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The Secret Ingredient: F U N

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The element of “fun” is not only beneficial in conducting an enjoyable social enterprise, but also a successful one.


Muwahaha!

As a social entrepreneur we hope you double majored in business and good humor. Not everyone has the stomach to look social problems dead in the eye; most of us avoid what we do not like. We decide to tilt our head away from the view to look at something prettier. But a social entrepreneur has the easy outgoing character to tackle them. Their good sense of humor aids them to face obstacles and not feel down or defeated. They probably chuckle at the problem, sigh and shake their head, then pick up a notebook and start planning towards a solution. Take it easy and keep your good spirits high!

Don’t forget the evil laugh, it’ll be useful when your enterprise makes it in face of adversity.

Psst, Did you know? A good sense of humor is also needed by anyone existing on planet earth. Science has proven it can prolong lifespan.

Imagine, Sir! Oh, Just Imagine

You know whom we root for? That kid who drew outside the lines even when the teacher didn’t give him a gold star for that, and still he did it again. Social entrepreneurs looked around, and using their imagination they saw opportunity in the midst of problems and drew beyond the boundaries of critics and social norms. Their favorite sharpies are called innovation and visualization. And, when it’s show time in front of investors and clients, they convey their art of solutions using their public speaking skills.

When creating an impactful and sustainable solution, you’ll also need to be a skilful brainstorm-er. Brainstorming sessions have made the best of us go blank, however a leading social entrepreneur creates a creative-juice inducing atmosphere for brainstorming. It’d be a place with bean bags, lots of paper, a variety of colors, and other than the usual bullet points, you have to draw your ideas. Yes, stickmen are useful to businesses! Some leaders would even take the employees out to field visits that would inspire them, while some have gone far enough to invite children over to brainstorm. Children are yet to understand the social limits, when you give them a social problem their hyper imagination can dazzle you.

The Family Tree

An effective social enterprise relies on the team. A great leader wants diversity in his employees; celebrating different opinions will create new perspectives and demand our thinking to push beyond the customary. He/she treats the team as a family. As a result of close ties with employees, you’ll gain loyalty and better work quality. Additionally, to keep a lively office and healthy competition between colleagues there would be entertaining challenges like a weekly mystery to solve, themed days of the month.

A happy team is a successful team!

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Islam and Social Entrepreneurship

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It’s that time again when being kind is more gratifying!


Ramadan is when praying becomes more special, Qur’an becomes an extension of one’s arm, and people become kinder and selfless.

The Islamic values become clearly reflected into the heart of social entrepreneurship. For instance, sadaqa comes in many ways, not exclusive to money or clothes, but rather the smiles of passers by and the infinite kindness of all.

Social entrepreneurs aim to create a sustainable social business as a solution to a societal problem regardless of profit maximization. It is all about giving without receiving, enough profit to sustain the solution. Hence, the main focus is the effectiveness and longevity of the helpful solution.

The best gain is that feeling that you’ve done something right, something beneficial to others and contributing to the greater scheme of things. Strikingly similar to the feeling you get after performing sadaqa.

This feeling is not exclusive to the creators of social businesses; it extends to the many contributing employees, making them wake up in the morning with a better conscience. It is about knowing your daily 9 hours are adding to the community and is encouraging social empathy.

Islam views aiding others as one of the most highly recognized hasanatfilled deeds. To lend a hand to your brother is a beloved act to Allah, similarly, benefiting society with all your intentions and actions is of the purest concepts. To make such a concept the path of your career can cause a ripple effect of virtue in the community and can inspire others to follow.

Social entrepreneurship not only celebrates this concept in all its steps, but also enforces it as a priority and a main factor. When the social business acts as an innovative and a positive solution to a social problem then it’ll ease a present need and develop the community together. This is in comparison to helping only one less-privileged person by giving money; meanwhile a social business will help several and create a lasting impact. Kind of like sadaqa jariyah.

All deeds are great deeds, but surely some can hold a greater value than realized.

Kindness is another quality that Islam values and a trait we’ve learned from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Social entrepreneurship is many things, and kindness is one of them. To take notice of what the environment requires, then taking initiative by brainstorming and planning possible solutions that you implement resiliently for the sake of the cause itself and nothing else. Now, that’s kindness. A long practical process of kindness.

Ramadan sure is a grand month to overdose on food and good deeds, however, wouldn’t it be great to have a career of moral intentions, or simply a lasting beneficial impact and many hasanat?

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