20. May, 2018

Social Entrepreneurship and the Transformation of Capitalism


In this interview Michael Porter explores social entrepreneurship in the context of a
larger transformation of capitalism. He suggests that social entrepreneurship is an
important transitional vehicle toward the creation of shared value and a capitalist
system in which meeting social needs is not just a peripheral activity but a core aspect of
every business. Porter discusses the implications of this perspective on social
entrepreneurship with a view to new opportunities but also responsibilities for educators
in the field. I examine how this fits with but also extends current debates on social
entrepreneurship. The interview concludes by examining where Porter’s ideas may take
us and reflecting on social entrepreneurship education as conversations about the social
becoming more entrepreneurial but also the entrepreneurial becoming more social.