Social entrepreneurs help societies adapt. Development can best be seen as building a society’s capacity for adaptation. How? Nobel laureate Douglass North argues that “adaptive efficiency” is strengthened by “decentralized decision making processes that will allow societies to maximize the efforts required to explore alternative ways of solving problems” (North, 1990, p. 81). Social entrepreneurs are decentralized problem solvers crafting and testing those alternative solutions.Adaptability should mean buttom-up solutions.
Read more here, specially about some fascinating cases.
HT: Julio Cole.
An interesting graph in the article: