Pillar 3 - Non-duplication
Nonduplication - /nänˈdo͞opləˈkāshən/ - Noun: Intentionally avoiding redundant effort
Nonduplication is the third pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for Social Entrepreneurship that we use and teach. In a nutshell, the pillars are: vision, special skills, nonduplication,partnership, credit sharing, feedback and staying power.
With non-duplication, the focus is on not adding redundant effort, but rather addressing a chasm where you are truly needed. However, non-duplication doesn't mean you have to reinvent the wheel. It's smart to look to the best practices of others. Let's say, if you were a wonderful baker of cookies, would you be smart to open your shop across the street from another very excellent baker of cookies? Perhaps you would be wise to look in another part of town. By non-duplication, we mean going to a neighborhood that needs you! The question we ask is, "What need isn't being met effectively, and where do I see myself jumping in?"
Here are three teachable examples. You may highlight one or all of these, or choose an alternative from our spreadsheet [PDF]:
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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.