The “Social Entrepreneur” Label

For the past decade or so, the term “social entrepreneur” has become the sexy label reserved only to a few, like a VIP club where the chosen people who care and worry about the social state of the world gather to think and act to save us.

This term also implies that classic entrepreneurs are not “social”, and don’t worry about the impact of their ventures on people or the environment, and that’s not true, entrepreneurs solve problems. There are companies that have been performing real social good for years and have improved our lives on many levels, without any social (feel-good) hook.

How about “The Majority World”?

In the development work, we usually hear our countries referred to as the third world, the developing world, the global south, the low-and middle-income countries, or the emerging economies…

In each of these labels, we will find certain problems. The “Third World” is just insulting today, the “Global South” is very much tinged with politics, the “Developing Countries” and the “Emerging Economies” are terms that seem to be accepted by many of our countries, because they define the state of the countries’ economies in stead of their subjective rank in the world.

Here’s to thriving social impact careers!

This article is about building a thriving environment for social impact careers in social impact organisations.

Social impact organisations, problem-solving ecosystems — working at a small or large scale — must function internally accordingly to what they preach externally. Breaking down the systemic barriers standing between people and opportunity is definitely a noble mission to pursue, but when not practiced in-house, It becomes no longer noble but dangerous.

Here is an attempt to create a coherent work environment for the change makers investing their time in your social impact organisations.

1. THE MEANING

One month in Boston!

One month is probably not a long enough period of time to have accurate experience insights to share. Yet, here I go!

1. I made it here!

I never thought that I will one day be part of MIT D-Lab’s team in Cambridge, Boston, and here I am. I have the opportunity to be here through Atlas Corps, to be part of this team of smart and friendly individuals, to be immersed in the design for development experience to alleviate poverty in the world, and luckily enough, and to be part of a project taking place in Morocco, my home country!