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Some brief reflections on SE development in China and the UK
Here are a couple of brief reflections on my third day of training (and second on the Skills for Social Entrepreneurs programme).
The real opportunity for social enterprise in China, and potentially all countries, lies within mainstream markets. I’m in agreement that for those SEs that want to achieve social impact across societies instead of in communities of geography or interest, then activity at scale is a practical requirement.
Missions are intensely personal, or more practically the most motivated social entrepreneurs have a passion to fulfill a real social need. I have found in the UK that the most motivated entrepreneurs have normally experienced the problem they are tackling.
In China method often comes before purpose … yes we see many social entrepreneurs in the UK start as Artisans, with technical skills they want to use. They then try to apply these in a social context, with varying degrees of success.