Finding New Pathways to a More Inclusive and Humane Economy

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This article originally appeared on Next Billion

After the rise of the technological revolution, social entrepreneurs are now heralding a new revolution. To address societal issues at their roots, they use the codes and tools from the economic world to advance their missions for the common good. Over two decades, they have demonstrated the compatibility between social and economic value creation as well as nimble organizational structures, leading to big change. From the collaborative economy to microfinance, the models they develop often forecast major economic mutations.

What do these social entrepreneurs tell us today?

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This win-win partnership approach reflects a completely new way of envisioning social change that has the potential to radically transform industries and to deeply change the way companies approach innovation. At the crossroad between sectors and organizational cultures, these partnerships demonstrate that combining complementary expertise and networks enables social impact at large scale, which no single player could have achieved alone.

Win-win partnerships open the way for a more inclusive and humane economy, where social innovation is also a source of economic performance and gradually infiltrates the DNA of every company. In the world where examples like these anticipate future market changes, everyone, whatever his sector of activity, can become a changemaker for the good of all.