When big business backs social enterprise

This is a great example of what can be done when we remember that businesses aren’t inherently bad.

Generally they actually want to do good, and that includes supporting projects that are of public good as Lillian Grace so ably demonstrates in the Stuff article.





I had an great chat with Ben Scott from the Hamilton City Council yesterday. One of the points he made was that we need a Social Enterprise champions in our local area. Someone who is out there raising the profile of what it really means to be a social enterprise.

I couldn’t agree more. I think every community needs champions.

People who wake up each day, driven to advocate for social enterprise, eager to talk about it to everyone they meet, support those doing it, advising and recommending it.

We all need to become champions within our communities.



Our thinking is what holds us back

A good friend shared this Ted Talk by Dan Pollata with me.

It is from the perspective of a fund raiser but the message is true of our NFP thinking in general.

Charity, doing it on a shoe string etc shouldn’t be seen as badges of honour because they hold us back from making significant changes to the things that matter.

As my friend said “I think we do need to explode certain outdated and unhelpful paradigms that hold the NFP sector back“.

So cliché but if we want to change the world, we have to first change ourselves.



Win : Win

Good businesses that are doing well, can be an important tool for our communities to also do well.

We need to help businesses to achieve – and just as importantly, we need to help them to develop their passion for doing good.

This is one of the reasons why I set up The Optimistic Cynic. I want to help businesses to explore how they can contribute to the communities that are important to them, while also being a truly successful business.

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