Engaging governments- for social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs can use their influence to help their communities choose the right governments that support social impact ventures.


Democracy does not redistribute wealth neither does it bring about rapid change. Its power is in delivering stability to country systems.

Prof. Ian Shapiro

Yale University
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Should social entrepreneurs have any interest in the nature of politics and governance in their countries? Should they just focus on their entrepreneurship work and isolate themselves from having a say in how governance is run in their countries?

Social entrepreneurs are very important in helping their communities choose good political leaders because of the credibility they enjoy within their societies. It is therefore imperative for social entrepreneurs to be politically engaged in helping their communities choose governments that support civil liberties, personal property rights and economic systems that aid entrepreneurship innovation.

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Interview Tips for YALI


The best leaders are those humble enough to seek answers from others

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Congratulations now that you are through to this stage.

It says a lot about you to have made it this far. Now make it count.

This stage is as competitive as the application stage and you need to give it you best.

Follow these tips to improve your chance of making it through:-

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Marketing you-for social entrepreneurs

The responsibility for letting others know about your social entrepreneurship work rests with you. Learn how to raise your profile in 2 simple steps.


Marketing is a knock-through sport.

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Once you have created your brand i.e. the image you want others to have about you; you need to work on promoting your brand and staying top of mind among people interested in your area of work. In other words, you need to actively market yourself.

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Branding You for Social Entrepreneurs

You are your perception. Be in control of the impression you create. Brand you!


  Perception is you.

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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What comes to your mind when you hear these names- Mohammed Yunus, Bill Gates, Tony Elumelu? Did the following words come up in your mind- microfinance, health philanthropy and “Africapitalism”? This is the power of a brand- a consistently uniform perception you conjure when your name is mentioned.

Now ask yourself, when your name is mentioned what do people immediately associate with you? This is your brand and is how you are perceived by others.

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The Social Entrepreneurship Mindset


 The social entrepreneurship mindset is one that actively seeks to identify and solve problems faced by impoverished communities in a sustainable way they can pay for.

                                                             Adebayo Alonge

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Investing In Africa’s Future

Youths are Africa’s future. what would you want current global leaders to invest in so that Africa’s youth can achieve their potential.


Africa’s youth makes up over 60% of its population

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Finding opportunities for young people is a critical challenge for Africa, where 62 percent of the population—more than 600 million young people—is below the age of 25. With no signs that population growth will slow in the decades to come, it is imperative that Africa leverage the talent and energy of its youth to create dramatically higher levels of prosperity and equality and avoid the latent risks of unemployment and social instability. – See more at: http://voices.mckinseyonsociety.com/empowering-youth-in-africa/#sthash.NOmGZuS4.dpuf Continue reading “Investing In Africa’s Future”