Top 100 Social Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Ideas on Twitter

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Twitter is here to stay.  In the past few months site usage has increased dramatically, over 55% from January 2009 to February 2009.  Users include Barrack Obama, CNN,  and TechCrunch.

Twitter is a microblogging platform which connects users and allows them to share what they are doing- in 140 characters or less.  The site empowers individuals, companies, and even the government to interact with their core constituents.

This includes social entrepreneurs, businesses, and ideas.  Twitter is a powerful means for social entrepreneurs to inform others of the positive change they are creating in the world.  At SocialEarth, we wanted to promote social entrepreneurs and social organizations who are currently using Twitter.   While some of the users may not be classified as a social entrepreneur in the traditional sense,  we sought users who were genuinely interesting in increasing human welfare via their work. The list categories are: Education, Grants, Green, Humanitarian, Media, Microfinance,  and Social Entrepreneurs.

Education

EducateOrg
lnpproject
NanubhaiEF
SchSocEnt
Sicamp

Fundraising

Buy1GIVE1proj
Firstgiving
GlobalGiving
ZoomGrants

Green

Appropedia
Bestgreenblogs
Carbonfundorg
CarbonHeart
Cleaner_energy
Denversolarguy
Earthpromise
Ecogeek
EcoInteractive
Ecopond
GreenCanada
GreenerMKE
Greenmichigan
Greennews
Greenpeaceusa
iGoGoGreen
Jetsongreen
LighterFootstep
Onegreenearth
PanNature
PlanetForward
Sheagunther
Sustainablog
SustainLane
TreeHugger
WaterAidAmerica
WaterPartners

Humanitarian

Aidg
ASCENDalliance
Bajandream
Freedomclothing
HopeandHomes
Hp_org
Seva_Foundation
Stevorevo
StudentsCare
UniversalGiving
Worldresources

Media/ News

AlertNet
Changedotorg
Echoinggreen
Everywun
Focusthenation
GlobalEnvision
Globalvoices
Idealist
Neddotcom
Nlw
Sm4sc
Socialactions
Socialedge
Socialentrprnr
Thing2thing1
UnLtdWorld
Virgance
Worldchanging

Microfinance

Acumenfund
BasaBody
Common_Interest
Endeavor_global
Fivetalents
Footprintsntwk
GoMicrofinance
Grameen_Fdn
Heifer
Kivafellows
Lend4health
Mfinsights
MicroBikeUSA
Microplace
OppIntCanada
OptINnow
P_2_P
Rarenaud

Social Entrepreneurs

AshokaTweets
Catchafire
Chanellecarver
Davidbeckwith
Forimpact
HUB_Global
Janejohnson
JCCapelli
JoeDeLoss
KooDooZ
Montero
My95
OperationOF
Osize
PartnershipWalk
Project 7 (+1)
SociallyDriven
Windowboy
YogaBear


Now we know our list above is not exhaustive but we wanted to keep it to 100 users. If you’d like to join the social entrepreneurship movement, add your Twitter username to the comment section below!

Erik

Erik is a perpetually curious social innovator. As a serial entrepreneur, Erik knows a thing or two about change. As a co-founder of SocialEarth, Erik hopes to channel his passion for social advocacy into an innovative venue of social awareness for others.

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81 Comments on "Top 100 Social Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Ideas on Twitter"

  1. Bhalchander Vishwanath March 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm ·

    Erik,

    Thanks for putting together a great list of people to follow.

    You could add:

    @bhalchander ( http://www.unitedprosperity.org)

    P2P lending. microfinance

    Cheers
    Bhalchander

  2. Jeffrey Abbott March 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm ·

    Great list! Thanks for putting it together. Interested to know your metrics.

    Sincerely,
    twitter id jeffrey_abbott

  3. Ian March 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm ·

    Great list – thanks for putting it together!

  4. Rachel March 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm ·

    Awesome list! Can we add http://www.twitter.com/grantgopher?

    Trying to get grant information to individuals, nonprofits and businesses free, and also a fledgling social network where the members support each other with information and inspiration!

  5. Erik March 18, 2009 at 7:25 pm ·

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Thanks for the comment. The users we selected are organized primarily into two categories: organizations that are currently creating positive impact and interacting with followers on twitter or individuals and ideas that we believe will have a significant impact in the future and can leverage twitter to promote their cause. Also, we included a few individuals who were simply interested in improving human welfare via social enterprises. The list is somewhat subjective, but the main goal is to promote social entrepreneurship via social media.

    Thanks,
    Erik

  6. Rachael March 18, 2009 at 7:46 pm ·

    Thanks for putting this list together. It’s a great resource!

  7. GoEverywhere Team March 18, 2009 at 8:11 pm ·

    This is one of the most thorough Twitter lists I have seen! I absolutely love how far twitter has come. It looks like I need to get on my webtop and add quite a few people/companies to my Twitter stream.

  8. natalia March 19, 2009 at 5:03 am ·

    please add @nakisnakis.

    represents new york women social entrepreneurs (nywse).

    NYWSE is the New York Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs (YWSE). NYWSE members include seasoned social entrepreneurs, women transitioning from one career to another, and/or adding a social venture idea to their already full plates. NYWSE supports and promotes women social entrepreneurs through workshops, networking opportunities, an incubator, a mentoring program, and a book club forum.

    For more info, check out: http://www.ywse.org/nywse

  9. Justyna March 19, 2009 at 6:27 am ·

    Great list. Very thorough and informative. thanks for taking the time to do this and it sure will make it easier to find great people to follow on twitter.

  10. Saul Good March 19, 2009 at 9:32 am ·

    Another couple good social entrepreneurs to add:

    @tobybarazzuol – social entrepreneur leading the way to creating a sustainable business community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Currently runs Eclipse Awards, a leading sustainable recognition awards business – http://www.eclipseawards.com

    @itsaulgood – social entrepreneur contributing to the development and capacity of various social enterprises, providing training and employment opportunities for women living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Tradeworks trains women in carpentry and builds various FSC certified and reclaimed wood gift boxes and awards that are developed and distributed via Saul Good (www.itsaulgood.com) and Eclipse Awards.

  11. greenskeptic March 19, 2009 at 10:23 am ·

    Some interesting suggestions. Thanks.

    @greenskeptic

  12. Susan McPherson March 19, 2009 at 10:26 am ·

    Please consider adding the Business Council for Peace @bpeaceHQ – we provide mentoring and training for business women in war-torn regions including Afghanistan and Rwanda.

    Susan McPherson
    @LittleMac1

  13. Sue Trumpfheller March 19, 2009 at 10:30 am ·

    We are changing the world one post at a time. Shifting focus and taking responsibility for the world we live in now and the world we are helping to create.
    @FreshandVital

    creating a blog to support eco-entrepreneurs and creating a radio show…stay in touch
    http://www.eco-entrepreneur.info

  14. Lisa Williams March 19, 2009 at 10:48 am ·

    I don’t know if I would consider someone with 33 followers a top social entrepreneur? Interesting article. though!

  15. Noah March 19, 2009 at 11:00 am ·

    http://twitter.com/Marielhemingway is also an eco-friendly source of great info!

  16. Nelda Sanker March 19, 2009 at 12:30 pm ·

    Very informative list. Thanks for putting it together. We’d love if you’d add us @mentors (www.enterprise-mentors.org) under microfinance on your list. Thanks again!

  17. Kelli Ross March 19, 2009 at 1:07 pm ·

    Thanks for including @fivetalents on your Microfinance list!

  18. HippyGourmet March 19, 2009 at 1:35 pm ·

    Can’t forget @hippygourmet in the media section.

    Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet is a national PBS and syndicated commercial television series in its 10th season that reaches over 34 million homes each week, featuring all things organic and sustainable.

    The Hippy Gourmet also highlights individuals and groups making a real difference in clean-tech, solar/wind power, electric vehicles, eco-tourism, Industrial Hemp and so much more!

    Organic Living TV with the Hippy Gourmet can be seen on PBS stations, Dish Network (9415), commercial broadcasting stations, On-demand and on YouTube.

    http://www.HippyGourmet.com
    http://www.Twitter.com/HippyGourmet
    http://www.YouTube.com/HippyGourmet

  19. Terri Brooks March 20, 2009 at 7:44 am ·

    Great list! Thanks for compiling it.

    I’m an Online Business Manager, certified in Internet Marketing and Social Media Marketing.

    Follow me on Twitter, and I’ll follow you back!

    http://www.twitter.com/avirtualbiz

    Thanks!

  20. Social Networking San Diego March 20, 2009 at 7:44 am ·

    great post! don’t forget social networking san diego who is doing social networking for businesses- who’d of thought :)
    twitterholic justinrfrench

  21. Parul March 20, 2009 at 9:36 am ·

    check out twitter.com/ngopost and http://ngopost.org – a platform for sharing news and ideas related to social welfare

  22. Paul Dunn March 21, 2009 at 5:08 am ·

    Thank you for the mention of B1G1 in the Fundraising Section. Really pleased to see our messages getting out there.

    Paul

    http://twitter.com/pauldunn

  23. Ryan Allis March 31, 2009 at 11:50 am ·

    This is great. I’m @ryanallis. I run iContact and The Humanity Campaign out of North Carolina.

    http://twitter.com/ryanallis

  24. Daniel April 7, 2009 at 7:49 pm ·

    How does one get on this list? Haha, but in all seriousness, thanks for putting this together and for working to create an incredible resource of a website. Social Earth is an amazing tool!

  25. Thomas F. Anglero April 10, 2009 at 8:28 am ·

    Hi Erik,

    I am the founder of WiHood. WiHood provides a virtual laptop service on a portable USB bracelet so everyone has access to PC services and benefits from the internet.

    In March, we began providing 465 girls, in a remote school in Kenya, each with their own virtual PC desktops from only 5 PCs in the school. These girls now have the ability to receive an education equal to that of students in Europe and the US.

    WiHood would be honored to be included on your list.

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/WiHood
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/WiHood/21907248056?ref=ts

    Thank you.

    http://www.WiHood.com

  26. Tanya Lacy April 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm ·

    http://www.twitter.com/intercept
    Social Entrepreneurship + Micro Franchising + Loans for Micro Franchises = Intercept Poverty

    Amazing resource Thank-you for getting it up. The world needs us and the time is now.

    Tanya

  27. cynthia April 28, 2009 at 8:38 am ·

    great list!
    please add Hippo Roller International to your list of social entrepreneurs!

    In many countries, traditional water collection involves carrying a 5-gallon (20-liter) bucket on the head. This practice puts a great burden on the body and can damage the spine, neck and knees over time. A full Hippo Water Roller only feels like 22 pounds (10 kg) when rolled over level ground, making it possible for almost anyone to transport 24 gallons (90 liters) of water in much less time and with greater ease.

  28. New Profit Inc. April 28, 2009 at 10:16 am ·

    Great List! Please add @newprofit.com, we’re a funder of social entrepreneur-led organizations. @ashokatweets is also great. Change.org blog on SEship, @socialentrprnr. Some social entrepreneur-led orgs on Twitter include @cschools, @teachforamerica, @nspnet, @PeaceGames, @kaboomplay….

  29. Julie April 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm ·

    Hi,

    Great to see Social Entrepreneurship movement grows on Twitter. Please add me too @makezen

    Thanks

  30. paul polak April 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm ·

    Great site, would love to see International Development Enterprises (IDEorg.org) and Design for the Other 90% (D-REV.org) posted.
    Thanks!

  31. Jennifer Poole May 19, 2009 at 12:31 am ·

    Thanks Erik, this list is a great resource, and a good starting point for anyone fairly new to Twitter (like ourselves).

    NeoAid is an online portal where your can search, shop, sign up for offers or download free software and generate donations for your favorite cause at no cost to you. Find us @neoaid or @neoaidcom – follow us, and we’ll follow you back.

  32. Erik May 23, 2009 at 7:22 pm ·

    Hi Jennifer, I’m glad you find the list useful! Neoaid looks great, we would love to publish a story on your work. Please email me if you’re interested.

  33. Rachel Ferrucci May 27, 2009 at 8:37 pm ·

    You can add @RachelFerrucci

    Founder/Owner of http://Touchd.net homemade Bath and Body Products
    Editor/Owner http://MamaRucci.wordpress.com
    Co-Host http://BlogTalkRadio.com/CoastalChicksUnplugged

  34. Pete May 28, 2009 at 8:04 am ·

    The American version of GlobalGiving have their Twitter account posted above under the Fundraising section but for all non-American traffic you can follow the GlobalGiving UK Twitter. Our Twitter account is @globalgivinguk come find us and see what we are doing

  35. Femke July 5, 2009 at 11:26 pm ·

    Pifworld could also be added to the list. We just got started with our online platform for fundraising. we connect people with each other and good causes. we tried to make it fun and easy to do good. You can also follow us on Twitter @Pifworld

  36. @williambaobean August 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm ·

    please add italki.com under education. enabling the worlds population to teach each other languages for free via language exchange over the internet with the biproduct cultural exchange.

    find us under @italki

    thanks
    @williambaobean

  37. Lisa August 21, 2009 at 6:11 am ·

    Please add LSmall13 on twitter.

  38. Karen Solomon August 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm ·

    Thanks for the great list. Would love to see Opportunity Green noted http://www.opportunitygreen.com or via twitter #oppgreen check us out!!

  39. martha August 25, 2009 at 10:10 am ·

    “Twitter is here to stay.” I agree. Lately there has been a good deal of cynical criticism about Twitter’s limitations and whispers about its looming demise, but lets see it for what it is: a fast, informative way to stay up-to-date and keep in touch with brands, people and any other anthropomorphizable object. This tool was built for the twenty first century and beyond.

  40. shiva kumar August 28, 2009 at 1:14 am ·

    wow… its amazing… thanks for your STAND.

  41. shiva kumar August 28, 2009 at 1:15 am ·

    wow… its amazing… thanks for your STAND.

    http://twitter.com/shivakumarSE

  42. Tyler Merrick September 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm ·

    Would love to see you add @project7 in the humanitarian section.. We’re a cause related consumer goods brand that gives back 50% of our profits to 7 areas of need annually w/ a minimum of $105,000

    Heal the Sick
    feed the hungry
    house the homeless
    build the future
    hope for peace
    save the earth
    help those in need

    Thanks

  43. Jill Finlayson September 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm ·

    In case you missed it – Social Edge’s list of top 100 tweeps to follow in social entrepreneurship: http://bit.ly/abVKe including funders, social entrepreneurs and do gooders in philanthropy, social media, tech, VC and links to other lists as well including top twitterers in microfinance…
    Cheers,
    Jill

  44. Gloria & Johanna (Aceneth, LLC - Miami- FL) October 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm ·

    We’re so inspired to see so many other social entrepreneurs also on the same path to social innovation! Thank you! And we look forward to being able to join your community!

  45. Gloria & Johanna (Aceneth, LLC - Miami- FL) October 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm ·

    Feel free to reach out to us anytime! We’re always looking for ways to join forces & spread the word!

    http://www.latingipsy.com
    http://www.twitter.com/latingipsy
    http://www.facebook.com/latingipsy

    THANK YOU SocialEarth.org!

  46. Anonymous October 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm ·

    Great list, thanks for compiling!

    Ashoka, however, isn’t a microfinance organization. It should be listed under “Social Entrepreneurs”.

  47. SocialEarth October 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm ·

    Edit made. Thanks Tom!

  48. Anonymous October 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm ·

    @peoplenotnumber

    Social enterprise as economic development:

    http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=137144

  49. arthur romero October 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm ·

    How about @jamesaromero – founder of cr8change.org the green web hosting company that plants a tree on behalf of every account, every month… Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary gas causing global climate change. Trees retain the carbon (C) from the CO2 molecule and release oxygen (O2) into the atmosphere. The carbon makes up half the dry weight of a tree.

    Forests are the world's second largest carbon reservoirs (oceans are the largest). Unlike oceans, however, we can grow new forests. Planting new trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere. One acre of forestland will sequester between 150 – 200 tons of CO2 in its first 40 years.

  50. arthur romero October 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm ·

    How about @jamesaromero – founder of cr8change.org the green web hosting company that plants a tree on behalf of every account, every month… Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary gas causing global climate change. Trees retain the carbon (C) from the CO2 molecule and release oxygen (O2) into the atmosphere. The carbon makes up half the dry weight of a tree.

    Forests are the world's second largest carbon reservoirs (oceans are the largest). Unlike oceans, however, we can grow new forests. Planting new trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere. One acre of forestland will sequester between 150 – 200 tons of CO2 in its first 40 years.

  51. Abhay October 28, 2009 at 7:28 am ·

    @abhayag
    Interested in Social enterprise business models (successes and failures), as well as fundraising toolkits for social enterprises. I am one of the founders of Bicycles Against Poverty (a community based organization) in Northern Uganda. We used a subsidized microcredit model for appropriate technology.

    Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UhuhwSq1pI for an introductory video. You can also follow @BAPafrica on twitter.

  52. juliesilardkantor October 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm ·

    Love to join — @NFTEJuliek National VP, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (http://www.nfte.com) Washington Office – GREAT site!!

  53. mylesmccorry October 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm ·

    http://twitter.com/bikePure

    helping to end the drug use in sport and protect the next generation of athletes.

  54. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 6:03 pm ·

    Thanks for adding Jeff!

  55. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 6:03 pm ·

    Very innovative initiative! Would love to learn more.

  56. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm ·

    We'll add it to the updated version. Thanks Julie!

  57. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm ·

    Thanks Myles!

  58. Erikeliason October 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm ·

    We're now following your tweets :)

  59. iLoveSchools April 18, 2010 at 1:44 am ·

    Hello. We're a social-enterprise hybrid that focuses on getting a wide variety of new, used and in-kind resources into America's classrooms. Teachers build WishLists of anything they need. Then, donors fund some or all of the new WishList costs or, post a DonorOffer of things or services they want to give. Donors can define what type of educators they want to help from an entire region, city, single district district or school right down to the individual classroom level. Since 2003 donors tell us how much of their donation we can use for our administrative costs. Our social enterprise hybrid relationship allows us to receive a significant percentage (from 20-80%) of new items purchased by our donors for our teachers. We then use this for our administrative costs. Our goal is to achieve full sustainability in three-five years. We invite you to join as an educator or, visit as a donor – individual or business – and give. Our students are depending on us to give the best education we're able to. We cannot continue to burden our teachers with purchasing basic and innovative classroom resources – to teach all of our children. Now, we can work together to place sorely needed resources in every classroom. Thanks!

  60. Divyasivadas08 July 30, 2010 at 7:52 am ·

    twitter@divyasivadas08

  61. Mowgli Foundation August 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm ·

    Hi Erik and thanks for providing such a valuable list of social enterprise twitter accounts. I've now checked out all of them and am following many of them too, but some of the links no longer work or the accounts have been abandoned – do you keep it up to date? Linda

  62. Dbombardieri September 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm ·

    what about @thebigissue…. Australia’s largest social enterprise, the Street Magazine Enterprise is an initiative of The Big Issue Australia. It uses the publishing model to deliver an independent, sustainable and self-funded business solution to homelessness. By selling The Big Issue magazine, homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people have the opportunity to earn an income and be actively included in society.

    Authorised vendors purchase copies of The Big Issue for $2.50 and sell it on the streets for $5.00, keeping the difference.

    Vendors come from a range of backgrounds including mental illness, homelessness, long-term unemployment, intellectual and physical disability, drug and alcohol dependency, family breakdown, and others suffering from social isolation, such as refugees.

  63. Social entrepreneur ideas January 4, 2011 at 5:39 am ·

    Twitter’s reach has been amazing to say the least. Its a brilliant platform for social entrepreneurs to start and expand their business. And the ones who are using it are already benefiting.

  64. ben March 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm ·

    endeavor global has nothing to do with microfinance. they’re lead by (social) entrepreneurship.

  65. Crista Quattromani May 27, 2011 at 9:19 am ·

    Eric, all this is great. I wish to ask you for advice pls. I have worked as a volunteer or in non-profit NGOs all my life. I am finding it hard though to see if there is anything I could do with all my knowledge and experience, where I could still be of help to others and  make a difference, but at the same time have it as my full-time business – I mean make some money out of it. Do not get me wrong I am still all out in giving service with the social sector for free, but at this point in time, with a family, I sure wish to continue doing what I have always done but at least live on it. Pls help

  66. Lynn Serafinn June 27, 2011 at 9:21 am ·

    Great list. For Green I recommend you include some folks from the Transition Town network, such as @transitiontowns:twitter and @robintransitiion:twitter (founder of the Transition Town movement and author of “The Transition Handbook”).

    Would also like to be included in your list of Social Entrepreneurs @LynnSerafinn:twitter @7GracesMarketng:twitter

    Thanks for the great list.

  67. Dwight Peters November 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm ·

    Even now its still a great list!

  68. Anonymous January 21, 2012 at 3:41 am ·

    Curating the best of human creativity to put into action does need just one step forward. We are the shapers of the futures, and the power of change resides within us. Twitter is enabling to bring the network to florish :)

  69. Grace Galape February 7, 2012 at 8:11 am ·

    As an entrepreneur, Twitter has played a great role in my success and life. It’s really a great tool for business’ success. I actually came across a video that talks about what to read for entrepreneurs like us. I liked it that’s why I’m sharing it. http://marieforleo.com/2011/04/1-book-planet-entrepreneurs-creators/

  70. zippydirtbag August 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm ·

    how about

  71. Noline August 20, 2012 at 3:52 am ·

    Hello, I am doing research on innovative-social entrepreneurship, specifically in the ICT area. If someone is willing to participate in my research, please let me know. Thank you.

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