Written by Virginie Roell-Lacaille
The terms ‘social entrepreneur’ and ‘social entrepreneurship’ have been around since the 1960s and 1970s, when they appeared in literature on social change. But recently, the buzz around social entrepreneurship has been growing fast, and the notion has become more mainstream. There are many ways of understanding what ‘social entrepreneurship’ really is. One definition is ‘the activity of identifying novel and unique ways of addressing a pressing and social need like homelessness or unemployment.’ (Todres, M. and Lewis, P. (2012) ‘Why Social Enterprise Matters’ in ISBE ‘Social Enterprise’).