I am an insatiably curious person. Many things interest me and it is difficult to focus on just one thing. In fact, I’d like to think of myself as a “systems thinker” and so I’m always exploring all sorts of intriguing things to see how it all connects.
So, when thinking up my first blog for the Trico Charitable Foundation (TCF) I was at a loss for where to begin. How was I going to pick just one topic to focus on? I thought it might make sense to start with why I was drawn to working at TCF – and that is my growing awareness and interest in social enterprise (for TCF’s purposes, we define social enterprise as non-profit organizations running a business). I’ve also been learning a lot about private, charitable foundations. It’s a whole new world for someone who has only worked in the non-profit sector. Perhaps it would be valuable to share some of my new knowledge here?
Then I found myself watching Geoff Mulgan’s TED talk, Post-crash: Investing in a Better World, and I remembered some questions that have been on my mind for some time now. What is the economy for? What is the role of business in contributing to social good? This felt like as good a place to start as any.