Rodney Foxworth: ecosystem needed to 'nurture and catalyze' culture of social entrepreneurship [VIDEO] - Technical.ly Baltimore

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]

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