I recently read The Razor’s Edge by M. Somerset Maugham. I loved it. This book was written in the 1940s and touches on many themes that we deal with today in the 2010s — the life journey we embark on, the search for what we feel will fulfill us, our most pressing need — for some the answer is social status, others financial security, others self-destruction and for others simply happiness through finding peace.
We work within the human condition. Our basic instincts and desires while living in society do not change that much from generation to generation — how we express them certainly does and the tools and technologies we have available advance.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the social capital markets conference, SoCap 2010, in San Francisco, CA. Pretty exciting meeting — a lot of people really committed to putting their efforts behind projects/companies/organizations focused on helping humanity.
Part of me thinks there is some ego involved. Frankly, it feels good to help other people — so for overall quality of life, the social enterprise sector is a good thing to be a part of.
These videos from Panahpur, a UK organization with a history as a charitable trust now focusing on impact investing, describe well the holistic intention behind social capital — the pressing need for Generation Y to do good; yes as a backlash to the greed inherent yet socially supported by Generation X and the Baby Boomers. The pendulum is swinging.