Defining the Social Entrepreneur
June 15, 2016
One does not choose this path. The path chooses the person. I was told this isn’t a job, it’s a vocation. A social entrepreneur is a leader with a vision. Their impact isn’t for selfishness, but selflessness for all to gain.
Nevertheless, self survival is paramount to help others. Human beings are becoming endangered species from environmental causes. From clean water, food, and clean air is a basic human right. But with any international knowledge of indigenous countries, you’d know they’ll consider these products a precious commodity.
In order to fix these issues, we need people to care. Those who care with resources and able to solve problems, make the difference. The difference maker is a social entrepreneur. You may also known them as agents for change. Either way, the need for social entrepreneurs is dire.
From domestic to international, the world needs social innovators, social engineers, agents of change, lawyers, plumbers, baristas, superheros, parents and everyday people to help social entrepreneurs. Declaring or self-proclaiming titles aren’t as important as fixing the problems. However, let’s be clear when defining the social entrepreneur, because it’s not for everyone.
There are many definitions for a Social Entrepreneur. Our definition is the following:
A Social Entrepreneur is an individual that starts a business focused on the societal issues of the world. These issues are rooted in both sectors of nonprofit and for-profit. Anyone can be a Social Entrepreneur.
A Social Entrepreneur’s Characteristics:
selfless, caring, giving, energetic, strategist, loving, zealous, compassionate, visionary, problem-solver, entrepreneurial, risk-taker, leader, philanthropist, educator, manager, athlete and many more.
In case you’re unsure whether or not you’re defining yourself as a social entrepreneur, here are my three favorite E’s to consider:
A Social Entrepreneur needs to understand their cause. Take the time to educate yourself on the historic significance of the issues that exacerbate the need. Don’t rush into this without the understanding of the arsenal against you.
A Social Entrepreneur isn’t afraid to become an activist, advocate, or theorist. You can be all three, but not all at once. Know which role fits your strengths and weaknesses. Again, this work will be exhaustive if you bite off more than you can chew.
A Social Entrepreneur encourages others to make a difference. No great cause or social movement was done by 1 person. People are inspired by worthy initiatives, and will do what they can to help make a difference. Share your passion with as many as you can. Only a diverse group of caring individuals will help you ensure goals are accomplished.
For more details on Social Entrepreneurs, visit Stanford Social Innovation Review.
I write this because my business is personal because this service is for the advancement of all humanity. My failures and successes are for your gain. No strings attached.
Nathan A. Webster, MBA
I was born, raised and currently residing in Vancouver, WA. Grateful to have an entrepreneurial life that allows me to use my God-given talents to help others pursue their passion. I'm blessed to be educated (MBA-Operations) veteran (US Marine Corps) who enjoys the community with all my family members (blood and adopted).
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