KK attended the Social Innovators’ Forum (December 14 & 15, 2007) organized by the Social Innovation Park in conjunction with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Here are his insights from the trip and the inspiring stories of the three finalists in the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007.
Ms Irene So, student of the CUHK MBA program, shared with us the insights learned from the Net Impact Conference in November 2007.
(The article is in Chinese only) Gingko House was founded in 2006 and become one of the most successful social enterprises in Hong Kong - even before the concept of social entrepreneurship emerged. Here is their story -
KK introduced the concept of CHANGEMAKER and challenge everyone, including himself, to reflect on the following: are you a changemaker? Could you and will you become a changemaker, why or why not?
This is the fourth year of this unique Award presented by the Fast Company/Monitor Group. A total of 43 entrepreneurs are honored for using the disciplines of the corporate world to tackle daunting social problems. We may not have heard of all these 43 winners - but KK has highlighted two of them here as an inspiration to HK social innovation sector.
KK has just published a 4-page article on this book in the current issue of the HK Economic Journal Monthly, trying to draw lessons and insights for HK social entrepreneurs.
When someone has a huge sum of money for charitable causes, he can set up a foundation with its own mission and full-time staff to manage it. For the ordinary folks who are occasional donors, they could only make the donations and hope for the best. But what about those in between these two extremes? There is a full spectrum of people with varying degree of wealth, knowledge, expertise and dedication to social causes. Beside donation, is there a better way to give?
A Wall Street Journal article entitled How Bill Gates Got Ready for Harvard in 2007 described how Bill Gates prepared his commencement speech for his honorary doctorate from Harvard. Here are some highlights and insights from the article are worth underlining.
Can social entrepreneurs be trained? How could we increase the success rate of social entrepreneurial initiatives? One organization that has systematically tried to seek answer to many of such intriguing questions through actual practice is the London-based School for Social Entrepreneurs.