“You should care about profit if you want to end poverty. Impact investing allows us to be whole people…we can get beyond the division between money and meaning and pursue both simultaneously.”
The discussion about the difference between ‘social’ entrepreneurs and entrepreneur often comes up. The simplest explanation we have is that in business social entrepreneurs lead with their mission first. They understand this intuitively, but are often unable to articulate why the distinction is important. To be clear, the distinction is important – at least for now.
The importance of a label to differentiate oneself from the status quo can be a powerful tool – it may also be a hindrance. It’s up to each person individually to decide if they want the title or not. And if they do, the simplest description is that a social entrepreneur acts first based on their vision. In essence, they act on their why before all else.
For more reading see Simon Sinek, Start With Why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE
Huff Post article To Create a Powerful Vision, Ask Why: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-budak/to-create-a-powerful-vision-ask-why_b_7216628.html
The Emergence of Peerist Synergism
There are any number of areas where emergence is occurring such as in nanotechnology, micromanufacturing, economics, politics, and thus the term emergence takes on near metaphysical force, though I do not intend something on the order of the dialectical materialism which Bertrand Russell put to rest in his essay by the same name.
Here I want to add that I think what is emerging in the current or near future time, which is a peerist synergism which comes right out of P2P and the hackers of the 1980s and 1990s, and the tremendous development in information-communication technologies and then the 3D printers which were proprietary at the time. The astounding achievement of hacker communities was to make horizontal knowledge systems emergent due to connectivity, open design, open hardware and on up to the present more sophisticated forms such as Arduino, the Maker Movement, Occupy, and Wikispeed.
These were peerist systems almost completely outside of the official system and have developed to include three major points: free association or the honor of human liberty, peer review which maintains excellence, and commons-based peer production particularly in micromanufacturing, design, knowledge, and code.