Consider a career that in one sense has always existed (“humanitarians” or “revolutionaries”) and is evolving as a result of historical changes and access to information (both the means of production and the raw product, think Tweets, blogs, Google Calendars, IP phones, etc.). Social entrepreneurs defy the red/blue categorization of politics because their aim to reorganize society through new ideas, approaches, and organizations:
But the rhetoric of a political campaign is misleading. It makes us think we have to choose between government and business — as if those are the only tools in the box. We don’t. One of the most interesting stories in social change today is how much creative problem-solving is emerging from citizens scattered far and wide who are taking it upon themselves to fix things and who, in many cases, are outperforming traditional organizations or making systems work better. At Fixes, we’ve reported on dozens of creative efforts in education, health care, vocational training, prison reform, foster care — many of which have been initiated by citizens.
Is this something new? And, if so, why is it happening?