The world economic system is like a global highway – a network of linkages and laws that allows ideas, goods and capital to circulate quickly. But there is one big problem with this highway: it does not have enough access roads. It bypasses too many poor and marginalised communities and there are not enough institutions – economic, social, legal and political – to enable people at all economic levels to participate in the emerging global economic system.
If globalisation is to work for the majority of the world’s population, nations and governments everywhere will have to find ways to connect people everywhere to this global highway. It will take millions of new institutions to do this – a challenge that will demand extraordinary human initiative and mobilisation of resources. In order to achieve this, a particular type of actor will become increasingly active on the world stage: the social entrepreneur.