Have you heard of a Social Business? What is a Social Business?
It has been defined by Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate as a business created and designed to address a social problem and as a non-loss, non-dividend business meaning profits are reinvested in the business or social cause. Muhammad Yunus, an early proponent of social businesses to address poverty, defined a social business as a “business created and designed to address a social problem.” A social business offering goods and services like other businesses in the community, for a profit. It is created to operate indefinitely as a profitable business.
I am interested in assessing the interest in the autism community in Victoria/Saanich to set up a social business targeted at giving young people on the autism spectrum an opportunity for employment, training and community. This business would address a social problem, in this case the employment and training of young people on the autism spectrum. Historical employment rates for young people on the spectrum are shockingly low, leaving them isolated and unable to contribute to society. Profits from the business are reinvested back into the business and/or social programs to support the staff and autism community as a whole.
It will take a community to achieve this goal, hence my request for people who are interested in rolling up their sleeves to help set up the vision, structure and operations of the social business in Victoria/Saanich
If you are interested, feel free to touch base with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All the best, Stan Jung