Challenge areas

Tackling pressing global challenges
with social entrepreneurship

Challenge area 1
Biodiversity & Climate action

From farming to fashion, reversing the climate trajectory is an overarching challenge necessary to protect the future of our planet and humanity. Our first challenge area is therefore climate action, spreading awareness of and incubating climate entrepreneurs, innovators, and advocates. We are here to accellerate your success and amplify your impact, for a better future. 

Challenge area 2
Economic inclusion and poverty alleviation

The critique of GDP as a measure of development is both valid and important, but financial inclusion is also intimately linked to other indicators that we as social entrepreneurs care deeply about – opportunities, capabilities, health, mortality rates, and freedom.

Financial inclusion is therefore the second challenge area of OSE, being the foundation of most systemic inequality. We hope that our opertions can play a role in challenging the mode of business, and build radical enterprises creating systems change at a profit.

Challenge area 3
Social inclusion, diversity and accessibility

Over the past 100 years, we have seen remarkable progress in metrics for many of the issues we care most about. Mortality rates are dropping, education rates are increasing, and poverty is decreasing. Yet, if we look beyond the numbers, it is evident that these opportunities and benefits are not equally distributed. Whether we talk of the global north or the global south, we do not all have the same opportunities and options. Our third challenge area is therefore centred around the issue of inclusion: finding ways of including those groups that are not benefitting from the general improvements. This could mean finding ways of sharing these same opportunities by reducing barriers, or it could be creating entirely new solutions that defies the system. 

Challenge area 4
Universal Healthcare & Education 

Healthcare and education are ubiquotous to seeing systemic change and progress. Its importance cannot be exaggerated, it is foundational to help marginalised groups understand and address systemic inequality, navigate opportunities, and create value. Foucault has inspired a wealth of research connecting knowledge and power, demonstrating the crucial role of building knowlege in marginalised populations as a means of transforming inequality. 

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