Confronting Perception as a Social Entrepreneur

Was invited to be one of the speakers at Global Social Innovators Forum 2014, organized by Social Innovation Park (SIP) and shared on Confronting Perception. (Inception VS Reality). Here are my thoughts:

Confronting Perception as a Social Entrepreneur
First class entrepreneurs offer powerful new ideas beneficial in the business industry. It is these ideas that help in bringing success in this part of a circle’s portion. But even success in this part cannot mean the same for the whole. There are other aspects that need to be dealt with before success as a whole can be obtained. One of these aspects is the society. At present, the society has many issues that need to be taken care of and that’s where social entrepreneurs can be helpful. Social entrepreneurs are people that have innovative solutions for the most pressing social issues in the society. These people are known for their persistence, being ambitious and ability to deal with complex social issues. They confront perception by providing new ideas that can enable a wide-scale change.

Social Entrepreneurs Always Take the Step towards Changes
The government is established to help in meeting the needs of its people. Business sectors have the same purpose. Normally, people would just leave societal needs and issues for the business sectors and government to deal with. But social entrepreneurs don’t do things that way. They instead take the step to determine what’s not working and provide a solution to it by making changes in the system, spreading the derived solution and influencing the society to move toward the same direction.
Social entrepreneurs are owned by their ideas and they commit their lives to making changes in their field. They are both realists and visionaries. These same characteristics are what they use in confronting the varying perception they receive their way.

Defining Their Perception
One of the most common ways in which these individuals and the field of social entrepreneurship are viewed is that it is simply a rebranding of philanthropy and charity. This view on this field is a major flaw on how people understand what it truly aims to accomplish. Its primary aim is to create a sustainable systematic change and ground level for all stakeholders across the world, including consumers, investors, community and the environment.
This same flaw – the field’s public image likened to charity – is the one made it harder to spread its concept to the larger industry. The good thing is that actions are moving to the right direction. If this continues, social entrepreneurs can offer the possibility of changing the world.

They Deal with it. They Act On it
These entrepreneurs are referred to as the invisible ones. In fact, they are seldom known in developing countries. It is not because there is a lack of entrepreneurial talent. But it is because they often are unrecognized, which is more the case with those who have started entrepreneurial projects as a means to lift them out of poverty.

Many people from the poor consider social entrepreneurship as a vocation of need and not choice. Although these people do not have necessary resources like language skills to be able to talk about their ideas and access to the internet, they are able to contribute to their community. They are able to help in making their community better.

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