Youth, Society and Entrepreneurship ?

December 26, 2009

I have never been so digital in life to think about exploring my writing abilities digitally, until recently. And the actual reason was not to challenge my status quo in writing but to share and advocate about often underrated areas of youth and social entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Both the phenomenon have taken over the world in the last 5 years but unfortunately once again we top the charts from bottom to respond to these gaps. Though technology entrepreneurship has witnessed lot of drum beats over the last few years yet we are awaiting some real action by the government and non-government platforms.

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.” – Ashoka.org

Social enterprise is, fundamentally, about using a market-driven business model to address key social and environmental issues. It is an emerging field with diverse and shifting interpretations.” – Andy Horsnell

“The World Youth Report 2005, Young People today and in 2015 makes a strong argument to scale up the investment in youth development. The statistics are clear: 200 million youth live on less than US$1 a day, 130 million are illiterate, 10 million live with HIV, and 88 million young people are unemployed.”

Employment of youth is common as they work for variety of reasons: helping with family expenses, earning spending money, saving for college or vocational education, and paying personal bills. What if we make Youth Entrepreneurs; leading them through the process of identifying opportunities, gathering resources, and exploiting these opportunities through action. Imagine the impact, if you can!

This blog is just a humble effort to redefine and nourish the two concepts so they might pick some roots in Pakistan.

Stay tuned for more.


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