Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur

In the recent HBR blog post Not Everyone Should Be a Social Entrepreneur, Laura Galinsky (SVP of Echoing Green) writes about a trend she sees where many want to be "social entrepreneurs", but few should be. She was a young, energetic college freshman at NYU who knew just what she wanted. She approached me after I spoke on a panel about social enterprise and said those magic words: "I want to be…

Read More

Upcoming Workshop: Poly U Social Entrepreneurship

If you are aspired to build a successful career as Social Entrepreneur, don’t miss the chance to attend the one-day intensive workshops conducted by Mr Richard Brubaker, one of one of Asia’s most prominent speakers on the issues of CSR, Sustainability, and Social Entrepreneurship. The workshop is exclusively opened for PolyU students and alumni. Content Highlights: Global trend in Social Ente…

Read More

What Prevents Social Enterprises from Scaling

A recent clip of Malini Mehra, Founder & CEO for the Centre for Social Markets  answering the question of "What holds Socially business from scale?" presents an great opportunity to open a discussion about the problems that many social businesses have with their business plans. In the 2 minute clip, she mentions three issues that hold back the organization Enabling environment - policies…

Read More

China’s Social Entrepreneurs on Twitter

while reviewing some old posts for issues/ discussinos that I thought should be updated, I came across a post where I listed China's Social Entrepreneurs... and it was old. Really Old. so, in an effort to make sure everyone is up to date and connected, pelase find the updated list of Entrepreneurs and Organizations.  I know that there are people and organizations that I am missing, and this is n…

Read More

Rockets Have Trajectory. Fireworks Just Blow Up

The other night while speaking with my wife about achieving goals, she made the comment that I needed to think more like a rocket than fireworks. That, in the interest of achieving my "goals", I needed to have a trajectory with a goal as the destination... versus shooting straight up in the air, looking pretty, and then blowing up. It was one of those conversations where a simple visual was us…

Read More

Three Areas Where Social Entrepreneurs Should Focus in China

Following up from my post last week where I said "there is going to be a HUGE market for providing that capacity ", I was asked for a few examples of where I saw opportunities for products / services. 1) Urbanization and migrants With over 200+ cities with more than a million people, and a few hundred million expected to make a move to the city, this is one of the largest opportunities for new…

Read More

Moving Socially Minded Organizations Beyond Passion

In the field of socially minded enterprises (my new term for the commonly abused term “Social enterprise”), there is a lot of passion. Some in the field come preloaded with massive does of passion and are fixated on their cause from day one, while others have found themselves full of consumed items and looking for passion.   Either way, passion permeates many of the people and organ…

Read More

Are Social Enterprises Ready for Market Based Capital?

Over the last few weeks, one of the issues that I have been focused on my twitter stream on is that of social entrepreneurs, more specifically how the term “social entrepreneur” largely implies an organization that (1) solves a social mission and (2) rarely grows bigger than anything “cute”.  That, while there are certainly a few organizations like GroupOn and Whol…

Read More

Jack Ma on CSR and Philanthropy

In the above Charlie Rose interview, Jack Ma is asked - and speaks extensively - on CSR  and philanthropy in China.  Interviewed before the now famous Gates and Buffet dinner, the interview couldn't have come at a better time.   Founder of Alibaba and Taobao (two of China's most trafficked ecommerce platforms), Jack Ma holds a god like status in China.  His voice on…

Read More

Moving Past, and Capturing, the Passion of Social Entrepreneurialism

In the non-profit realm, there have been fewer hotter topics discussed than the "social enterprise". it is an organization that, if asked to define, would have a spectrum of definitions that were at times vague, romantic, and would leave a lot of questions open about the real difference between an NGO and a social enterprise. Were there really a core difference. In China, this is no di…

Read More