How Social Entrepreneurs Feed the Inequality Spiral
I’m glad you named the National government cuts that launched Chalkle.
This is straight out of the neoliberal textbook:
- Government drastically cuts social sector funding while celebrating that they’ve “balanced the books”.
- Local social entrepreneurs (aka “volunteers”) see an opportunity to fill the gaps.
- They run R&D for a few years, discover there is no profitable business model for delivering the social service, and burn out or otherwise close shop.
- A hugely capitalised transnational corporation with nepotistic access to decision-makers rolls out a standardised solution that is marginally successful in terms of bums-on-seats, but massively lacking in quality and social impact.
- Rich guys get richer.
And that’s why our street lights and prisons are run by the biggest company you’ve never heard of:
I think it is urgently important for “social entrepreneurs” to grapple with this reality. If the problem started with a political decision, why are we trying to solve it in the marketplace?