In the Spring of 2003, a group of young professionals from various fields of public service began meeting informally to share ideas and discuss common challenges.
All were in their 20′s and 30′s and in the early stages of their careers. All were working, in various ways, on issues of public importance: from the arts and education, to health and public safety, to economic development and the environment. Some were from government agencies, others from the nonprofit sector, still others from businesses with a social conscience. Though they came from a variety of fields and organizations, they shared a common commitment – each had chosen a line of work with a public purpose.
The group quickly found that they had something else in common: regardless of the sector, issue, or occupation, they shared a sense of professional isolation. Though they knew of other young people working to improve society, they had few opportunities to network and collaborate with them. In short, they found a lack of community for young public servants and social entrepreneurs.
In response, the group formed Envision Hawai‘i– an organization designed to convene and support young professionals in public service. Envision Hawai‘i is committed to providing young public servants and social entrepreneurs with opportunities for community building, professional development and collaborative action.
Today, the story continues as we celebrate 10 Years of Social Entrepreneurship. Collectively, we have an impact on Hawai‘i: Many Voices, One Kuleana. In honor of these contributions, we are collecting stories from our alumni and community members in order to teach the next generation to promote an efficient, prosperous, creative, generous Hawai‘i (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
Envision Hawai‘i's mission is to serve as a catalyst that drives high-impact, social change for Hawai‘i's common good by leveraging the principles of social entrepreneurship and by inspiring Hawai‘i's next generation of leaders.