Please Stop Hyping Social Entrepreneurship
The best part of last week's NYT column on social entrepreneurs is the reference at the end to just how annoying (if hard-working) these folks can be. Indeed. Basically, what's being described is a fad. Dressed up as something new and shiny, social entrepreneurship isn't that different from regular old philanthropy and reform. It works outside the system. It's generally small-scale. It relies on outside funding. There's an awfully cozy, clubby feel to it. It doesn't, far as I've ever heard, close down failing efforts or even admit to failures like you'd see in the "real" world of venture capital. It doesn't really have any big successes, measured in terms of broad and positive impact, in education.