Social entrepreneurs can change the world – but these 6 things are holding us back

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

By Kyle Zimmer, Kristine Zimmer

Social entrepreneurs around the world have been unparalleled catalysts for social change. They use market-driven strategies to tackle critical social issues in brand new ways. Through non-profit, for-profit and hybrid enterprises, social entrepreneurs have promoted a broad range of solutions focused on sustainable development, decades before they were called ‘SDGs’.

The real power of social entrepreneurs is their talent for identifying market failures that are holding humanity back, and their skill in tailoring and implementing solutions. These include providing clean water, access to renewable energy, financial inclusion, high-quality educational resources and critical information that allows life-giving agriculture to flourish.

As the field has matured, so too has the complexity and depth of the social issues at stake. We are confronted by a rising tide of crises – teetering democracies, racial injustice, gender and LGTBQ discrimination, environmental catastrophe, population growth, food instability, nationalism and technological advances that require new skills and workforce training. Not to mention the alarming rise of displaced populations caused by natural disasters or conflict.

Source: The European Sting (link opens in a new window)

global development, SDGs, social enterprise