Dr Ben Carson On The Value Of Social Entrepreneurship

Dr. Ben Carson is a world-renowned paediatric neurosurgeon, humanitarian and best-selling author. He made global history in 1987 as the paediatric neurosurgeon who performed the first separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head.. His career and fascinating story were featured in the book and movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. A best-selling author, Dr. Carson just released his latest work, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.

The Value Of Social Entrepreneurship

In this video, Dr. Ben Carson shares his thoughts on health, business and the issues facing our global community. It contains some excerpts from that conversation where he talks about how being a doctor and a social entrepreneur share a motivation to help people. He also discusses the personal benefits of not only providing for yourself, but also reaping the benefits of knowing that your actions are simultaneously helping others in need. As a social entrepreneurship company, Mannatech is committed to helping in the fight against global malnutrition by linking five million consumers to five million children in need through its Mission 5 Million(SM) movement.

When he was faced with the major health challenge of cancer, after researching many products, he chose to support his body with glyconutrients and continues to take them 10 years later. He talks about real food nutrition here.

It’s truly an honor to hear from a man like Dr. Carson. Check out this interview:

 

 

Naomi Enevoldson

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Kids As Social Entrepreneurs?

Kids changing the world… one act at a time.

More and more, kids are wanting to have a positive impact in the world. They are taking action and mobilizing other kids to address problems from infant mortality in developing nations to neighbourhood concerns. They are donating to charities, volunteering to help others and even engaging in social entrepreneurship. They are taking the passion they feel about a cause and undertaking a business-like activity that earns money (or provides other resources) to support that cause.

Alex Scott, for example, was four years old and battling cancer when she started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research. After a year, she had raised $2,000. By the time she was eight, she had raised $1 million through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Many kids like Alex are motivated to pursue a social entrepreneurial activity because they’ve been touched by something serious or significant and are moved to take action. They have had a personal experience with the problem. More often than not, though, these children would be hard pressed to pursue social entrepreneurship without the support and guidance of an adult. Continue reading “Kids As Social Entrepreneurs?” »

Malnutrition Solution Through Social Entrepreneurship

THE PROBLEM

A key to the ultimate success of social entrepreneurship is the creation of an innovative new technology for solving an existing global problem. As the lack of proper nutrition has become epidemic in both industrialized and developing countries, the supplementation of essential nutrients has become a critical strategy for protecting health.

The problem is that although there have been major relief efforts for decades now focusing on alleviating starvation and hunger, new evidence shows that this strategy is doing little to reduce the growing incidence of malnutrition in third-world countries.

New research is also indicating that only 1% of the population are getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for proper nutrition and health.

Until recently, synthetically made vitamins and inorganic minerals have provided the only source for standardized levels of these essential nutrients. Synthetic vitamins are made from coal tar or petroleum; and due to their low cost they are the primary choice of manufacturers of both nutritional supplements and enriched foods. Inorganic minerals, either mined or by-products of a chemical process, also provide an inexpensive source for supplementation, but do not have the solubility of minerals found in food.

Fruits and vegetables make vitamins in their tissues and then bond them to various minerals, fats, polysaccharides, amino acids and other vital Phytochemicals to create what is called a food matrix. Minerals become more soluble in food and this matrix of nutrients provides the co-factors required by the body for the proper absorption and utilization of all essential nutrients. It has become clear that the human body was designed to obtain its nutritional requirements from food. Continue reading “Malnutrition Solution Through Social Entrepreneurship” »

Social Entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie

Social Entrepreneur – Blake Mycoskie

Social Entrepreneur Blake MycoskieBlake Mycoskie is a social entrepreneur who founded TOMS Shoes, the company that would match every pair purchased with a new pair given to a child in need. One for One. In September 2010, Blake returned to Argentina, where he was first inspired to start TOMS, to celebrate the one-millionth pair of new shoes given to a child in need.

After five years of giving shoes, Blake was ready to address another need: vision. On June 7, 2011, TOMS debuted One for One Eyewear, which provides eye treatment, prescription glasses or eye surgery with every pair purchased.

Former President Bill Clinton has introduced Blake as “one of the most interesting entrepreneurs [he has] ever met.” And Bill Gates featured Blake and TOMS Shoes in his Time magazine article, “How to Fix Capitalism.”

START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS Social Entrepreneur, Start Something that Matters, Blake Mycoskie

The Most Powerful Business Model – Social Entrepreneurship

The Reasons Why We Can’t Ignore Social Entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurship is quickly becoming the most powerful business model of the 21st century. It is an exciting process by which passionate and ambitious individuals build or transform a business to provide innovative solutions to social problems such as poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, clean air and water, and health care.

The world today is plagued by probably more problems than ever before in history. We face challenges like never before and the “to do” list is enormous and growing. Social entrepreneurship is a relatively new phenomenon that operates in areas where traditional non-profit and government‐based support structures have not been successful. Continue reading “The Most Powerful Business Model – Social Entrepreneurship” »

Mannatech Transition To Social Entrepreneur Company

Mission 5 MillionMannatech, Incorporated, the leading innovator and provider of nutritional supplements based on Real Food Technology(R) solutions, announced its plans to support its Mission 5 Million movement by completely transitioning its business into a Social Entrepreneurship model in August 2013.

Mission 5 Million or M5M represents Mannatech’s mission to eliminate global malnutrition and nourish 5 million children in need. As a Social Entrepreneurship company, Mannatech has created a nutritional supplement powder, called Phytoblend, specifically designed to help in the fight against global malnutrition. In a model similar to TOMS shoes, anytime a consumer purchases a Mannatech product, a donation of nutritional supplementation is provided for a child in need.

Unlike other Social Entrepreneurial companies,  Mannatech is the first Social Entrepreneurship company offering a leverage-based incentive program for those who choose to champion the cause of malnutrition. By changing the world and making a difference, you can earn a lucrative income, have a better lifestyle and more freedom.

“I am honored to serve this great company as we take this giant step forward,” said Bo Short, President of Business and Field Development. “Being able to financially reward people that champion our cause enables us to accelerate our mission to achieve an even greater impact. The ability to change YOUR world and THE world at the exact same time is a powerful and significant paradigm.”

Dr. Robert Sinnott, CEO and Chief Science Officer, added, “Mannatech has always been a company with a big heart and a big purpose. What’s different now is the clarity and focus of our mission, and the means and method by which we are setting out to make it a reality. That’s what M5M represents. We truly believe it has the ability to change the world.”

Read full story on the Marketwatch website.

If you are interested in Mannatech’s products click here or in joining the M5M then click here. Get involved in a movement that is changing the world and change your world at the same time!

 

Naomi Enevoldson

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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” »