n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Social entrepreneurship in health : more about... rural health
|Article Title||Social entrepreneurship in health : more about... rural health|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Publication Date||Feb 2011|
|Keyword(s)||Good Shepherd Hospital, Swaziland|
A growing number of social entrepreneurs are being recognised for creating social change. The magazine Fast Company has aptly defined social entrepreneurial organisations as those 'using the disciplines of the corporate world to tackle daunting social problems'. Although there are similarities between social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in the traditional sense (e.g. both create new organisations and employment opportunities), the former are driven primarily by an intrinsic desire to solve societal problems, while business entrepreneurs measure performance by profit and return. With their focus on collective change and development, social entrepreneurs have a significant impact on the community and the economy. Florence Nightingale, who founded the first nursing school and developed modern nursing practices, is an historical example of positive social entrepreneurship.
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