Pillar 2 - Special Skills
Special Skills /speSHəl skillz/ – Compound Noun: Skills, abilities, gifts, and/or knowledge in a particular area. Competence or proficiency in a field of operation.
Special Skills... the second of seven key pillars in our Seven Pillar Methodology for Social Entrepreneurship. In a nutshell, the pillars are: vision, special skills, nonduplication,partnership, credit sharing, feedback and staying power.
Your expertise, proficiencies and gifts add up to "special skills." There are many ways to bring about a vision, and you will succeed best if you bring your special skills to bear. My skills will be different from yours, because everyone is unique.Blondie's skill is watching... watch dog! Also, look at the skill in this student art!
When asked "What are your special skills, and how can they be useful?" our students in India had a hard time identifying any skills at first, but within a few minutes they realized that they had many special skills their teachers did not possess, and that they each possessed skills that others in the room did not. Some spoke Urdu, some Hindi, and some spoke still other languages. Some could sew, others could drive a taxi, and so on.
Three Examples from Social Entrepreneurship
Here are three examples of how social entrepreneurs put their special skills to use, making a positive difference. You may highlight one or all of these, or choose an alternative from our spreadsheet [PDF]:
Other Local Example
You don't have to work in a nonprofit. You might have a small business, or work in a large company. There are many ways to get involved. And even if your special skills are rare, unusual, or really specific, you can put them to use in making a positive change. Consider guitar maker John F. Mello who produced a CD featuring guitarists and sold them to raise funds for soup kitchens.
About this page
NOTE: This is a sub-page with details of one portion of the "Seven Pillars" methodology we use and teach. It is not meant as a standalone.