Reading from: Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World Chapter 6 Developing a Strategic Plan for a Social Venture
Esther Duflo TED talk, “Social experiments to fight poverty”
Tools and Lessons to Make Listening to Clients Feasible
How Feedback Shaped a Community Organization
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS OF THE WEEK: EDUCATION AND FAMILY
Education in India
Limited Resource Teacher Training
Poverty Stoplight Fundacion Paraguaya
Part 1: WRITE 100 WORDS ON THIS WEEK’S READING AND/OR MEDIA EVENT
Write 100 words to tell our class your thoughts on this week’s reading and/or media events etc.
Discuss and consider how social problems can be addressed the social science method Design Thinking, social entrepreneurial thinking/approaches, and innovations provided by technologies.
Reference at least one reading, media event, or digital educational material for the week.
Part 2: Write at least 50 words per response to each fellow student for 100 words total.
1. We have talked about this earlier in the quarter as well but it is important to value the feedback and opinions of the clients who are supposed to be benefitting from a good or service. Without their input on how things should work or how services should be operated, the organizations providing the goods or services would show they do not value their clients as much as they should. In Tools and Lessons to Make Listening to Clients Feasible, there is a clear and very useful framework that can help guide organizations into valuing what their clients have to say. By designing surveys, collecting the necessary information, interpreting the data in a useful way, and responding with actions that actually make a difference, clients will feel welcomed and continue to place their trust in that organization.
2. In this week’s readings, I learned about the different ways that social entrepreneurs can structure their organizations in order to adapt to and serve the needs of their clients, including making their organizations non-profit, for-profit, or some type of hybrid. I was very inspired by the Hot Bread Kitchen, which is a non-profit hybrid social enterprise. The founder Jessamyn Rodriguez created a program “aimed at bridging this social gap in New York City by offering paid nine-month training in baking to immigrant women… [who] brought with them ethnic baking recipes from different countries” (Kickul and Lyons 144). After the training program, the women were able to get jobs in the culinary industry. The Hot Bread Kitchen was originally run as a non-profit, but Jessamyn realized that it would not be able to support itself. So, it is now supported by other seed funds, donations, and crowdfunding activities. This was a great example of a social organization that combined a social welfare model with a revenue generation model. This revenue would further promote the very idea behind which it was founded; by paying for the women’s baking training, they would be able to gain the skills and credentials necessary to work in the culinary industry.
Part 3: Analytic Response to Readings, Media, and Social Entrepreneurship Exemplars for the Week.
500 words minimum including quotes you incorporate from the text.
Required: at least three (3) verbatim quotes from the reading with page numbers (no page numbers required for websites) or paraphrases of the speakers/media events with general time stamp for videos or date for “live events.”
Prompt: Consider the many case studies (Social Entrepreneurs of the Week) that we have seen so far. What do they tell you about how social entrepreneurship organizations are structured in many different ways appropriate to the local clients? What are some examples of the many different ways organizations need to adapt to serve local needs, physical infrastructure, and human capital? What does this tell us about not assuming a one-size-fits-all model that we import from developed economies? What did you find inspiring about the Social Entrepreneurs of the Week—what did they teach you about how solutions to social problems can be generated using an inductive, culturally appropriate, client-centered approach using design thinking?