Social Enterprise – Be the change that you want to see
Who drives transformation in our society and how do they do it? That the answer is social entrepreneurs, who target unjust and unsustainable systems — or “equilibria” — and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria. A social entrepreneur 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. The articles below shed more light on social enterprise and the work of several entrepreneurs.
We are pleased to introduce one of the panel speakers for Plenary One of the Asian Forum this April, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Mr Anshu Gupta.
Anshu runs Goonj – a non-governmental organization that sees clothing not just as a basic need but as a sustainable development resource for the poor. Anshu’s organization collects donations in the form of old clothes, which are then refurbished to be distributed to the poor at nominal costs. Watch this video to learn more about this social entrepreneur and his extraordinary vision.
Inequality is one of the most significant long-term risks worldwide, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Risks Report. This article argues that good intentions alone is not enough to create opportunities for every child. More needs to be done. Read the article here.
The surest way to change society is not by volunteering… it is by creating jobs. The Mazi Mas model combines training and work … one cannot bring about lasting change without the other, writes founder Niki Kopcke Read the article here.
“There are no problems, only solutions” – a famous quote by John Lenon defines the approach adopted by many entrepreneurs. Poonam Bir Kasturi, a social entrepreneur sees opportunities in problems and her initiative, Daily Dump, addresses the basic problem of household waste management, by making compost from recycled organic waste, a way of life. Read more about her initiative here.
Read about PLDT’s-Smart Foundation (PSF) with a theme that delves in the many opportunities within the digital age, aptly entitled, “Searching for Excellence in the Digital World. Read the report here.
Entrepreneurs are key drivers of economic and social progress. Rapidly growing entrepreneurial enterprises are often viewed as important sources of innovation, productivity growth and employment (small and medium-sized enterprises account for 97% of all jobs in emerging economies). Many governments are therefore trying to actively promote entrepreneurship through various forms of support. Read the report here.
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