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Social Entrepreneurs: Get Ready to Change the World!

July 8, 2011

In his book, “Lynchpin,” author Seth Godin takes the concept of work to an art form.

Not that work isn’t going to be hard and monotonous some of the time. But Godin points out that the elements of art – passion and initiative and the burning desire to create something meaningful for others – is the essence of what our daily labor should be about.  So why not tap into it?

“Art is unique, new and challenging to the status quo,” he says. “It’s not decoration, it’s something that causes change.”

When passion meets up with important work that can actually make a difference, this is where true art is created – whether it is in a corporation, a garage, or the kitchen table.

But what if this burning desire also incorporates your faith? What possibilities might that open up?

What if you believed your idea could literally change the world for the better?

Oh, wait – forget it, because this is the part where friends and family talk you off the ledge, steering you back to the Help Wanted ads. It’s too risky, they’ll say. Too difficult.

Too dangerous.

Well, they don’t know about Praxis.

Praxis is a faith-based organization that supports entrepreneurs tackling major social issues. And by support, I don’t mean just a subscription to their blog. We’re talking mentorship, advice, and money.
Praxis recently announced the opening of applications for the inaugural Praxis Accelerator program.  Each year, they will select  12 non-profits and mission-driven for-profits for a development program, where mentorship, peer support, and a myriad of organizational development resources will be provided, culminating with a pitch event with $100,000 in cash awards.

Can you say Ka-ching?

These worthy entrepreneurs get to attend three collaborative events along the way, where they will receive guidance from over 20 highly experienced mentors, including Gabe Lyons, founder of Q, Charles Lee, founder of Ideation, and Peter Greer, CEO of HOPE International. The culminating event will be held in 2012 during Q Washington, D.C. where the $100,000 in cash awards will be given to the top three organizations, as voted on by the Praxis Fellows and the Q audience.

Seth Godin also says this in Lynchpin: “Most of all art involves labor. Not the labor of lifting a brush, or typing a sentence, but the emotional labor of doing something difficult, taking a risk and extending yourself.

Applications for the first class of Praxis Fellows are due July 15, 2011.

Go for it.

Visit the website at to apply and for more information. You can also follow the program on twitter @praxisinfo.

Image by Kelly Sauer. Used with permission.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2011 8:28 am

    What an amazing opportunity! Thanks for sharing this exciting news.

  2. July 8, 2011 8:41 am

    I like that they are putting their money where their mouth is! The ‘reward’ for a good idea is a fantastic motivator. I’m anxious to see the results of this experiment

  3. July 8, 2011 10:27 am

    Praxis is great. I’m eager to hear what initiatives come as a result of their funding.

  4. July 8, 2011 12:17 pm

    I love stuff like this. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. July 8, 2011 3:53 pm

    Impressive gathering of people and resources! The problem with values-driven enterprise seems to be that markets coalesce around values that are not enlightened, and selling or promoting anything requires a market orientation. The enthusiastic discussion, several years ago now, about niche marketing didn’t often admit that niche marketing is mainly profitable for aggregators, not for those toiling away in the niches. Now, with social media, people with obscure interests theoretically have access to the whole world through their computers, but getting over the financial and logistical difficulties of start-up takes super human effort. This kind of entrepreneurial support can make some good things feasible.

  6. July 8, 2011 9:06 pm

    Awesome! I’m a social entrepreneur wannabe. Very cool to know about an organization like this.

  7. July 9, 2011 7:26 am

    art is many things, is it not?

  8. July 11, 2011 8:12 am

    As usual, you have me thinking. I have two organizations in mind — one non-profit and one for-profit. Now, I need to see if I can nudge my friends to get some applications done by July 15. Timing is everything!

  9. July 14, 2011 5:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing Bradley.

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