We still have enormous hills to climb in changing mindsets, improving enabling environments and correcting market failures. But I think it's worth pausing for a moment and taking stock of the global trends.
Start-ups, not-for-profits, small (and large) businesses come and go. During the holidays of 2004, while sitting at my desk in the basement of my parent's home, the question for me became; if this business failed tomorrow, what did I do with it?
Donor countries, like the U.S., the UK and Canada have noticed the social entrepreneurship potential. Each are revamping their donor agencies to partner with institutions that focus on working with social entrepreneurs.
Julio was born and lived his entire life in San Jose de Moro, Peru, site of a famed Moche cemetery and ritual center. Until 2011, Julio was a part-time day laborer in town, working for under ten dollars a day when jobs were available.
Social entrepreneurs are a unique population -- we're driven by passion, not profit. We're not satisfied until we become a part of the change we wish to see, but also understand that change does not happen overnight.
We began this journey to ensure that another Lonesome George situation does not happen again. We believe every one of us has the power within to shift to long-term thinking while making systemic, replicable, and sustainable changes within our own communities.
As tradition dictates, Schwab Social Entrepreneurs at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting huddled in a circle with Hilde Schwab, Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship to debrief each other about our Davos moments.