of those conflicting), I’m a little partial to the one the European Commission uses:

A social enterprise is an operator in the social economy whose main objective is to have a social impact rather than make a profit for their owners or shareholders. It operates by providing goods and services for the market in an entrepreneurial and innovative fashion and uses its profits primarily to achieve social objectives. It is managed in an open and responsible manner and, in particular, involves employees, consumers and stakeholders affected by its commercial activities.

Social enterprises can be for- or non-profit. I’m particularly interested in organizations that are meeting social service/employment needs and/or are funding their endeavors in unique ways.

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Do you know a social entrepreneur who would have some good tips and wisdom to share? Please have them email and share what they’re up to. By using the subject line “I’d like to be a guest on the podcast” you’ll make sure your email gets read.

About Your Host: Kirsten Bullock

Kirsten is a Ph.D. student in Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville (starting August 2017). She has 20+ years serving the nonprofit sector, first as a staff member and later as a consultant and entrepreneur. She’s launched (and sold) two brands including The Nonprofit Academy and the Nonprofit Leaders Network.

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Feb 12, 2018

Sometimes an idea starts small and grows into something much, much bigger. That was the case for Tim and Agata Scott and Mitscoots Outfitters. What started with manufacturing socks to sell – and give away – is now an outfitter company that employs transitioning homeless, manufactures a full line of products, serves agencies that help the homeless and ships their products around the world. In this episode, we talk about the process of starting a social good venture and how messaging needs have changed. The key points covered in this podcast discussion are: • Asking others for feedback • Addressing the core issue • Knowing your core mission • Using social media to raise awareness • Starting simple • Starting, pivoting, and shifting Visit to find the podcast, transcript, and to sign up to receive notifications as new episodes are released (every 2-3 weeks). Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio. About Tim Scott and Mitscoots Outfitters: Mitscoots Outfitters is an Austin based clothing and accessories company on a mission to outfit and employ individuals transitioning out of homelessness. A mission described as Get + Give + Employ. Founded in 2012, Mitscoots Outfitters has donated tens of thousands of items to individuals in need all over the country and through employment, lifted individuals out of homelessness and into stable housing. The company and social enterprise model was inspired by a decade of volunteering in the homeless community by co-founders and husband / wife team Tim and Agata Scott. They were confronted by a community in dire need of quality clothing and economic opportunity. Tim and Agata took their professional experience in social service, retail and brand building and put those skills towards making an impact on homelessness. With each item purchased through Mitscoots Outfitters an equal quality item is donated to an individual in need and someone transitioning out of homelessness is employed to package each item for customers.