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This Tonya Surman speech outlines the process and decisions in becoming a social-minded, business-oriented worker. Surman is the founder and executive director of the social enterprise, Centre for Social Innovation.
Surman discusses the passion involved in being a social entrepreneur. She explains with endearing energy that a social entrepreneur is a combination of the driven spirit of business and the social values of helping people. The world is changing, and she argues that capitalism as we know it is dissolving.
Surman’s genuine enthusiasm for social change is evident. She created and lead a series of organizations, all which were failures, before finding the foothold to make real change. With charming self-deprecation, she explains that social start-ups do not always lead to success, but the effort and the movement to make change is ultimately rewarding.