Genuine peace and reconciliation (PAR) usually lead towards regenerative-inclusive development.
We understand peace as enjoying harmony in our basic human relationships through the transforming power of God:
- harmony with the Creator—spiritual transformation;
- harmony with our being—psycho-social transformation;
- harmony with others—socio-political transformation; and,
- harmony with the creation—economic-ecological transformation.
We understand reconciliation as building relationships between antagonists. The primary goal is to seek innovative ways to create a time and a place to address, to integrate, and to embrace the painful past and the necessary shared future as a means of dealing with the present.
When PBCI makes a covenant with our community partners, we see and understand regenerative-inclusive development as follows:
- By regenerative, we mean a normal process of self-reproduction, renewal, or restoration of an ecological system toward a better, higher, or more worthy state. While we start with sustainability — which is the ability to maintain ecological systems at a certain rate or level — we want to seek regenerative development as a foundational principle in this development initiative.
- By inclusive development, we mean (a) enjoying a high, regenerative growth to create and expand economic opportunities; (b) experiencing broader access to opportunities to ensure that members of society can participate and benefit from growth; and, (c) having social safety nets to prevent extreme deprivation.
Being, Doing, Having: The Journey of A Social Entrepreneur
The being, doing, and having of the entrepreneurial character are all essential elements of the social entrepreneurial journey. Social entrepreneurs who are able to harness their strengths, values, and beliefs, and translate them into innovative and sustainable solutions, are more likely to be successful in their quest to make a positive impact on the world.
- Passionate about social change. Social entrepreneurs are driven by a deep passion for making a positive impact on the world. They are not satisfied with the status quo and are always looking for ways to improve the lives of others.
- Empathetic and compassionate. Social entrepreneurs are able to understand the needs and challenges of the people they serve. They are not only concerned with solving problems, but also with building relationships and creating a sense of community.
- Resilient and persistent. Social entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks and face challenges. They are persistent in their pursuit of their goals and are not easily discouraged.
- Innovative and creative. Social entrepreneurs are able to think outside the box and come up with new and innovative solutions to social problems. They are not afraid to experiment and try new things.
- Strategic and goal-oriented. Social entrepreneurs are able to develop and execute clear plans to achieve their goals. They are also able to assess risks and make informed decisions.
- Collaborative and inclusive. Social entrepreneurs are able to build strong relationships with others and work effectively as part of a team. They are also committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected.
- Products and services that address social needs. Social entrepreneurs create products and services that address real social needs. They are not just focused on making a profit, but also on making a positive impact on the world.
- A sustainable business model. Social entrepreneurs develop sustainable business models that can generate the revenue needed to support their social mission. They are also committed to using their resources wisely and minimizing their impact on the environment.
- A legacy of social change. Social entrepreneurs leave a legacy of social change. They inspire others to make a difference in the world and help to create a more just and equitable society.
Such are the basic principles we teach our interns.
And we expect them to apply these principles in the practical world of business.
Our interns combine commerce and social issues in a way that improves the lives of people connected to our ministry of reconciliation. We measure the social entrepreneurs’ success not in terms of profit alone. Our social entrepreneurial interns measure success in terms of people, peace, progress, partnership, and planet.
The social enterprise, to us, are businesses that make money and work toward improving the peace and reconciliation journey of our land. By selling quality goods and services to consumers, which we determine through market research, we seek to help solve conflicts in our land in a sustainable way.
The people who are often attracted to social entrepreneurial principles and practices are those who dream, and are willing to work hard and smart, towards solving a social problem. In turn, social entrepreneurs attract consumers who want to help social problems every time they spend money on something they need or want.