Teresa Chahine Offers Tool Kit for Making a Difference in Social Entrepreneurship: Building Impact Step by Step

A still from the documentary Soufra, which follows a group of women building a food truck business in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon.
February 13, 2023

Q: What do you most want to tell people about the concept of social entrepreneurship and the newly released second edition of your book Social Entrepreneurship: Building Impact Step by Step?

The social entrepreneurship skill set and mindset can help anyone identify issues that matter to them and figure out how they can contribute to social change.

All of us see ways that the world could be different. Having an impact, being a social entrepreneur, doesn’t mean everyone starting their own organization. I don’t think that everyone needs to be or should be that kind of entrepreneur.


Social impact is not about having a light bulb moment—“Oh my God, I have an idea that’s so different that no one has ever thought of it before.” None of us will be the first human to think about any given problem or even any specific solution. Social entrepreneurship is an approach that understands that if you talk to people affected by a problem and people already working on the issue, then you can find ways to contribute to making change happen.

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Teresa Chahine
Sheila and Ron ’92 Marcelo Senior Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship

Interview conducted and edited by Ted O’Callahan | January 20, 2023