Articles on Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is relatively a new term. But its usage can be found throughout the history. There were several entrepreneurs who established social enterprises to eliminate social problems and bring positive change in the society.

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A social entrepreneur is somebody who takes up a pressing social problem and meets it with an innovative solution. Lets find out few famous social entrepreneurs around the globe.

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The concept of social entrepreneurship has been around since 1960s and is promoted by many individuals. Lets have a look at the various famous social enterprises around the world.

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Lets discuss the advantages of a social enterprise that are specific to the entrepreneurs themselves, as well as the advantages that are specific to the environment and the society as a whole.

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Social Capital is a concept that aims at emphasizing the importance of social contacts between groups and within groups. Lets discuss the barriers in creation of social capital and its application.

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Even after having many benefits, social capital can also have some negative effects. Lets discuss how social capital can be detrimental to the society and can bring about negative consequences.

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Social business is a business which is aimed at addressing a social cause. The concept of Social business was given by Muhammad Yunus, who essentially presented as an alternate model to capitalism.

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There are 7 principles of social business. These seven principles were given by Prof. Muhammad Yunus in collaboration with Hans Reitz. Lets discuss these principles in detail.

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Social innovation includes ideas, ways and means, strategies that works out innovative solutions to meet the demands of the public. It includes innovation in various fields like - education, healthcare, community development etc.

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This article discusses how the hitherto unbanked poor and the small entrepreneurs have benefited from the microcredit and microfinance revolution. The article examines this revolution in lending to the poor from multiple angles including analyzing successes, diagnosing the reasons for some notable failures, and listing some suggestions on ways to improve the system as well as draw conclusions from the lessons learnt.

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This article discusses the central role that technology plays in solving social problems. The key themes in this article are that increasingly, social entrepreneurs are focusing on delivering social innovation through the astute use of technology as well as how such use of technology creates value through synergies and allows scaling up quickly. Real world examples are used to illustrate some of the key points and insights made in this article.

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