Social Entrepreneurship: A Business Approach to Social Challenges. A practical introduction to the world of entrepreneurship and a down-to-earth review of common practices, concepts and expectations. We discuss the resilience nature of social challenges and the potential for profits in addressing them. We get acquainted with the basic foundations of social entrepreneurship, from stakeholders engagement and ethical operations to double bottom line to and generation of shared value. Special attention is paid to the advantages of social startups over charities and corporate social responsibility and the differences among them. All done using clear and real life examples and experiences.

  • The Revolution of Social Entrepreneurship.
    • Business Solutions to Social Challenges.
    • Ending Poverty by Generating Profit.
    • Doing Well while Doing Good.
    • Beyond Profit: Value.
  • Good Profit: Differences with Conventional Entrepreneurship.
    • Double and Triple Bottom Line.
    • Acting in the interest of Stakeholders, not Shareholders.
    • Stakeholders as Shareholders.
    • Inclusive and Participatory Business.
      • Participatory and Consultative Governance
      • Accountability.
    • Beyond Short Term Profit: Focus on Sustainable Impact.
    • Ethical Business Operations.
    • United Nations Global Compact and its 10 Principles.
  • Lessons Learned from Classic Social Entrepreneurship Models.
    • Microcredit and Microfinance.
    • Fair Trade.
  • Non-Profit or the End of Profit?
  • Not Corporate Social Responsibility.
    • Social Impact by Design.
    • Profit and Social Impact at the core of strategies and operation.
  • Not Charity: The Advantages of Social Entrepreneurship.
    • Investment vs Donations.
    • Employment vs Assistance.
    • Profit vs Handouts.
    • Dignity and Self Reliance.
    • Generation of Value.
    • The circular life of investment and profit.
This course is part of our multi-module "Social Entrepreneurship and Impact from Business" program for full and rounded capacity building on Social Startups and Social Innovation. Click here for more details.
About the Instructor: Carlos Miranda Levy

Carlos Miranda Levy speaking at TEDxTokyo.A social entrepreneur and innovation technology expert with 20 years of work in human development, education, culture, disaster response and the environment, Carlos has led multiple social impact technology initiatives across the globe, while maintaining a successful career at the service of international organizations, government agencies and corporate and non-profit organizations.

His multiple credentials include a Stanford University Digital Vision Fellowship, a National University of Singapore Social Entrepreneurship Residency, a Google Developing World Scholarship Award, a Bill & Melinda Gates TEDGlobal Scholarship, a Reuters Foundation grant, among many others. Carlos has been featured on CNN as one of 20 Latin American Leaders on the Internet, on Forbes as a Latino Leader in Silicon Valley and as an Emerging Leader by New Media Consortium at MIT.

A balanced mix of tech skills, business savvy and understanding of social processes, give him a unique advantage for visualizing stakeholders and ecosystems, their processes and opportunities, drafting strategies, leading teams, organizing events and creating technology solutions. This is clearly appreciated in his work with vulnerable youth, disaster survivors, teachers, policy makers, software developers and communities, which has taken him from the Caribbean mountains to Silicon Valley, the Amazon basin and snowcapped Andes; to Haïti, Singapore and Japan, and more recently to Africa and Europe.

His hands-on, proactive spirit has benefited from the lessons learned through field experience at scenarios as diverse as remote rural villages, the headquarters of international organizations, Presidential offices and government agencies, high security prisons and some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He summarizes his approach and methodology to problem solving and ecosystem intervention with a simple phrase:

“never help: engage, enable, empower and connect”.
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