Nov. 29, 2012 8:30 am

Rodney Foxworth: ecosystem needed to ‘nurture and catalyze’ culture of social entrepreneurship [VIDEO]

In October, social entrepreneur Rodney Foxworth shared his One Big Idea for Baltimore: the need to establish a culture of social entrepreneurship and innovation in the city. Now, however, Foxworth says he “misdiagnosed the problem,” as he wrote in a blog post on his website last week. From the post: A culture and community focused on […]

Rodney Foxworth is community manager for BMe Baltimore and cofounder of the SocEnt Breakfast.

In October, social entrepreneur Rodney Foxworth shared his One Big Idea for Baltimore: the need to establish a culture of social entrepreneurship and innovation in the city.

Now, however, Foxworth says he “misdiagnosed the problem,” as he wrote in a blog post on his website last week.

From the post:

A culture and community focused on social entrepreneurship, social enterprise and social innovation already exists in Baltimore, and it’s growing; what’s lacking is a supportive ecosystem to nurture and catalyze this emerging community and culture. [more]

The social entrepreneurship space is territory Foxworth knows well: he sits on the board of directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance, Maryland Chapter, and Fusion Partnerships.

What, then, must Baltimore do to cultivate a “strong, responsive ecosystem” to support social innovation? Foxworth offers a general overview of what needs to happen first:

[W]hat I see now is too much disconnection, largely between talent and resources (doers and funders), though many other disconnects exist as well. I see too many prospective door-openers acting as gate-keepers, too many burgeoning leaders and game-changers unrecognized and without resources and support. I see the city I love continue to do the same things culminating in the same poor results, the definition of insanity. [more]

Watch Rodney Foxworth’s One Big Idea video:

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/tobybarazzuol tobybarazzuol

    Rodney, great post and big thinking – I like it! I certainly agree with your focus on developing a “supportive ecosystem to nurture and catalyze this emerging community and culture”. Even moreso, I agree that there are too many emerging leaders and gamechangers going unrecognized.

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