In this personal and professional transision from employed educator to social entrepreneur I have been running into the challenge of what exactly to do and how to convey that to others. There is a variety of topics that are of interest to me that feel highly interconnected. However, I hear from others that I need to focus. At first I had some resistance to this as I took focus for specialisation and feared the choice for a single activity. I see my interests and activities as complimentary and find it unwise in my case to limit myself to one thing in an everchanging world.
What I realised from my talks with fellow budding social entrepreneur Maarten van Leeuwen (cncptmkr.com) is that my message needs focus. Of course I know all these things theoretically, but there is nothing like experiencing it once more. So we agreed to give each other homework for our next meeting and I set out to fashion the latest version of my personal mission in perpetual development.
Where do I come from?
An important part of my personal background are my Romanian roots. Since childhood I have travelled regularly from The Netherlands across Europe to that country and have been witnessing its changes from communist to liberal regimes. The large social contrasts stimulated me to take a step back and question what was happening. Also, through other travels I enjoyed experiencing different cultures and their approach to life.
Why is this change important to me?
With a career coach I have been looking at my past eandeavors and revisited my strengths and weaknesses and, more importantly, what I enjoy. I believe our individual actions contribute fundamentally to our shared experiences. I wish to work on aspiring projects that are moving. Aspiring in the sense that they strive to enhance life in some way. As I like to envision, conceptualise and experiment, I like to work on creating projects, but I am not the manager that keeps them going. Throughout these activities, I want to be moved to tears by my work with others, confirming their meaningfulness. Important for me is to do this together with peers I respect and can learn from, and others that might want to learn from me.
What do I want to do?
supporting natural development through social entrepreneurship and education.
Although it requires additional explanation for the various networks I interact with, it is the best description I have that integrates my ambition and strategy, which can be broken down towards concrete activities.
How will I pursue this?
The supporting can come through demonstration of projects of my own, as well as participating in other ventures, to coach or consult. I find a natural, organic process important; learning from nature through biomimicry to apply lessons learned in our creation processes. Development accentuates not only working on direct results, but on more important underlying development of systems. Social entrepreneurship captures to goal of contributing to the benefit of mankind, taking a proactive approach. In my it view includes sustainability as a minimal requirement and can come in a variety of forms from startup to intrapreneuship. Finally, by contributing to education I hope to keep a learner's mind and challenge and support students through coaching to pursue their own fulfilling quests.
I am looking forward to the next version. Will you shre yours?