Beyond Sustainability: Profitability and Dividends. Social enterprises are driven both by social impact and profit. It is important to understand the role of profit as both a motivator and driver and its relationship to long term sustainibility, efficiency and growth. We explore both the positve role of profits and the dangers and negative impact of unchecked profit without social responsibility. And we discuss, using real life examples, how profit can create both a better or a worse world and how social entrepreneurship can reconcile this driving force with its social potential and strengthen its positive social impact.

  • When teaching to fish is not enough.
  • The Role of Profit.
    • Profit as a driver of change and innovation.
    • Profit as a driver of efficiency.
    • Profit as a driver of results.
    • Profit as a driver of resource allocation.
    • Profit as a sustainability mechanism.
    • Profit as a validator of operations.
    • Profit as a driver of pivoting.
    • Profit as a driver of scaling.
  • The Role of Dividends.
    • Social Business vs Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Unequal growth, negative change and impact from profit.
    • Bottled Water: A bad business solution to a social problem.
    • Fast Food: A killer solution to a basic need.
    • Mobile Technologies: Unprecedented sequestration of household and family budgets.
  • Profit and Wealth Distribution by Design.
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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