“One of the newest figures to emerge on the world stage in recent years is the social entrepreneur. This is usually someone who burns with desire to make a positive social impact on the world, but believes that the best way of doing it is, as the saying goes, not by giving poor people a fish and feeding them for a day, but by teaching them to fish, in hopes of feeding them for a lifetime. I have come to know several social entrepreneurs in recent years, and most combine a business school brain with a social worker’s heart. The triple convergence and the flattening of the world have been a godsend for them. Those who get it and are adapting to it have begun launching some very innovative projects.”
― Thomas L. Friedman, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
Friedman wrote about the emergence of social entrepreneurs in 2005 and never has the concept sounded more appealing. With a planet threatened by climate change, overpopulation, limited resources and many more man-made calamities, the need to care for our world and each other is becoming more apparent daily. The days where the bottom line was solely about profit are seeming more and more callous and dangerous. Today’s bottom line is increasingly more focused on all 3 Ps; not only profits, but people and planet too. This trend can best be described as social entrepreneurship; an approach to business that combines for-profit initiatives and not-for-profit ideas. Business meant not only to succeed but to change the world for this better.
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