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Fellows Friday is a weekly series on the TED Blog that profiles one TED Fellow each week. We have asked the Fellows to answer our question below to share their knowledge and advice with other social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are coming up with big ideas that can change the world.
With the non-profit Chirag, VK Madhavan tackles development issues in the Himalayas by helping recharge springs, attracting IT business, setting up cooperatives, and more. True to TED’s interdisciplinary nature, this Senior Fellow integrates interests as broad as traditional weather forecasting and mobile phone technology into his perspectives and work.
Sokunthea: There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs out there who are trying to take their passion and ideas to the next level. What is one piece of advice you would give to them based on your own experiences and successes?
The first thing I would tell social entrepreneurs, is not to lose sight of who you're trying to do things for. That's very crucial. In this day and age, sometimes the success of the enterprise takes so much precedence over why we started the enterprise to begin with. We can very often run a very successful social enterprise, and over a period of time lose sight of why we started it, and whom we started it for. I think we have to be clear that we don't lose sight of whom we started it for, or whose lives we wish to change.
Read the rest of VK Madhavan's Fellows Friday interview here.