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.

Chapter 1: Social entrepreneurship in the age of atrocities: Introduction

Zachary D. Kaufman

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


Zachary D. Kaufman INTRODUCTION One of the tensions generated by globalization is that advanced technologies and our ever-shrinking world empower not only state actors but also individuals to act increasingly in either constructive or destructive ways. Although ‘social entrepreneurship’1 is not a new type of human endeavor, its impact is greater than at any previous point in history. Contemporary ‘social entrepreneurs’2 are, in fact, anti-terrorists.3 This book focuses on social entrepreneurship concerning ‘atrocity’4 issues. This introductory chapter provides an overview of social entrepreneurship itself. The chapter then considers potential perils and pitfalls of social entrepreneurship and, finally, presents an overview of the book, explaining its purposes and describing the profiled social enterprises. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A BRIEF OVERVIEW This part first considers existing definitions of ‘social entrepreneurship’ before suggesting a refined, expanded version. Next, it explores the history of and institutions involved in social entrepreneurship and then moves on to a description of the various qualities social entrepreneurs themselves possess. The part ends by discussing social entrepreneurship as a particular type of venture. Definition What, exactly, is social entrepreneurship? Tony Sheldon, Executive Director of the Program on Social Enterprise at Yale University’s School of Management, has said, in echoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, that ‘[s]ocial entrepreneurship is a little like pornography. It’s hard to define, but you know it when you see it.’5 1 2 Social entrepreneurship in the age of atrocities Bill Drayton, the author of this book’s Foreword, is often credited with coining the term ‘social...