Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Social Enterprises – and why we must stop romanticising them

During the last few years, the term has acquired a lot of hype, being portrayed as a ‘one size fits all’ solution, which integrates non-profit organisation ideals, social change and business mindsets to develop sustainable solutions…The problem with this type of narrative is that it creates an utopian idea about social enterprises, that shifts the conversation to a simple yes or no question, rather than creating the space to discuss the real opportunities and limitations that social enterprises offer. This is why we have to stop idealising social enterprises, and start analysing them as a means to achieve a social goal, rather than as the goal itself. I have seen social enterprises offer platforms to reach goals, and the conversation should not stop here because few overhype them.

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