The entrepreneurial spirit in action
During the pandemic, the young French engineer Guillaume Rozier – who single-handedly developed the Covid Tracker tool in just a few days – provided a telling illustration of how pragmatism and responsiveness were essential qualities in bringing an effective response to a crisis.
Agility and pragmatism are the very qualities that define the entrepreneurial spirit, whose merits we have so often praised in recent years - and that makes sense. Driven by the constant search for impact, entrepreneurs will systematically push back the boundaries, innovate, take risks, learn from their mistakes and seek efficiency and relevance in their actions.
So what if entrepreneurial spirit was quite simply the starting point of this shift?
In practical terms, entrepreneurial spirit means assuming the right to make mistakes and adopting a continuous improvement mindset. Being an entrepreneur means starting, failing and starting over again: it means silencing any thoughts that business and responsibility are incompatible. It means daring to say that responsibility can be a lever for growth. It means offering customers and consumers products and services that allow them to make their environmental transition and building solutions with them that truly meet their needs and deliver maximum impact.
How can we generate growth and create jobs while accelerating the transition to more responsible business: isn’t entrepreneurship, with the pragmatism and agility it entails, the solution to this complex equation? An entrepreneur’s chief virtues are common sense and responsiveness – two virtues we sorely need for this transition to the circular economy model.
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