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This article was originally published on Jerri Chou’s Blog and titled, Why social entrepreneurs will lead the next generation of business (Dec 2009). It is all here, albeit the leading sentence.

Social entrepreneurs will lead the future of business.

That’s a bold claim. Why do I think this? Because it’s already happening, and has been happening (albeit more slowly than recently) for the past decade.

Like any progressive movement, it takes pioneers to blaze the way for the rest of us. Companies like Ben and Jerry’s, White Dog cafe have been hacking through the red tape, wagging fingers and sideways glances for years. In the process, they’ve proven that social mindedness and business are not mutually exclusive endeavors and a pack of wide eyed entrepreneurs are stampeding down the now highly respected path.

On the backs of these heroes of the social world entrepreneurs can now make their case (not to mention that they have all sorts of advantages our forefathers lacked like social enterprise business programs, networks, incubators and a blessing from the government).

Now there are many arguments that social entrepreneurship is praised more highly than intrapraneurship etc. I agree that both are crucial and, in fact, symbiotic (the work of innovators would never attain access to larger operations if not for enlightened people on the inside and those driving innovation there).

But there are some unique aspects to social entrepreneurs that make them the catalyst. One being that they have the least path to resistance to try new models and methods of doing things (no corporate red tape when you’re working out of coffee shop on your world-changing idea). But maybe the most important part, they are out to save the world, which means they won’t take no for an answer and want to move fast and big. This makes them susceptible to the greatest rule for entrepreneurship, “fail often, fail fast”. Social entrepreneurs are the test bed for what will succeed or fail in a business atmosphere. They also show us where huge market exists, often by going against all odds to prove opportunity where it’s been overlooked for ease of profit.

Can they change the whole business infrastructure themselves? Probably not, but they push the frontiers of what we know as possible which is extremely important and starts a cycle of demand (better business is possible, which leads us to demand better business). This then opens the door for their real potential of proving feasibility and and the integration of their practices into larger scale operations where it makes sense.


October 17th.  Six Fastgirls are taking on the challenge of submitting a book proposal by the end of Be the Expert (Dec 24, 2010).  With one another’s support they will research the best publishing houses for their work and have a proposal they are proud of to submit.

The six include:
Michelle Wonsley
Autumn Marie
Jasmine Stewart
Aisha Midgette
Syreeta Gates
Sallomé Hralima

Be sure to check in on them and offer resources if you have any.

From 7 Steps to Writing for Magazines, for Money! by Tracey Smith (, The Online Magazine for Work-At-Home Moms, 2004)

There are lots of ways to advance [in the writing] business, but I think some fundamental rules apply to those looking to earn a living, or supplement their income, from traditionally published or Internet magazine writing.

I have compiled a list of pointers to get you going. Move one step closer to seeing the money and start working on them today.

Decide on your genre
If you are particularly driven by all matters foodie, consider being a recipe writer and food journalist. Or perhaps a reporter on traditional dishes from the four corners of the earth. Maybe even a critique for restaurants and hotels in your area. There are too many avenues to begin to list them all, but bear in mind there are very few magazines and journals that dont have a recipe in there somewhere and everybody has to eat Choose a subject that rings your bell. One that you have good background knowledge of already will be second nature to start writing about. Once you have made a start writing for money, you will find it is easy to expand to other topics.

Find your angle
Where are you coming from? Are you going to report on the subject or be innovative and tell others about your ideas? Would you prefer something along a fictional line? Maybe Q and A and FAQs is your bag. Dont rule anything out, but get acquainted with a comfortable angle by trying lots of different types of writing on your chosen subject. The more relaxed you are, the better your quality of work will be, because it will flow more naturally.

Research your subject
Once you have a focus, look into that field in great depth. See what is available and topical at the moment, on paper and on the Internet. It will help to know what people are reading and interested in, before you put pen to paper. Do you feel your line of thought has not been covered yet? Perhaps that could be a door of opportunity opening for you. Websites are not difficult to get up and running these days consider setting one up for your chosen subject, with the possibility of an accompanying newsletter. It might pay dividends if you could refer editors to your site to view your style and see examples of your work.

Research the paying markets
Now we come to the fun bit. There are more websites for creative writing and paying and non-paying markets than you can shake a fountain pen at. I will give you one to get you started. Have a look at I have been a fan of this site for a long time. You will find invaluable, practical advice here and perhaps catch your first glimpse of paying markets. There are many other sites in the same vein, not perhaps to this standard however and you have to do your homework according to the area you want to work in. Research is, without a doubt, one of the biggest bugbears, but if you are committed to a career in writing, you might as well make it your best friend, because you are going to be doing an awful lot of it!

Writers guidelines
I can imagine the daily frustrations of an editor. Especially when he has taken the time to lay out, in no uncertain terms, the how/why/where and what fors he seeks, in an article for his magazineand yet so many conform to none of the above. For all of the magazines and publications you approach with a view to submitting a piece, there will be writers guidelines. Read them, digest them and carry them out to the letter. Your piece might be amazing, with bells on, but if you dont comply with the subject line or the addressee, it will more than likely end up in the recycle bin! It is a laborious task going through them and doing as you are told, especially when your piece is clearly the hottest thing on the market. Remember, if it were that easy, everybody would be doing it and besides, there has to be some fun in the chase.

Keep track of your work
Once you start hopping around on the Internet, you will see there are numerous opportunities and places to submit a potential piece of work to. Keep a log of your submissions, query letters and published pieces. Create an address book of all the editors, fellow writers and useful contacts you make. Sometimes it is who you know, combined of course with what you know, but a useful contact can give you a good leg-up. Don’t be put off by the response times either. I have absolutely no patience whatsoever – was never born with any – but I don’t bat an eyelid with a “response within 4 months” note in the writer’s guidelines. Make up files that allow you to review what you have sent to whom and keep on top of it.

…And finally
Don’t forget to have a strong signature line and a good mini-bio to submit with your piece. There is no point in somebody reading and enjoying your work, but not being able to find more of the same.

Also, keep at it! It might take months of hard work before you start to see positive results. Remember, a writer must write something every single day, without fail! It keeps your hand in and makes you look at new angles and ways of self-expression. You have to be topical, expressive, interesting and informative. By tracking how many interested parties there are in your articles, you will see where you strengths and weaknesses lie. Build on all the information you receive and focus on becoming sharper and better at the craft.

It is a big old reading world out there, don’t be daunted, be focused, be clever and most of all, have fun!

Writing Your Blog
HOW TO: Create a Successful Company Blog, Mark Suster
Top 5 Business Blogging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Josh Cantone
5 Rules for Better Web Writing, Josh Cantone
26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog, Barb Dybwad
HOW TO: Enhance Your Online Presence with Video, Zachary Sniderman

Marketing Your Blog
Top 20 Ways to Share a Great Blog Post, Ben Parr
4 Tips for Writing SEO-Friendly Blog Posts, Samuel Axon

Great Blog Examples
15 Excellent Corporate Blogs to Learn From
The Satorialist
A Belle in Brooklyn
Kiss My Black Ads
The Most Beautifullest
Danielle Belton’s: The Black Snob
The Ill Doctrine
Uptown Notes
O hell Nawl: The Blog
MaleStyle Review

Information gleaned from A First-Ever Look At The Top & Blogs?, which can be found on (May 19 2010); written by Jason Falls

Rank Score Author Topic
1 583664 Ann Althouse Legal
2 462474 Stacie Vaughan Product Reviews
3 371812 Mike Shedlock Investments
4 329717 Tolis Voskopoulos Greek Politics
5 298527 Melissa McEwan Politics/Pop Culture
6 288925 Mayor of Claycord Contra Costa Co. News
7 285463 Google Staff Official Google Blog
8 284178 Gryphen Politics
9 271342 Joe Albero Salisbury (Md.) News
10 264054 Dark UFO Lost/TV/Pop Culture
Rank Score Author Topic
1 206361 Citizen Wells Legal/Current Events
2 171672 RD Politics/Current Events
3 166652 Reblogging Staff Pop Culture/Gay Issues
4 166082 Yogi’s Warrior Arsenal Football Club (Soccer)
5 137065 Paulo Guinote Portuguese Education
6 111565 Omid Hosaini Middle Eastern Issues
7 85610 Tennis Planet staff Tennis
8 83526 Not Determined Romanian Politics/Society
9 80576 Panos Greek Politics
10 77266 PD Portuguese Adult/Pornography
Rank Score Author Topic
1 274481 Seth Godin Marketing
2 179591 Mark Thoma Economics
3 140983 Tom MacQuire Politics
4 118310 Daryl Lorette Personal Blog/Issues
5 93754 Shmarya Rosenberg Orthodox Judaism
6 93562 Daniel Finkelstein London Times Columnist
7 85972 Pamela Geller Politics/Religion
8 69298 Bradford DeLong Economics
9 61757 Dennis LaComb Conservative Politics
10 59339 Wil Wheaton Celebrity Blog/Writing

Found out how they were ranked by clicking HERE.

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The Black Weblog Awards was founded in 2005 to give recognition to Black bloggers (and those of the African diaspora) which were largely overlooked by other Internet award events online. What started out as a barely-known event has now grown into an international showcase. With participants from over 90 countries, the Black Weblog Awards stands out as one of the most widespread Internet award events for Black bloggers.

To date, the Black Weblog Awards has recognized nearly 180 blogs in over 30 categories. The Awards has also been featured in several mainstream and online media outlets, including NPR, CNN, and others. Winners of the Black Weblog Awards have also went on to appear in other media outlets, like MSNBC, the Huffington Post, BET, and many others.

From 2005-2008, the nomination period went from August 1-15, with finalist voting from August 16-31, and winners announced on the first Friday in September. In 2009, due to overwhelming demand, they changed the nomination period to include the months of June and July, and reserved the entire month of August for finalist voting. In 2010, nominations ran from June 1 – July 25; voting happened throughout August, and the winners were announced on September 1.

2010 Award Winners We Love
Best Blog Design – Judges’ Vote: Mostbeautifullest
Best Blog Network – Judges’ Vote: theFreshXpress Blog Network
Best Business Blog – Judges’ Vote: kiss my black ads
Best Group Blog – Popular & Judges’ Vote: Very Smart Brothas
Best Health or Wellness Blog – Popular & Judges’ Vote: A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss
Best Microblog – Judges’ Vote: The Smithian
Best Music Blog – Popular & Judges’ Vote: SoulBounce
Best Parenting or Family Blog –  Judges’ Vote: African American Dad
Best Personal Blog – Judges’ Vote: Sassy Wife Chronicles
Best Podcast Series – Judges’ Vote: Friday Favecast
Best Political or News Blog Judges’ Vote: Black Snob
Best Sex or Relationships Blog – Popular Vote: Until I Get Married
Best Sex or Relationships Blog – Judges’ Vote: The Relationship Playbook
Best Teen Blog – Judges’ Vote: DamierDesigns MMX
Best Writing in a Blog – Judges’ Vote: Uptown Notes

Read all award winners HERE.

Seth Godin says: “If someone’s gonna watch a video, they’re not gonna watch it because they care about YOU. They’re gonna watch it because they care about ME. They’re not gonna read an e-mail from you; they’re gonna read ME-mail, ‘cuz that’s who they care about.”

Tom Peters reminds us that writing is a craft to be honed.

The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, change your story.

At its essence, people don’t buy your product, service, or solution, they buy the story that’s attached to it. Perception is king. If you can learn to tell a story that others identify as their own, the need to convince, persuade, or sell anything disappears. That’s the art of getting others to believe in your story. Stop trying so hard, and just tell a story worth telling.

Storytelling is about relationships.

Our world is evolving in quantum leaps. We need new ways of making sense and meaning.

Narrative just happens to be how we’re hard-wired. Social media now means that everybody is a storyteller. There’s a new level of discernment along with suspicion for the stories we’re being told. Because we have the power to produce and create our own stories. This fundamental shift is a driving force remaking the rules of branding, marketing, fundraising, sales, and persuasion.

Now just imagine a world where every leader of every organization actually spoke the language of narrative! We’d have organizations that could fulfill their true promise of creating value and meaning in our lives. Of course, that’s what most organizations truly want.

READ MORE about Get Storied – an education, advisory, & publishing company based in NYC.

DOWNLOAD e-book Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators by Michael Margolis

FIND OUT MORE about Reinvention Summit: World’s First Virtual Conference on Storytelling

TWITTER@getstoried or #bigstory

As the son of an inventor and an artist, Michael always asked the unpopular questions that got him picked-on in school. Being left-handed and color-blind didn’t help with his coordination or fashion sense either.

Michael learned to channel his inner-geek, and as a social entrepreneur, co-founded two Digital Divide nonprofits – before the age of 23. For the past decade, Michael has worked as a business storyteller and pop anthropologist, for many years as the founder and president of his prior consultancy Thirsty-Fish.

In 2009, Michael launched Get Storied — an education, advisory, and publishing company; with a goal to teach the world how to think in narrative. Michael takes the traditional notions of storytelling and re-invents them in the context of branding, innovation, and culture change. His work and ideas have been featured in Fast Company, BrandWeek, PSFK, and Storytelling Magazine, among other places.

His popular book, Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators, quickly turned him into a leading voice in the world of storytelling. Michael also teaches Brand Storytelling as an executive education instructor for the Schulich School of Business. Michael was born in Ohio, grew up in Switzerland & Los Angeles, and now considers New York City home. He eats more chocolate than the average human.

Article originally published as Social Media & Blogs Now the #1 Online Activity on by James Lewin (Aug 3 2010).

Research firm Nielsen reports that social media & blogs are now the top online activities:

Americans spend nearly a quarter of their time online on social networking sites and blogs, up from 15.8 percent just a year ago (43 percent increase) according to new research released today from The Nielsen Company.

The research revealed that Americans spend a third their online time (36 percent) communicating and networking across social networks, blogs, personal email and instant messaging.

Here’s how how people’s time online now breaks down:

Based on the Nielsen report, it looks like mainstream Internet users have joined the first adopters, making new media and social media a key part of what they do online.