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Social Entrepreneurs in Turkey

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Mehmet Dursun

on 15 August 2013

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Social Entrepreneurs in Turkey

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled.
An Entrepreneur
An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages an innovative business undertaking, assuming the risk for the sake of profit.
Social Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneur
Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing suitable and innovative solutions to social problems.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. While a business entrepreneur might create entirely new industries, a social entrepreneur comes up with new solutions to social problems and then implements them on a large scale.
Social Entrepreneurship in Turkey
Social entrepreneurship is a model with great promise and potential for Turkey. There already are organizations that successfully operate along social entrepreneurship lines in Turkey. Nevertheless, awareness raising activities on social enterprises are needed.
Melih Özsöz
Questioning what is worth saving or not, çöp(m)adam started as an experimental project in Western Turkey addressing the issues of women’s employment and the importance of recycling/re-using; and aims to utilize waste in a creative, aesthetically and unique way.
The result; Çöp(m)adam, the newest fashion trend in handbags, are sweeping Turkey and putting shopper’s money towards a good cause. A cause that in one hand touches the issue of
women empowerment
, on the other
waste reduction.
Caring for the environment
: Except for the threads and zippers, all raw materials used in the production of the çöp (m)adam handbags and accessories consist of non used waste materials or materials that have been used, cleaned and sterilized.
Caring for women:
The Garbage Ladies of Turkey (a group of women who have never earned a living in their lifetimes) found an opportunity in the tons of trash hitting landfills every day. These women transform this ‘trash’ into a collection of eco-chic handbags for the fashion forward female, and create a living for themselves out of it.
So far more than
women; currently 70 women, contributing on the project. More than
20 tons
of waste material are being re-used in the past two years.
Buğday Association is a not-for-profit NGO active in the field of ecological living in Turkey. Main goals are to raise awareness and susceptibility in individuals and in the society as a whole towards ecological living. It has been working to support, create and promote fair and sustainable production-consumption patterns in Turkey and beyond.
The pioneering Buğday (Wheat) ecological movement started in the 1990s with a restaurant/wholesale store offering local and organic food, which also served as a space for like-minded, environmentally conscious people to meet, gather and share their ideas and visions about ecological living.
The main working areas of Buğday can be summarized as:
Organic Agriculture
(%100 Ecological Market Places);
Ecological Living
(Camtepe Ecological Center);
(Seed Network);
Eco-Agro Tourism
(TaTuTa -Eco-Agro Tourism and Voluntary Exchange);
Urban Agriculture
(Cumhuriyetköy Community Garden).
Çamtepe Ecological Center is a meeting space for a group of 30, it is an informal space for presentations, discussions and informal networking, cooking workshops where they cook and eat organic food. It's also a place where they establish ideas and examples of their work.
The aim of TaTuTa Project is to support farming families by providing voluntary labour, financal aid or information utility to encourage ecological agriculture and maintain its sustainabilty.
Voluntary exchange of experience and knowledge
An ecological market place where they sell local organic products with the support of municipalities at the same price as traditional markets.
Design and Innovation for Sustainability
Does sustainability only make you think about solar energy, reducing green house gases and recycling?
Then think again, because according to the international DESIS network (Design for Social Innovation & Sustainability), sustainability is much more than those well-known examples. DESIS – consisting of (design)schools, institutions, companies and non-profit organizations interested in design for social innovation and sustainability – supports creative bottom-up innovations that contribute to more sustainable and happier lives for people around the world.
Product-Service System
A result of innovation strategy:
shifting the business focus from designing and selling physical products only TO selling a system of products and services.
PSS Design Workshop for Neighborhood

Experts, students, stakeholders from all over Turkey came together in one of the neighborhoods in Istanbul to discuss about the needs of the neighborhood and sustainable and ecological ways to use its available resources.
Eco-cycle 2013 Design Workshop
Participating students, guided by experienced designers and engineers from different disciplines, will be creating, the eco-friendly water sports cars with a conceptual design. The purpose of the workshop is to raise awareness of environmental issues amongst youngsters and to support and encourage design and sustainable tourism.
Aim is to assist in re-orienting current unsustainable trends in production and consumption practices by designing product-service systems where products and services complement each other in the most efficient way and are able to satisfy fundamental human needs.
Mehmet Dursun
ISU 2013

It has gone from small beginning to develop into a large umbrella project with many different aims and focuses. Moreover, it has become internationally recognized.
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