Listen to unexpected sources of information, question what everyone else already knows is true, and learn to think like an outsider. According to this short video, the 'Power of Outsiders' is key to sparking innovation. When was the last time you brought in some fresh eyes to help you come up with a new approach, or better yet, that you were able to act as the outsider yourself?
What we're reading:
Social enterprises are in a tough spot. A commitment to ethics drives up costs and limits access to funding, yet the positive effects on society are clear and important. The sector is growing, yet still holds a reputation of being bleeding hearts with poor quality products. So what can be done? How can social entrepreneurs rectify this image, helping people see the true value in their initiatives? This piece offers some advice.
Quote we're inspired by:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
-- Margaret Mead
The central challenge of our time, according to Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, is to equip everyone to be a changemaker. Every single one of us should recognize that we have both the ability and the obligation to look around and think, 'how can I make this world a better place?' Yet, the social enterprise sector often gets a bad rap, seen as charity without the business know-how to become slick and efficient like a for-profit. So what can be done? How can social enterprises become known for their business prowess, and can innovation and entrepreneurship come together to build more changemakers inspired to solve our most pressing problems?
As a direct answer to these questions, we're really excited to announce a brand new course set to run in June 2018, one guaranteed to make you think like an outsider and fall in love with the social enterprise sector. In collaboration with Western Washington University and WWU's IDEA Institute, we're offering an open enrollment travel course entitled 'Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Social Sector Edition.' This 12-day immersive experience in Costa Rica is put together to expose participants to design thinking, social venture modeling, self-leadership, social justice, community building and sustainability. A core group of undergrads will arrive from WWU, but the course is open to all ages and professional levels. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind learning experience, a unique opportunity to visit Costa Rica as so much more than a tourist and to grow both personally and professionally, come join us!
See you in two weeks for our next Three Thought Thursday!