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

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CHAPTER 6

Recognizing and Reframing Social Problems into Business Opportunities: MECE and Value Chain Analysis*

Sunny Jeong

Wittenberg University

Introduction

Problem is an opportunity for a social entrepreneur. You should be able to “connect the dots” among people’s daily lived/living experiences and surrounding environments, any incomplete or mal-directed solutions offered by markets, government policies, nonprofits. Stories of a particular community in Rwanda (reading of today’s session) provide you a rich context of people’s daily lives and a typical NGO’s solution that worsened problems. In this exercise, you will acknowledge the complexity of social problems in any given society, and at the same time (1) learn ways to untangle them into ...

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