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Social Citizen’s Top 10. #6: Importance of Social Entreprenuership

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: Top 10 April 2009 | Tags: , |

Originally posted November 2, 2007.

A blog titled “An Entrepreneurial Mind” on the Belmont University Web site recently featured Social Entrepreneurship as a modern, increasingly involving part of our business and nonprofit sectors, part of our society.

Professors from Syracuse University visited the Belmont University campus and during their campus-wide discussion they talked about the emerging field of social entrepreneurship.

One of the speakers, Dr. Arthur Brooks, defined social entrepreneurship,

“Process of creating value by bringing together a unique package of resources to exploit an opportunity, in pursuit of high social returns. “

Dr. Brooks believes that it is “reflective of American society” for us to be partaking in small informal organizations, ones that are not yet nonprofits, that focus on social initiatives.

These small, grassroot Social Entrepreneurships are vital to American Society. In modern times we have described professionalism, industry and business as the important aspects of American Society. But, I don’t want us to forget our roots.

Social Entrepreneurship, as Dr. Brooks stated, allows us to pursue “high social returns.” It is important to focus on community and socialism in order to make larger industries work, and in order for us to live in a social, positive world.

Social Entrepreneurship will continue to be important in our ever growing society.  There are many large nonprofits that have started out as grassroots social initiatives.  Some of them have forgotten their roots and are becoming more corporate.

It is tough to reach a balance between important social initiatives (entrepreneurships) and the “corpratizing” of nonprofits.  But it is important that we find that balance.  It is important to be professional, but forgetting your roots of social entrepreneurship could turn the unique nonprofit sector into another business sector.

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Social Citizen’s Top 10. #7: Developing Personal Accountability

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Top 10 April 2009 | Tags: , , , , |

Originally posted September 24, 2008.

In the past year, I have grown in my community involvement and have begun to take on some leadership roles with various community organizations.  As I grow into my own leadership style, I am learning to focus on keeping myself accountable.  Strong personal accountability is not only important for getting things done, but also reacting to crisis or keeping your actions ethical.

As selfgrowth.com says,

Personal accountability allows you to move away from a mindset where things happen ‘to you’ in your life without your consent or influence, and embrace your role in the way your life is shaped by moving to a place of true power and freedom.

It is important for every individual, not just in leadership to maintain personal accountability.  Taking control of a situation and not blaming others for it.

When working in the community, I think it’s easy to fall into saying, “if only”, instead of planning for the future.  With a strong accountability to myself as a leader I am able to plan for the future of the boards I work on, and develop stronger leadership skills in the process.

College doesn’t necessarily teach you the skills of personal accountability.  You may learn about it in a leadership class, but you don’t truly develop your own ethical principles and patterns for growth until you enter the “real world”.

My growth to maintaining personal accountability over the past 2 years, has been extremely tough for me.  I had to learn that taking responsibility for a crisis, is much better than failing again.  Taking accountability for my mistakes and for planning better for the future of the organizations I am leading had helped me to better learn from those mistakes and from each specific situation.  I like to reflect on all decisions made and think about what I could have done better, what may have been the more ethical way of doing it, how can I plan better in the future.

Gaining these skills, which I am still working on, has been the toughest experience I have had in all the work I do, and I am sure it is a challenge for many other young nonprofit professionals.  Being accountable for leading community work is hard, and I hope to continue to grow in this area.

How have you been fostering personal accountability?

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New Domain

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Starting May 1 my blog will have a new domain. You can still visit me by using socialcitizen.wordpress.com, but now you may also reach me through http://www.terawozniakqualls.com.

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