Center for Business Research and Development – Social Enterprise Research Network (CBRD-SERN) Head Patrick Adriel Aure recently won the Best Business Column Award from the Catholic Mass Media Awards for his Manila Times business column titled “Social entrepreneurship as a solution to the drug problem”. The news was released by the Manila Times last November 20.
In a Facebook post, Aure, a faculty member of the Management and Organization Department, cited how it was unexpected that he was given the award. “I did not receive any notification that my article on how social entrepreneurship may perhaps be used to solve the drug problem in the country has been nominated. When I mentioned this to my parents and [my girlfriend], I was skeptical, but being featured by the Manila Times made the feeling of winning sink in”, he adds.
The business column talks about “challenging the illegal drugs industry not in terms of attacking the suppliers, but redirecting demand from the drug users.” In his article, Aure enumerated three potential solutions to the drug problem. “The social entrepreneurship challenge is this: can we develop and innovate ‘products’ and ‘services’ that will disrupt the ‘illegal drugs industry’ and render them obsolete?” he highlights.
The business column was uploaded last March 7, 2017 in The Manila Times’ Managing for Society column.