The Unreasonable Institute for Social Entrepreneurs

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The Unreasonable Institute for Social Entrepreneurs

How an institute in Boulder, Colorado is cultivating social entrepreneurship
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 12:36pm

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Daniel Epstein is the co-founder of an organization with an unlikely name: The Unreasonable Institute. The institute in Boulder, Colorado has a mission to cultivate social entrepreneurs who are keen to solve pressing social problems while making some money too.

The Unreasonable Institute offers a six-week program that connects social entrepreneurs with one another, and enables them to network with business executives, investors and thought leaders who may be able to contribute to their endeavors. The institute's name is inspired from the famous George Bernard Shaw quote: "All progress depends on the unreasonable man."

The institute's core philosophy is that profit making businesses may sometimes achieve in areas where a nonprofit may falter. Epstein, who is already a serial entrepreneur at the young age of 25, says that the focus of the institute is to engage with aspiring social entrepreneurs who are willing to think big, despite the skepticism surrounding their approach.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

Keywords: Cause Global | Social Entrepreneurship | Social investment | best practices | social innovation

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