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Can You Do Good & Do Well? Social Entrepreneurs Walk the Line

Adnan Mahmud, Jolkona’s co-founder, recently gave a series of talks on social entrepreneurship to young leaders around Indonesia. He reports back that, like American youth, Indonesians are eager to address their community problems through social entrepreneurship, by building a financially sustainable nonprofit organization or a socially responsible business. But they face significant challenges — some similar to what Americans face, others more culturally specific.

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Adnan outlined some of these issues in a webcast presentation, “The Role of Social Enterpreneurship in the U.S. and Indonesia.” His 15-minute talk starts at 14:00 on this video clip, followed by the Q&A at 44:00.

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For more advice on social entrepreneurship in the United States and Indonesia, check out Adnan’s most recent Huffington Post Impact column: Do Good & Do Well: 3 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs at Home and Abroad.

My nonprofit, Jolkona, works to inspire and empower a new generation of philanthropists. The Indonesian youth leaders I met are already inspired, but they need a support system to empower them to take risks and overcome these hurdles. For them, and for other young professionals around the world striving to both do good and do well, I have outlined the three main challenges to succeeding as a social entrepreneur — and how to overcome them.

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