What are some problems in real life

"Real Life" Entrepreneurs

The funicular suddenly stops in the middle of the route - the snow mountains are simply too high. Men with snow shovels rush to clear the route. For hours they have been fighting against the snow masses and trying to keep the path clear for the guests of the Hotel Schatzalp. On this day, the only way from the hotel, which is 1,800 meters above sea level, to the conference venue of the World Economic Forum 200 meters further down in Davos, is via this cable car. If she drives.

Work for the poorest

Anshu Gupta (article picture, at work in India) stands in the cabin and takes photos with his mobile phone. His family in Delhi will be amazed. Gupta is at the World Economic Forum for the first time. . In India he is a successful social entrepreneur. Goonj is the name of his company. He and 34 others have been invited to Davos by the Schwab Foundation

His topic is the poorest of the poor in Indian villages, their needs in terms of water, infrastructure, education and work. Gupta takes an entrepreneurial approach to his organization. For example, the recycling of used textiles creates jobs. The goal is not profit, but the improvement of people's living conditions while completely avoiding donations.

"You should stop seeing these people as beneficiaries and yourself as donors. Treat these people as participants," he urged, adding: "Our greatest challenge is to change the mindset."

Gupta is convinced that jobs create income and lead to new self-confidence. At the World Economic Forum he wants to discuss with entrepreneurs and politicians, because he considers the previous business models to be out of date.

"What do you do with your trash?"

Tracey Chambers, Co-Founder of "The Clothing Bank"

Tracey Chambers can only agree with that. The South African is also a proud social entrepreneur. With "The Clothing Bank" she and her co-founder Tracey Gilmore have created hundreds of jobs in South Africa, especially for women.

Seasonal clothing, which large chains sort out, is collected and then sorted by the women and repaired if necessary. Then it goes on to the resale by numerous micro-entrepreneurs who secure their livelihood with it. The "Clothing Bank" also trains women, there is computer training, accounting and much more on offer.

At the World Economic Forum, Chambers wants to address the bosses of large retail chains. "We're going to ask them what they do with the waste because there is a lot of secrecy in the industry and a lot of CEOs have no idea what happens to their waste. They don't necessarily take responsibility for the end of the cycle."

Profit is secondary

What is waste for some creates jobs for others and even protects the environment. The profit is only important in order to be able to invest in the company again. Just a few years ago, Masa Kogure was working for the management consultancy McKinsey & Company. The Japanese made a lot of money, but was completely dissatisfied and suffered burnout. At that time he saw little social benefit in his work. Today he ensures that less food is wasted in Japan.

"There are more and more consumers in the world who like to see a social message in a product and these days there is more and more collaboration between the social and private sectors and there is a greater focus on social enterprise," he says and is therefore sure that he can use the World Economic Forum for his own purposes. He wants to talk to company representatives and promote his ideas.

However, he has problems with the cold in Davos, Switzerland. "In Japan we don't have as much snow as here, that's because of climate change. But I didn't expect this mass of snow here," he says, laughing and looking at his ice-encrusted boots.