This week as we explore www.kiva.org, remember to pursue our two primary goals:
1. Learn as much as you can about the story of the founders, Matt and Jessica Flannery. What drives them? What is unique about their values, skills, vision, and passion for what they do? What entrepreneurial characteristics do you observe that could be replicated in either a for-profit or not-for-profit setting?
2. Dig into the Kiva model and explore what makes this incredible organization work so well. In the world of social entrepreneurship, the needs are so great and so pervasive, that part of the challenge is narrowing the focus to a manageable scope of service. What are the core needs that Kiva serves, both for donors and for the entrepreneurs they help? In what sense is Kiva, ironically, like ebay, ie. creating a marketplace where meaningful exchanges are made? How does this make you think about identifying and connecting need in terms of your own entrepreneurial focus? What principles are at work at Kiva that may be replicated in other IE environments?Read More