In order to change the world and make a difference, you need to understand the current situation. I’m a firm believer that you should focus 20% of your time and energy analyzing the problems. Then after that, you should spend 80% of your time and energy focusing on the solutions. A precondition to finding a solution is to first understand the problem. That’s where conducting a situation analysis is valuable. A situation analysis can comprise a number of tools and techniques to comprehend the current problems. One kind of tool within a situation analysis is the participatory assessment.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi said this over 50 years ago, but I think that it still rings true today for social entrepreneurs. I think the importance of the inspirational quote is this: There’s no point in complaining about the various aspects of the world that you can’t control. One of the major things that you can control is yourself. If you want good to be more present in the world, start with yourself and be good. If you want more peace, then act with forgiveness and peace. Be an example of what you want the world to be like.
When I talked about social entrepreneurship courses yesterday, I didn’t expect that it would get so popular. But wow! I was amazed at the enthusiasm from the online community, especially from the folks on Twitter who re-tweeted the post several times throughout the past 24 hours. With your enthusiasm, I figured that I should present 10 more social entrepreneurship courses that can help you improve your self development in the field.
Do you ever feel like a bird trapped in a cage? The other day I went to a friend's house to celebrate their birthday party. I went out to the back where the party was being held, and the friend showed me a bird that she owned which was locked up in a small cage.