An Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Voices, by Rafael Ziegler

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By Rafael Ziegler

This well timed ebook units social entrepreneurship in a historic context, from its philanthropic beginnings within the Victorian period to the current day, opposed to the backdrop of up to date worldwide capitalism. beginning with contributions from social marketers and innovators, this anthology describes the workings of social entrepreneurship and explores its import as a gauge of latest social, environmental and fiscal stipulations. Drawing on views from cultural conception, heritage and sociology, the authors examine the speculation of entrepreneurship, the tradition of administration and the forgotten antecedents of social entrepreneurship. the amount then places social entrepreneurship within the context of the pursuits and struggles for sustainable improvement and the modernisation of the welfare kingdom within the international North and South. Its cultural process will make this booklet an advent for college students within the liberal arts; its disciplinary views will make it a useful gizmo for lecturers and scholars within the fields of cultural thought, sociology and entrepreneurship in addition to improvement reviews.

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After many work experiences and conflicts, I finally, as noted above, cofounded People and Water in 1993. When I look back, I can say it was hard and complicated, but beneficial. I am often asking myself, why do I need all this? I come up with new ideas, but when I see what trifling things are financed in the world, I lose my appetite completely. I am convinced that everybody should do what he or she loves, knows or understands. I wish 28 Voices that everyone’s wishes are fulfilled. The world now, however, is built on a completely different, materialist basis, as I realised while working with water.

Not only had I been awarded the EU-US Democracy and Civil Society Award in 1998, but now also the Goldman Prize! Both prizes included financial support, so I could say we have obtained honestly earned money. This international recognition helped us to open doors and eyes. I have been to many Ashoka meetings – most recently in Argentina in 2007 – and I have got to know many people. Occasionally, we Ashoka Fellows plan some common activities. They are not always successful. I would say that my contacts and relationships with the rest of the world are better than those in Slovakia.

Yunnus, M. (2006), ‘Social business entrepreneurs are the solution’, in A. ), Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 39–44. PART I Voices 2. 1 PEOPLE AND WATER Whether we like it or not, giving birth to a new idea always brings about certain conflicts, as it clashes with old, obsolete stereotypes. Following the Velvet Revolution and the fall of communism in 1989, I found that I could not wait until somebody came to me and offered me some perspective.

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