Five Ways to Cultivate Your Inner Social Entrepreneur

For a long time, I’ve been very interested in the topic of social entrepreneurship. However, it wasn’t until recently that I was able to put my dreams into an action by starting this blog. It’s a very humble beginning, but it’s at least a beginning. Although I love my current full time job and the company I work for, a big part of me has always sought to pursue something more meaningful. As cheesy as it may sound, I wanted to make a difference in the world around me.

If you have an itching passion to do the same, I would recommend that you find a similar outlet. Be it starting a blog like me, getting involved in a volunteer opportunity or even switching your career. For those looking to cultivate their inner entrepreneur, I’ve listed some ways for you to act on your aspirations and also included a few resources that can be a starting point for you.

» Stay up-to-date on what’s going on.

For one, follow my blog :) Alltop‘s Social Entrepreneurship page is one great source where you can get relevant news and updates on social entrepreneurship. Books are another great way to learn about social entrepreneurship. My current reading list includes: More or Less and Work on Purpose.

» Continue learning!

I think it’s vital to continue your education, even if you may be out of school. General Assembly offers both online classes and in-person workshops in multiple cities on topics like web development, effective presentations, product design, marketing etc. I’m excited about some of the upcoming workshops in Atlanta such as the meet & greet with the founder of Scoutmob and the hands-on Tumblr blog work session.

» Attend a conference and network with like-minded people.

My biggest inspirations come from people and powerful ideas. This August, I will be attending Plywood Presents, a gathering on social innovation, and I’m so excited for this opportunity to extend my network and learn about some of the work other entrepreneurs have been accomplishing. I highly recommend you to attend similar conferences that can help you (and/or your venture) grow.

» Join a fellowship for professional mentoring.

If you’re looking to combine education and hands-on work, you might want to look into fellowships. A few programs on my radar are: Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship Program, Experience Institute, On Purpose Associate Programme as well as The DO School Challenges. These programs are extremely valuable as you get to meet and work with mentors with professional experience.

» Look for volunteer or career opportunities.

Escape the City, ReWork, NextBillion, and Echoing Green are some of my favorite places to look for new career opportunities. They are all great resources in searching for volunteer opportunities, fellowships or part-time/full-time careers.

I hope I’ve provided you with a good starting point to be more proactive about your inner passions & ambitions. Whether it’s taking an online class to hone on your business skills or traveling abroad for a summer-long volunteer opportunity, I hope that these resources will enable you to become an entrepreneur, an innovator, and a change agent in your communities.

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