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  • Writer's pictureGustavo Bernal Torres

Social Entrepreneurship, Nowhere to Grow

The systematic scale-up of social entrepreneurs’ solutions by Big International NGOs (BINGOs) is simply not a thing. Why not?

  • "The truth is that no matter how good you are, your solution likely won’t achieve its potential unless others—preferably bigger others—begin to replicate and scale it as well."

  • "We asked CEOs of Big International NGOs (BINGOs), BINGO board members, and a few select people with a long, broad view of the social sector if they could name one solution from the social entrepreneur world that had been effectively scaled via the BINGOs. With no hesitation, but more than a little agonizing, the across-the-board answer was no."

  • Why not?

  • People don’t scale up other peoples’ solutions, as if the whole notion was ludicrous for not being them who invented the solutions in the first place. "We have a solution to help you have your cake and eat it too: Pretend you invented it! We don’t care, we just want to see impact at scale."



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