The S.E.I and How It Has Found Its Identity

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The social entrepreneurship industry was acknowledged for its usefulness when a group of NGO heads were invited to the first-ever social entrepreneur’s session at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2003. That was really the start of social entrepreneurs thinking of themselves in terms of Warren Buffet AND Mother Theresa, a very positive thing. This kind of reflects my own journey as, when I started out, I wasn’t thinking of myself in terms of being a social entrepreneur.  I was simply a business-minded person who saw a real problem and wanted to help people, thereby having a positive impact on the lives of others.  My main motivation has always been to help and my need to make a living came in second.  Looking back, perhaps this is why my career as a social entrepreneur has been successful.  But it is a joy to see that people who think the same way as myself are now being recognised and applauded, to the point that doing good whilst doing business is now identified as an industry – social entrepreneurship.

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