“There are continuing arguments over precisely who counts as a social entrepreneur. Thus far, there has been no consensus on the definition of social entrepreneurship, so many different sorts of fields and disciplines are associated with social entrepreneurship.”
To add the lack of consensus, I share my definition of social entrepreneurship, greatly shaped by my experiences thus far in Detroit. Green Garage, an incredibly green coworking space, hosts community lunches every friday in which anyone in the community is invited to discuss business, sustainability practices, new projects and ventures, opportunities, and challenges. This week the topic was the “Spirit of Detroit” and whatever that means to you. The mayor, Mike Duggan, heard about these community lunches and graced us with his presence this week. Mr. Mayor and the community members all agreed- part of the “Spirit of Detroit” is resiliency.
Social entrepreneurship and civic engagement compliment each other. Mayor Duggan spoke to community members at Green Garage about creating an environment in Detroit where businesses and entrepreneurs could thrive. It wasn't his job to choose the business sector or entrepreneurs with the right solutions ("pick the winners" as its called in public finance). But rather, it is the city's job to create the community in which entrepreneurs can create the best solutions possible. Social entrepreneurs are changing the game of policy making and the way our communities operate.