Dear SocialEarth readers,
It’s been just over three years since Erik, Naiomi and I started SocialEarth to address the void of social entrepreneurship news in the mainstream media. Today SocialEarth stands tall as one of the leading sources of solution journalism and impact storytelling on the Web with over 170 contributors in 25 countries. We are proud to have built a platform that gives a louder voice to the innovators and changemakers making our world a better place. And now, there’s even more excitement to come.
Today we are ecstatic to announce the next big step towards SocialEarth’s sustainability: Our acquisition by 3BL Media. SocialEarth will join the 3BL family of triple-bottom-line platforms, including noteworthy CSR news outlet Justmeans.
We are extremely happy to see this deal go forward as we look ahead to a fruitful future for SocialEarth. We want you to continue to do what you do best: Tell world-changing stories.
It will be difficult to pass the torch, but we feel that our aligned visions will push SocialEarth even farther up the beanstalk, growing and nurturing the community we love.
Thank you for supporting the dreams of so many social entrepreneurs. We encourage you to stay in touch as we work closely with the 3BL team to ensure a smooth transition.
FULL PRESS RELEASE:
3BL Media Acquires SocialEarth to Further Expand Distribution of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship News and Content
March 12, 2012 Northampton, MA – 3BL Media, the leading distributor of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news and content, has announced the acquisition of SocialEarth, (http://socialearth.org) the leading web-based community for social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise content and thought leadership. This acquisition further expands 3BL Media’s news and content distribution network, and gives additional reach to more than 160 contributing writers and bloggers from 25 countries around the globe who already contribute to SocialEarth.
SocialEarth, founded in 2009 by social entrepreneurs Erik Eliason, Tristan Pollock and Naiomi Bisram, has amassed one of the most influential networks in social innovation and entrepreneurship, one that includes Ashoka, Opportunity International and The Acumen Fund. Additionally, SocialEarth boasts a social media following and presence that exceeds many major news networks. SocialEarth continues to be at the forefront of the social enterprise movement as reflected in the continued growth of its contributors and partnerships.
This latest purchase by 3BL Media follows the acquisition of Justmeans.com last July and additional distribution partnerships announced last month with PR Newswire and SmartBrief On Sustainability.
“Our primary focus is to continue to raise awareness for our clients CSR, sustainability and cause-related news through the use of technology and the expansion of our distribution network. In addition to the aggressive, organic growth of our multi-channel distribution network, we are always open to acquisitions and partnerships that will benefit our clients, contributors and the CSR space at large,” said Greg Schneider, CEO and Co-Founder of 3BL Media. “SocialEarth’s presence in the growing field of social innovation is a perfect fit.”
“As the conversation around social innovation and entrepreneurship continues to grow, we want to make sure that the SocialEarth community continues to be an active part of the dialogue. Becoming a part of the 3BL Media group ensures that the voices on SocialEarth will have the best and broadest platform through which to be heard. We are also excited be able to highlight some of the leading organizations already working with 3BL Media and Justmeans,” stated Tristan Pollock, Co-Founder of SocialEarth.org.
3BL Media will work closely with SocialEarth’s founders to ensure their original vision is maintained and nurtured, and will immediately begin cross-promoting content to bring even greater awareness to the contributors and clients.
About 3BL Media @3blmedia
3BL Media is the leading CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and sustainability news and content distribution company. The company works with organizations including, multinational corporations, SME’s and non-profits to distribute multi-format media assets regarding environmental and social issues. 3BL Media leverages its expertise in corporate responsibility, technology and social media to enable organizations to communicate their Triple Bottom Line initiatives to various stakeholder groups. 3BL Media is the publisher and producer of The CSRminute™ and the CSRreport™. http://3blmedia.com
About SocialEarth.org @socialearth
SocialEarth is the leading source for news and information about social entrepreneurship. The company has over 170 contributors in 25 countries that cover the latest trends and provide thoughtful analysis on socially and environmentally conscious news. The company provides a platform, which empowers contributors to publish their content to a loyal following around the world. SocialEarth generates awareness of the impact of social businesses, entrepreneurs and ideas.
Henry Frechette III
Community Manager, 3BL Media