Social Entrepreneurs Are World Changers
Social Entrepreneurs are ordinary people who find innovative solutions to society’s social problems. They use traditional entrepreneurial models to bring social or community benefits. Social Entrepreneurs often have a personal experience of the need they are addressing and as such they are uniquely positioned to address some of our most pressing social challenges. They are passionate, driven and committed.
The recognition of Simon McKeon as 2011 Australian of the year has brought the term “Social Entrepreneur” in the national conversation. From the presidential campaign of Barack Obama to grassroots organisations, the concept of social entrepreneurship has received a lot of attention in recent times. It has been touted by many as the means of bringing real and lasting change to a broken and hurting world.
Finding innovative new solutions to the world’s biggest problems is quietly becoming the most powerful business model of the 21st Century. Social Entrepreneurs often go where Non-Profits and Government Organisations can’t go due to lack of funds, organisation and innovation. Tackling global issues like poverty, malnutrition, clean air and water, and health care are foundational to an exciting new business strategy for changing the world called, Social Entrepreneurship.
The pure magnitude of providing solutions to these types of problems have the world’s leading policy makers proclaiming that social entrepreneurship will become the most purposeful, profitable and relevant business model of our time.
Social entrepreneurs dedicate themselves to solving the world’s biggest challenges through innovative new solutions and purpose-driven organisations. Social entrepreneurs leverage both the cash flow and technology-based solutions of their for-profit enterprises by linking them directly to existing not-for-profit organisations to create a new model for sustainable global change.
While entrepreneurs in the business sector identify untapped commercial markets, and gather the resources to break into those markets for profit, social entrepreneurs use the same skills to different effect. For social entrepreneurs, untapped markets are people or communities in need, who haven’t been reached by other initiatives.
But while they may read from a different bottom line, social and business entrepreneurs have a lot in common. They build something out of nothing. They are ambitious to achieve. They marshal resources – sometimes from the unlikeliest places – to meet their needs. They are constantly creative and they are not afraid to make mistakes.
Social Entrepreneurs=Big Heart, Big Dreams, Big Solutions, Big Change!!
“Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors … Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.”
~ Albert Einstein