Last week, I was interviewed by Siobhan Leathley from Stuff Business (New Zealand’s main online newspaper) about the rising tide of social entrepreneurship around New Zealand and the world.
"We don’t run our ventures to make money; we make money to run our ventures."
I’ve been involved in the social enterprise space for a relatively short time (since around 2010), but I’ve seen the space expand and grow significantly from my early days with Enspiral (a social enterprise collective in Wellington), with several of my friends founding their own social good startups, and taking my own seat at the table of one of the early Enspiral Ventures.
I’m personally hugely excited about how we can use business as a tool for environmental good, rather than harm - the driving force behind Volunteer Impact. From my perspective, the possibility of creating a business which solves some of the nagging challenges for volunteer organisations, creating tools for volunteers to better understand their impact, and growing the number of people worldwide who engage in environmental volunteering is an exciting prospect.
At the end of 2014 we launched a survey of regular environmental volunteers and people who occasionally make time to volunteer when we announced our project.
We decided to release this top level infographic featuring some of the insights we gained from those responses. Perhaps the most surprising insight was the interest in the collective impact of team far outweighed the interest in the individual volunteer impact. This data sharply contrasts with the study we highlighted a little while back.