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  1. 1. Social Entrepreneurship Information Sheet“OF ALL THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS in advanced computer networking, it is the World-Wide Web that has truly captured the imagination of millions of technophiles and informationbuffs. Since its popularization in 1993, the Web (also known as W3 and WWW) has caught onlike wildfire in business, research and academia, and many users now tout it as the first real stepto the creation of an "information superhighway." But for all of its profit-making and curiosity-seeking potential, the Web has largely been ignored until recently as a powerful educational tool.Scattered throughout cyberspace, one can now find powerful examples of educators, students andresearchers experimenting with Web as a way to teach and to empower students with newfoundcreative ability. And now that over half of Americas classrooms are wired to the Internet, thetrue potential of the Web in education can finally be explored.What exactly does the World-Wide Web have to offer education?”(“THE ADVENT of the World Wide Web comes at an exciting, yet controversial juncture inAmerican education reform. Though more detailed information on education reform policy canbe found elsewhere within EdWeb, certain basic trends and terms should be mentioned briefly.Possibly the most important point that must be addressed is the current emphasis towardsinteractivity in the learning process. The term "interactivity" has become somewhat of abuzzword in American pop culture, teaching and commerce - for example, some educationalsoftware packages attempt to add to their appeal by emphasizing the products "interactive"nature. In other words, passive learning doesnt work, yet interactive learning works wonders.Yet beyond all of the hype and rhetoric surrounding interactivity in education, there is a solidbackdrop of empirical analysis to support the positive nature of interactive learning. Simply put,students of all ages learn better when they are actively engaged in a process, whether that processcomes in the form of a sophisticated multimedia package or a low-tech classroom debate oncurrent events. Over the years, social scientists and education researchers have attempted withreasonable success to debunk the traditional notion of the passive classroom environment. Butconsidering the nature of that notion - one teacher lecturing to a large class, encouraginginformational absorption and regurgitation, and finally assessing the students by a series ofsimplistic standardized tests - it doesnt take a reformer with an PhD in educational psychologyto recognize that the old ways of teaching and learning need some serious restructuring. In orderfor todays young people to become competitive in tomorrows marketplace, yesterdayspedagogical methodology is no longer enough.”(“Engaging students from a variety of angles and allowing them to feel as if they are a part ofthe subject matter will often lead to them becoming more interested in (or at least more willingto discuss) that subject. Therefore, they invest more mental energy and thus commit theconcept to memory with a better comprehensive understanding of it. Roger Schank ofNorthwestern University’s Institute of Learning Sciences proposes that learning be attainedthrough the use of goal-based scenarios - the teacher, with a set of learning goals in hand,allows the students to explore the subject from their own particular point of view. Students, Vidisha Singh
  2. 2. Social Entrepreneurship Information Sheetwhen encouraged and given the proper opportunity and medium, can express a wealth ofopinions on nearly any subject. And by giving them the chance to articulate and share theirthoughts, they can grasp the meaning of the subject and thus understand it better.”( the research above with, I came up with a final point for impact of WWWon education:“Education has had its changes ever since the World Wide Web (WWW) becameto be popular. Before the internet, the students had to go to the library or aspecific place in order to get the right information. Students had to find booksand encyclopedias, and then search what they want to know in the book. Now,the internet enables manystudents to access information instantly, withoutneeding to move places, kind-of making students lazy but on the bright side,the internet contains more information you can find in just one place. Lookingthe library gives a limited number of sources, it limits the amount ofinformation a student can get for one topic. But using the internet it will enablestudents to find multiple sources on one topic with a great deal of facts.Looking at Elementary School kids around the globe, most of them are usingtechnology to learn something. Even teachers are enhancing the use ofcomputer programs and websites for education, because visuals and fun alsohelps kids understand the same information. For example, a is a website made for children to learn a specific area theyneed help, varying subjects from your standard ABCs to math, sciences andarts. Most of these programs are interactive games, which are proven to helpkids learn faster than a teacher teaching in a regular-sized classroom. Manyteachers prefer to use these programs because it is proved to be more effectivethan teaching the children in an ordinary classroom.Specifically in college, the online world has enabled connections that help build,invent, fix, and improve our world. While students are learning subjects specificto their individual experties, they now have the resources to put them to use.Most colleges are jumping on this trend of using international communicationto practice problem fixing beyond a textbook and desk. The college of UNLV inLas Vegas, Nevada, United States offers a class that specializes in PAR(Participatory Action Research). Here, students practice how to progessivelytackle situations using resources given. One and most common resource usedis the internet. Students can video chat, research, and further understandproblems they are looking to fix. The internet erases the difficulties of travel,and colleges are taking advantage of this. Also, people that may not be able toattend courses at a campus can now earn college credits online. This is not only Vidisha Singh
  3. 3. Social Entrepreneurship Information Sheetcheaper as the cost of transportation is nearly eliminated, but textbooks arebecoming available online. This excuses students from the costs of printings aswell as saves paper. Colleges are viewing the internet as a valuable tool and arequickly developing courses and projects that utilize its efficiency."-Vidisha’s version“Social Entrepreneurs are drives of change. Social entrepreneurs createsolutions that are efficient, sustainable, transparent and have measurableimpact.”But now focusing on Social Entrepreneurship, I have come up with a guidingquestion to help me solve this, “How education impacts SocialEntrepreneurship?” To start the research, I will first research, “What is SocialEntrepreneurship?”Simplest Definition:“Social entrepreneurs are people who have noticed a need in their community orsomewhere in the world, and have come up with a way of remedying that issue.The remedy could be creative, innovative, “out of the box,” etc... since mostentrepreneurs tend to think in this manner. In general, social entrepreneurs didnot start out with the goal of making money, but in the long run, switch to afor-profit business. Also, the majority of social entrepreneurs are faced with anissue in their youth that motivate them to do something about it in adulthood,such as poverty, sanitation,etc.,” -( basically these people think of solutions to help any community around theworld in need. Not necessarily do they think of making money first, but trysolve and build their way up. Through their companies, they try think ofinnovative ideas to both porfit them and the world.Examples:- Istvan Aba-Horvath: Based in Hungary, Istvan’s mission is to aid Gypsy children in getting an education and simultaneously earn money (http:// Oscar Abasolo Trincado: Raul lives in Chile and works with poor, outcast youth in his country. He has provided an opportunity for them to become meaningful and productive members of society.-Mohammed Bah Abba: Mohammed has “resurrected” a form of pottery that was originally used in ancient Egypt. This pottery has allowed his people to keep their food fresh in the harsh climate of Nigeria.-Abbass Abbass: Abbass started AlManarah in 2005, an organization centered in Israel. His mission is to stop discrimination against disabled people in his country. Vidisha Singh
  4. 4. Social Entrepreneurship Information Sheet-Rafael Alvarez: Rafael’s goal is to help American youth extend their outlook beyond graduation from high school, to highly skilled jobs by training students with the skills they need to do so. He accomplishes this goal through his organization, Genesys Works. ( Ahuja: In India, Anita has addressed problems of waste, sanitation, and unemployment into a social entrepreneurial organization. Her business produces high-end accessories, such as wallets and purses, out of plastic waste. would be really helpful to my video, as I could go indepth into their historyand about them and social entrepreneurship.In-depth information on Social Entrepreneurs and what they do:“One well-known contemporary social entrepreneur is Muhammad Yunus,founder and manager of Grameen Bank and its growing family of social venturebusinesses, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. The work of Yunusand Grameen echoes a theme among modern day social entrepreneurs thatemphasizes the enormous synergies and benefits when business principles areunified with social ventures. In some countries - including Bangladesh and to alesser extent, the USA - social entrepreneurs have filled the spaces left by arelatively small state. In other countries - particularly in Europe and SouthAmerica - they have tended to work more closely with public organizations atboth the national and local level.In India, a social entrepreneur can be a person, who is the founder, co-founderor a chief functionary (may be president, secretary, treasurer, chief executiveofficer (CEO), or chairman) of a social enterprise, or a Non-Profit , which raisesfunds through some services (often fund raising events and communityactivities) and occasionally products. Examples of some of the India basedsocial entrepreneurs are Ramji Raghavan , Founder and Chairman, AgastyaInternational Foundation, Harish Hande, Founder Selco India, Rippan Kapur,Child Rights and You and Jyotindra Nath of Youth United and so on.Today, nonprofits and non-governmental organizations, foundations,governments, and individuals also play the role to promote, fund, and advisesocial entrepreneurs around the planet.A growing number of colleges anduniversities are establishing programs focused on educating and training socialentrepreneurs. Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH recently established apartnership between the entrepreneurship department and Village Markets ofAfrica, allowing students hands-on experience with an organization workingdirectly with producers.”(To know more about tips being Social Entrepreneur, go here: Vidisha Singh
  5. 5. Social Entrepreneurship Information SheetThere’s an article about Social Entreprenuership and how this organisation helpbuilt an education system in a particular place in Kyrgyzstan, the link to thearticle: Vidisha Singh
  6. 6. Social Entrepreneurship Information Sheet Works Cited" Defining Social Entrepreneurship ." Defining Social Entrepreneurship. Web.9 Apr. 2012. <>."A New Tool in the Arsenal." The Role of the Web in Curricular Reform. Web. 9Apr. 2012. <>."A New Tool in the Arsenal." The Role of the Web in Curricular Reform. Web. 9Apr. 2012. <>."Social Entrepreneurship and Education in Kyrgyzstan." Open SocietyFoundations Blog. Web. 9 Apr. 2012. <>."Social Entrepreneurship." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 04 Oct. 2012. Web.08 Apr. 2012. <>."The World Wide Web in Education:." WWW and Education Home Page. Web. 9Apr. 2012. <>. Vidisha Singh