A letter to primary school teachers – Lydia Scott | Club Kidpreneur

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A letter to primary school teachers – Lydia Scott | Club Kidpreneur

Dear Teacher,

This is a letter to tell you why I think an experience of social enterprise is the greatest gift you can give your students.

Prior to working at Club Kidpreneur I have spent my entire life in the education system. I went to pre-school, then primary school, excelled through high school and then went on to university.

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At university I studied a double degree in Commerce and Sociology (go figure) because my analytical mind liked the structure and order of business and my heart gravitated to issues of social justice and changing the world. But while at university, I couldn’t see how I would possibly find a career that combined the two.

Capitalism and causes, it seemed, were opposite ends of the spectrum. Business, I thought, is a power thing – yes. But history had shown me that this power has not commonly been directed toward outward serving ends. Alternatively, to impact a cause required setting up a charity which struggled for resources to get its noble job done.

There had to be another way, I thought. I just didn’t know what that was yet.

And then I discovered the power of social enterprise. This is where capitalism intersects causes. A social enterprise is where a sustainable business model is setup to solve social issues or fund causes.

Social enterprise takes the best of business and the best of charity to create a model for social impact on a previously unprecedented scale. And I want to shout it from the roof tops to inspire the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Social enterprises have their impact in three main ways.

      • freeset1By providing employment for marginalised people in communities. E.g. Freeset – provides employment to victims of human trafficking in a business making T-shirts & bags.

      • By selling a product which solves a social/environmental problem. This could be through designing a better way to make an existing product or a whole new product which solves a problem. See How Design Can Help Fight Poverty.


The knowledge that this is a career path available to me has blown me away. I don’t have to pigeonhole myself within a business and I don’t have to work for a charity. I can span the gap.

Throughout my education I was asked to think who I would like to work for one day and what I would like to be. I was given categorised options such as doctor, engineer, lawyer, accountant. But never once was I told I could be a social entrepreneur.

I don’t have to take a job, I can make a job. And in doing that I can even make jobs for others.

I don’t want to be in business. And I don’t want to setup a charity. I want to find a powerful way to impact the causes that are important to me, with a robust model to fund and resource them. And that’s how I’ll change the world- through social enterprise.

Copy of 2014-01-15 12.43.40Teachers, in your class you might have creatives, maths lovers, problem solvers, and renegades. But before channeling their career thoughts down the paths of designer, accountant, engineer and drop-out, consider opening their eyes to social entrepreneurship. All of these skills can be used to impact the world in powerful ways. Even if they end up working in one of these roles, it is essential that every young person understands that any business they work in has the power to change the world.

I never learned this in school and it took me 25 years to figure it out. But I wish I did. I now work for the Club Kidpreneur Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise with the vision ‘to empower kids to impact the world for good through entrepreneurial endeavours and social enterprise.’ 

Teachers, you’re the ones who can open students’ eyes to their untapped potential and the possibilities for their future. And so I’d encourage you to run the CK Challenge program in class this year to empower your students to become world changers through social enterprise.


Yours in world-changing,

Lydia

Lydia Scott

Program Development Manager | Club Kidpreneur Foundation

 

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