What is Social Entrepreneurship?

The term "social entrepreneurship" is being used to describe a wide array of activities across the for-profit and non-profit spectrum. To us, it describes innovative initiatives for expanding social justice, peace, and environmental sustainability. Whether for-profit or not-for-profit, such ventures are about catalyzing systemic change.

Social entrepreneurs offer concrete solutions and actions that will help us resolve our most pressing social problems. They are passionate, dedicated, courageous and unstoppable. Albert Einstein pointed out that we can not solve our problems with the same thinking or consciousness that created them. Social entrepreneurs help us break stuck habits of thinking, so that from a shifted perspective, previously hidden possibilities come into our view. They embolden us to pursue these possibilities, engaging the power of our own hearts, intellect, and relationships to remake the world. We believe the practices of Transformative Action are essential to the success of such work.

Click here to read more about how CTA is involved in social entrepreneurship at Cornell.