social entrepreneurship

A Quote by Bill Drayton on ideas, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, and conscious capitalism

What is the most powerful force in the world? And I think you would agree that is a big idea if it is in the hands of an entrepreneur who is actually going to make the idea not only happen, but spread all across society. And we understand that in business but we have need for entrepreneurship just as much in education, human rights, health, and the environment as we do in hotels and steel.

Bill Drayton

Source: Interview with Bill Drayton: http://www.ashoka.org/node/1027

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship

What is Social Entrepreneurship?
Whenever society is stuck or has an opportunity to seize a new opportunity, it needs an entrepreneur to see the opportunity and then to turn that vision into a realistic idea and then a reality and then, indeed, the new pattern all across society. We need such entrepreneurial leadership at least as much in education and human rights as we do in communications and hotels. This is the work of social entrepreneurs.

Bill Drayton

Source: GOOD Q&A: Bill Drayton: http://www.goodmagazine.com/section/Features/good_qa_bill_drayton

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A Quote by Steve Case on nonprofit, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurship

One of the things I'm most focused now on, with the Case Foundation, is the notion of social entrepreneurship. I'm an entrepreneur. I like building companies, but I also like building projects, and one of the things I learned in the last five years is it's easy to start new things, particularly in the not-for-profit world. It's harder to scale them, and so we're trying to figure out a way to work with some of the not-for-profit organizations -- around maybe ten years, or already well led, already well respected -- on how to kind of get them over that tipping point where they really become more mainstream phenomena. One statistic that was startling to me is if you look at the top 20 companies, and you look at the list 20 years ago and you look at the list today, about half of the companies change every 20 years, because 20 years ago CISCO and Microsoft and some of the other companies didn't really exist. Wal-Mart. And so in the business world there's this process of constant change and evolution and a list changes. In the not-for-profit world, if you look at the top 20 not-for-profits 20 years ago and today, 19 of them are the same. One has broken through, which is Habitat for Humanity, which is a great group that we work closely with.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, conscious business, business, and entrepreneurs

You can be entrepreneurial even if you don't want to be in business. You can be a social entrepreneur focused on the not-for-profit sector. You can be an agriculture entrepreneur if you want to change how people think about farming. You can be a policy entrepreneur if you want to go into government. The idea of an entrepreneur is really thinking out of the box and taking risks and stepping up to major challenges. Trying to instill that sense of entrepreneurship in areas other than business is one of the areas I want to focus on in the years ahead.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on for-profit, non-profit, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, good business, and financing

We need to reverse three centuries of walling the for-profit and non-profit sectors off from one another. When you think for-profit and non-profit, you most often think of entities with either zero social return or zero return on capital and zero social return. Clearly, there's some opportunity in the spectrum between those extremes. What's missing is the for-profit finance industry coming in to that area. Look at the enormous diversity of the for-profit financial industry as opposed to monolithic nature of the non-profit world; it's quite astonishing.

Bill Drayton

Source: Q&A: Bill Drayton - Ashoka - Social Capitalism: http://www.fastcompany.com/social/2008/articles/bill-drayton.html

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A Quote by Michael on idealism, change, social entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship, and social enterprise

The developed world has a vast, under-utilized asset that is not being leveraged to its best advantage: idealistic people who want to make the world a better place.  For most of a century, idealistic people have been encouraged to use anger, protest, lobbying, and legal action in order to make the world a better place.  While most certainly some of these behaviors and activities were necessary, we have reached the point at which the social benefit of such behaviors is decreasing.  We have reached the point at which creation, rather than attack, ought to be the first obligation of reformers.  The social entrepreneurship movement is the first tip of this iceberg.  We want to create a world in which all idealists realize that the creation of new enterprises is the most powerful way to make positive change in the world.  If all the energy that is currently invested in zero-sum political conflict was gradually transferred to the committed creation of sustainable enterprises, the cumulative impact on behalf of the good would be extraordinary.

Michael Strong

Source: The Flow Book: The Flow Opportunity: The Creative Powers of a Free Civilization

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and entrepreneurship

The core psychology of a social entrepreneur is someone who cannot come to rest, in a very deep sense, until he or she has changed the pattern in an area of social concern all across society. Social entrepreneurs are married to a vision of, for example, a better way of helping young people grow up or of delivering global healthcare. They simply will not stop because they cannot be happy until their vision becomes the new pattern. They will persist for decades. And they are as realistic as they are visionary. As a result, they are very good listeners. They have to hear if something isn’t working; and, whenever they do, they just keep changing the idea and/or the environment until their idea works. They are intensely concerned with the how-to’s: How do I get from here to there? How do I solve this problem? How do these pieces fit together?

Bill Drayton

Source: Massive Change: Bill Drayton Interview: http://www.massivechange.com/2006/07/24/bill-drayton-interview-june-3-2004/

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on social entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and business

The core psychology of a social entrepreneur is someone who cannot come to rest, in a very deep sense, until he or she has changed the pattern in an area of social concern all across society. Social entrepreneurs are married to a vision of, for example, a better way of helping young people grow up or of delivering global healthcare. They simply will not stop because they cannot be happy until their vision becomes the new pattern. They will persist for decades. And they are as realistic as they are visionary. As a result, they are very good listeners. They have to hear if something isn’t working; and, whenever they do, they just keep changing the idea and/or the environment until their idea works. They are intensely concerned with the how-to’s: How do I get from here to there? How do I solve this problem? How do these pieces fit together?

Bill Drayton

Source: Massive Change: Bill Drayton Interview: http://www.massivechange.com/2006/07/24/bill-drayton-interview-june-3-2004/

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, and social entrepreneurship

Good entrepreneurs can manage, but no one but an entrepreneur can entrepreneur, let alone help build and lead the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs and their top business entrepreneur allies.

Bill Drayton

Source: U.S. News: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton_2.htm

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on idea, entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship

What is the most powerful lever you can imagine? A big idea, but only if it’s in the hands of a truly outstanding entrepreneur. It starts with the person and the idea, and then grows to the institution. All three are intertwined.

Bill Drayton

Source: The Stanford Daily: Interview with Bill Drayton: http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2005/2/8/findingTheNextSocialEntrepreneurInterviewWithBillDrayton

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