Identifying key trends affecting today's social entrepreneurs will help build out critical support.
What's Your Problem? Our Community Responds
2013 Fellow Anoop Jain of Humanure Power
In November, we asked you—our community—and our Fellows to tell us what problems you were committed to solving. We featured our inspiring 2013 class of Fellows in our recent video, and we delved deeper into what it meant to make the shift from seeing a problem to owning it on the Harvard Business Review blog.
You responded with an enthusiasm that blew us away. Below are just a sampling of the powerful responses from throughout our ecosystem:
— Raj Panjabi (@rajpanjabi) December 14, 2013
My problem is waking up to a world where black men and boys face a dramatic and systemic uneven playing field in their aspirations to achieve the proverbial "American Dream," which in many ways defers the dream for their families and community. My promise is to stay committed to rallying, mobilizing and resourcing the people, places and institutions determined to even the playing field for black men and boys." — Shawn Dove, Campaign Manager, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundations
My problem is the all-too-common lack of social interaction for the elderly that often leads to high levels of depression – an issue I saw first-hand growing up. As life becomes increasingly busy, families and communities often forget that providing solely food and shelter to the elderly is insufficient. In many ways, companionship is also a basic human need, and no one should have to live out their days in of front a TV or feeling as if they have been forgotten." — Alex Chun, Social Investment Council Member and Private Equity Associate, General Atlantic
— Kate Olsen (@Kate4Good) November 14, 2013
My problem is getting groundbreaking social enterprises the financing they need to scale-up their operations (go to new markets, expand current ones, deploy more units). We are developing a social investment marketplace - Solvesting (Solution Investing) and we will bring it online early next year. (Sorry for the shameless plug :) ) We want to mobilize millions of households to form partnerships with these organizations by investing in them directly." — Ron Ben-Chaim via comment on HBR Blog
Environmental injustice/ climate change and green cooperatives. — Nathan Moore Greene via Facebook
— Kerri Murphy (@kerrilmurphy) November 14, 2013
Our community stands for—and is committed to—love, justice, and equity.
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