Perry Universal is a collection of social enterprises amplifying citizens' voices across the globe.
WHAT IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
A social enterprise is a business created to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way.
A social enterprise based in Accra, Ghana, Generation Revolutionary addresses the political "brain drain" crisis in Ghana by providing civic education curricula that teaches community empowerment.
For nearly a decade, Generation Revolutionary has developed a reliable pipeline of youth leadership committed to staying in Ghana and fighting for a transparent democracy.
WHAT IS A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR?
Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profits or companies.
– Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Social entrepreneurs share some common traits including:
An unwavering belief in the innate capacity of all people to contribute meaningfully to economic and social development
A driving passion to make that happen.
A practical but innovative stance to a social problem, often using market principles and forces, coupled with dogged determination, that allows them to break away from constraints imposed by ideology or field of discipline, and pushes them to take risks that others wouldn't dare.
A zeal to measure and monitor their impact. Entrepreneurs have high standards, particularly in relation to their own organization’s efforts and in response to the communities with which they engage. Data, both quantitative and qualitative, are their key tools, guiding continuous feedback and improvement.
A healthy impatience. Social Entrepreneurs cannot sit back and wait for change to happen – they are the change drivers.