Thursday, November 6, 2008


What a great moment for the world. Today we all have a sense of hope and expectation about what might happen now in America under President Obama. The President's speech was inspirational and dignified and called people to work for others not for themselves

Viven Hutchinson organiser of the Social Entreprenneurs wrote today

"The next President of the United States is going to have a lot on his plate with not only two wars and an economic catastrophe to immediately deal with ... and there's also the longer-term issues of climate change and building a new energy infrastructure.

It has been heartening during his campaign to hear Obama speak of the necessity of fostering social innovation and social entrepreneurship as he faces these difficult challenges ahead.

It is interesting to re-read what Obama had to say about this in July:
" We need to invest in ideas that can help us meet our common challenges, because more often than not, the next great social innovation won't be generated by the government.
" The non-profit sector employs 1 in 12 Americans and 115 nonprofits are launched every day. Yet while the federal government invests $7 billion in research and development for the private sector, there is no similar effort to support non-profit innovation. Meanwhile, there are ideas across America - in our inner cities and small towns; from college graduates, to seniors
getting ready to retire - that could benefit millions of Americans if they're given the chance to grow.
" As President, I will launch a new Social Investment Fund Network. It's time to get the grass roots, the foundations, the faith-based organizations, the private sector and the government at the table so that we can learn from our own success stories. We'll invest in ideas that work; leverage private sector dollars to encourage innovation; and expand successful programs to
scale. And just as we support small businesses, I'll start a new Social Entrepreneur Agency to make sure that small non-profits have strong support from Washington... "

- Barack Obama "Call To Service" speech in Colorado Springs, Colorado 2 July

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