EMMA'S NOTES #13
A plea for social empathic entrepreneurship
|Emma Stoks||May 20, 2020|
🙋🏼♀️ Dearest you,
Do you know what the difference between social and empathic behavior is?
Since that was a rhetorical device and not a real question, here are the Merriam Webster definitions:
Social: of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society
Empathy (as empathic just refers to empathy) : the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner
I googled these definitions after an insightful conversation with Annette Dölle on the difference between social and empathic behavior. So once again in readable language:
Social behavior benefits the welfare of human beings as members of society and empathic behavior is about understanding and being sensitive to the experiences of others.
Like many people, I’m all for leaving the world better than you found it.
That is why I’m a great champion for social entrepreneurship.
Sadly the term social entrepreneurship is smudged by people doing what looks good, rather than doing what actually benefits society.
Example: big corporation greenwashing because not destroying our planet is becoming a social norm again — it was about time. 😉
So what if we upgrade from social entrepreneurship to empathic entrepreneurship?
As Merriam Webster couldn’t give me a definition yet, I took the freedom to create one:
Empathic entrepreneurship: the act of running a profitable enterprise by paying attention to and catering to the experiences and needs of all stakeholders, including but not limited by customers, employees and owners.
This would entail enterprises that are not only motivated to do good in the face of current social norms, but that do their utmost to better the experiences of everyone interacting with the company.
I hope that one day soon we will create and tolerate nothing less than this.
Finally: a big thank you to my dear friend Betty Huerta for inspiring me on this topic. If you ever need an expert on social entrepreneurship - hit her up.
Have a great week,
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