Social entrepreneurs haven’t solved everything yet.

by Granate Sosnoff on 7th November, 2011

We were very excited about it (ten+ years ago). Business smarts focused on the world’s problems like hunger and AIDs, I think Bill Gates said he would stop malaria and polio. The ebay guy, google, a bunch of others. And although I am all for this, I think that the focused attention of entrepreneurial thinking on the world’s problems didn’t do as much as they thought it would.

Turns out that deep-seated inequalities and historical roots of poverty and disease are hard to solve. Even with near-genius, out-of-the box thinkers. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against it. Just like I am okay with the sale of t-shirts to help a cause. And there’s nothing wrong with giving spare money to help someone with emergency food and some kind of item like a mosquito net. But it doesn’t fundamentally change conditions for anyone. And it doesn’t rattle any cages. In short, it’s safe help and sometimes that’s all you can do. But there’s a lot more to be done of course and not enough groups doing it.

People with the big money should at least fund it.

You can’t gloss over inequality and oppression that easy. Understanding the underlying issues apparently still has a value. Convincing policymakers and government to change course to uplift and support people like small farmers is hard work.

It takes more than a cape that says “winner” and a huge amount of money to get things done.

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