130: How to Start a Social Enterprise with Scott Harrison of charity: water
For the past 10 years, Scott Harrison has made charity his business, and he’s managed to raise $250 million and bring clean drinking water in people in more than 24 countries since he began his nonprofit charity: water.
Ever since learning the majority of diseases suffered by the poor were caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation, he has made it his life’s mission to bring clean drinking water to those who need it the most. It’s been an amazing journey since he first started and his organization has not only affected millions of lives around the world, but he’s also inspired hundreds of others to take the path of social entrepreneurship.
But in the beginning, there really weren’t many social enterprises quite like charity: water.
“My advice to people is ‘go find someone who’s doing what you want to do and join them instead of starting something.’ In my case, I just couldn’t find anyone else doing what I wanted to do, doing what I had the vision for,” says Harrison.
Sleeping on the floor of a friend’s closet and using the living room as an office, Harrison began to build something that would offer a solution to what he considered the greatest problem facing the world. Taking it upon himself to build an organization that he could believe in, Harrison created a fresh take on how nonprofits could run and worked to rebuild trust in the power of charity.
In this week’s episode you will learn:
- The art of storytelling and why it’s so important for any social enterprise
- How to craft a story that everyone can relate to
- How to build and run a worldwide enterprise through nonprofit philosophies
- How to inspire and build a team of thousands of volunteers who believe in your vision
- How to build a brand that inspires
- & so much more!
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