Methodologies for Change Makers

Impact Investing in West Africa, a first analysis available online.

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 26 de January de 2014

I have recently shared a number of resources and material about Impact Investing and also have mentioned my interest in Africa. Today, I have been reading this amazing report that mixes both of my current interests:  Impact Investing in West Africa, the first comprehensive analysis ever conducted on the impact investing industry in the region. The report aims…

Innovation Centers in Africa

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 17 de January de 2014

I am very interested in Innovation Centres and LABs and have been exploring and also visiting some in different countries. Lately, my focus has been in Africa. A lot has been written about the boom of innovation centres in Africa, but recently mHealth Africa published a great infographic that shows all those hubs on the continent. …

Social change makers programme offered by Kanthari Institute for Social Entrepreneurs

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 10 de January de 2014

Yesterday I received an email from the Kanthari Institute for Social Entrepreneurs asking if I could help to  spread the word, and share the  details of a programe they offer support  to social change makers and innovators around the world. I checked their activities and researched what they have done and I think it is really…

Social Entrepreneurs: Have Your Say! An Interactive Event on social entrepreneurship in Europe

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 7 de January de 2014

The European Commission has organised a super interesting two-day interactive event on social entrepreneurship in Europe which will enable you to: discuss the issues YOU want and feed that into the conclusions of the event learn from foreign experiences and create networks have your own stand to showcase your success If you are interested in Social…

Incubators and accelerators for social businesses

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 6 de January de 2014

If you are running a young social enterprise or looking to start one, a pit stop at a social enterprise incubator or accelerator program may be all you need to kick start your business.  Many of these programs provide social entrepreneurs with the opportunity to meet seasoned entrepreneurs and mentors, get advice, refine the business…

social innovation practices

My 10 favourite Social Innovation Practices: summary and free ebook

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 2 de January de 2014

There are many practices and methods to facilitate Social Innovation and Collaborative Leadership that can be adapted depending to the context and needs of the specific problem we want to solve. I have mentioned  and written about many of them in this blog and have received a lot of questions and interest around them. In…

A lesson of happiness and generosity I brought back home from my trip to Ghana

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 30 de December de 2013

I few weeks ago I was in Ghana, visiting microfinance institutions as well as small entrepreneurs in Accra, Kumasi and the Central Region. It was an amazing experience and I loved the country, the food and more than anything else, the people. It was great to be able to meet and talk to entrepreneurs that have…

The 20 most popular TED Talks, as of this moment. Which one do you prefer?

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 27 de December de 2013

I love TED Talks.  They have been bringing inspiration, entertainment  and emotion to my life in the last years.  As 2013 draws to a close, TED has posted 1600+ talks, each representing an idea worth spreading.  I have shared some of my favourite talks in this blog in a number of occasions and today I want to share the 20…

A 7 step guide to early stage impact investing

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 14 de December de 2013

A few days ago I published about the expansion of Impact Investing and the discussions held at the last IE Impact Investing Forum that took place in Madrid. I also included some key resources about Impact Investing Today, I want to share with you a e-guide that aims to help those with an interest in investing in…

Apple’s Process of Creative Innovation

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 9 de December de 2013

  This beautifully designed video by Apple is an inspiring explanation of how they are able to succeed in the area of creative innovation. Apple has proven time and time again that they understand what it takes to be on the cusp of cutting edge creativity for their consumers. Enjoy the video and don’t forget to share! [su_youtube url=”″] Here…

12 Thought-Provoking Questions to give you life perspective

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 7 de December de 2013

Thought-provoking questions are deep inquiries that shine a light on the essence of living and awaken our full potential as human beings. If you would like to maximize the benefits of self reflection, ask yourself questions that provoke your mind and force you to reconsider the way you live and the way you look at the…

10 Golden Rules of Design Thinking: Promoting collaboration and innovation in your teams

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 2 de December de 2013

I have “talked” about Design Thinking in this blog many times as a great tool to promote innovation both at company, project and team level. There are toolkits to adapt it to social innovation projects and for educators and for social entrepreneurs. I have used it in different settings, both with students at  university and in…

The Art and Science of Happiness. 10 videos from worldwide experts

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 26 de November de 2013

A few years ago I started a quest… the quest for inner happiness, and for a sense of well being and balance that would come from within. I wanted to be happy  independently of external events and  superficial success. I have read all the books about the subject of happiness I have found, listened to…

Scientific ways to relax in 5 minutes

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 24 de November de 2013

How To Relax Fast – Scientific Ways To De-Stress Within 5 Minutes Happy Sunday!

Impact investing going mainstream? Join us at the panel next Friday at the 8th IE Social Responsibility Forum.

By Guadalupe de la Mata | 21 de November de 2013

There is a crisis out there, but also a lot of people that are thinking of new ways to change the economy for the good and that are implementing them….  Impact investing is one of the ways and is going mainstream! We will be talking about it with key experts at the IE Social Responsibility…