While I registered for the class in spring, I thought I knew what it meant and therefore, didn’t bother looking it up. To my surprise while sitting in class last night, I realized that social entrepreneurship was my goal…I just never had a nice name for it!
So what exactly is and why should we care? Well my teacher cover all this for me last night. But I don’t want to keep this to myself. They say a movement is upon us and the more people that know, the more people can get involved!
Social entrepreneurship stems from business doing good in the community. People decide to work on a project, a goal, product or service that helps people, the environment, lending and/or many other specific issues. While this has been in existence for many, many years, the term Social Entrepreneur is a tool to collect these minds and give them a place to identify themselves. The hope is to have a movement, just not a few lone rangers.
These are non-profit, for-profits and independent people putting people and the Earth before profits. I immediately went to my favorite website when learning of this concept. The Greater Good is a site that allows you to click a button and donate food, to the rainforest, veterans, animals and services like clean water. They also offer an online shopping site where people in other countries make their living by creating goods that can be purchased. http://www.greatergood.com/ This fosters more “E’s” and gives people in low-come areas a means to survive and get out of poverty.
We should care and continue to encourage these types of businesses. This is a mentality that unlimited profit is no longer the grade for success. And most importantly, that doing good for people and the planet is not the end all of business and economic growth.
I will have more on this topic as the semester progresses. Are you a secret “Social Entrepreneur”?