Do you know of a returned Peace Corps volunteer who is a “social entrepreneur?”

September 8th, 2006 by bobebill

A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses traditional entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. Whereas business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, social entrepreneurs often start non-profits and citizen groups, or promulgate a “big idea” within an organization. Performance is measured in terms of systemic change.

The Peace Corps community has a strong ethos of social entrepreneurship—one could argue it is a common thread weaving together our differing decades, countries and programmatic areas of service. For many, the Peace Corps experience is the catalyst for a lifetime’s worth of ideas, institutions, projects, and products…all of which have changed, and continue to change, communities at home and abroad.

We need your help in identifying 50 social entrepreneurs within our community. NPCA has been approached by Social Edge, a project of the Skoll Foundation, to help produce 50 profiles of social entrepreneurs which will appear on the Social Edge Web site in the form of brief “podcast” interviews.

We have many possible candidates in mind…but we want your ideas to make sure these profiles are as diverse, inclusive and representative of our community as possible. These can be changemakers on the local, national or international level.

Surprise us. Tell us the stories of people we might not know about. Send your “nominations” to Erica Burman, NPCA News Director, at


Erica T. Burman (The Gambia 87-89)
News Director
National Peace Corps Association
1900 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036