Social Entrepreneurship

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP When I was a kid, I could have been what people would now call a social entrepreneur or socialpreneur. A lot of people would have fallen into this category. To help your school or church or youth group, you may have sold chocolate bars door-to-door. People bought them, even if they didn't like chocolate; because they knew the money would go to support a worthy cause. Both the seller and purchaser are examples of social consciousness in action. Now my own children, bring home their school fundraisers from school and we too buy the over priced products, not because they are great products, but because it supports their school, a good cause. Today's socially conscious entrepreneurs,…show more content…
In 1994, Time Magazine named Wendy among the 40 Most Promising Leaders Under 40. Wendy was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report in 2006. As " Ian Huschle, one of Wendy Kopp’s first employees said ''I heard a great definition of an entrepreneur yesterday, as someone who looks at the calculations, sees that they don't add up, and goes forward anyway, on the conviction that they'll work out. That's what Wendy does.'' Quoted by Ms. Kopp herself, she said ''I look at where am I going to have the most impact -- if I do this for three years or if I teach for three years,'' Ms. Kopp, now 33, said when asked why she never tried the classroom herself. ''I think Teach for America has suffered from the fact that I did not teach, in a major way. I also think if I had taught, I wouldn't have started Teach for America.'' The bottom line in summarizing this analysis of social entrepreneurs is that they recognize a social problem and use their entrepreneurial principles to achieve social change. 3 As John Kenneth Galbraith said, “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership." This is exactly what Wendy Kopp did. Contributers: Social entrepreneurship. (2011, February 11). In Wikipedia,The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from
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