2 Ways Social Entrepreneurs Can Solve Their Talent Problem

Making talent a top strategic priority

Social entrepreneurs need to be spot on and ahead of time with regard to hiring concerns, in the same way they would when forecasting consumer trends. Most importantly, social enterprise owners need not assign a designated team to handle this matter, particularly because they are best suited to find persons committed to the organization’s mission and vision. Fred Swanisker, CEO of African Leadership Group, mentions that he has been dedicating quite a lot of time on hiring, asserting it is undoubtedly a key aspect that will guarantee the success of any social franchise.

Training employees to become leaders

A social business expedition should also serve as a talent development harbor to corroborate and retain talent within the firm. In other words, personnel should be facilitated with the necessary programs to make them viable candidates for senior positions. The approach will ensure future hiring headaches are negated.





Social Entrepreneur Spotlight: Joe Kelly and His Fireproof Mission

When brainstorming about the social issues affecting the entire globe, fire prevention is undoubtedly one of the most ignored concerns. It’s without doubt a dire scenario because in the US for instance, there are over one million fire related injuries with each passing year.

Joe Kelly is however addressing this issue through tutorship with the use of the Fire-ED Fully Involved Teaching Tool, an engaging methodology championing for best fire safety practices.

Joe mentions that the main inspiration behind his social mission is his three decade career in firefighting, where he’s witnessed the field’s major shortcomings including faulty smoke detectors resulting in dispatches, and non-interactive fire prevention courses. These are some of the hurdles that Joe is striving to eliminate.

He is currently advocating for the integration fire prevention education to school curriculums, to in turn ensure more lives are saved. With this take, pupils can serve as role models within communities to help recognize and negate risks of fire outbreaks in both the home and school setting.




US based social accelerator Unreasonable Institute to launch in Pakistan

The Pakistan Youth Activism Center and the Epiphany Private Limited will oversee a first-of-its-kind social accelerator course, in a collaborative partnership with U.S. based Unreasonable Institute. The initiative is expected to usher in a new path for comprehensive capacity building within Pakistan’s social startups. The five day program is meant to cater for initial phase Pakistan entrepreneurs who are channeling efforts on social and environmental issues. Taking place from August 22 to 26 in Islamabad, it will present time-tested information and networks salient for scaling up mission driven startups.

Epiphany Private Limited was launched in 2016 to provide advisory services to impactful expeditions and conceptions. It has been doing so by offering consultancy expertise in institutional development, advocating for dialogue and policy adherence, while also partaking in governance research to in turn enact governance reform. The Pakistan Youth Activism Center was on the other hand launched in 2015 to capacitate, link and engage youthful social enterprise proponents.




Can Red Bull Make Social Entrepreneurship An Extreme Sport?

Thato Kgatlhanye, while partaking in a course at a Johannesburg college, conceptualized a novel idea that would enhance environment as well as the day to day proceedings of school children residing within South Africa’s impoverished rural communities: a solid backpack affixed with a solar-charged illumination bulb, constructed out of recycled plastic bags. Her sophisticated proposition would reduce pollutant land-fills in the region while also equipping underprivileged kids who were using paper bags to carry their books. Further, it would serve as a lantern in areas without electricity.

Her social enterprise expedition was however impeded since she lacked the means to facilitate a cost effective and efficient production. Even worse, finding investors to partner with proved to be quite a challenging task. She then decided to enroll at Red Bull’s Amaphiko Academy in Soweto, with just a unitary prototype. The move was quite advantageous, because in a span of three years, her product was being distributed across Sub Saharan schools by big companies including Coca Cola, while also receiving acclamations from business mogul Bill Gates at various events.