I have become something of a collector of different models of social entrepreneurship. For the purposes of being accepted as an example of a different model of social entrepreneurship, the company must be for-profit and have a unique way of delivering measurable social impact. The examples I have collected are not necessarily the first such companies. The only distinction I make is I do not accept CSR projects.
Two examples recently caught my eye:
- The Miami Herald reports that Carnival Cruise Lines is forming a new division/company where the onshore excursions will be to work with local people on socially beneficial projects (instead of going off to see sharks or polar bears). If Carnival were to develop multiple ships and cruises for this purpose I would applaud them for their social impact. If they need a local social entrepreneurship professor to help them plan their impact and projects, please let me know.
- Norton Sound Corporation is one of many native-owned corporations established for the benefit of indigenous people at the time of Alaska statehood. Norton Sound operates Norton Sound Seafood and Norton Sound Seafood Restaurants. All of the seafood is caught by members of a particular indigenous group near Nome, Alaska. Sale of the seafood to the corporation provides much of the livelihood for the natives. The creation of a branded product and metropolitan outlets for a product provided by indigenous people is a model I like.
Wonder how much seafood, if any, Carnival buys from Norton Sound or any other native corporation in Alaska. The new division should consider such questions.