"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." -- Henry David Thoreau
Jeff Skoll, former president of ebay, spoke to Business Week in June 2005:
"Such a tremendous groundswell of resources have been going into the world of social entrepreneurship, to the point where employment in the social sector is running about three times the rate as that of the corporate sector."
Later: "Business skills, when well applied, can do more than just make money. They can potentially make money and do some real good, which is immensely satisfying. To do that, it's important to think outside the box, take risks, and be an entrepreneur."
There's not a whole lot out there about social entrepreneurship, but guys like Jeff Skoll are trying to bring it to the foreground of business schools. Scholarships for MBA students who go into social entrepreneurship at Oxford? The Skoll Foundation? This is the link to the article. It's one for inspiration.
A moving lyricist, a living legend of rock, the frontman for the Irish layman and the global fight to combat African poverty, he's a testament to the power of apolitical activism. The New York Times Magazine profiled him earlier this month here:
To quote Andrea Corr, "Thank you, Bono."