Not too long ago, I was nominated for the “Notable: Social Entrepreneurship” award. Notable is an online publication geared toward Canadian Millennials (aka Generation Y. See demographic explanation below). They have had this award in the past and they say that nominees that made it to this round were chosen based on
- Dedication to their career and professional/personal development
- Involvement in and contribution to charity and community support
- An ability to inspire co-workers, employers, and the community
Why was I nominated for the Social Entrepreneurship Award?
I suspect I was nominated because I have a business that uses fashion and design to encourage women to love themselves and empower disadvantaged women to rise above poverty. We do campaigns with local charities like the Louise Dean School, The YWCA and Mustard Seed to raise money for their programs. We also try to teach other women skills that can help them start their own business or just feel better about themselves in general!
I’m kind of humbled to be part of this process as the support from the people I know has been overwhelming. There is a public voting process that is part of this award. The final decision isn’t based on votes alone (I am sure they have the voting process to raise awareness about their publication. Can’t hate on them for free promotion right?).
What is Social Entrepreneurship?
To be fair, social entrepreneurship is a term that is in need of a good definition. Even Wikipedia agrees!
There are continuing arguments over precisely who counts as a social entrepreneur. Conventional entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, but social entrepreneurs also take into account a positive return to society. Social entrepreneurship typically attempts to further connect social, cultural, and environmental goals often associated with the voluntary sector.
What are the Characteristics of Millennials?
Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. In general Millennials are
- Open to change
- Have hundreds of “online friends”
- Value the family
- Interested in civic causes
- Want to make an impact on the world
- Don’t take criticism well
I have no real conclusion except I appreciate being nominated and I wanted to share it on my blog!