“In less than two weeks, the world’s greatest golfers will gather at Pinehurst in North Carolina for the U.S. Open, one of the world’s few elite sporting events that is actually “open” in the true sense (meaning anyone can qualify if they can play well enough).
Social entrepreneurship is also an “open” field. You’ve got an idea, you’ve got the drive, you can change something about the world or try to solve a social problem. Go out and do it.
As an inveterate duffer who nonetheless relishes that weekly walk in all sorts of weather (I’ll play in anything if the course is open), I’ve come to see a lot of lessons from many rounds of golf. Surprisingly this doesn’t include the social aspect of the sport – the idea that a golf course is a place for deal-making. Maybe it is at the elite private clubs, but not where I play – and quite frankly I find the golf course to be a place to get away from the urgency of business and deadlines, a retreat to slow down the frenetic onslaught of messages and demands. And in many ways, that’s the over-riding message here – and it doesn’t have to be golf (or another sport) that provides that get-away, that clean rinse of the mind.”