No field should be defined in the negative. Thus, we use terms like ‘non-profit’ and ‘non-governmental organization’ (NGO) sparingly. At Dowser, we try to be more precise.
- Social entrepreneurs: people who create or lead dynamic new social change organizations.
- Social enterprise: an organization that address social problems through a market-based approach. For example, a non-profit that generates earned income to advance its mission or a for-profit whose primary purpose is social change.
- Intrapreneur: someone who artfully advances a social change initiative within a company, government agency, university, foundation or other organization.
- Changemaker or change agent: broader, catch-all terms to describe people taking creative steps to solve social problems.
- Youth venturer: youths who create or lead social purpose organizations in their schools or communities.
- Encore career: period following formal retirement in which people in their late 50’s or older take up work as changemakers.
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