Taking Social Entrepreneurship Seriously

By J. Gregory Dees

The article discusses the concept of social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship emerged in the 1980s from the work of Bill Drayton that provided fund for social innovators around the world. It comes into its own in the last decade, and captures the imaginations of many thoughtful observers. It has the potential to produce sustainable and scalable impact in arenas where government initiatives have been ineffective. Social entrepreneurs, without government constraints, significantly enhance the capacity to implement effective solutions to social problems.

Society 44(3): 24-31, 2007