Social Entrepreneurship – Why?
The idea of solving social problems entrepreneurially is not new.
Microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his idea of providing mini-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries and thus free them from poverty.
New Zealand is facing big upheavals. Demographic change, global mobility, urbanisation, digitization of the world of work, to name a few. Our traditional understanding is not enough to answer all the questions raised by these developments.
But we need solutions to these questions – socially and economically. Social Entrepreneurs are people who develop such solutions. They not only relieve symptoms of social problems, they also (ideally) eliminate causes. They are characterized by entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, risk-taking and perseverance.