Social Entrepreneurship Champion: Gregory Dees

The growing trend of entrepreneurship, and more specifically, social entrepreneurship, is one that holds a lot of promise for making our world a better place, especially for those people that are often disenfranchised and disadvantaged, and who stand to gain the most from social good initiatives. But it wasn’t that long ago when the term social entrepreneur was a novel concept, even to those whose business ideas were mission-driven.

Thanks to the work of people like Gregory Dees, however, social entrepreneurship has not only taken a bigger role in solving some of the world’s most pressing issues, but it’s also inspiring a whole new breed of entrepreneurs that want to do more than just make money from their business – they want to also change the world for the better.

Gregory Dees, who passed away last month, was a Duke University professor and founder of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, was pivotal in developing the topic of social entrepreneurship as an academic field.

Gregory Dees: Social capitalist

[repostus]Gregory Dees: Social capitalist (via The Economist)

SOCIAL entrepreneurship is a hot topic. In business schools students seem increasingly keen to find ways to use the skills they are learning to improve the world as well as their bank balances. Search for social entrepreneurship online and you come…



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