The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur – NYTimes.com

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?

via The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur – NYTimes.com.

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One thought on “The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur – NYTimes.com

  1. Leah Copeland says:

    I find this topic both interesting and highly relevant as we see social entrepreneurship gain momentum. Social entrepreneurship is made possible by the internet, a place where money and status are not always needed to gain notice. In fact, the art of social entrepreneurship has grown as a coping mechanism for bright minds without resources to voice their solutions for the issues of the world. These intelligent people are creative enough to form new ideas and solutions for global problems and use their creativity again as they find mechanisms to tell the world their thoughts.

    Although the following Forbes article states the possible benefits social entrepreneurs could have is given the resources of business entrepreneurship, I find that the effectiveness of social entrepreneurship is in the lack of resources. Ideas spread the fastest when they are sent through a vehicle that in itself gains notice.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2012/11/13/what-if-social-entrepreneurs-had-the-same-tools-available-as-business-entrepreneurs/

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