Right now social entrepreneurship is treated as a distinct discipline, drawing attention and resources to the social sector while stimulating new frameworks and new enterprises. But in the coming years we'll see social entrepreneurship woven into the very fabric of existing disciplines.
In my work with a multitude of affordable technologies over the past 30 years, one key feature has become abundantly clear: If you have met the challenge of designing a transformative, radically affordable technology, you've successfully solved no more than 10-20% of the problem.
I'm looking forward to learning more about Africa's biggest trading partner up close and personal -- from the Chinese themselves -- and to comparing the go-go China of today with the serene images from my past.
Inspired by successful direct-selling models like Avon, Amway and Tupperware, we are designing a sustainable platform to dramatically scale access to a broad range of life-changing products for people living in poverty.
During the last year or so of running Benelab, my little Web startup, I've experienced so much of what I would have never learned in a classroom. Also, I can safely say that I have discovered a new, lifelong passion for social entrepreneurship.
What would someone hope to get out of putting a small group of entrepreneurs tasked with rapidly building their companies onboard a ship with 600 college students sailing around the world? It may sound like the plot for a really bizarre reality TV show, but in fact it's not.
Football teaches us the essential role of team play towards achieving our goals. No amount of skill and ability can mitigate an absence of teamwork. This applies not only on the football pitch, but also to our collaboration as individuals and organizations.
How will Africa look in 2022 if we do not enable the whole population to deploy its abundance of home-grown innovation? What will happen if women and men are not able to engage in the development of the continent by innovation, or by any other means?
It is time for the nonprofit sector to change the rules that change the world. It must become the sustainability it seeks from others. Until there's a shift from scarcity to sustainability, we will never drain the swamp.
Our mission at the Center is to help more social entrepreneurs help more people. Last year, we launched a GSBI Network among the network of Jesuit institutions of higher learning around the world -- all with a common mission to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
Social impact is much more challenging to measure than financial results, so we use a combination of metrics to gauge our success in helping social entrepreneurs build sustainable and scalable enterprises.
The constant theme is raising money for our social enterprises. But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur.
How do you scale a social enterprise in a sustainable manner? The unlikely answer to the question is found in Girl Scout cookies, or more specifically, in the scaling strategy used by Girl Scouts nationwide to sell over 200 million boxes annually and generate over $700 million.