On the morning April 8, 2014, Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Very Impactful People course had an emergency: A scheduled speaker had come down with the flu and had to cancel her talk. Shortly, an “Urgent” flagged email arrived, asking for Urban Logic’s founder to substitute for a class two hours later.
This talk, to Stanford undergraduates and others, tried to explain how a social entrepreneur comes to be so. What life paths take anyone into the field of social entrepreneurship from the standard professional or academic fields? What life lessons does working as a social entrepreneur teach? What humility is learned as a social entrepreneur?
Today, most MBA programs offer courses in social entrepreneurship.
Like cooking, photography or pottery, some skills are best learned by doing, in the field, with all of the uncertainty of outcomes and certainty of technique one can glue together.