Two years ago, KK encountered "Home of the Elderly" - a social enterprise founded by two young, highly educated individuals, dedicating to create a social business targeting at serving an unmet need of the elderly community. Mr Legward Wong, one of the founders, was recently elected as one of the Ten Oustanding Young Persons 2010. Read their story -
In a previous article, KK mentioned the current debate in Mainland China on the nature of social enterprise. In Hong Kong, the issue is also a highly contentious one. It centers around how we should define social enterprise in the Hong Kong context. See how KK proposed to define social enterprise -
The Social Enterprise Summit 2010 held in Hong Kong on November 19-20 was a stunning success. Here are KK's insights from the two-day International Symposium -
Call it a midlife crisis gone terribly right. After 28 years in finance, Ron Cordes – co-chairman of the US$21billion asset management firm Greenworth – is dedicating his energy to building an online portal that will make impact investing a whole lot easier. Take a closer look to impact investing and recent developments -
KK listed the five "Books of the Year" - to recommend to the readers some important books containing knowledge and insights that could deepen the social entrepreneurship movement, with the hope that those who read and learn from these books could become part of a community providing intellectual leadership for promoting and sustaining social entrepreneurship in this part of the world.
KK have been studying Yunus’ two recent books. Both titles focus on social business (and indeed there are some overlapping materials), but Yunus’s primary purpose is to demonstrate that the current, 'traditional' capitalism has outlived its usefulness and that the world needs a new kind of capitalism in which social business will become increasingly the dominant form of business.
In a recent issue (Aug 12, 2010), the Economist magazine carried a special report on some of the path-breaking initiatives of the US and UK governments in harnessing social entrepreneurship in solving some of society’s most intractable problems. KK presents an excerpt and poses challenging questions to readers.
Following Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s recent announcement, The Giving Pledge has suddenly become the talk of the town. It is certainly a major and timely initiative and is likely to have a major impact on charity giving as well as tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. How will it impact social entrepreneurship? KK talks about the new way of "Giving" and the landscape in Hong Kong and China.
Social entrepreneurs are tackling some of the world’s thorniest issues, big and small. But they do not operate in a vacuum. It is essential to always have the big picture in mind. There is, however, no commonly agreed ONE BIG PICTURE. Below is one perspective offered by Jeffrey Sachs.
Hear what KK thinks about David Bornstein and Susan Davis' new book, "Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know ".