Ellen Agler: “There is a tension between social entrepreneurs and system entrepreneurs” #SkollWF2017

Ellen Agler: “There is a tension between social entrepreneurs and system entrepreneurs” #SkollWF2017


There is this tension between social entrepreneurs
and system entrepreneurs, I feel like it’s a lot of pressure for social entrepreneurs,
and I worry about losing the quality of just great implementations and if not, just that
point about not everybody has to become a systems entrepreneur. And actually systems level leadership, and
how to run coalitions well, how to manage backbone organizations, that that’s actually
a full time job with a different set of managerial expectations. And I feel like sometimes I get a little bit
of like, you’re only doing systems level work. You guys are not actually direct
implementers, which is, like, that’s the golden thing, to be the implementing organization,
and doing this other focus. This is a really complicated full time job,
having a team of people mapping the hundreds of organizations and thousands of different
partners, we’re working in the space and figuring out what needs to get done to move the whole
space forward. Why is that also not, you’re right, why is
there not a prize for that? It’s not about getting prizes, but that feels
to me like a whole area of study that does have its own science and its own training
programs, and I think that is what you’re leaning on.

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