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Anyone working as a social entrepreneur?


by @thomaspichon | 4yr  | 18 comments

Hi there,

I see that the large majority of the questions on this forum are coming from business people, and I was wondering if some of you are working on not-for-profit projects, on initiatives that aim at solving social or environmental issues?

Thanks!

Thomas

mod edit: removed signature. No self promotion allowed.

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@ankitdas123 | 4yr

Hello friends,

I recently started โ€˜banjaraaโ€™ which is the Hindi word for โ€˜nomadโ€™. The idea is to build up the non-profit sector in and outside the country and connect it actively to support each other. We have a lot of pressing challenges in the southeast Asian region and hence the need to evolve is immediate.

I have worked with big as well as grassroot Non-profits in India and worked directly with communities in different parts of India. The idea emerged when I found a lot of need in terms of professionals and educated people working with the smallest Non-profits without demanding a high salary, since they cannot afford it. So I work with a basic stipend (which can also be paid in EMI is required), basic stay and food, in the smallest grassroots Non-profit in the remote parts of the country.

Through โ€˜banjaraaโ€™ I am trying to set the ground high for Non-profits and move them towards social entrepreneurship model slowly. I would be interested to answer your queries etc.

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@lightmotif | 4yr

Interesting to see Enspiral mentioned in this threadโ€ฆ I just happened to be reading/ watching this video yesterday which some may find interesting โ€“ a talk at the Harvard Berkman Ctr for Internet and Society.

http://bollier.org/blog/bauwens-explains-great-value-shift-our-time

At around 28:00 in the video he talks about neo-nomadism as one of the features of a society that is trying to transition to a more equitable way of creating and sharing value. Apparently there are around 30 nomads from Mozilla in Chiang Maiโ€ฆ

[edited above for numbers, orig post was late-night :slight_smile: ]

@nina - where are you atm? Canโ€™t write much now but congrats for getting your venture launchedโ€ฆ

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@loveniniq | 4yr

Hi community, this is an awesome thread! Cool initative @raphaelszmir!

I have been getting in touch a lot about it and i think terms like @simon_lawrence 's mention about CC are not just an empty hull any more. Did anyone read Yunusโ€™ publications about Social Capitalism? Itโ€™s super cool. Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank, which introduced Microloans to India. Microloans had such a success in mainstream consciousness because they see payback rates near 100% (traditional bank loans see max. 70%, which is why interest rates are so high). The baseline idea of Social Capitalism is essentially that you can leverage systemic traits of capitalism to help less favoured people. In one instance, Yunus actually achieved vast accessibility to mobile phones across India just by turning the business model into a more communal one (hereโ€™s a paper from worldbank about the Village Phone case).

Inspired by these ideas, I started Kaosempire and right now itโ€™s just me. But the idea is to grow it into a network of professionals that want to solve companiesโ€™ strategic challenges by turning them more authentic & sustainable. In that context, I even wrote (and published) a scientific framework for a brand audit to assess a companyโ€™s status quo in terms of sustainability-- With the framework, itโ€™s easier to build a brand strategy into the right direction. Maybe anyone of you is interested to become part of the network? Or has ideas how to spin it further? Or wants to create something cool? All remote? :slight_smile:

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@lightmotif | 4yr

I work with social entrepreneurs and nonprofits as much as I can. Am always open to meeting them and hearing ideas. Always have a few in the back of my mind too. If anyone is in Europe atm, let me know.

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@simonl | 4yr

Thanks for this thread, Iโ€™ve been really torn about starting my own business and making money after the traveling Iโ€™ve done and really question capitalism. Conscious Capitalism is another term Iโ€™ve come across. This thread has given me some good guidance and way to explain my thinkingโ€ฆ

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@dangermouse117 | 4yr

Maybe you should fly to NZ and hang with Enspiral, or Toronto and hang at the Center for Social Innovation for a bit. The experience may have some answers for you.

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@simonl | 4yr

Thanks, thats a great idea!

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@panoramica | 4yr

In my mind a social enterprise values the outcomes over the profit. I think thatโ€™s a great thing to aspire to, for your job to be about people rather than just feeding the capitalist machine.

Iโ€™m in a variant of the dilemma that @raphaelszmir mentions. My goal is to be fully nomadic with a bicycle, but I just canโ€™t see how I can make that work without having some semi-regular well paying work. I come from a web background and am moving into accessibility auditing. It has good outcomes for all web users, but also fairly good financial outcomes for the auditor/consultant.

But when I think about the money side of it it just makes me feel dirty and compromised, both for the money side of things and the reliance on capitalist infrastructure.

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@dangermouse117 | 4yr

@Raphael_B - yup exactly what I said. Look under the Modern Definition section:
"Thus far, there has been no consensus on the definition of social entrepreneurship, as so many different sorts of fields and disciplines are associated with social entrepreneurship. "

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@dangermouse117 | 4yr

In my books Space X and maybe Tesla Motors fit into the basket of social enterprise, but again, itโ€™s so fluffy that just about every Silicon Valley type startup these days can sort of fit with the common โ€œmake the world a better placeโ€ mantra.

I think one of the pivotal tests comes when we see an organisation visibly forsake profit in order to further their mission.

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@rxs | 4yr

Indeed as @dangermouse117 explained, most people are ethically minded. However they do what they do because it enables them to work and travel. If that means you have to sell something you donโ€™t believe in 100%, or offer freelance services to a random organisation, many would still do it. Itโ€™s very rare that you manage to find people who are very very strong about the cause they work for.

Weโ€™ve created the group โ€œLocation Independent Changemakersโ€ to gather social entrepreneurs who want to optimize their businesses not only based on financial considerations but also social end environmental ones. Feel free to join it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549432305237203/

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@dangermouse117 | 4yr

Most digital nomads Iโ€™ve met on the circuit are ethically minded, but I canโ€™t say Iโ€™ve met many social entrepreneurs, whatever that means.

You can say I am one, but Iโ€™ve yet to figure out what the term means, as itโ€™s a pretty loose catch all phrase for something that doesnโ€™t fit in the non-profit, nor the for profit baskets.

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@raphael_b | 4yr

Check Wikipedia, they give a pretty good definition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_entrepreneurship

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@gdpelican | 4yr

There are many social entrepreneurial organisations out there, and many of them have embraced remote work as a way of attracting talent in lieu of money (like me!). Taiwan, New Zealand, and Berlin are three places that hold social entrepreneurial hubs, but there are many more.

Look into Enspiral (NZ), DCent (er, Europe?), the Robin Hood Co-op (London), OuiShare (France), g0v (Taiwan). There are many more.

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@thomaspichon | 4yr

Thanks guys for your replies. Do you know people working as nomad social entrepreneurs? Do you have examples of projects they are launching? And do you recommend any city as a base for social entrepreneurs?

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@sean_c | 4yr

I would also love to find out if there are many social entrepreneurs in this world. Iโ€™m looking to move in that direction.

Not to be pedantic since I think the point of this thread is to connect with other people interested in affecting positive change while making a living, but the central idea of social entrepreneurship - as I understand it - is that you donโ€™t have to choose between profit and benefit to society; itโ€™s possible to have a profitable business that also empowers disenfranchised communities. Social entrepreneurship is actually generally contrasted with non-profits.

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@mirkatekelova | 4yr

Hi Thomas,

Iโ€™ve joined this forum just recently and Iโ€™m wondering about the same thing too. I do work as a social media manager for a non-profit organisation.

It would be good to find out how many of us are here :slight_smile:

Mira

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@travelingpm | 4yr

Our business promotes sustainable and ethically sourced travel gear. Not sure I can mention it without a wrist slap from the mods though.

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