The world is now gaga over the need for Social Enterprises and how impactful they are capable of becoming. People are increasingly looking for providing solutions to societal problems while at the same time ensuring a reasonable profit while doing so. Young people are looking to ‘private gains’ while seeking to do ‘public good’ too. While all this is admirable and very welcome, we must also understand and appreciate that such enterprises have to be embedded with the value structure that makes them really ‘valuable’ to society. And these values have to be driven by the people founding and leading such enterprises. Listen to this talk that I gave to young social entrepreneurs a few weeks ago.
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“Corruption has been blamed for many of the challenges India as a nation faces today, and rightly so. Corruption in public offices has reached a level where most people believe and indulge in it as if that is the norm. Corruption has arguably gone beyond being a behavioural phenomenon to being a cultural one. Hence it is inconceivable that we can ever get rid of corruption in our system and society without the involvement of people en masse. And that involvement must be deeper than just an expression of disgruntlement.” – Excerpt from ‘i, the citizen’ written by Dr R
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