Social entrepreneurs make a dollar and a difference. I have often thought that I should write a post that defines what I mean by “social entrepreneur,” and yet I have hesitated. But, since I run a radio program and a podcast called Social Entrepreneur, I should define the term as I understand it. I want to be clear that I am not the arbiter of who is and is not a social entrepreneur. There are many who have defined the term. Ashoka, Echoing Green, The Schwab Foundation for Entrepreneurship, The Skoll Foundation, the Social Enterprise Alliance, and many others have provided their definition. I would also recommend the book Getting Beyond Better: How…Read More
Social entrepreneurs utilize startup methodologies to address pressing social problems. They combine the best of business and philanthropy into a single business model.
This is what happens when podcasters interview podcasters. As two podcasters, Adam Force and I have a great time going back and forth in this engaging interview. Adam tells the story of how he started Change Creator and what it is that he is hoping to do. Adam was sitting on a beach in Costa Rica when the direction of his life shifted. At the time he and his wife were living in New York. They had taken a trip to Costa Rica in order to recharge. While sitting quietly and connecting to nature, Adam suddenly realized that his life should mean more – needed to mean more. With more…Read More
104, Adam Force, Change Creator | A Multimedia Platform for Business with a Purpose
The world is filled with global grand challenges and worthy causes. Business as usual cannot meet these challenges. These challenges are so large, they require all of us. It requires you. But doing what? The answer is social entrepreneurship, businesses with both a profit and a purpose. There are barriers that can keep you from starting. We’re here to overcome those barriers. The Problems That Demand Social Entrepreneurship We’re all familiar with the challenges faced by developing countries. We struggle with poverty, hunger and disease. There is a lack of opportunity for education, especially for girls and women. Climate change is creating extreme weather, including drought. This exasperates youth unemployment and…Read More
We Need You…to be a social entrepreneur
When I say “early stage entrepreneur,” whom do you picture? A hungry young person in a hoodie, eating Raman noodles and cranking out code? While this might be the prototype, more and more social entrepreneurs are looking more like Jim Smith. Jim is an academic and a scientist. He spends most days in deep research and in the classroom at the University of Virginia. However, thorough a series of synchronous events, Jim was jarred into the world of hands-on entrepreneurship in some of the most underserved communities of the world. Jim Smith is an advisor and serves on the board of PureMadi, where they developed a sustainable, ceramic water filter….Read More