Supporting social entrepreneurs in SA - Tshikululu Social Investments workshop 2010


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Presented during Tshikululu's first Serious Social Investing workshop, which took place on 25 and 26 February 2010. Michael Norton OBE discusses social entrepreneurs and the ability of individuals to change the world.

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Supporting social entrepreneurs in SA - Tshikululu Social Investments workshop 2010

  1. 1. Supporting Social Entrepreneurs in South Africa <ul><li>Michael Norton </li></ul><ul><li>Johannesburg, 25th February 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Our Big Vision <ul><li>Investing in Individuals with Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>The problems of the world will be solved in India and in South Africa </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who am I? <ul><li>Director of CIVA , which promotes entrepreneurship, and Founder of UnLtd , the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs in the UK and India </li></ul><ul><li>Author of 365 Ways to Change the World : lots of people doing lots of little things… can make a huge difference… </li></ul>
  4. 5. “ You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” <ul><li>MAHATMA GANDHI </li></ul>
  5. 6. “ It is better to light a single candle, than to curse the darkness.” QUAKER PROVERB Change starts with one person doing something
  6. 7. ROSA PARKS <ul><li>How one brave woman refused to stand up and started the civil rights movement. </li></ul>
  7. 9. RYAN HRELJAK <ul><li>How a 6-year old responded to a need and started Canada’s biggest water charity. </li></ul>
  8. 11. NKOSI and GAIL JOHNSON <ul><li>An 11-year old speaks to the world about AIDS and he and his Mom do something to help AIDS-infected mothers and their children. </li></ul>
  9. 13. WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON? <ul><li>They are all ordinary people </li></ul><ul><li>who have done something </li></ul><ul><li>extraordinary. </li></ul><ul><li>And by doing this, they become </li></ul><ul><li>extraordinary people . </li></ul>
  10. 14. MIKE KIRONDE and JOHN RENDEL <ul><li>Providing secondary education to Kampala’s township kids. </li></ul>
  11. 16. ASHA MEHTA <ul><li>Food for education, food for savings to Mumbai’s street kids. </li></ul>
  12. 17. What is a social entrepreneur? <ul><li>Four concepts: </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 1: Social invention </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2: Social entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 3: Social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 4: Replication </li></ul>
  13. 18. Stage 1: Social Invention: SOME GREAT IDEAS <ul><li>Kangaroo Care in Colombia and Namibia </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Kitchens in the USA and FoodCycle in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>MyPetTree a new idea to link children and trees to promote environmental sustainability </li></ul>
  14. 19. <ul><li>3. Water Hippo or the Magic Roundabout fetching water in rural areas,   South Africa   </li></ul><ul><li>Alive   and Kicking making footballs, promoting football and AIDS awareness, Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>The   Hub shared workspace for people seeking a better world, London and Johannesburg. </li></ul>
  15. 20. What makes a good idea? <ul><li>Addresses a need or solves a problem </li></ul><ul><li>In a creative way </li></ul><ul><li>Which is effective, cost-effective and sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>And which has the potential to transform the way things are done </li></ul>
  16. 21. Stage 2: Making the idea happen: what’s needed <ul><li>• The social entrepreneur </li></ul><ul><li>• The resources : money, space, equipment, people </li></ul><ul><li>• Technical expertise </li></ul><ul><li>• Support and help </li></ul><ul><li>• Learning from experience </li></ul>
  17. 22. UnLtd <ul><li>The Foundation for </li></ul><ul><li>Social Entrepreneurs (in the UK) </li></ul><ul><li>pronounced “Un-Limited” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>and now UnLtd South Africa </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 23. Stage 3: Enterprising solutions <ul><li>• Not just grants </li></ul><ul><li>• Income generation from sales </li></ul><ul><li>• The “Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” – a business mechanism for solving social problems </li></ul><ul><li>The idea of “Social Enterprise” </li></ul>
  19. 24. Stage 4: Replication and scaling up <ul><li>From local experiment to… </li></ul><ul><li>“ World Domination!” </li></ul>
  20. 26. WHAT CAN WE ALL DO?
  22. 28. <ul><li>1. We can Support projects and programmes run by NGOs and other social change agencies </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>2. We can invest in individuals with ideas and helping them change the world </li></ul>
  23. 29. SPONSOR A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR <ul><li>With cash (from your corporate social responsibility budget)… </li></ul><ul><li>But also engaging your employees (their time, energy, ideas, expertise) </li></ul>
  24. 30. Some examples <ul><li>Pumla Ramotala, Primary health Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Joshua Cox, TRADE-MARK </li></ul><ul><li>Sizwe Matoti, YEP Clan </li></ul>
  25. 34. Sponsor a social entrepreneur <ul><li>cost: Rands 50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>to provide support to one amazing person for one year </li></ul>
  26. 35. <ul><li>Three Investment Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>The Community Bond </li></ul><ul><li>Invest for a return: take a stake in a change-the-world business </li></ul><ul><li>The Thrust Foundation: 3% for $300,000 </li></ul>
  27. 36. <ul><li>And three more ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>• Employ a social entrepreneur </li></ul><ul><li>• Run your business with a triple bottom line </li></ul><ul><li>• Encourage your employees to become 365 Ways activists, doing little things in their lives and at the workplace for a better world </li></ul>
  28. 37. “ Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has!” <ul><li>MARGARET MEAD </li></ul>
  29. 38. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. <ul><li>SAMUEL BECKETT </li></ul>
  30. 39. Help us make the dream come true!