Are you interested in trying to identify and solve social problems on a large scale? Are you innovative and relish the thrill of opportunity seeking? Does making changes and improvements to systems or society interest you? If so you may be a social entrepreneur.
Do you primarily seek to generate “social value” rather than profits for your business? Is your work targeted not only towards immediate, small-scale effects, but sweeping, long-term changes in the world? Are you an idealist? If so you may be a social entrepreneur.
Now reverse these questions and replace social value with economic value and social problems with economic potential and you have yourself a true blue entrepreneur.
Now I have a tough time with this rigid dicotomy of the entrepreneurial types, and often wonder why there isn’t a definition for the two combined. It does seem reasonable that the two could combine. So, I ask myself the question. “What would you call an entrepreneur who has the goals of a capitalist but a heart of a saint?”
My answer? A Change Agent…yeah a Change Agent, it sounds cool, makes sense, plus I think Peter Drucker might agree.
So, what are your goals? What are your intentions? Do you just want to make a profit, or is making a difference important to you too? What are you going to do in your business to emerge from the average, the typical, to combine these two ideas and make some real change?
Hello, are you listening….Are You A Change Agent?
P.S…this doesn’t just apply to “Entrepreneurs” See Why.