Through the Eyes of a Child

Through the Eyes of a Child

One of the most inspirational parts of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2018 was hearing from elementary and high school kids talking about the social enterprises that they had started.

The Social Enterprise Academy Scotland goes into schools in and teaches the kids about Social Enterprises. How Social Enterprises make differences in communities and people’s lives and then works with the kids to start their own enterprises.

“What do you care about?”

“What business could contribute to that cause?”

The kids have started cafes to encourage community and prevent isolation in their neighborhoods, created a book of stories in support of Syrian refugees, and have started a refill campaign to slow the landfill created by disposable water bottles. They also make candle holders out of discarded materials and have a documentary team of kids to capture and tell the stories of their enterprises.

“Too often we give our children answers to remember instead of problems to solve.”

It is easy to underestimate the power of a child.

Equally so, it is easy for adults to overthink and make everything more complicated than it needs to be. The ease with which these children have been able to start and continue running their enterprises is amazing. With those two simple questions, these children have been able to make real and positive impact in the communities.

Perhaps we all need to take a step back and ask ourselves the same things. Social Enterprise doesn’t need to be complicated, any business can contribute to making the world a better place. Let’s step back and rethink our enterprises through the lens of a child, maybe the answer lies in simplicity.

Ainsley Boyd