Hello and welcome! Just a quick sticky post to explain what this blog is all about and why you should keep coming back to read more. This blog has gone through many iterations, concurrent with changes in my personal and professional life, but it’s always been about me, plain and simple. Even though posts are “me-centric,” I can just about guarantee you’ll still get something out of reading each . . . that is, if you are willing and able to take the time to do so. You would have to be a certain kind of person to take on such a daunting task though. Besides being an avid reader, you’d have to enjoy reading about my thoughts on “big” topics, like: philosophy, psychology, sociology, and “smaller” topics, like: entrepreneurship, entertainment, and technology. This blog is really a chronological account of my journey while pursuing my particular interests within each of those topics as a “social solopreneur.”
So, what’s the “Turducken” thing all about? Most people would agree social entrepreneurship isn’t about shareholder value so much as stakeholder value, which is a polite way of saying, “It’s not about money.” However, people might not agree on the true “currency” of social entrepreneurship. To me, there are three currencies all wrapped in one, and since they’re all fulfilling, they act more like food than currency. They are: 1) humanism, 2) aestheticism, and 3) utilitarianism. They make up the “Turducken” to which the title of this blog refers. We obviously must believe in human ability to even begin an endeavor, otherwise . . . why bother? We follow this up with audaciousness in believing we can create an ideal order out of chaos. And we apply a bit of practical logic and realistic hope to “seal the deal.” Thing is, I’ve found social entrepreneurship to be exasperatingly counterintuitive.
Why? Well, first off, because entrepreneurs’ journeys tend to be largely solitary, and mine in particular, for one reason or another, aligns with that trend. And second off, because social entrepreneurs, like myself, tend to “kill” themselves trying to engineer contentment for others. It’s all very reminiscent of our individual pursuits for enlightenment; once attained, few people really want to hear about the enlightenment of others, and more important, those who are enlightened don’t really feel the need to express this fact nor the details of how they got to where they are. And yet, the way our current system is set up, you’d be a fool not to try and “capitalize” on your achievement. Essentially, social solopreneurship is proving a vexing, “contradictorily oxymoronic catch-22” – crazy if you do, crazy if you don’t. I am crazy enough to keep going and this blog is meant to capture every up and down along the way.