The appealing and serene mountains, the clear winds from amidst the healthy foliage of the robust woods, the calm sounds of the gushing water flowing across the rivers, little birds chirping back-and-forth from their nests as they measure the far-reaching sky, the modest people and the colourful and bustling aura despite religious and cultural differences; that’s what my India is all about. That’s what our India is all about. But somewhere amongst this enthralling and hypnotising description of India, in the shabby roads of this economically-rising-country lies the harsh truth. The derogatory truth behind the declining environmental conditions, the depraved yet cool air that we breathe, the blue yet contaminated waters in our rivers, the second largest population yet the least fed, harmony in our cultures but friction in our incomes and the largest youth population yet the most unemployed one. My India is about that too. Our India is about that too. And what do we do about it? Just crib.
But, we refuse to take action. We refuse to work towards dealing with the dilemma our country is in today. We refuse to open our eyes and identify the capabilities we have concerning our Nation, and consider social entrepreneurs.
Social entrepreneurship is the activity of identifying novel and unique ways of addressing a pressing social need like homelessness or unemployment. It is setting up of that one unique business which could stabilise the odds happening in the society. It would require one aggressive and capable person who has some zeal to not quietly accept our Nation the way it is, instead develop strategies with which the stuck-up community could be unstuck adequately. So basically the tag of a ‘Social-Entrepreneur’ is like that of a ‘Superman’ or ‘Batman’; saving the world from the evil threatening the society, just that the evils here are the problems of a common man rather than ‘Electro’ and ‘Joker’. Social entrepreneurs are able to identify a solution where the people only see problems and so unlike the traditional entrepreneurs, they seek to achieve primarily only the ‘Social Value’ rather than profits.
The strong belief that business can and should be done differently makes social entrepreneurship a success. We've lived through decades of business models that were profitable, but too often at the expense of quality or compassion. But certain people have proven is that business can meet financial goals as well as have a positive, social impact. Social Entrepreneurship is not new to India, the evolution and execution of ideas has been like an everyday chore to the Indians. Where across the world social entrepreneurship is boosted by the government or the private enterprises; in India, Social entrepreneurship is led by the vision of some great individuals who took a step forward and made their dreams and ideas turn into fascinating and outstanding realities. Starting from Mahatma Gandhi’s important ‘Salt March’ to Dandi where there was a call for local production of salt, to Sunil Bharti Mittal’s prodigious ‘Airtel’ which put the clout of telecom in the hands of the people who couldn’t imagine a cheap communication. Every year from amongst the community ascend various ‘originals’ who pledge to make a difference and make sure that it’s for a long-long time.
To become a social entrepreneur, one doesn’t require quite many qualifications or a lot many formalities, one just needs to keep in focus a few of the below mentioned things:
- There are primarily three approaches to building a platform; i.e., a) donating a percentage of company profits, b) affiliate with a cause and c) raise fund.
- Dream big but make sure to start small
- Don’t lose sight of your mission; it might take time but won’t be too long
- Don’t be deterred by constant change and greet any dynamism with open arms.
There are various segments in India where a person can invest and become a social entrepreneur, for example:
- India lacks in the availability of toilets, it could be an innovative project to work on.
- By starting private lending services, one can not only to be a social entrepreneur, but also revolve the money in the economy of India.
- Organic clothing and accessories are a huge need of the environmental condition.
- Getting pure drinking water to smaller towns
All-in-all, social entrepreneurship is about bridging the gaps of the society by initiating a strategy in which the whole country could walk together at the same pace. Be it building hospitals, initiating the production of solar energy, developing strategies to help raise living standards of the poor or even do a little bit which our India deserves so that it is not seen as a laid back Nation. And you could be a Social Entrepreneur- the Change-Bringing-Angel.