RE: On Language
- While the words "social entrepreneurship" and "social enterprise" are often
used interchangeably, the distinction between them is real. The former is
generally used to describe the generic application of entrepreneurial
methods and mindset in addressing social issues. The latter falls under
that umbrella but more specifically refers to the quid pro quo exchange of
goods, services or privileges in the marketplace - an exchange designed to
generate sustainable income and opportunity for a social purpose. For
further information, check out the "Definition" resource page on the Social
Enterprise Alliance website:
Jim McClurg, VP, Social Enterprise Alliance
- I've reprinted below a copy of my recent column (March 2007) from the SOCIAL
ENTERPRISE REPORTER which addresses this issue. Among other things, the
column includes an abbreviated history of the emergence of the two schools
of thought -- social innovation and social enterprise -- that combined make
up the field of social entrepreneurship.
[Moderator's Note: Jerr's article can be viewed in its entirety at:
Also, those interested in this conversation might enjoy the recent
article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review:
- Last week, there was a brief discussion on the npEnterprise Forum about
terminology. One component of that discussion was the distinction often
made between social innovation and social enterprise, and the notion that
social entrepreneurship can be seen as representing the combination of those
two schools of thought.
Jerr Boschee offered an article he recently wrote for the Social Enterprise
Reporter on that subject, and we included a link to SER's archives to access
that article. However, some folks reported that they had difficulty
downloading Jerr's article. Here it is again, with a new SER link that will
presumably work for everybody, along with a second link, just in case the
first one doesn't work for you.
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/npEnterprise/files/ [click on
Note: To access Jerr's article on the latter site, you'll need a Yahoo ID.