PCS Reflection: 2 September, 2013

Alfredo Moser’s invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity – using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. – BBC News

The whole project began out of a simple idea. The people in his neighborhood had a problem with frequent blackouts, and he wanted to come up with something that would improve their quality of life. Now, the project has really taken off, and people in many other countries have begun installing the Moser lamps in their homes. It helps them save on electricity costs, which thus allows them to spend the money on more essential items for their family.

Questions for research (250 words minimum):

1) Do a quick search on Google for “social entrepreneur.” Write a 100-word summary of your findings: what are some things that social entrepreneurs have done for their community? Remember to include the link to the website.

2) Do you know any social entrepreneurs in your immediate community? If not, search Google for social entrepreneurs in Singapore. Briefly mention one. (50 words)

3) What are some social problems in your home community? What do you think can be done about them? (100 words)

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9 responses to “PCS Reflection: 2 September, 2013

  1. Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing suitable solution to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adapt a mission to create and sustain social value. They pursue opportunies to serve this mission, while continuously adapting and learning. They draw upon appropriate thinking in both the business and nonprofit worlds and operate in all kinds of organization: large and small; new and old.

    Wangshi who is a successful entrepreneur in China especially in real estate industry. He did various kinds of donation to help poor areas build their homes and provided different needs to them. For example, food, water, and clothings.

    Major air polluting activity are concentrated on urban area, like my hometown. Study in Sz foggy weather are caused partly by smoky air was one of factors responsible for respiratory diseases. It is true that high percentage of people die of bronchitis in most polluted districts than in cleaner areas. As part of teenagers, we should try to take effect taking public transports instead of private vehicle like taxi. I hope we can participate actively in environmental awareness programmes or volunteer to help out

  2. (2)Shaun Koh of Syinc.org has a rule about social enterprises: “If making good is directly correlated to making money, then it’s what I call a social enterprise.”Shaun Koh of Syinc.orgThe 24 year-old student took leave from his engineering course at the University of Michigan Ann-Arbor, to work on Syinc.org where he does everything — from building databases to web strategies. He’s designed a social innovation program for schools where students use design thinking to build more effective solutions to problems, as “opposed to merely going down to the beach to clean it up,” said Koh to CNNGo.

  3. “I would like to see Whirlwind Wheelchair become unnecessary as soon as possible,” Hotchkiss says. “I would like to help to develop a self-sustaining competitive industry of wheelchair building all over the world. Once the marketplace is populated, hopefully by then there will be so many people working on and inventing wheelchairs, making wheelchairs better than ever, that maybe in 10, 20, 30 years we won’t even recognize today’s chairs. They’ll be history.”
    http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/vietnam804/video/video_index.html

    Susan B. Anthony (U.S.): Fought for Women’s Rights in the United States, including the right to control property and helped spearhead adoption of the 19th amendment.

    some social problems in your home community. I think that is river pollution.

  4. 1.The Indian Parliament recently passed a bill that makes it mandatory for some companies to spend two per cent of profits on helping the poor, a move that could be supporting growth in this area. http://www.xperedon.com/news_2374
    2.Koh explains that the very notion of a profit-generating business that does good is quite new. Two years ago when he entered a social enterprise proposal into a business competition, the judges had no idea how to rank the venture because they were looking for the project with the most profit. Koh’s business was definitely not profit-focused.http://travel.cnn.com/singapore/shop/singapores-student-social-entrepreneurs-347424
    3. Nowadays China have a lot social problems like the one who was rich is very rich but the one who was poor was very poor. The people who work in government always bully the common people and sometimes they let the common people work for them and never pay them the money . The price of all the things has being increase and some people can not pay for it

  5. 1)Social entrepreneur is a special group in society. They always get the ideas that can make they wealthy from daily life, and they are very good at invent new thing and combine old things. They invent new thing that provide benefits and convenience to people and they earn benefits from the new thing that they made. Moreover, majority social entrepreneur like to give some money for charity, because majority social entrepreneur come from a humble background.
    2)Social entrepreneur in Singapore:
    Money or morality?
    Shaun Koh of Syinc.org has a rule about social enterprises: “If making good is directly correlated to making money, then it’s what I call a social enterprise.”
    The 24 year-old student took leave from his engineering course at the University of Michigan Ann-Arbor, to work on Syinc.org where he does everything — from building databases to web strategies. He’s designed a social innovation program for schools where students use design thinking to build more effective solutions to problems, as “opposed to merely going down to the beach to clean it up,” said Koh to CNNGo.
    Koh explains that the very notion of a profit-generating business that does good is quite new. Two years ago when he entered a social enterprise proposal into a business competition, the judges had no idea how to rank the venture because they were looking for the project with the most profit. Koh’s business was definitely not profit-focused.
    But things have changed. “Nowadays, there are categories for social enterprises in business competitions. But most people think that social enterprises are about employing disabled people to make things and sell through the internet, but I think it’s not particularly innovative. Where is that Amazon with a heart?” he commented.
    http://travel.cnn.com/singapore/shop/singapores-student-social-entrepreneurs-347424
    3) Every countries have different social issues, in China, the horrible social issue that I think is Education System. Since normal teacher`s salary in China is low enough, about 1800-2300. However, they working very hard, especially the teacher who work in High School. Moreover, school make a ton of the pressure and limitation on the student`s life. Maybe some social entrepreneur who can build some good private school in China and give teachers a nice salary.

  6. 1) Over the years, Social Entrepreneurs have come from all over the world. and one thing that they have in common, is the perseverance that drives them to do something that help make the future a better place. many of these ideas consists of cost saving, saving life’s, helping people reaching their world, and also connecting people together. One thing for certain is that non of these peoples were driven by greed. some of them were so driven by love and compassion that they started raising funds on their own to begin a non-profit organization or homes to shelter the homeless and provide food for the poor. http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2012/30-under-30/30-under-30_social.html
    2)Social Entrepreneur Justine Lee
    Justine lives by the personal motto – “Find a need and meet it. Find a hurt and heal it”. Touched by the plight of needy children during a humanitarian trip to rural China five years ago, Justine, at the young age of 16, was inspired to start a social entrepreneurial business that provides shoes for needy children.
    With a vision to provide a “sole for every soul”, their concept of “Buy One, Give One” donates a pair of shoes to a needy child in China, for every pair of footwear sold. http://sg.news.yahoo.com/photos/singapore-9-social-enterprise-slideshow/justine-lee-photo-1342606794.html
    3)In Singapore, i would say that many of the elderly citizens are not taken care of properly. as many of the old folks home out there has pretty high charges thus many of these older people have to be supported by their children’s income. As from my own experience, the amount of elderly people that i’ve seen walking around collecting cans and things that can be recycled are very high. As some of these elderly people don’t have the ability to work for money, they are the ones that suffer the most and have to rely on their love ones to take care of them.
    Another point is that for everyone at the age of 7, will have to start the Singapore rat race. Having increasing the number of families, and barely even enough land for the people in Singapore to live comfortably. and also that our parents only can do so much to raise us up, our children will have to start living a very competitive live at a very young age.
    I’ve personally met with so many teenagers who commits crime in order just to scrap by in order to support their families. and that some of them were homeless etc and that their parents were unable to find a job, and worst still one of them is hospitalized, and also feeding their younger siblings. making sure their families are going by, these families ought to have a proper job or if not ensure that their welfare’s are taken care of. as some of these Singapore sons serves NS and only having to receive meagre allowance to support their family. Thus resulting into a life of crime struggling to support the whole family.

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