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What is Social Entrepreneurship

What is Social Entrepreneurship

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Published by: Daras Bir Singh on Jul 01, 2007
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What is Social Entrepreneurship?
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Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions tosociety’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious andpersistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or businesssectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve theproblem by changing the system, spreading the solution, andpersuading entire societies to take new leaps.Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas,committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They areboth visionaries and ultimate realists, concerned with the practicalimplementation of their vision above all else.Each social entrepreneur presents ideas that are user-friendly,understandable, ethical, and engage widespread support in order tomaximize the number of local people that will stand up, seize theiridea, and implement with it. In other words, every leading socialentrepreneur is a mass recruiter of local changemakers—a role modelproving that citizens who channel their passion into action can doalmost anything.Over the past two decades, the citizen sector has discovered what thebusiness sector learned long ago: There is nothing as powerful as anew idea in the hands of a first-class entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurship is
 
about applying
practical, innovative and sustainableapproaches
to benefit society in general, with an emphasis onthose who are marginalized and poor.
a term that captures a
unique
approach to economic and socialproblems, an approach that cuts across sectors and disciplines.
grounded in certain
values and processes
that are common toeach social entrepreneur, independent of whether his/ her areaof focus has been education, health, welfare reform, humanrights, workers' rights, environment, economic development,agriculture, etc., or whether the organizations they set up arenon-profit or for-profit entities.It is this approach
that sets the social entrepreneur apart fromthe rest of the crowd of well-meaning people and organizations
who dedicate their lives to social improvement.
What is a Social Entrepreneur?
A pragmatic visionary who achieves large scale, systemic andsustainable social change through a new invention, a differentapproach, a more rigorous application of known technologies orstrategies, or a combination of these.
Combines the characteristics represented by Richard Bransonand Mother Teresa.
Social entrepreneurs share come common traits including:
 
an unwavering belief in the innate capacity of all people tocontribute meaningfully to economic and social development
a driving passion to make that happen.
a practical but innovative stance to a social problem, often usingmarket principles and forces, coupled with doggeddetermination, that allows them to break away from constraintsimposed by ideology or field of discipline, and pushes them totake risks that others wouldn't dare.

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