Joanna Schneider '13
Student Director forBig Brother, Big Sister
Major: Sociology modified with Psychology; Minor in Chemistry
Other Campus Involvements: DOC; General Manager of Big Green Bus
Fun fact: She got involved in Big Brother, Big Sister in high school, over 7 years ago!
Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing new approaches and creating sustainable solutions to change society for the better. Unlike business entrepreneurs who are motivated by profits, however, social entrepreneurs are motivated to improve society. But social entrepreneurs are just as innovative and change-oriented as their business counterparts, always searching for new and better ways to solve the problems that plague society.
In our case, social entrepreneurs are Dartmouth undergraduate students and/or community leaders of the Upper Valley with an innovative, sustainable idea or model to improve social and/or economic opportunities for disadvantaged members of the local community.
In the broader society, social entrepreneurs are:
Social entrepreneurs share a commitment to pioneering innovations that reshape society and benefit humanity. Quite simply, they are solution-minded pragmatists who are not afraid to tackle society’s problems, at the local levels.
Social entrepreneurs see opportunities where others see intractable problems. They apply innovative solutions to social, economic and environmental issues, empowering people and communities to create positive change. Their work can reduce economic disparities, increase opportunities for the disadvantaged, promote healthier communities and increase the interpersonal and intercultural understanding that is the foundation for a better community and a better world.
Last Updated: 8/7/11