What is a Social Innovator?
Social innovators are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social innovators find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.
The Skoll Foundation has recently completed a short film about the field of social entrepreneurship. Its a great overview of the progress made over the last three decades. It starts with Mohammad Yunus and includes interviews with a number of social entrepreneurs and others in the field, including Sally Osberg of the Skoll Foundation, Bill Drayton of Ashoka, Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund, John Elkington of Volans, and author David Bornstein.
Social Innovation Resources to Explore
- Marquette Social Innovation Initiative: www.marquette.edu/social-innovation
- Ashoka: www.ashoka.org and www.ashokau.org
- Marquette Social Innovation library resources: http://libguides.marquette.edu/si
- Marquette Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship: http://business.marquette.edu/centers-and-programs/kohler-center-for-entrepreneurship
- Dell Social Innovation Competition: www.dellsocialinnovationcompetition.com
- Stanford Social Innovation Review: www.ssireview.org