Having been away for much of the last three months I was keen to get a new blog posted. However, in order to write something different about entrepreneurship you need an inspiration.
Mine came after spending the last week in Prague to celebrate New Year. Celebration was certainly in the air with Christmas Markets, musical events, street entertainers, lights, fireworks and parties and dances.
Right across the world New Year seems to signal a new beginning; a promise of better things in the future, a feeling of hope and the belief that the best is yet to come.
However, in amongst all of these celebrations I also took time out to visit the old Jewish Quarter of Prague and the concentration camp at Terazin. Surely the people that had ended up at the camp had celebrated the New Year of 1938 with similar hope.
And yet Terazin is a monument to the inhumanity that man can inflict on his fellow man. It reminds us that man has the capacity for both good and evil in the world.
This is certainly true when we look at the many conflicts in the world today. When one looks at the nationalistic fervor that brought about the suffering of Terazin I am quickly reminded of the nationalistic fervor that is evident in many European countries and of organisations such as ISIS.
It is a very short step from where we are today to a similar scenario to that of World War II. So what is the message that I get from my experiences that relate to entrepreneurship in 2015?
I believe that entrepreneurship is a microcosm of human life. In the same way as I have seen both good and bad in the various aspects of Prague, entrepreneurs have the capacity to be entrepreneurs for good or entrepreneurs for bad.
More than ever before we need entrepreneurs that use their undoubted skills to innovate responsibly. That means innovations that improve life for people, promote healthy living, increase the sustainability of the planet or have some other positive benefit to mankind.
We need innovations that put people first and large profits second. If that philosophy had been adopted for Ebola then there would have been a cure long ago.
2015 needs to be the year when we worry about innovations that close the gap between the rich and poor. As the gap has grown so the danger of the pitchforks has also grown! We need to make sure that 2015 is the year of successful RESOLUTIONS so as to avoid successful REVOLUTIONS!