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Chapter 13: A Community-wide Framework for Encouraging Social Entrepreneurship Using the Pipeline of Entrepreneurs and Enterprises Model
Thomas S. Lyons and Gregg A. Lichtenstein One of the most important things that can be done to improve the state of the world is to build a framework of social and economic supports to multiply the number and the effectiveness of the world’s social entrepreneurs. (David Bornstein, How to Change the World, 2007) The purpose of this chapter is to present a new conceptual lens through which to view social entrepreneurship, its players, processes and objectives. In so doing, we hope to provide a framework for guiding thought and action in this rapidly emerging field. As researchers and practitioners, our focus is on linking both worlds. The current literature on social entrepreneurship is very broad, which is to be expected of a young field, and it is not necessarily a negative, as it lends an early inclusivity to a multi-disciplinary field (Martí, 2006). However, it lacks a structure for pulling its significant knowledge together in a way that can be acted upon. Herein, we re-introduce a model of our creation, which we call the Pipeline of Entrepreneurs and Enterprises (hereafter referred to as ‘the pipeline’ or ‘the pipeline model’). We created this model to facilitate thinking about commercial, or business, entrepreneurship and its relationship to community economic development. We would argue, however, that it has value in framing social entrepreneurship more broadly as well. In this chapter, we briefly explore the current literature on social entrepreneurship and where it leaves practitioners, both social entrepreneurs and those who would assist...
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