Who is a Social Entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs are visionary individuals with creative solutions for solving some of the world’s most perplexing social problems. These people have the ability to identify the problem, develop a way to change the system, and disseminate the ideas so that entire societies work together to raise themselves above crisis. They are ambitious, driven, resourceful, and results-oriented.

Social entrepreneurship is the art of creating a socially responsible business that aims to generate profit, while solving social and environmental problems. Social entrepreneurs start and run social enterprises – commercial businesses that often come with a “triple bottom line” mandate. The triple bottom line refers to people, profits, and the planet. TBL implies that businesses can and ought to be run in a financially, socially, and environmentally responsible manner.

 

What is the difference between a social enterprise and a nonprofit?

Social enterprises are often confused with nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The main difference between a nonprofit and social enterprise is the revenue model. Nonprofits rely primarily on charitable contributions, public funding and foundation grants to support their programs and cover their administrative overhead. If, due to a bad economy, donations, grants, and public sector subsidies dried up, the non profit would have to shut down. Very few nonprofits have created robust earned income streams, though there is an increasing trend to do so.

A social enterprise is designed to operate like a for profit business. Social enterprises rely primarily on their earned income stream, and like any other company, if needed, it takes loans, invites capital investments, forms partnerships etc. in order to expand its business activities.A nonprofit’s sole aim is to create social value where as the aim of social enterprise is two or three fold: financial, social, and environmental sustainability.

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2010: The Book of Lamentations

Life could be a cutlass – the blunt and sharp edges. 2010 was not different and came with tales of oranges and lemons. Days have passed, and at times wonder why did I not strangle the hands of the clock. Making sure it did not tick away this page of life. Why do we get old so soon and get wise too late?

Once asked myself an honest question on a windy afternoon, if I had to take a review of this year what would I score myself? 69% I thought later it turned to 61%. Finally honestly I said 50-55% category. Taking a look at my catalogue of to- do, I was not the bright pupil of the class. Only while in Ibadan few days ago, my mother began to recount the gracious works of God, I ceased to lament. 2010 truly came with a blessing I can’t deny: I defined my brand identity. An Identity of me now synonymous with the green. Now only issues of climate change and sustainability drives my skull and put me in a position to comment after eating pages of books.

I am the master’s work in progress and I don’t mind the hacksaws that take out my rough edges. Though I am pained at my weakness, I know have to take my strength beyond the borders of the possible. I remembered how God took away a god. My laptop was more prized than my lost girlfriend and just a nite the armed robber yanked it off. I remembered how we had the first Green Acts event, the trip to Kenya, the spendthrift owanbe parties, the hustle to change my accommodation and the shift to a new dept in Marina. I remembered the books I read, music I heard and people I met. Days I had to curl up in the dim light writing my novel, surf for opportunities on the web and add a Facebook comment from the limits of my knowledge and convictions. The Ileovasion party, new BB addiction, rigorous tweeting and peering through Facebook pages.

I always felt I need to start firing more shots from my chopper, 2010 was when the cartridges were almost full, I could not shoot at full stretch. I need more bullets, more focus and more strength from the Miracle Worker. 2011 for me will define one thing– aggressive knowledge and sharing it across multiple platforms.
I want to be a better person swimming in streams of knowledge believing God to berth me at the land of success. .Knowledge defines me, though I know too little, I want more and finally write more. 2011 feelings are summing up. Feelings of why my society needs to me more just, why the church needs to be more responsible to the society and why the Nigerian needs deliverance from PDP. Why it takes a man five minutes to drink a bottle of coke but throws back the can at nature in a second. I also want the wait for my collection of short stories, it will delight you.

I want to thank God for giving me life and another chance at every breath of my life. I want to thank my family mostly Seye who graduated from University this year. I want to thank you and my most especially my new friends – Isqil Najim, Elizabeth Moses, Yenny Idowu, Abiri Tosin, Olukokun Deji, Sunkanmi Agbomeji, Adewole Taiwo, Olu Olaoye, NIyi Adeoye, Olumide Idowu, Thaddeaus, Esther Agbarakwe, Simon Itodo, Stanley Achonu, Nze Sylva, Maryam Odubena and fbn peeps. I want to thank the authors of the over 35 books I read this year for sharing knowledge.
In 2011, I promise to start with lightning and smash the finishing line with a thunderbolt. God help and preserve me. (Amen)

Climate Change and Poverty

The future is surely here and no matter how long we whine about the challenge of climate change, multiple opportunities abound within. Climate change with poverty is the biggest challenge of these times. A clear analysis shows that for a sustainable and safe world, the growing global population needs to be provided energy, sufficient food, clean water and all these must be provided in an intact environment. There is a need to provide for the needs by bridging social inequalities and providing basic amenities to the developing world but there is also an urgent need to ensure such growth take the environment into account.

Balancing global economic growth in the next few years would have meant use of finite raw materials to solve global issues of poverty. Territories like China whose energy needs are surging will continue to increase their gaseous emissions and other developing countries might engage in economic development at conflict with environmental resources. The key idea is on how we balance these much needed growth for developing economies and put our planet safe for living? A new economy is dawning and definitely it will be green technology. These technologies when fully matured will come with its disruptive tendencies and sweep across industries and its processes, clean out jobs and create new ones for the future. Energy systems, transport, digital devices, consumption patterns and heavy machinery will definitely be impacted with green innovation.

In these high end innovation for advanced communities also lies great deal of potentials for developing countries. Many energy systems of developing nations are still waste finite environmental resources in their urge to make a living. Many of the developing territories of today have surging population and movement of people to urban centers. This in turn possibly shows demands for energy, mobile devices, transport systems and consumption patterns will increase across these regions. Since these territories have to pursue growth, protecting natural resources, using energy efficient technologies, maximizing recycling initiatives as well as sustainable mobility and resource management. Smart technologies and its adoption is the way to build sustainable communities who get involved in the glorious green future as they get liberated from poverty. It is of enormous opportunity to find that green technologies can radically change the lives in poor regions.

The biggest opportunity is to find the right strategy for developing countries by first supporting their education on climate change and sustainability and gradually finding the right technology to replace their inefficient traditional methods.

 

Oluseun Onigbinde is a climate change and sustainability strategist and thinker  who wants to tell his world about the need to conserve global resources and solve problems of poverty. He can be reached on davidonigbinde@gmail.com