Shifting Power Dynamics
Social entrepreneurs tend to operate where markets and governments – structures for allocating economic and political power – have failed. Yet social entrepreneurs, themselves, usually start with extremely limited power: They have few financial resources, no hierarchical power of position, and limited political power. Instead, they tap two levers of power – innovation and persuasion – to reach their goals.
With this in mind, the 2009 Skoll World Forum facilitated discussion, debate and critical questioning around the theme of Social Entrepreneurship: Shifting Power Dynamics – exploring how social entrepreneurs access, navigate and influence power dynamics in their approach to change.