Getting Things Done Sustainably
Chapter 8: Getting things done sustainably? Synthesis chapter on social entrepreneurship and water
This book was an intellectual and physical journey for us into social entrepreneurship initiatives dealing with water challenges in drinking water and sanitation supply, in agriculture and industry, as well as for entire ecosystems. This journey opened us up to the diversity of water challenges and to the variety of ways of addressing these challenges - from toilet monuments for public sanitation to river jumps for water conservation. The social entrepreneurs and their organizations were just as heterogeneous: we met social activists and political lobbyists, consultants and businessmen, architects and hydrologists (with social entrepreneurs frequently wearing more than one hat), and their NGOs, companies and networks. To acknowledge this diversity of persons and organizations, we speak here of social entrepreneurship initiatives (SEI) to cover both the social entrepreneur and the organization or network. As we met a diversity of problems, people and organizations, we need to be cautious and acknowledge the difficulty of generalization. In this synthesis chapter we revisit our initial theses and our working conception of social entrepreneurship (see Chapter 1) with a view to our final conception of social entrepreneurship and its role for sustainable development. We first present our findings from the case studies for the theses proposed in the introduction (Sections 8.2 to 8.4).
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