Humane Entrepreneurship: Where We Go From Here
At the pace with which our world is expanding, considering the best possible future for our people, our planet, and our society demands that we dive into humane entrepreneurship wholeheartedly. No matter where we come from, we can all benefit from incorporating a humanity-first approach; recognizing that need is essential to activate a global force for good. From there, we must take a bird’s-eye view and acknowledge what is needed for each individual entrepreneur, enterprise, and country. While we may have different starting points, that belief in a shared philosophy or mission has long been the key to harmoniously working together and giving space to create the world anew.
Furthermore, the potential impact of humane entrepreneurship is enormous, especially when we keep in mind the following core tenets. To start, empathy leads to empowerment, followed by enablement, and ultimately lending itself to proactivity. Bearing that in mind, proactivity has a ripple effect: it drives innovation, which ultimately delivers a performance that has the potential to change the world. By and large, these principles stem from natural human behavior and values that many in the world share. While it may seem like many steps to follow, they are quite logical and intuitive, making it easy for anyone to incorporate them into their businesses and their personal lives.
While we are fortunate to study humane entrepreneurship so intimately and examine it from many complex angles, in effect it is quite simple: be good, do good, and you will create good in the world. For many who come to know it, these concepts will make perfect sense and will seamlessly integrate into their worlds. For others, it will be a return to what they know is true about this shared human experience we are all witnessing––that it is better to lift others up along the way to success. At the end of the day, humane entrepreneurship is the answer to the questions we seek. It is not simply a matter of if we choose to integrate its lessons into our everyday lives but rather a question of when.
From the 2nd Annual ICSB Humane Entrepreneurship Conference, many great points of data and research were shared. Below are a few highlights of what we can take away from the day:
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