People equate social impact with non-profits, and increasingly with social enterprises. In reality, every kind of organization has a role to play in advancing the human condition. Aspiring social innovators should ask what problems they want to solve and what (kinds of) organizations will provide them the best platform with the right tools, resources, and networks to solve the problem.
Khanjan Mehta is the Founding Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program and Assistant Professor of Engineering Design at Penn State. HESE is an integrated learning, research, and entrepreneurial engagement program focused on developing and commercializing technology-based solutions in low-resource settings. Mehta has led technology-based social ventures in Kenya, Tanzania, India, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and other countries. The HESE program was the recipient of the 2013 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award (Northeast Region) from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), 2011 Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Award from the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and was named by Popular Mechanics as one of thirty “Awesome College Labs” across America.
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