eToolbelt is an open content community resource center for social entrepreneurs. Its content—over 1,400 free toolkits, cases, essays, videos, examples, tips, podcasts, business plans, research papers, and templates—comes from practice and spans regions, sectors, industries, and business functions.
seToolbelt’s community focus is intended to connect and engage social enterprise practitioners around the world to work together on strategic, managerial, operational, and leadership issues related to social enterprise. Through an online platform, seToolbelt helps its users find practical resources; learn about social enterprise; share their own internal and unpublished resources, and collaborate to create new ones through programs such as our Practitioner Innovation Communities.
Social entrepreneurs need comprehensive practitioner-oriented technical materials to make their social enterprises successful, yet they face barriers to finding or accessing appropriate resources. seToolbelt aggregates both free and previously restricted social enterprise-specific resources as well as leverages internal and untapped resources developed by social entrepreneurs and hosts them in a centralized location.
The collaborative content creation and open content format also allows practitioners to make unique new resources or customize and adapt existing ones, and then share their revisions with the community fostering an organic evolutionary resource and methodology development process.
seToolbelt is the first global platform for collective problem-solving and knowledge creation for social enterprise that brings a grassroots practitioner perspective to the fore. seToolbelt takes advantage of social entrepreneurs’ expertise and experience to address widespread priority concerns and facilitates the production of tangible community enabled resources for the public good. seToolbelt’s community structure enables practitioner leadership, management, and ownership of the site, products, processes and decision-making and buy-in, ensuring that seToolbelt will be a forum for generating social enterprise best practices.
What is a Social Entreprise?