SVN Featured on Oprah

Our SVI partner, Social Venture Network (SVN), was recently featured on's list of 28 resources that make up her "Toolbox" for becoming a leader in socially responsible business. Along with SVN member-led and ally organizations like Investors' Circle, StartingBloc, Center for Social Innovation, Echoing Green, and Social Enterprise Alliance, SVN is included as an organization that can help nurture profitable and innovative businesses that will transform the world.  Renewal CEO Joel Solomon was a founding member of SVN and Renewal COO Pam Chaloult is the former Co-Executive Director.

Strategies for the Green Economy

SVNer Joel Makower,, recently published a new book, "Strategies for the Green Economy." It includes a major contribution on green marketing by fellow SVN member Cara Pike.

The book examines the opportunities and challenges facing both large companies and entrepreneurs as they seek to reduce their environmental footprints while harnessing environmental thinking as a platform for innovation.



Stonyfield Farm

The world’s largest organic yogurt maker.

Gary’s Story

Gary Hirshberg was all about climate change and ecology. He launched his career in the 1970s as the Executive Director of an ecological research and education centre in Massachusetts. But during a rare visit to Disney’s Epcot Center, Gary witnessed a life-changing spectacle: Kraft Foods presenting the farms of our future, with test-tube plants and a dancing, animatronic Miss Cheese—among others. The fanfare of Kraft’s nutrition-less promise was drawing far more attention than the ecological centre Gary was directing.

SVN Innovation Awards

Social Venture Network (SVN) is seeking applications for their Innovation Awards.  Launched last year, the awards recognize innovative high-impact enterpeneurs. Recipients have the opportunity to connect with SVN's network, meeting people who can assist them in scaling up their enterprises. 

Last year's winner, Priya Haji, changed the world with a bamboo plate. 


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