Social entrepreneurs or social movements?
All the buzz about social entrepreneurship has lead to the belief that some individual or technological wizardry will somehow end poverty and other social injustices.
On this Labor Day, I’d like to honor our parents, grandparents and great grandparents – the ordinary people who organized for the right to have some control over their working conditions, to be paid a livable wage and to carry a union card.
I just left a Labor Day commemoration that once again reminded me that thousands of ordinary people do courageous things each day to make the world a better place — putting their jobs, and even their lives, on the line. Whether they work to advance civil rights, labor rights, human rights, women’s rights, the rights of minorities, they understand that it takes many actions by many people in solidarity over many years to stand up to the forces of greed and terror that are too successful in keeping others in misery.
There are no magic bullets or killer apps in our movement to social justice. Just every day, everyone who cares making intentional decisions to share, and to act in brother and sisterhood with the least fortunate among us. And to join together in nonviolence, as it is only through those actions that we can find the power and courage to win against the greatest forces of tyranny.