Friday, August 27, 2010

Beyond Bottomlines 3: An Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

The Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship announced the dates for Beyond Bottomlines 3: An Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship.

I attended one back in 2007. As someone who was then only vaguely familiar with the concept of social entrepreneurship, I found it a very interesting seminar.

It started off with an overview of the whole concept of social entrepreneurship, then we had some case studies of actual social enterprises in the Philippines, and ended with some workshop activities. Since most of the people in the audience were either social entrepreneurs or people from the nonprofit sector, it was also a nice place to meet other organizations and find out what other people are doing. I went home with a copy of How to Change the World by David Bornstein, learning about the story of Bill Drayton and the Ashoka Foundation.

That was my real introduction to the world of social entrepreneurship, and I was fascinated. The social entrepreneur is this interesting mix of a businessman with a clear social advocacy, a uniquely creative problem-solving capability and the tenacity to keep trying until he gets things right. First and foremost, he was a visionary. As Bill Drayton said:

Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.

I've been following interesting social enterprises since then and am very convinced by its power to make some lasting change in the Philippines. After all, we are already a country of SME's. Why not make it a whole sector of ethical and socially aware SME's while we're at it?

I highly recommend this to those who are curious, slightly interested, or are dreaming of starting a social enterprise but are hesitant for any number of reasons.

For those of you who have no clue what it is but want to learn a little more before you decide to part with that P950.00 registration fee, check these websites of some of my favorite social enterprises to get a better idea: 

 And if you do decide not to go,
you can always read the book -
here's my review on it :D

More info about Beyond Bottomlines 3:

Beyond Bottomlines 3: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
September 22, 6 - 8 PM, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell.
October 14, 6-8 PM, Centennial Room, Club Filipino, Greenhills.
Registration Fee: P950.00 per person. Inclusive of snacks.
For inquiries call 4341458 or email

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