Conversations That Matter

Madeleine Shaw: Social Entrepreneurialism

October 9, 2017

Can you change the world through entrepreneurialism?


In other words, can business be an instrument of social change?


In his book ‘How to Change the World, David Bornstein profiles social entrepreneurs.


Men and women who are innovative, successful, grass-roots individuals who created businesses that address a wide range of social and economic problems.


As he puts it, “social entrepreneurs are creative, driven, and adventurous. The embrace change, exploit new opportunities, and think big.”


Social entrepreneurs can and do change their societies - AND the world - AND in doing so demonstrate that one person can make a difference.  


Madeleine Shaw is one such person - she was concerned about the impact feminine hygiene products had on women and the environment and not to be overlooked, the cost.


Shaw and her business partner Suzanne Siemens created Lunapads, a company that provides better health products for people and the planet.


Lunapads are sold worldwide, as a result more than two million disposable pads and tampons are being diverted from landfills every month.


To talk about social entrepreneurialism, Lunapads and her latest social venture - Nestworks, we sat down with Madeleine Shaw for a Conversation That Matters.