Social entrepreneurs

by Barrie Hopson on November 17, 2008 · 0 comments

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Not all social entrepreneurs have portfolio careers but many do and today marks the beginning of the fifth annual Enterprise Week in the UK. 500,000 young people were attracted last year to events all over the country designed to encourage a spirit of entrepreneurism. One day – Thursday – is devoted to social enterprises. These are profit making businesses designed to tackle social or environmental problems. They definitely are not charities as the aim is to plough back the profits to sustain and develop change. The Annual Survey of Small Businesses reports 55,000 social enterprises in the UK with a combined turnover of £27 billion and today, 1.3 million people consider themselves to be social entrepreneurs. This is yet more evidence of the wide ranging changes happening to the concept of work. Some people who like to hitch a ride to band wagons are calling this work 2.0. Well – trendiness aside – there are major developments happening out there as to how people are viewing jobs, work and careers.

Watch for our next post when we will attempt a definition of this.

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