Are Your Habits Hurting Mama Nature?

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Whenever I think of the beauty of nature, I’m taken to a place where it’s a beautiful beach and the waves are crashing and I can hear it in the distance. I can smell the salty breeze and the cool wind is blowing against my face. I also think of the social responsibility that I have as an individual.

I love nature. I love Mama Nature!

The State of Our Environment

But one thing that does hurt me is when I do go to countries – many of them are actually developing countries – where environmental programmes aren’t as strong, and habits sometimes aren’t there to pick up after yourself, and NGO or environment campaigns haven’t been established as much.

It does hurt me as much to see general people, even friends sometimes, carelessly throwing their rubbish. Especially in a place where I am at the moment, Bangladesh, where vegetation is lush and green is everywhere – Heck it’s even on their flag.

It worries me.

And I wonder.

How to Change People’s Habits?

You know I grew up in Australia where we were taught to pick up rubbish – to clean up after myself, to ensure that I don’t throw anything carelessly otherwise I’ll be socially stigmatized.

Growing up in that area but then seeing and living here, and wondering about the differences – I pose to you the question: Are we a product of our environment? And how does affect Mama Nature?

In some parts of the world, they have very strict government policies. Is that a solution to it all? Is it just a matter of individual habits, and if it is, how can we change them?

Because really, when I walk out there in some places of Bangladesh, not all, it does disgust me to see rubbish in the streets being thrown carelessly when I know that the beauty of nature should really shine. Especially in a beautiful place like this.

It’s our world so we really should take care of it.

Share Your Thoughts.

What do you think? How can we change these habits? How can we help the environment through social responsibility?

Note: Please excuse the poor sound quality of the video. As I was living and working in Bangladesh at the time of this video, it was the rainy monsoon season. Therefore, the sounds in the background were the fierce winds and pouring rain. Thank you for your understanding.

Social Business Ethics & the Question of Good and Evil

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In running a social enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, sometimes I think to myself: “I’m passionate about helping people. I’m passionate about wanting to bring good into the world.”

But when we want to do these sorts of good things and we want to focus on good, sometimes I tend to think to myself “Well if we want to be doing good, then there must be a counterbalance to that. And obviously, the counterbalance – the opposite – of good is evil.” And I question and I wonder about the forces of good and evil in the world.

A Struggle of Good and Evil?

Being a social entrepreneur and running a social business, I suppose you yourself have to come to grips with that struggle: the struggle of good and evil.

Now it’s a bit of a philosophical sort of query. It’s a bit moralistic and thinking more in terms of ethics, but I think it really is important particularly for social entrepreneurs who need to think in those terms.

Business Ethics in Practice: Black, White, Grey

Regarding ‘good’ and ‘evil’, as children we were taught that it’s very clear. That good on the one hand is this, whereas evil is that – it’s very black and white. But in the real world, where we practise, where reality comes into play and human emotions and the human dimension and complexities and all different events and circumstances come together, sometimes there is a grey of good and evil.

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And I just wonder, I want to ask you out there: How do you come to grips with these sorts of ideas of good and evil and that struggle? How do you keep sane? How do you keep it together – in knowing what is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil’ and trying to sort out that ‘greyness’?

Because there are influences out there and there are circumstances and things sometimes you just don’t understand. And as a community of social entrepreneurs and social businesspeople wanting to do good, I pose that question to you: How do you deal with the forces of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ through your entrepreneurial skills?

Note: Please excuse the poor sound quality of the video. As I was living and working in Bangladesh at the time of this video, it was the rainy monsoon season. Therefore, the sounds in the background were the fierce winds and pouring rain. Thank you for your understanding.

How Philanthropy Can Help Any Business Be More Socially Responsible

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Traditional businesses have always focused on the bottom-line of profit maximization rather than social responsibility.

In today’s society though, profit solely as the only bottom-line is not enough.

Social enterprises, in particular, focus on 3 bottom-lines: People, Planet and Profit.

Philanthropy as a Means of Social Contribution

Now, for a traditional business however, how can they move to a more social-enterprise dimension in the way of contribution?

One suggestion that I have is through philanthropy.

An easy way to implement philanthropy for any business is to look at the mission statement of the current business itself. Look at the products and services that it offers.

Giving to Global Literacy: Example of Better World Books

For example, you business may focus on computer services or the selling of books or even the selling of eyewear. Now in all three of those services, social enterprises have actually been made from them.

Let’s take the example of books. Better World Books, as a social enterprise, has actually sold used books and through the selling of used books, they’ve actually been able to use a portion of their profits to give to global literacy worldwide.

Link Philanthropy to Your Mission Statement

So when we talk about philanthropy and social responsibility, we don’t necessarily mean you have to give to a cause totally unrelated to your business. A great way to start for any business to get into contributing to others, is to really start with your own mission statement, look at the services and products you offer, and figure out ways in which you could charitably donate to NGOs or causes which excite your business because it links very much to its core mission statement.

Note: Please excuse the poor sound quality of the video. As I was living and working in Bangladesh at the time of this video, it was the rainy monsoon season. Therefore, the sounds in the background were the fierce winds and pouring rain. Thank you for your understanding.

How to Have the Self-Confidence to Change the World

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Building self-confidence – building your own self-confidence – is so significant if you’re wanting to create and build your social business. And it is significant if you want to be changing the world. You can do this through social networking for business support.

Self-Confidence & the ‘I Can Do It’ Attitude

To be self confident means that you have the gut feeling inside that you yourself can do it. People who don’t have the feeling – who don’t have self-confidence – are those who won’t take massive action, who won’t go to the next level.

If you want to be a social entrepreneur and you want to take it to the next level in terms of change and social impact, my suggestion to you is to really build on your own self-confidence especially if you feel that you are lacking in it.

To harness your own self-confidence my advice to you would be this: I suggest that for your self-confidence to grow within you, you should focus less on what you lack. Focus less on your fears. Focus less on those things that you feel you’re not great at.

Focus On Your Strengths

Instead, focus on those things that you have strengths in. By focusing on your own strengths, and every single person in this world does have a strength – at least even one.

If you do this, you can gain more self-confidence especially as you look back and you focus more on the things that you can do – the small things even that you can do to make a social impact in the world. By focusing on what you can give, what value you can offer to others and the world around you. Focus solely on that. Along with that, though, you can also build even on your weaker areas and transforming that – but really the main part is focusing on your strengths. If you do this, I can guarantee you that you will gain more self-confidence.

Through having more self-confidence, in my point of view and through my experience, you will have the greater ability to do more and have greater impact. You will be able to lead and also create new opportunities for social networking for business support.

Work On Your Business, Not In It

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Work ON your business. Not IN your business.

Now what does this tip mean? It comes down to business strategy.

Technical Skills vs Business Skills

As a social entrepreneur, especially for entrepreneurs trying to build their own start-up company or organization, many of them come from a technical background working as a technician of sorts.

Think of yourself even. Before you even thought of the entrepreneurial journey, where were you? What technical skills did you focus on? What technical skills were you an expert at?

Now my tip for you today is that even though you have these technical skills, it does not necessarily mean that those technical skills can immediately translate into a successful social business.

When you’re starting up, and as you grow your own social organization, don’t just work ‘in’ it, but work ‘on’ it.

Examine Your Social Business System

Don’t just be focused on providing the technical aspects, on providing the product, on providing the service. Also, look outside of the organization. Look above and beyond it and look down on how it actually is working – how the system of the social business is working (or not).

Look at your finances. Look at your accounting. Look at your growth potential. Look at your strategy. Look at your cash flow. Look at the types of advertising or marketing you have. Look at your human resources. Look at your organizational strategy.

You have to look at all these things as well as looking at the technical aspects.

My advice to you is that if you want to be leading your own organization – your own social business – then don’t just work in it because you will get drained. Your organization will get drained, too, as you’re trying to do everything. In fact, work on it.

Work on trying to improve the various different aspects that breathe life into your social business and figure out the best business strategy that works for you.