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Social Entrepreneurship-Strategies for Determining the Problem

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One of the challenges for many social entrepreneurs is that they are not committed to eliminating one specific problem. This can cause them to lose focus and stray from their purpose. This confusion will affect all of the support and resources. Each project must be planned according to the problem that is being eliminated. The need for resources increases with every problem. Therefore if there are multiple problems that are being addressed at one time, the director has to find more grants, money and resources in order to eliminate each one. Generally people that have a personal stake and experience with a problem are more apt to stick with addressing it for a longer period of time. They find something that is fulfilling enough to do even without the need for outside appreciation. They would work to eliminate the problem without pay if needed. Their commitment will inspire them to learn how to become experts in their area. As experts, they are more likely to see significant progress in doing away with their problems. I developed an exercise called “Determining the Problem” that helps uncover heartfelt commitments in order to launch an effective solution driven project. This system helps participants to look at their concerns objectively to help focus upon which issue is most pressing to them. This most pressing issue will be the concern that causes someone to stick to their efforts even in the face of difficult challenges. This session will review the results of the previous show that guided participants through this exercise. These programs are designed to offer tangible solutions to the critical issues that are challenging the quality of life in various populations. We invite forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and solutions oriented talkers to engage in meaningful problem solving. These episodes may be forwarded to government officials (or other interested entities) to let them review solutions oriented discussions.