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Business of social change

What is social entrepreneurship was the first question Amyaz A. Moledina posed at American Center on Monday morning. The poser was for the nearly 50 NGO founders and social activists attending a workshop on “Social entrepreneurship: challenges and opportunities” by the American economics professor, who had co-founded the social entrepreneurship programme at the College of Wooster, Ohio.

In the city to help guide local NGOs, Moledina explained: “An enterprise could be anything — a non-profit organisation that takes donation to a regular business. The point in the middle where you take both elements and build on (them) is what makes for a social enterprise.”

He recounted how Bill Drayton, the American who coined the term social entrepreneur to describe individuals who combine business entrepreneurship with goals of a social reformer, came to India and founded Ashoka.

Moledina spent the first half of the session trying to identify the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs in the city before splitting the audience into groups that tried to come up with solutions.

“There are about 60 Ashoka fellows in Bengal…. There must be something going on but I don’t hear the big explosions like I hear from other parts of India,” Moledina told Metro.