Think BIGGER and Invest in What Might Be, to Make a BIG Difference
To see big changes coming from their efforts, philanthropists are pooling their money and backing large-scale social change projects that aim to better our world. By taking on huge projects that can take decades to complete and require the coordination of large segments of civil and private society, social entrepreneurs have pushed past the status quo of investing in what is and are investing in what might be.
Doing it Their Way – Making a More Social Difference
Social entrepreneurs drive social change by pursuing goals with entrepreneurial zeal, using business methods, foresight, and courage to overcome traditional models and innovate. To be successful, a social entrepreneur must build strong and sustainable organizations which, when the time comes, can be scaled to perform wider missions.
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship namedBoulder Colorado’s Kimbal Musk a 2017 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Kimbal is the co-founder of the Boulder restaurant groupThe Kitchen, a family of restaurants that source directly from local farmers to stimulate the local farm economy, and to create quality local jobs. The group has positively affected the local industry by millions of dollars per year. From The Kitchen Community’s efforts to build Learning Gardens U.S. schools, to improving the vegetable intake and academic achievements of thousands of students, Kimbal remains, “…incredibly humbled to be honored alongside these social entrepreneurs changing the world.”
Joining Musk on the list of2017 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs are Malik Ahmad Jalal and FayeezaNaqvi of theAman Foundation. The foundation offers a community-based, prevention-oriented, and affordable healthcare model for Pakistani cities. Aman’s community health program is focused on family planning, reproductive, and child health, and supports 1 million people. Aman takes a very entrepreneurial approach: they use seed capital to incubate social enterprises, and then, to scale the projects, Aman leverages external funding, partnerships, and service agreements with local governments.
Rise of the Social Entrepreneur
This drive to infuse careers with meaning has increasingly attracted entrepreneurs to large-scale sustainable social projects like climate change and prison reform in the United States. While traditional charitable giving on the business level is80% institutional (universities, hospitals, and cultural institutions) philanthropy is also plays a critical role in confronting daunting social problems and is becoming the hallmark of the socially-minded entrepreneur.
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