Who is a Social Entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur who acts with purpose for people, profit and planet!

If you find that life is often a struggle.  And finding meaning in your life is a key to surviving that struggle.   Then we believe when you join us at GCSEN you can be more enabled to live out your passion, in positive and loving entrepreneurial action in the marketplace and that is one of the best ways you'll ever find to thrive.  

Social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of combining innovation and resourcefulness with opportunity recognition and pursuit to address critical economic, social and environmental challenges- aka The Triple Bottom Line.

The focus of the social entrepreneur is to use entrepreneurial language, skills, concepts and practices to act on and transform systems and practices that are failing to address the root causes of poverty, marginalization, environmental deterioration and the accompanying loss of human dignity in many communities across America and around the world today.  As the social entrepreneur succeeds transformation occurs first personally, then with the family, community and the local economy then beyond to regional, national and global community marketplaces. 

In responding to your desire to make "meaning and money, create significance and achieve success", over time, you as a Social Entrepreneur may find yourself organizing a venture- a non-profit or for-profit organization, to create enduring change.  

The GCSEN team is dedicated to helping you as a practitioner seeking certification, mentoring and coaching, to helping you as an academic faculty member or administrator develop cost-effective and proven courseware via innovative learning technologies  and to helping you as an  impact investor or entrepreneurial philanthropist seeking a strong network of proven social entrepreneurs and ventures to invest in. 

Social entrepreneurship's key concepts are innovation - bringing your passion and ideas to market and system/process changes. In the end, the result is your triple bottom line impact. 

Who are Social Entrepreneurs?

Social entrepreneurs are drivers of change. Together with valuable institutions, networks, and communities, social entrepreneurs create solutions that are efficient, sustainable, transparent, and have measurable impact.

GCSEN's Vision, Mission and Strategy

Why / What / How

WHY - OUR VISION at GCSEN is to promote greater peace and prosperity in local community economies and eventually regional, national and international economies by supporting a growing generation of social entrepreneurs, their teachers and mentors who support them and the impact investors and entrepreneurial philanthropists and sponsors who seek to invest in them.  We seek to increase the number of prosperous social entrepreneurs and by doing so we will strengthen local economies while improving the rate of environmental stewardship necessary for a civil, prosperous, self-governing, free society.

WHY - OUR MISSION at GCSEN is to accelerate social entrepreneurship in higher education through innovative programs and learning technologies.   GCSEN will build a global network of faculty, practitioner-academics, students and practicing social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial philanthropists all connected and supported by our strategic cloud and higher education partners. 

WHAT - THE BENEFITS of the GCSEN entrepreneurial learning system:

  1. enable licensed academic partners to offer social entrepreneurship courses in a high impact, technology leveraged, cost effective way.  Licensed partner sites will be able to cost-effectively scale the offerings of Social Entrepreneurship to a growing demand from the student and adult learner and by doing so will earn market place accolades in a wide range of rankings/standing, enrollment and program fees.
  2. enable social entrepreneurs to more effectively and efficiently make meaning and money; create significance and achieve success.  

HOW - OUR STRATEGY is to support strong and sustainable social entrepreneurs and the teaching/learning community and impact investor/entrepreneurial philanthropist network that supports by focusing on the following:

  • Arena: Provide Social Entrepreneurship courseware, faculty certification training, social entrepreneur certificate courses powered by innovative learning management systems to increase the ability of universities, colleges and community colleges at the graduate and undergraduate level (higher education) to accelerate social entrepreneurship- a powerful market-based transformative force in local economies and beyond.

  • Vehicle: Provide contract services to colleges and community colleges as well as regional training seminars, retreats and web services.

  • Differentiator:  Teacher and practitioner focused with all activities oriented towards advancing the culture of Social Entrepreneurship: language, skills, values, behaviors, case studies and powerful cloud based data services. 

  • Stage: Support new and growing academic centers seeking to accelerate the offerings of social entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurs themselves seeking to enter the field or launch their ventures and support social enterprises seeking to scale or renew their ventures.

  • Economic Logic: Licensed fee-based contract services for:

  1. Higher and continuing education partners
  2. Foundation and corporate partners
  3. Public access regional seminars
  4. Community Web services
  5. Specialty Programs including Summer Certification and Retreats for those who seek to promote who build sustainable social enterprises for local economies that are focused on “People, Profit and Planet”