Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Changing Our World

Edited by Zachary D. Kaufman

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities provides crucial insight into social entrepreneurship from visionaries in the field as well as other experienced practitioners and renowned theorists. While this book focuses on social entrepreneurship as it relates to genocide and other atrocities, the experiences and lessons learned also apply to additional critical social, economic, legal and political problems such as healthcare, development, education and literacy.

Foreword

Bill Drayton

Subjects: business and management, social entrepreneurship, development studies, development studies, social entrepreneurship, law - academic, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights, social entrepreneurship

Extract

Bill Drayton The past two and a half decades have witnessed a rapid and profound change in human history. Health, the environment, human rights, development, education, emergency relief, housing, energy, and other social issues have become as entrepreneurial and competitive as business. Several consequences have flowed directly from this phenomenon. There are now major new career and part-time opportunities for men and women of all ages and backgrounds to become involved in the citizen sector on a paid or volunteer basis.1 In fact, the citizen sector is by far the fastest growing economic sector. It generates jobs at three times the rate of the rest of the economy. From 1990 to 2000 alone, the number of registered international citizen groups increased 450 percent,2 and there has been an explosion of such groups since. Social entrepreneurs – individuals with innovative, system-changing solutions to society’s most pressing social problems – have become both more competitive and more collaborative with one another and with business, increasing productivity and quality. Indeed, the productivity of citizen groups is rising so quickly that the productivity gap with business is decreasing by half every 10 to 12 years in countries and regions where the citizen sector is large and active. Social entrepreneurs change society by seizing opportunities, improving systems, inventing new approaches, and creating solutions. It is about finding what is not working and persuading entire societies to take new leaps. There is nothing more powerful than the combination of a big idea with a good entrepreneur. We...