Social entrepreneurship is a form of leadership that maximizes the social return on efforts to change the world while fundamentally and permanently changing the way problems are addressed on a global scale. Social entrepreneurs employ a wide variety of creative approaches and practices from diverse academic disciplines and professional sectors. These methods allow social entrepreneurs to develop and
implement pattern-breaking solutions for previously intractable social problems in ways that are sustainable and scalable to a larger population.
At New York University we have four assumptions that frame our understanding of the field, and shape of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship: