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People need a range of social and financial opportunities to succeed.

People need tools to develop those social action ideas they had, but hadn’t had the funds or confidence to develop.

Inspire them to emulate social entrepreneurship[1] and show them that they could be the agents of the change they wanted to see in the world.

Opportunities are the catalysts that help us climbing the Maslow (1954) hierarchy of needs pyramid which can be divided into basic (or deficiency) needs (e.g. physiological, safety, love, and esteem) and growth needs (cognitive, aesthetics and self-actualization).

One must satisfy lower level basic needs before progressing on to meet higher level growth needs.

Once these needs have been reasonably satisfied, one may be able to reach the highest level called self-actualization.

Every person is capable and has the desire to move up the hierarchy toward a level of self-actualization.

Unfortunately, progress is often disrupted by failure to meet lower level needs.


[1] It combines the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination.  The time is certainly ripe for entrepreneurial approaches to social problems. Many governmental and philanthropic efforts have fallen far short of our expectations. Major social sector institutions are often viewed as inefficient, ineffective, and unresponsive. Social entrepreneurs are needed to develop new models for a new century. (Dees, J. Gregory; The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship, 2001)