Mindset Shift

Social Entrepreneurs are changing the minds of people all over the world.

In describing the causes of poverty, Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, has often compared a poor person to a bonsai tree. The seed of a bonsai has the potential to grow into a full-size tree, but, planted in a tiny pot, its growth is stunted. To Yunus, a person deprived of education or opportunity is like a bonsai. Continue reading “Mindset Shift” »

Keys To A Successful Social Entrepreneurship

What does it take to become a successful Social Entrepreneur?

Take On the World’s Biggest Problems

Social entrepreneurs identify major social problems and so, as such, need to find creative solutions and generate new ideas. The bigger the problem, the more motivated they become. Social entrepreneurship becomes necessary when objectors find that appropriate governmental, private-sector, or nonprofit organisations for solving the problem don’t exist or are inadequate for the job. Continue reading “Keys To A Successful Social Entrepreneurship” »

Keys To Successful Problem Solving – Part 2

5 Steps to Problem Solving

1. Identify the problem

Firstly you need to identify and name the problem so that you can find an appropriate solution. For Social Entrepreneurs, this can be a difficult step because there are so many problems in the world but we must be able to focus and pinpoint the problem that we are passionate about finding a solution to. For me, I had to think about what my purpose in life was and my passions. This took me back to school when I was greatly impacted by our unit on poverty and malnutrition. Continue reading “Keys To Successful Problem Solving – Part 2” »

Keys To Successful Problem Solving – Part 1

What Type Of Problem Solver Are You?

Social Entrepreneurs need to be innovative problem-solvers to identify and apply practical solutions to problems, combining innovation, resourcefulness and opportunity. They identify major social problems and so, as such, need to find creative solutions and generate new ideas.

Often the desired criteria for a  job advertisement is “Good problem solving skills”. Any successful business or life activity demands the ability to problem solve. Good problem solving skills are identified in the workplace as highly valued skills and employees who boldly face daily problems and challenges are worth more to an organisation than those who passively rely on their supervisors. Even in my own experience, it was the staff with good problem solving skills that I gave more responsibility to. I have qualifications as an Early Childhood Educator and one of the main areas of development that we would focus on was developing a child’s problem solving skills because of the importance of these skills. In my years of education, business and leadership, I have identified 5 types of problem solvers. Continue reading “Keys To Successful Problem Solving – Part 1” »

Are Charities Becoming More Social Entrepreneurial?

Social Entrepreneurship Versus Charity

Last night we had a Board Meeting for the Organisation I am a Director for called Empower 4 Life. We started to brainstorm ways in which raise money to equip the poor for self-sustainability. We discussed some fundraising ideas but the majority of the discussions centred around some social entrepreneurial projects that we could set up. Obviously, social entrepreneurship is my passion but when you look at traditional charity organisations around the world, there is a merging trend to use more entrepreneurial practices to become financially sustainable. Continue reading “Are Charities Becoming More Social Entrepreneurial?” »