Is Social Entrepreneurship For You?

The Challenges Social Entrepreneurs Face
The problems that social entrepreneurs face can be similar to the problems their counterparts in the business world face when it comes to the challenges of starting, running and sustaining a business. Before entering a market with a new business idea, a social entrepreneur should have a clear understanding of the problems and issues they may face so that they can make informed decisions. For an entrepreneur, success or failure is mainly determined by the profits the business makes. This applies to social entrepreneurs but they also need to determine success based on the social impact they have.

Motivation has long term effects. Why you do something often determines how and how well you end up doing it. Continue reading “Is Social Entrepreneurship For You?” »

Cultivating Public Compassion

 

Social Entrepreneurs need to be able to tap into Public Compassion for their cause. 

You may have the best solution for a major problem, you may have done all the groundwork to establishing your social entrepreneurial project but unless you are able to harness the public compassion for the cause you will find it very hard to implement change. Your success rests in part on tapping into the public capacity for compassion and strategically contributing to that capacity. As Social Entrepreneurs we need to think about the social environment in which our social entrepreneurship takes place.

Social Entrepreneurship is often about pulling off a complex and challenging social project or program.Today’s problems are so widespread and pervasive that they require public participation in their solutions.

For example, when I talk about the statistics of one child dying every 6 seconds from Malnutrition, I focus on the one child not the statistics. This motivates me to want to be the catalyst for change. What I need to do is connect into the public compassion and help them focus on the one child too otherwise it will just be another statistic for them. Being compassionate, in this case, is not about doing a good or nice thing, it is about life and death. Continue reading “Cultivating Public Compassion” »

What Can We Learn From Successful Social Entrepreneurial Movements?

The Skills And Knowledge We Can Gain Through Connecting With Social Entrepreneurial Organisations.

In my previous post, Is Social Entrepreneurship For You?, I wrote about some of the challenges that we will face as social entrepreneurs and made the recommendation that if you are not sure about starting a social enterprise or you would like to learn some more skills, then the best thing is to join an already established social entrepreneurial project. I am going to expand on what we can learn and the skills we can gain from teaming with social entrepreneurial organisations.

When answering the question of “Where should social entrepreneurs begin?”, David Bornstein, the author of  “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas”  had this to say: ” Before starting out on their own, they often work in jobs that teach them how a particular type of business or industry operates. They usually work for several years in a particular field, profession or organization, acquiring the knowledge, skills and contacts that enable them to branch out on their own.” Continue reading “What Can We Learn From Successful Social Entrepreneurial Movements?” »

Social Entrepreneurship – The Best Of Both Worlds

How is Social Entrepreneurship Different from Business?

A Social Entrepreneurship is, first and foremost, a business. That means it is an organisation engaged in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers, but it trades primarily to support a social purpose (not profits for shareholders!). Like any business, it aims to generate profit, but it reinvests those profits in the business or in a social cause. It is, therefore, not simply a business driven by the need to create profit for shareholders or owners. Social Entrepreneurship is committed to commercial viability but the prime motivation is building a better society and finding a solution to social problems.

Like business, Social Entrepreneurship is diverse. They include local community enterprises, social firms, co-operatives, and large-scale organisations operating locally, nationally or internationally. Continue reading “Social Entrepreneurship – The Best Of Both Worlds” »

Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative For Social Entrepreneurs

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. This is from Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative: “Empathy. We don’t hear the term every day, but Ashoka Fellows over the past thirty years have shown time and again that there is no practice more fundamental to the human experience and no skill closer to the heart of what it means to be a changemaker. Its presence–and as profoundly, its absence–can be seen amongst the myriad challenges that populate our daily headlines, whether school bullying, ethnic conflict, crime, or the global preparedness of tomorrow’s workforce.”

In response to this, Ashoka is launching an initiative aimed a teaching children empathy and changing the way the education system is run by making empathy as much of a priority as Maths or English. They are aiming to equip principals, teachers and parents with the tools and resources they need to effectively grow and develop empathy in children and young people. Continue reading “Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative For Social Entrepreneurs” »

Social Entrepreneurs Have The Key To Happiness

Many people search for happiness, there are websites dedicated to happiness, there is coaching on happiness and there are books and courses on happiness. Millions of dollars are spent in the pursuit of happiness so why is it that so many people still seem unhappy? I often hear people say “I just want to be happy” or “I’m not happy”. We try to find happiness in material possessions, wealth or experiences…”If only I could go on a holiday I would be happy”. The problem with these things is that they can only bring temporary happiness. I believe social entrepreneurs have found the key to happiness.

So what is this illusive thing called happiness and how do we get it? Continue reading “Social Entrepreneurs Have The Key To Happiness” »

The Go-Giver Law 5: The Law Of Receptivity

Doing this series on “The Go-Giver” has been an amazing experience because it has cemented the laws deep into me. I had read the book twice before doing this series but it wasn’t until I started to apply the laws and consciously work out how they applied to my life, that I began to see the impact they would have both in my business and personal life. Some of the laws came easy, because I was already implementing them to some degree and others were not as easy.

That brings me to the last law and I realised, by far, the most difficult for me to apply. This was one of those light bulb moments for me! Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 5: The Law Of Receptivity” »

The Go-Giver Law 4: The Law Of Authenticity

“Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.”
Lance Secretan

The Law Of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself

For social entrepreneurs, authenticity brings the greatest change and action. It is about connecting your head and your heart to do something that you are passionate about and when you do that, you will be successful and live a life of significance.

By head, I mean the thinking side, your abilities and skills and by heart, I mean your emotions, what moves you, what produces a strong reaction.When you can align your head with your heart, you will find your authentic self and work with purpose and fulfillment. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 4: The Law Of Authenticity” »

The Go-Giver Law 3: The Law Of Influence

There are so many posts and so-called gurus on attraction marketing but I think they are missing the fundamental principle of what makes people attractive. Think about what kind of people are you attracted to? What type of people seem to be magnetic? It isn’t about little tricks or strategies. The type of people we are attracted to are givers!! This is what the law of influence is all about.

The Law Of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interest first. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 3: The Law Of Influence” »

The Go-Giver Law 2: The Law Of Compensation

The second law, I believe,  is very applicable for social entrepreneurs because it gives us the principle to help us position our social entrepreneurship to be more sustainable and have the greatest impact.

In my post, The Go-Giver Law 1: The Law Of Compensation, I used the example from my business intentionally rather than from the Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations I have been involved with. As social entrepreneurs, you most likely “give more in value than you take in payment” as part of a way of life. Social Entrepreneurs tend to be givers instinctively and have a strong sense of social responsibility, empathy and compassion. It is these three traits that move us into action to see change but it is the next law that will help us bring change on a bigger scale and be financially rewarded in the process.

The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them. Continue reading “The Go-Giver Law 2: The Law Of Compensation” »