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2/22/2017 WhoisaSocialEntrepreneur?

PublishedonAshokaIndia(http://india.ashoka.org)

WhoisaSocialEntrepreneur?
Socialentrepreneursareindividualswithinnovativesolutionstosocietysmostpressing
socialproblems.Theyareambitiousandpersistent,tacklingmajorsocialissuesand
offeringnewideasforwidescalechange.

Ratherthanleavingsocietalneedstothegovernmentorbusinesssectors,social
entrepreneursfindwhatisnotworkingandsolvetheproblembychangingthe
system,spreadingthesolution,andpersuadingentiresocietiestotakenewleaps.

Socialentrepreneursoftenseemtobepossessedbytheirideas,committingtheirlivesto
changingthedirectionoftheirfield.Theyarebothvisionariesandultimaterealists,
concernedwiththepracticalimplementationoftheirvisionaboveallelse.

Eachsocialentrepreneurpresentsideasthatareuserfriendly,understandable,ethical,
andengagewidespreadsupportinordertomaximizethenumberoflocalpeoplethatwill
standup,seizetheiridea,andimplementwithit.Inotherwords,everyleadingsocial
entrepreneurisamassrecruiteroflocalchangemakersarolemodelprovingthat
citizenswhochanneltheirpassionintoactioncandoalmostanything.

Overthepasttwodecades,thecitizensectorhasdiscoveredwhatthebusinesssector
learnedlongago:Thereisnothingaspowerfulasanewideainthehandsofafirstclass
entrepreneur.

Why"Social"Entrepreneur?

Justasentrepreneurschangethefaceofbusiness,socialentrepreneursactasthe
changeagentsforsociety,seizingopportunitiesothersmissandimprovingsystems,
inventingnewapproaches,andcreatingsolutionstochangesocietyforthebetter.Whilea
businessentrepreneurmightcreateentirelynewindustries,asocialentrepreneurcomes
upwithnewsolutionstosocialproblemsandthenimplementsthemonalargescale.

HistoricalExamplesofLeadingSocialEntrepreneurs:

SusanB.Anthony(U.S.):FoughtforWomen'sRightsintheUnitedStates,
includingtherighttocontrolpropertyandhelpedspearheadadoptionofthe19th
amendment.

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VinobaBhave(India):FounderandleaderoftheLandGiftMovement,hecaused
theredistributionofmorethan7,000,000acresoflandtoaidIndia'suntouchables
andlandless.

Dr.MariaMontessori(Italy):DevelopedtheMontessoriapproachtoearlychildhood
education.

FlorenceNightingale(U.K.):Founderofmodernnursing,sheestablishedthefirst
schoolfornursesandfoughttoimprovehospitalconditions.

MargaretSanger(U.S.):FounderofthePlannedParenthoodFederationof
America,sheledthemovementforfamilyplanningeffortsaroundtheworld.

JohnMuir(U.S.):Naturalistandconservationist,heestablishedtheNationalPark
SystemandhelpedfoundTheSierraClub.

JeanMonnet(France):ResponsibleforthereconstructionoftheFrencheconomy
followingWorldWarII,includingtheestablishmentoftheEuropeanCoalandSteel
Community(ECSC).TheECSCandtheEuropeanCommonMarketweredirect
precursorsoftheEuropeanUnion.

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