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New York City. Money. Life of luxury.

Now picture this-

West African shores. water crisis. Fight for water sustainability.

And here’s a guy who made jumped from his New York life of luxury to solve the issue of water scarcity. Meet Scott Harrison, the man who began his of providing safe and potable water to people. His startup, charitywater.org, was founded in 2006 from his experiences he gained from working with Merch Ships.

Scott Harrison has done an amazing job of taking up a social challenge and building a mission out of it.

As you all would have guessed, Scott is a social entrepreneur.

Social entrepreneurship is a term coined to address all the entrepreneurial minds out there who are on a mission to make a difference. They take on issues related to society, culture, and environment, and bring innovative solutions. Be it solving the water scarcity or providing support to small scale industries. Or creating natural products or providing energy solutions to unreachable parts of the world.

Social entrepreneurs are dedicatedly working towards making this world a better place.

Here are the 15 traits to identify the social entrepreneur in and around you.

Stand up and startup… For the right reasons

Wish to do something cool?

Want some limelight?

Want to prove your worth?

Well… Social entrepreneurship might not be suited for such a thought. While the above could be an outcome, the underlining thought is not that. It’s much bigger than an individual, or a group of individual even. So when you think about social entrepreneurship, think hard. You need to put the cause before yourself to be able to bring a sustaining solution.

The personal touch

Often those who build successful social startups are the ones who have felt the problem. Not by the activities you do for getting an image clicked for New York Times. They have seen the problem from root level, and have lived amidst it for a long period of time. The burning desire to bring the change around them, the way things are as they see fuels them to do something. Something, that will ease the lives around, improve their living, and help people move towards a better and brighter future.

Understand the power of idea, and the underlying risks

The idea is so clear in their mind that they devote their life, their career, to it. They clearly understand the risks and know how to tackle them. They are not afraid of risks because they understand them. They have the idea when and where they’ll face what risks and prepare themselves to mitigate it, conquer it even. Even at times of unprecedented crisis, they do not panic but tackle it graciously.

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