Social or civic entrepreneurship help communities collaborate to develop and organize their economic assets and to build strong resilient networks between and among the public, private and civil sectors.
Civic entrepreneurs are catalysts who help communities go through the changeprocess. The build community - tight, resilient, linkages between community and economic interests. Yet, how do you know a civic entrepreneur when you see one?
Social/ civic entrepreneurs have five common traits:They:
- See opportunity in the economy - to fight social justice - understand the new economic realities and are compelled to act on vision of how their community can be successful, they believe that can provide unprecedent opportunity for people, places, and organizations. The takes opportunities and needs of the community - as a starting point and help them make positive choices about future, building the relationship and specialized resources for success;
- Possess an entrepreneurial personality - in contrast to the bureaucrat, civic entrepreneurs always instinctively find reasons why things can happen, as opposed to focusing on reasons why they cannot. On contrast to the idealist, civic entrepreneurs are challenged by the how-to questions and delight in getting results. Mobilizing resources, persisting against odds, driving toward tangible results - they bring their entrepreneurial mind-set and skills to the civic arena.
- Provide collaborative leadership to connect the economy and the community - of course social/civic entrepreneurs are collaborative, they know how to work with and for peole to get results, they believe that the benefits of a changed economic and change of the community in general can be realized only with more collaborative, resilient connections between all and of course they provide collaborative leadership to bring all to the "table" and to identify common ground , and take join action. They build bridges, they lead with no formal power or authority - only their credibility is enough.
- Are motivated by broad, enlightened, long-term interests - they get involved in their community out of enlightened, long-term interest, belive that their personal long-term interests and those of their organization are tied to the health of the community and economy. This motivation is in direct contrast to traditional roles that have been played by leaders who advocates positions, the opportunis who seek personal nototiety or pursues narrow economic interests.
- Global thinking - local acting attitude...