I graduate this week from the school for social entrepreneurs and it’s all about quality change, doing good and values.
Quality Change is the capacity to transform ‘negative’ situations, or circumstances, into something beneficial for one’s self and that of others. ‘Quality transformers’ are people who can turn walls of resistance into bridges of understanding and keep crossing them, who can change any obstacle into a stepping stone of success and can reverse the niggling, paralysing dragons of doubt into radiant self-confidence, dissolving the thought ‘impossible’ from the mind. I’m nothing special but going to the School For Social Entrepreneurs has been.
People do this all the time, for all kinds of reasons. It can be done for the benefit of the community, changing the community to provide services and education for the people that may not before had this opportunity. We are giving more people a chance without segregating them on income or situation.
This is what a social entrepreneur does. He recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve social change (a social venture). While a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur focuses on creating social capital. Thus, the main aim of social entrepreneurship is to further social and environmental goals. They are most commonly associated with the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, but this need not preclude making a profit. Social entrepreneurship practised with a world view or international context is called international social entrepreneurship.
My website project YoungVoice is to enable young people to have access to websites, as well as education in not only maintaining the website, but maybe, if they have the inkling, to make websites for other young people.
Buying my products enables the philanthropic ethos of my business values and my corporate social responsibility to be fulfilled and that’s a good thing. I might even have a few beers Thursday!