Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs List Lacks Social Entrepreneurs

For the first time in its 94-year history, Forbes assembled the Impact 30: a list of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. This was another sign of the growing popularity of social entrepreneurship (if you really needed one), yet there was something a bit strange about this list. While Forbes defined “social entrepreneur” as ‘a person who uses business to solve social issues,’ most of the people of the list didn’t meet this definition.

Forbes had good intentions, trying to present the efforts of social entrepreneurs that make an impact and should be applauded for their commitment, innovation and ability to provide results. At the same time, we could expect them to be a bit more clear and coherent in choosing their top 30 social entrepreneurs. Hopefully they will continue with this tradition, focusing next time on entrepreneurs that actually use business to solve social issues.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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