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.