Chapter 10: Social entrepreneurship in the age of atrocities: Lessons learned and conclusion
Zachary D. Kaufman INTRODUCTION Having presented the first-hand narratives of social entrepreneurs who have focused on atrocity issues, this book now turns to reflecting on those separate experiences as a whole. This concluding chapter thus compares each of the preceding case studies of social entrepreneurship – highlighting Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), Asylum Access (AA), Children of Abraham (CoA), Generation Rwanda (GR), Indego Africa (IA), the Kigali Public Library (KPL), the National Vision for Sierra Leone (NVSL), and Orphans Against AIDS (OAA) – with lessons learned interspersed throughout.1 The topics below draw upon only as many case studies from this book as necessary to illustrate a particular point. SIMILARITIES Certain traits are shared by some of the social enterprises while others are shared by all. As noted in the Introduction, this book profiles social enterprises led by young Westerners who focus on atrocity issues, whether ongoing or post-conflict. This part explores some of those shared characteristics in greater depth, concentrating on youth leadership and focus, motivation, luck, failure, institution-building, management, friends and family, technology, intersections with academia, and potential personal risks, costs, and benefits. Youth: Leadership and Focus Social enterprises, including all of those profiled in this book, are often founded, led, and staffed by young people, ranging in age from 18 to 30 years old. While people of all ages and experience levels are engaged in social 189 190 Social entrepreneurship in the age of atrocities entrepreneurship, youth often provides the requisite time, idealism, energy, enthusiasm, and boldness to launch a...
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