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Educating Social Entrepreneurs, Volume I by Maria Aggestam, Paul Miesing

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CHAPTER 2

I Think Therefore I Am ... Social Entrepreneurial Identity and Network Development

William Wales

University at Albany, State University of New York

Christopher Stein

University of Central Florida

Overview and Background

This experiential exercise was developed as a means to get students to understand and actively construct their social entrepreneurial identities through reflection and networking. The exercise enhances the social entrepreneurship content of an individual’s professional network and generates deep-seated, yet practical, insight into the value of professional networking for social entrepreneurial identity development. It also enhances individuals’ “role identity” as social entrepreneurs through incorporating reflections ...

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