100 Tweeps to follow about social innovation and social entrepreneurship

100 tweeps to follow

Twitter is

an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them [Wikipedia]. As of June 2014 there were 271 million monthly active users and 173 billions timeline views [Twitter].

As it is stated on Twitter’s about page:

Twitter helps you create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers [Twitter].

So this is

the non-exhaustive list of tweeps to follow – organizations, people, networks, media etc – about social innovation, social entrepreneurship, change for social good and related topics

This list was based on the ones compiled by Skoll World Forum in 2009 (lists around 40 people, 20 organizations, philanthropy related gurus, resources for social good geeks and journalists reporting on ‘social entrepreneurship’, as well as relevant Twitter hash tags) and Social Earth in 2009 (top 100 Social Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Ideas on Twitter) – reviewed and updated with the new tweeps.

Interesting to note that more new tweeps emerged on the related topics than disappeared (outdated or obsolete accounts), mainly the tweeps come from the USA, the UK and Canada.


  1. @Acumen – Our mission is to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas (Location: Global, Website: http://acumen.org/) and Acumen’s founder @jnovogratz.
  2. @BeUnreasonable – We provide entrepreneurs with mentorship, access to capital, and a global network to scale solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges (Location: Boulder, CO, Website: http://unreasonableinstitute.org/)
  3. @CaseFoundation – We invest in people and ideas that change the world. Founded by Steve and Jean Case in 1997. Take risks. Be Bold. Fail forward. Be Fearless (Location: Washington DC, Website: http://casefoundation.org/)
  4. @changemakers – Ashoka Changemakers. Follow us for the latest in innovation, social entrepreneurship and how you can make a difference. Why? Everyone Can Be a Changemaker. (Location: Washington, D.C., Website: http://www.changemakers.com/)
  5. @ClearlySo – We raise capital for businesses and funds creating social impact, and we run impact investing networkhttp://www.clearlysocialangels.com  #impinv #socent (Location: London, Website: http://www.clearlyso.com/)
  6. @echoinggreen – Unleashing next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems (Location: New York, Website: http://www.echoinggreen.org/) and Echoing Green Fellows
  7. @gatesfoundation – We work to help all people lead healthy, productive lives, focused on health, poverty, and opportunity. Follow our work: @gateshealth@gatespoverty,@gatesed (Location: Seattle, Washington, Website: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/)
  8. @grameencl – We are a social business co-founded by Prof. Muhammad Yunus with the aim of spreading social business throughout Europe and the world! (Location: Wiesbaden/Germany, Website: http://www.grameencreativelab.com/)
  9. @IDEOorg – At http://IDEO.org , our mission is to bring human-centered design to the people who need it most—the billions facing poverty every day (Location: San Francisco, Website: http://www.ideo.org/)
  10. @Innovation_Unit – We are the innovation unit for public services, delivering different, better, lower cost solutions in education, health, social care and local government (Location: London, Website: http://www.innovationunit.org/)
  11. @NextBillion – Exploring the connection between development and enterprise through analysis, news, jobs and events (Location: Global, Website: http://www.nextbillion.net/)
  12. @nesta_uk – We’re an independent charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life (Location: London, Website: http://www.nesta.org.uk/)
  13. @newprofit – Increasing social mobility by strengthening, amplifying, and connecting the best ideas across the nation. We believe in the fearless ones (Location: Boston, Website: http://www.newprofit.com/)
  14. @RedOchreUK – Supporting social enterprises, Third Sector organisations and public agencies. Training, consultancy and programmes (Location: London, Website: http://redochre.org.uk/)
  15. @TheVenture – Follow us for insights on social entrepreneurship. With $1M in funding, we aim to enable a new generation of start-ups to #WinTheRightWay (Location: Worldwide, Website: https://www.theventure.com)
  16. @SchSocEnt – The School for Social Entrepreneurs provides training on all aspects of social enterprise and entrepreneurship (Location: London, Website: http://www.the-sse.org/)
  17. @skollfoundation – Driving large-scale change by investing in, connecting, & celebrating social entrepreneurs & innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems (Location: Palo Alto, Website: http://www.skollfoundation.org/)
  18. @SocEntAcademy – We’re here to help #socialentrepreneursand #socent achieve more through#learning and development, #leadership,#enterprise and #socialimpact measurement (Location: Scotland, Australia & Africa, Website: http://www.theacademy-ssea.org/)
  19. @SocialEnt_UK – The UK membership body for social enterprise – business with a social or environmental mission. Home of#buysocial campaign and the#socialeconomy alliance (Location: London, Website: http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/)
  20. @STPtweeting – Social Transformation Project supports leaders, orgs, consultants, and funders to increase the power and impact of progressive social change movements (Location: Oakland, Website: http://www.stproject.org/)
  21. @svtgroup – When the world sees the social & environmental impact created by businesses, it pays to do good. SVT aspires to be the world’s best impact accounting firm (Location: San Francisco, Website: http://svtgroup.net/)
  22. @taprootfound – A movement to bring purpose to work through pro bono service, a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society (Website: http://www.taprootfoundation.org/)
  23. @theRSAorg – The RSA is an enlightenment organisation finding innovative solutions to social challenges. View our Twitter policy http://bit.ly/3jxVfo (Location: London, Website: http://www.thersa.org/)
  24. @UnLtd – UnLtd’s mission is to reach out and unleash the energies of people who can transform the world in which they live. We call these people social entrepreneurs (Location: UK, Website: https://unltd.org.uk/)
  25. @YunusYouth – Yunus&Youth is a social business training ground for the next generation of social business leaders supported by Nobel Peace Prize Muhammad Yunus (Website: http://www.yunusandyouth.com/)

Official bodies

  1. @EESC_SocEnt – Build Social Enterprise, Create Awareness, Share Practices #socent (Location: Brussels, Belgium, Website: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.social-entrepreneurship-make-it-happen)
  2. @OntarioSE – News and information about the social enterprise sector in Ontario and the world (Location: Ontario, Canada, Website: http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/impact-social-enterprise-agenda-ontario)
  3. @SocEntEU  – The European Commission policy on social entrepreneurship via the Social Business Initiative #SocEntEU (Location: The European Union, Website: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/social_business/index_en.htm)

People and social enterprises

  1. @AppAfrica – Appfrica helps the world’s leading companies invest and manage assets in over 16 African countries. Also follow us at @appfrica@appfrica_fund,@statfrica (Location: Kampala, Uganda, Website: http://appfrica.com/)
  2. @camfed – the ‘Campaign for Female Education’ works to break the cycle of poverty and disease in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in economic and leadership opportunities for young women (Location: Africa, Website: https://camfed.org/)
  3. @ConsciousChange – Gretchen Wallace – Founder of Global Grassroots, conscious social change devotee, anti-genocide activist, advocate for vulnerable women in Africa (Location: New Hampshire)
  4. @EpicChange – We amplify the voices of grassroots changemakers who need to be heard. We’re behind TweetsGiving, Epic Thanks, the twitterkids of Tanzania & To Mama With Love. (Location: Satellite Beach, FL, Website: http://epicchangeblog.org/)
  5. @fairtradeusa – Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America (Location: Oakland, CA, Website: http://www.fairtradeusa.org/)
  6. @GrameenFdn – Innovating for the world’s poor. #financialinclusion #magriculture #mhealth #mobilemoney #microfinance (Location: Washington, D.C., Website: http://www.grameenfoundation.org/)
  7. @jnovogratz – Founder/CEO of Acumen (@acumen), dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty/author of The Blue Sweater (http://www.thebluesweater.com)
  8. @JRandomF – @Benetech CEO. Rocket engineer turned tech entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur. MacArthur Fellow, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Schwab Fellow (Location: Palo Alto, Website: http://benetech.blogspot.fr)
  9. @jongos – Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, and Writer. Partner at @thirdcohortfund and@appfrica_fund. Alum of @tedfellow,@GS10KSmallBiz & @thnk_org (Location: Philadelphia, PA, Website: http://gosier.org/)
  10. @kjer – Current: Founder, http://Simbi.com. Past: Skoll Scholar, Oxford. Founder, FORGE (an international NGO that provides education, skills training, and entrepreneurial resources to more than 70,000 refugees in war-torn Africa). PubPol, Stanford (Location: San Francisco, California, More here)
  11. @leila_c – Founder/CEO, Sama Group (@samasource@samahope and@samausa_). Director @CARE. Loves dancing, diving, and adventure (Location: SF, or a suitcase, Website: http://leilajanah.com/)
  12. @mattflannery – Kiva.org  co-founder http://Puddle.com  co-founder (Location: SF)
  13. @Montero – Martin Montero, working to build the national infrastructure of #SocEnt,@StartingBloc fellow, marketing, branding, #econdev, connector, cyclist, founder: The @GoodCapitalist Party (Location: Philly, Boston, NYC, SF, Website: http://about.me/montero)
  14. @Project7 – We make Great Tasting and World Changing Gum and Mints that give back to 7 areas of need in America and around the World (Location: Orange County, CA, Website: http://project7.com/)
  15. @ptulba – Social enterprise director, Head of Trading (South) at Locality – all views are my own –  http://www.locality.org.uk (Location: London)
  16. @rodneyschwartz – Spokesperson social business, enterprise & investment sector; writer & lecturer in social finance, SRI, and the Social Economy. CEO ClearlySo (Location: London, Website: http://www.clearlyso.com/)
  17. @SHEnterprises – SHE is tackling girls & women’s lack of access to affordable maxi-pads w/ a local, eco-friendly, & scalable business model to affect social and economic change (Location: Rwanda | New York, Website: http://sheinnovates.com/)
  18. @socialbusiness – Dan Martin – Blog on social enterprise by business journalist and entrepreneur Dan Martin. Also co-founder of @LstyleDistrict &@LeShopUK (Location: Bristol, UK, Website: http://socialenterprisefocus.blogspot.fr/)
  19. @souktel – Changing Lives. One Mobile Phone at a Time (Location: Middle East / Asia / Africa, Website: http://www.souktel.org/)
  20. @stories4impact – We provide solutions for identifying, evaluating and communicating societal impact. Our founder Jaan Aps also leads Estonian Social Enterprise Network (Location: Estonia, Website: http://www.storiesforimpact.com/eng/)
  21. @tomjd – #SocEnt, organiser, burner, dreamer, dad. Love good hugs. Co-founder/CEO @StartSomeGood, Director@ChangeFestOz. Previously: @Ashoka@Vibewire (Location: living in the future (Sydney), Website: http://about.me/tomjd)
  22. @whiteafrican – Where Africa and technology collide… Co-founder of @Ushahidi@iHub Nairobi, @BRCKnet and @SavannahFund. Instagram: @White_African (Location: Nairobi, Kenya, Website: http://whiteafrican.com/)

Networks and resources

  1. @AspenANDE – The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs is a global network of organizations that propels entrepreneurship in emerging markets (Website: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/aspen-network-development-entrepreneurs)
  2. @beyondprofit – is an online publication focused on social enterprises and development innovation in South Asia. On Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/BeyondProfit (Location: Mumbai, India)
  3. @catchafire – Where Talent Meets Purpose. Sign up here to receive a spark of inspiration every Friday: http://bit.ly/VqfMGh (Location: New York, NY, Website: https://www.catchafire.org)
  4. @changer_the – Jobs, Events and Resources for Effective Social Change. Let’s Make Doing Good Easier. (Location: Berlin/Hamburg, Germany, Website: http://www.thechanger.org/)
  5. @csiTO – The Centre for Social Innovation is a coworking space, community, and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with 3 locations in Toronto and 1 in NYC. (Location: Toronto, Website: http://socialinnovation.ca/)
  6. @endovershoot – Global Footprint Network is an international think tank working to advance #sustainability through use of the #EcologicalFootprint, a resource accounting tool.
  7. @idealist – What do you want to do to change the world? (Website: http://www.idealist.org/)
  8. @poptech – We catalyze social impact through renowned Fellows programs, innovative projects and an annual conference (Location: Camden, Maine + New York, NY, Website: http://poptech.org/)
  9. @Horyou – The Action Oriented Social Network for Social Good (Location: Worldwide, Website: https://www.horyou.com)
  10. @MakeSenseTwitts – Turn your talents, skills & connections into superpowers to solve challenges of Social Entrepreneurs. Tweets by@coconutsurfing @chloehermano@LorenaLunaE (Location: Worldwide, Website: http://beta.makesense.org/)
  11. @NetSquared – A global network of nonprofit technology leaders that organize regular educational and social events for the #nptech tribe! (Location: In 50+ cities around the world, Website: http://www.netsquared.org/local)
  12. @SEontarioweb – A community-driven showcase and resource hub for social enterprise and the social economy in Ontario (Location: Ontario, Website: http://seontario.org/)
  13. @SIEurope_SIE – Social Innovation Europe is a Europe-wide community bringing social innovators together across sectors and borders. #socinn #europe (Location: Europe, Website: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/socialinnovationeurope/)
  14. @SkollCentre – We advance the field of social entrepreneurship through education, research & collaboration. Find us at Saïd Business School – @OxfordSBS, University of Oxford (Location: Oxford, UK, Website: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/ideas-impact/skoll)
  15. @socialcitizen – Celebrating social entrepreneurship and impact. Created by @CaseFoundation. Edited by @collabfund (Location: New York, Website: http://www.reddit.com/r/socialcitizens)
  16. @SocialEarth – SocialEarth promotes social entrepreneurs, businesses and ideas. Tag #SocEnt (Location: Everywhere, Website: http://socialearth.org/)
  17. @SocEntScot – Social Enterprise Scotland is the campaigning voice of social enterprise. We’re independent, Scottish and member-led by social enterprises. Tweets by DT and CM. (Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, Website: http://www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk/)
  18. @socialfinance – Your online leader for #SocFin &#ImpInv in #Canada. We bring together#Investors #Innovators & enablers across sectors to build a #3BL world (Location: Toronto, Canada, Website: http://socialfinance.ca/)
  19. @StanfordBiz – Business research, news & ideas from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sign up for our email:https://cards.twitter.com/cards/altaj/g2  Tweets by @karenlee @nataliemwhite (Location: Stanford, California, USA, Website: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/)
  20. @StartSomeGood – The crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs, changemakers and nonprofits. Dream big, raise funds, do good. Tweets by @natashaakib and@tomjd (Website: http://startsomegood.com/)
  21. @SVNetwork – Social Venture Network is a vibrant, diverse community of mission-driven entrepreneurs. We share news, knowledge and resources about and from SVN members (Location: San Francisco, Website: http://svn.org/)
  22. @VolunteerMatch – VolunteerMatch connects good people to good causes. Tweets by @heystishw/periodic appearances by@heyshannondavid + @adamalley. Also check out @VM_Solutions! (Location: San Francisco, CA, Website: http://www.volunteermatch.org/)

Events, conferences etc

  1. @EUSocialInnov – European Social Innovation Competition by the European Commission in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos #diogochallenge (Location: Brussels, Belgium, Website: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/innovation/policy/social-innovation/competition/index_en.htm)
  2. @EmergeConf – The Emerge Conference is the leading annual gathering for a new generation of social entrepreneurs: 25-26 October 2014 (Location: Oxford, UK, Website: http://emergeconference.co.uk/)
  3. @_SEWF – Social Enterprise World Forum official twitter. Follow us for updates on the Annual Forum and information on social enterprise across the world (Website: http://www.sewfonline.com/)
  4. @sigef2014 – Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum 2014 organized by @Horyou will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from October 22nd to October 24th, 2014 (Location: Geneve, Website: https://www.sigef2014.com/)
  5. @SkollWorldForum – The most relevant news, insight, & opportunities that accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues (Website: http://skollworldforum.org/)
  6. @SOCAPmarkets – SOCAP connects global innovators who are dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good (Location: San Francisco, Website: http://socap14.socialcapitalmarkets.net/)
  7. @socinnovation – Social Innovation Summit is a twice-annual event hosting top global leaders with a mission to identify, develop & advance the most impactful social partnerships (Location: New York City / Silicon Valley, Website: https://www.socinnovation.com)


  1. @afrigadget – Solving everyday problems with African ingenuity (Location: Africa, Website: http://www.afrigadget.com/)
  2. @ArmchrAdvocates – Armchair Advocates™ is a platform for sharing trends in #SocialGood in an increasingly digital age.#CauseMarketing #CSR #NPtech (Location: Worldwide, Website: http://armchairadvocates.com/)
  3. @FastCoExist – Fast Company’s Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation. We talk about the environment, energy, tech, food, health, transportation, & more. (Location: New York, NY, Website: http://www.fastcoexist.com/)
  4. @GlobalEnvision – Exploring innovative, market-driven solutions to poverty. Produced by@MercyCorps#m4d #m4p #socinn#socent #globaldev (Location: Portland, OR, Website: http://www.globalenvision.org/)
  5. @globalvoices – Calling attention to the most interesting stories emerging from citizen media around the world. Tweets: @asteris@r_alhames @kevin_rennie@SaharHGhazi (Location: Global, Website: http://globalvoicesonline.org/)
  6. @good – A magazine for the global citizen (Location: Los Angeles, Website: http://good.is/
  7. @GuardianSocEnt – Social enterprise content can now be found here: sustainable-business and here: socialenterprises (Website: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business and http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/social-enterprise)
  8. @HuffPostImpact – Causes, social justice issues, actionable news and inspiring stories. Editors:@jessicaprois and @esgoldberg (Location: New York, Website: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/impact/)
  9. @OdeToOptimism – The Intelligent Optimist (formerly Ode) is an independent international media platform focused on solutions, possibility and inspiration (Location: San Francisco, Website: http://theoptimist.com/)
  10. @SE100 – The stories, facts & figures behind UK social enterprise #socent Designed & run by @Matterandco – made possible by the generous support of @RBS_CSR (Location: United Kingdom, Website: https://se100.net/)
  11. @socialbizorg – Social Business is a place to find people, businesses and ideas that are creating positive social change (Location: Toronto/London/NYC, Website: http://www.socialbusiness.org/)
  12. @socialgood – News about social good events, innovations and non-profits from@Mashable (Website: http://mashable.com/social-good/)
  13. @witnessorg – See it. Film it. Change it. WITNESS empowers people to use video as a tool for #HumanRights & expose the truth, one video at a time. Thanks@itspetergabriel (Location: Brooklyn, NY, Website: http://witness.org/)

Technology for social good

  1. @exygy – #Bcorp Geeks for good boutique shop. We help change makers, innovators and#socent startups by building awesome web and mobile apps that power social good! (Location: San Francisco, Website: http://exygy.com/)
  2. @plus_socialgood – How can tech and new media make our world a better place? Join the conversation with @Plus_SocialGood A project of the Social Good Summit (Location: Worldwide, Website: http://plussocialgood.org/)
  3. @sc4g – SocialCoding4Good @Benetech connects product + software developers, tech communities, and CSR programs with org’s building open source software for social good (Location: Palo Alto CA, Website: http://www.socialcoding4good.org/)
  4. @SoScienceTweet – Technical innovation dedicated to social good. We deliver #socent with #soctech (Location: Paris, Website: http://soscience.org/)
  5. @TechChange – The Economist’s Geeks for Good, we do tech training for social change. Check out our online courses: http://goo.gl/lJ9Z9 (Location: Washington, DC, Website: https://techchange.org/)
  6. @TechSoup – Tech products, resources, tips for nonprofits & libraries | #NPtech#DonateYrBrain | 250+ product donations for members: http://bit.ly/TSGjoin (Location: San Francisco, CA & Global, Website: http://www.techsoup.org/)
  7. @ushahidi – We help people wield information to make a serious impact through free, open source technologies, cross-sector partnerships, and ground-breaking ventures (Location: Africa (mostly), Website: http://www.ushahidi.com/)

Latvian resources

  1. @Soc_uznemeji – Viss par sociālo uzņēmējdarbību Latvijā, Eiropā un pasaulē. All about Social entrepreneurship in Latvia (Location: Riga, Latvia, Website: http://www.socialauznemejdarbiba.lv/
  2. @homoecos – homo ecos: apvieno domubiedrus, kas saprotamā veidā uzrunā sabiedrību un piedāvā risinājumus līdzsvarotai un ilgtspējīgai attīstībai, nekaitējot mūsu planētai (Location: Riga, Website: http://www.homoecos.lv/)

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