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What makes a social entrepreneur?

  • Groundswell 566 Powell Street Vancouver, BC, V6A 1G9 Canada (map)

Groundswell is partnering with Vancouver Island University's Sustainable Leisure Management program to explore: what makes a social entrepreneur?

In a presentation and Q & A with Groundswell representative Paola Qualizza, you'll hear the story of why Groundswell, a community based alternative business school exists in the first place, and what work it is doing in the world with everyday people who want to make a difference while doing what they love (and how that's often the same thing). 

Prem Prakash Singh is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management program ( at Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo).  Prem’s presentation will discuss the intrinsic (personal/individual drives) and extrinsic (external drives) motivations of social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurship has emerged as a complex yet promising organizational form in which market-based methods and goals are used to address seemingly intractable social issues. Empirical research on various aspects of social entrepreneurship is slowly growing, but examinations related to entrepreneurs’ motivations remain under-studied. To fill this gap, Prem will interview social entrepreneurs in British Columbia, and test existing motivation concepts used to understand why they do what they do. What do you think drives people to become a social entrepreneur? What motivated you? Please join us for a brief presentation and a Q and A.


12:15-13:15                 Groundswell presentation and Q and A

13:15-13:55                 Prem Prakash Singh (SLM Graduate Student) – Research Presentation on Social Entrepreneurs (15 minute presentation; 15 minutes for Q and A)

13:55-14:00                 Closing remarks

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