Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What is a social entrepreneur? - a message from Jin



Before dawn is the darkest of what I know
That twenty more centuries of waking fling
Will whisk the dream by a gentle cruise of howl,
And what beauty, its day come forth at last,
Proud treads the once New World to be born.
                                                                                         - jin, 2012










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There are two parts to the definition of “social entrepreneur.” The first is the meaning of “entrepreneur”; the second is the meaning of “social” build on the foundation of what is understood to be an entrepreneur.

Colloquially, entrepreneurs are taken to be someone who starts a business. I resist the definition.

Entrepreneurship is more than just starting a business to sell a widget or service; there is nothing entrepreneurial about perpetuating a business model in an established fashion just to take advantage of consumer ignorance.

Being an entrepreneur means more than that; it encompasses a richer context, a tougher climb, and a much more rewarding experience. Being an entrepreneur means undertaking something to leverage opportunities in Change, which is the only constant we come to know, so the market place is reformed in a way to become more efficient.

Social entrepreneurs are then those who undertake an ever tougher task, a much more steeper climb, to solve social problems and create value to resolve social ills so that the market place is not only more efficient but more responsible. Social entrepreneurs face a tougher challenge because there is very little value incentive built into solving problems for the poor, the underprivileged, the neglected—these are men and women who rarely participate in the great capitalist scheme and are often the same ones who would burden the “value” created by the so called “business” folks—the same folks who would make widgets and pollute the poorest neighborhoods, who would sell to the most uninformed, who would suckle on the fruit of the many vices of social ills.

NO! Social entrepreneurs are not someone who just starts a business.

Social entrepreneurs are the ones who would adopt a mission to create and sustain social values; who would change accordingly to how social values change and leverage those changes to benefit even more underprivileged. Social entrepreneurs are those who would recognize and relentlessly pursuit new opportunities; who would engage in a continued process of innovation, adaptation, and learning.

Social entrepreneurs will act boldly, without the fear of limitations, and will act with a heightened sense of accountability to the constituents served and for the outcome created.

Social entrepreneurs will act for the better of the whole, for the world and everyone encompassed—selflessly and for the broader scope of the sustainable human ecology.










_________________________________________________ The beauty of the American system, as I see it, is not of capitalism or democracy as often tokened as the American strength. The real beauty of the American system noted by Alexis de Tocqueville some 170 years ago is that we empower each other through our individualism for the common goal so that we can build something together that is unimaginable—something outside of the systemic spiraling down. This is a virtue despotism could never compel its people to perform; this is the American strength. In this we find our revitalization.

              Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Spiraling gyring the center does not hold
The falcon does not need to hear the falconer;
Things fall apart but there comes another spring;

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Before dawn is the darkest of what I know
That twenty more centuries of waking fling
Will whisk the dream by a gentle cruise of howl,
And what beauty, its day come forth at last,
Proud treads the once New World to be born.

2 comments:

  1. So, would I be accurate in saying that, in America, in order for the ideals of the capitalist republic to survive, we need more social entrepreneurs instead of more socialist politicians?

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