Last week the Financial Times invited leaders in the area of social entrepreneurship and social innovation to present their view on what defines a social entrepreneur. The article, Value creation, a sustainable firm or venture philanthropy?, featured a debate between social entrepreneurship as a purely charitable venture or as a business oriented practice.

At The Lewis Institute we feel strongly that the power of social entrepreneurship lies in its ability to channel business for the greater good. We were thrilled to have Cheryl Kiser’s straight talk included in the dialogue as she offered her view:

“Society’s dilemmas provide ample social and commercial opportunities. Social entrepreneurs identify these dilemmas and come up with solutions through social and market-based businesses. Social entrepreneurs are the new designers of value in a market-based economy.”

-Cheryl Kiser, executive director of The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

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