Social Business Gets Trumped: Is it Time for the Sector to Get Political?
Like most of us, Jonathan Lewis has strong opinions about the election of Donald Trump: “Millions of Americans disregarded his misogyny, his racism, his bigotry, the fact that he’s essentially unqualified for the job, uneducated in big and small ways, a liar, and surrounded by ethics challenges of his own making,” he says at the start of an extremely frank podcast interview (above).
As a serial social entrepreneur and passionate advocate for the sector, Lewis also has strong opinions about what Trump’s election means for the movement he’s dedicated his life to. “All of us who work every day in the field of social entrepreneurship, for a very long time, have been smug and remiss in not paying closer attention to government policy,” he says. Because social enterprise is rooted in the world of business, he believes that too many in the sector have either seen government as the enemy, or just ignored it. And he feels that Trump’s election demonstrates that this approach will no longer suffice.