Also referred to as altruistic entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship is basically conducting business for a social cause. At a molecular level, social entrepreneurs combine commercial activity with social issues in ways that improve the lives of people involved in the cause. These individuals do not measure their success only in terms of profits – rather success for them means that they have improved the world, whatever be the manner as per them.
In a global economy, where there’s a scarcity of jobs and university degrees are become redundant, the concept of social entrepreneurship has arisen to the occasion as an attractive alternative. Since our governments have proven to be incompetent to provide solutions to social problems, a brand-new legion of self-appointed people are coming to the fore to take on the responsibility.
Children today are hyper-vigilant and aware about the social atrocities plaguing the world around, which leaves them disheartened and morose. Educators need to tap into students’ heartbreak so that they can discover how the latter would like to change the world. And their social media prowess can and passion towards tackling social challenges can make these young guns an unstoppable force.
Some ways in which students can be empowered to become the future social entrepreneurs are:
- Motivate Students to Identify What Moves Them Personally
Each child has a strength that they can leverage to make the world a better place. Ask students to share what saddens and breaks their heart to see. Ask them what makes them angry. Tell them to draw it, write it, or speak it – tell them to share it by all means. That heartbreak will give them a direction and lead them onto the path where they will find their larger mission in life.
- Empower Social Media Broadcasting
Digital citizenship is an integral part of any social entrepreneurship movement. Inculcate the habit of strong writing in students through entrepreneurship training. This writing is much more than four-paragraph, third-person essay. As budding social entrepreneurs, train students to create impassioned, first-person addressed, hyperlinked calls-to-action. Teach students to write effective blogs, create websites and video channels with promising content, and develop research skills that would enable them to vet fact from fiction.
Savvy schools can create entrepreneurship courses that are action-centric and combine science, literacy, languages, and sustainability. Make students work with businesses to understand their needs and requirements as well as to promote practices that are eco-friendly and sustainable. This way social sciences are combined with literacy standards and empower significant social change.
- Foster Student Generosity
Every time we think about helping others and take a step in that direction, the world inches closer to becoming a better place to live in. Encourage students to rally behind a cause. And when they do so, as their gurus and instructors, set up dedicated donation platforms where they can contribute to make things happen.
- Connect Students with Powerful Role Models
Social entrepreneurship courses empower students to not just dream about making a social change but even make a plan towards that end. Extend practical guidance to students on goal setting, persistence, perseverance, and action to make their dreams come true. Help them create a plan and execute the same by giving them opportunities to interact and engage with those already making waves in the non-profit sector.
We shall inherit the future that we inspire today. We don’t want helpless handwringing when tough problems arise. Rather, we need passionate leaders to stand up for the cause and take action. This is what makes social entrepreneurship essential – and not an extra.