It’s refreshing to see an article like this one from the Huffington Post (particularly from the left, with its usual emphasis on top-down redistribution). I’ve always been a big fan of the social entrepreneurship movement. Usually, one of its features is that you don’t forcibly strip resources from people for causes you think are good. Rather, people network to support causes they deem important without the use of force. There is a good way to be good citizens and to show benevolence towards our fellow man: The welfare state ain’t it. Foreign aid ain’t it. Draconian environmental regs ain’t it. Social entrepreneurship would flourish if the government got off of so many of our resources for its pet causes. And we currently waste a lot of money on political activism.
Social Problem? Let us get it done.
Long live Mohammed Yunus, Pierre Omidyar, and Hernando de Soto. We can take a leaf from their playbooks here in NC, for sure. People interested in social entrepreneurship should check out Zaadz.com–a social networking site devoted to volunteerism for social causes. (Warning there are a lot of crusty homeopaths, herbalists and weirdos on the site, but the volunteer network is great.) -MB