More about social entrepreneurship here: The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship.pdf
"The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship" by J. Gregory Dees / Original Draft: October 31, 1998
/ Reformatted and revised: May 30, 2001
The idea of social entrepreneurship has struck a responsive chord. It is a phrase well suited to our times. It combines the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination commonly associated with, for instance, the high-tech pioneers of Silicon Valley. The time is certainly ripe for entrepreneurial approaches to social problems.
Social entrepreneurs play the role of change agents in the social sector, by:
• Adopting a mission to create and sustain social value (not just private value),
• Recognizing and relentlessly pursuing new opportunities to serve that mission,
• Engaging in a process of continuous innovation, adaptation, and learning,
• Acting boldly without being limited by resources currently in hand, and
• Exhibiting heightened accountability to the constituencies served and for the outcomes created.And here
"Social entrepreneurship - Stanford.pdf
" "Social entrepreneurship: a case for definition" by Roger L. Martin & Sally Osberg / Stanford Social Innovation Review / Spring 2007
Social entrepreneurship is as vital to the progress of societies as is entrepreneurship to the progress of economies, and it merits rigorous, serious attention.
The social entrepreneur should be understood as someone:
1) Who Targets an unfortunate but stable equilibrium that causes the neglect, marginalization, or suffering of a segment of humanity;
2) Who brings to bear on this situation his or her inspiration, direct action, creativity, courage, and fortitude;
3) Who aims for and ultimately affects the establishment of a new stable equilibrium that secures permanent benefit for the targeted group and society at large.