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By Ron Schultz

Ten years ago, a social entrepreneurial effort that provided an innovative and effective solution to a pressing social need could eventually find appropriate support, funding and recognition for their work. Foundations and investors slowly recognized the power of these new opportunities and the creative thinking out of which they emerged. Once this new model gained traction, acknowledgement and dollars flowed. This access to capital allowed these organizations to reach more people, do even more effective work, and grow the potential of their efforts. Today, things have changed significantly. For many of those now maturing organizations, who are still doing brilliant work, it has affected them to an even greater degree. What has changed is the sheer number of social enterprises now competing against them for an overwhelmed investment pool.

Measuring impact and its accompanying impact investment protocols have not clarified the situation, but muddled it even more. Part of the reason is that we are often demanding measurement of activities that require evaluation rather than mere quantification. But more on that and the resources and long term perspective needed to make such evaluation meaningful, in another post. For now, a growing community of social entrepreneurs vying for a tightly held investment and donation pool has meant that mature efforts are continually forced to cut through the chafe to keep doing the work they have done so successfully.

One such organization is International Bridges to Justice. I have mentioned this organization and its leader, Karen Tse, often in my posts, and for very good reasons. The work IBJ is doing is extraordinary. Ending torture as an investigative tool and implementing due process of law as a systematic part of the criminal justice system is not just a noble pursuit. It is a human necessity to create societies in which fear and aggression are replaced with the rule of law, and principles of behavior are adhered to that protect all of us. IBJ has been leading these efforts in over 30 countries, and it is work that is truly making our world better.

But like other social entrepreneurial organizations that have spent the last decade effectively developing their skills and sharpening efforts, the way forward - toward reaching more - is not a foregone conclusion. Targeting the most vulnerable and unsympathetic people, living in the most underdeveloped and precarious economies in the world, and continuing to provide them with resources and services year in and year out is not a model destined to build vast wealth. But then, Karen Tse didn’t found IBJ with the goal of starting an NGO that would evolve into an economic powerhouse. She founded it to solve a problem. And IBJ has been focused on doing just that. Now, her competition for funds means that not only does her organization have to persevere through the cultural, bureaucratic and governmental red tape to end torture, but she has to compete in a marketplace that has been flooded with well-meaning, yet often untested programs.

In an effort to provide greater public access of funding to organizations like IBJ and the Creating Good Work Initiative have partnered to set up a dynamic project-based relationship. It includes a modest crowdfunding effort that will bring these two organizations together to magnetize, inspire and train the

next generation of the JusticeMakers/public defenders who are at the heart of IBJ’s work. All the money raised by this crowdfunding effort goes directly to fund the work at hand. It will mean that IBJ can expand its programming and ensure the protection of due process rights for more people than ever before.

This isn’t simply another fundraiser. It’s an innovative opportunity to reach a wider network of both new and old supporters. This group crowd-funding event is a great way to support IBJ. This campaign can be found at XXX. Full instructions can also be found at the site. Your participation can make a significant difference in the lives of some of the most desperate people in the furthest reaches of our globe.

Perhaps, it shouldn’t be too surprising that some of the best run and most effective social enterprises are constantly struggling to raise funding, especially during this economically challenged time. But the issue remains. In this particular marketplace that is saturated with worthy organizations, all vying for the same limited resources, creating good work means that you have to rise above the competition. This is as much about what an organizations does as how it reaches and develops a supporter base. The swirl of impact investment confusion hasn’t made this task any easier.

The challenge facing organizations like IBJ that are working in places where no one else will go, is not only to tap into the consciousness of a broader donor base, it’s about shifting cultural thinking. We don’t have models that both break the mold of fixed ideas to solve social problems and address work that most would prefer was kept hidden.

The answer may come in a willingness to deliberately disrupt the design of the organization itself. Refresh the model in a way that is not simply adding a new coat of paint, but recharges and revitalizes the organization from within. It took great courage to launch an operation like Karen’s a fifteen years ago and perhaps even greater courage is needed to re-emerge from the crowd. But when the objective is to end torture in places where the practice is deeply entrenched, it should be all of our responsibility to see to it that Karen and her colleagues have everything they need to do their work. This is more than just making a difference in the world, it’s about demonstrating the depth of our humanity.

With that as the call to action, we should all easily ask, “How can I help?”


 

 

Ron Schultz leads a session on Mindful Action & Intelligent Fearlessness at the Skoll World Forum. Come explore how the practice of meditation and mindfulness can help us cut through our fixed ideas about the world.
 

Creating Good Work launched its TradioV online Television/Radio interview program on May 18th 2016.
By Ron Schultz
This hour-long interview program, initially aired live, was designed to benefit social entrepreneurs and business enterprises dedicated to creating good work in our communities. What is good work? We define good work as those business efforts that are truly of benefit to others, solving social problems, and which are about building local economies rather than extracting from them.
 

Creating Good Work:
Ron Schultz speaking at the Social Enterprise World Forum 2013 in Calgary, Canada.
 
Creating Social Innovation Collaboratives:
Shifting From 'Scale' to 'Reach'
By Ron Schultz
I have spent the last dozen years of my life dedicated to the world of social entrepreneurship and helping social entrepreneurs become more successful in their endeavors. And, if you ask my very patient wife, it has not been as financially rewarding as it has been Karmic-ly worthwhile. But make no mistake; it has been incredibly worthwhile and rewarding work.
 
Creating Good Work: Forbes Magazine Online
How To Build A Healthy Economy: Q&A With Social Entrepreneur Ron Schultz
By Esha Chhabra
Ron Schultz has collected the wisdom of over a dozen leaders in social entrepreneurship in his latest book, “Creating Good Work—The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build A Healthy Economy.” Written by the minds behind Benetech, BRAC USA, Root Capital, SecondMuse, Share Our Strength, and YouthBuild, Schultz says the chapters come together to form a “bible for social entrepreneurship.”
 
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Ron Schultz on How Social Entrepreneurs Are Building a Healthy Economy
By Mike Hower
Creating change on any scale is challenging enough, but doing so for the good of society is even harder. Facing difficult odds and large-scale social problems, social entrepreneurs are driven to produce measurable impact, opening up new pathways that unlock society’s full potential to effect positive change.
 
Creating Good Work:
Rugged Collaborationism
By Ron Schultz
What would compel someone like David Haskell to lead an organization that is willing to go into the most dangerous places on earth to see to the needs of those trapped in those locations? What drives a woman like Karen Tse to end torture in 32 nations by training local public defenders to uphold the humanity of those accused? What inspired Bart Weetjens to even think he could train giant rats to sniff out land mines in Africa and then accomplish this task saving thousands of lives threatened by this treachery?

In cases like these, there is great darkness across the lands in which these social entrepreneurs work, but the good news is they often cast a very bright light into the recesses of the worlds they encounter.
 
Creating Good Work:
The Kindle version is finally available at Amazon!
At Last! Creating Good Work is out in Kindle format. Go to http://amzn.to/YrQoi5 and download a copy today. Write a review.
 
Creating Good Work:
Social Entrepreneurs Must Learn to Change Before Affecting Change in Business
By Ron Schultz
Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy had a rousing launch a couple of weeks ago at the annual AshokaU Exchange, held in San Diego, CA. The event, bursting with youthful exuberance, brilliance and amazing social entrepreneurial efforts, was a testament to the growth and vitality of this industry...
 
Creating Good Work:
The Collaborative Framework: From Social Contest to Social Body
By Carrie Freeman and Michael Karlberg
The last century has witnessed an unprecedented expansion of economic activity. Yet the material prosperity generated by this activity is enjoyed by only a small portion of the Earth’s population, and extremes of wealth and poverty are growing. 
 
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Seven Principles: Developing New Social Enterprises with Benetech
In the fifth post in the series Creating Good Work, Jim Fruchterman explains Benetech’s model for matching social needs with profitable efforts.
 
Creating Good Work:
Identifying Commonwealth-Building Healthy Economies
In the fourth post in the series Creating Good Work, Schultz examines the Organizational Commonwealth as the foundation for both sustainability and profit.
 
Creating Good Work:
Shifting The Unshifting – The Course Of Social Innovation
In this third post in the series Creating Good Work, Ron Schultz examines how real change for good really happens.
 
Creating Good Work:
Review - Jeffrey Hollender reviews "Creating Good Work"
"Social entrepreneurs are committed to a goal that neither our government nor big business has been willing to take on—the building of an enlightened society. It’s the job of these special people who want to leave the world a better place for those who have yet to be born. The book provides practical, hard-won advice for how prospective and even in-the-trenches social entrepreneurs can do just that.
 
Creating Good Work:
Shambhala Times Article on CGW
It turns out that the Creating Good Work book was inspired by the whole notion of creating enlightened society. Ron expressed that what he found most interesting was that the people who read advance copies of the book picked up on that right away. “Creating enlightened society is ultimately the driving force of the book,” he said, “but it’s also another means of reaching out into the community to help create enlightened society through creating good work and social innovation.”
 
Creating Good Work:
Bringing Good Capital Home with a Living Economy Fund

By Greg Wendt And Ron Schultz

When was the last time you asked a financial advisor to put your money in a financial fund that would support environmental and social concerns only to be met by a blank stare, because the advisor had no knowledge of that such a fund existed?

Or perhaps you went to your advisor and said, “I’d like to invest my money locally, in small businesses that are struggling here in our community and help them improve our local economy. Do you have a fund that will do that?”

 
Creating Good Work:
A New Series on Social Innovation by Social Innovators

By Ron Schultz

When the editors at CSRwire asked me to write a blog series based on my forthcoming book,Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), I suggested that we invite the 20 other contributors who collaborated with me for the book to join me in these weekly discussions.

They readily accepted.

 
 
 
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