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Am I a social entrepreneur? Blog discussion

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This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's "Am I a social entrepreneur?" blog. Please read the blog first, as the discussion follows it.
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  • ..and maybe this all fits until the title of an Infopreneur:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infopreneur
  • zaqzaq Forumite
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    Go for it, Martin. I think that you can make it apt. Social entrepreneur.

    zaq
  • ErrataErrata Forumite
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    Do your peers and the industry you operate in consider you're a social entepreneur? I've seen you described as a financial campaigner in the press which seems fair enough. The site stats are impressive, but they're not solid evidence of lives being changed. Perhaps it's time for a piece of independent research to be commissioned.
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  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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    Do your peers and the industry you operate in consider you're a social entepreneur? I've seen you described as a financial campaigner in the press which seems fair enough. The site stats are impressive, but they're not solid evidence of lives being changed. Perhaps it's time for a piece of independent research to be commissioned.

    An interesting question. The industry I work in are the opposition so their view doesn't really count for me. My peers - well I certainly have those as a money journalist - but not in the specialised nature of what I do. I suspose the only recent look was the Govt Power of Info study.

    Actually I think the users of the site are better qualified to answer whether it changes life than those you mentioned. As for independent research; I think that may be taking a mulled point a little far :)
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
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  • ErrataErrata Forumite
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    Thank you Martin. Whilst I agree with you that the opinions of users of a service are important, the difficulty with an internet site such as this is that those members who post in forums do so using a non de plume making their opinion of how useful the site was to them anecdotal at best - nothing wrong with that, and unverifiable at worst. The opinions of non-members and members who don't post is probably unquantifiable.
    My opinion is that this is an interesting site, but how valid my opinion is depends on a great many variables none of which can easily be defined.
    Your reputation is what you build yourself, nobody can give it to you but anyone can take it away. Best wishes.
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  • nearlyrichnearlyrich Forumite
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    There are lots of life changing stories on many of the boards, Debt free wannabe is one of the best, I know I'm biased I'm the board guide there but it's heart warming to see the support thst is given and received on there.

    I have the greatest respect for Martin and what he has acheived with this website, it's a lifeline for many people everyday, and Martin is still grounded and focussed on his aim of consumer revenge.
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  • I think that people's lives have been changed - I was threatened with court action by my bank over my £600 overdraft - I then recovered £1600 in unauthorised charges - so the advice from this site changed my life - and I know it has others.

    As far as you making a decent living, why not. I have no objection to people profiting from honest toil, I do object to being charged £39 when my bank sends me an email stating they've refused payment of a £20 payment.

    The work that you, and all those who help with this site, are doing is helping to redress the imbalance between big business and the little guy, the consumer. More power to your elbow.
  • I think you've changed many people's ways of thinking, which has a knock on effect to their lives. I certainly wised up a lot more about money after reading the book and then checking out the website and I know others have too. And I remember working as a supervisor in an insurer and taking a complaint and the customer saying 'I've been emailing that nice Martin Lewis about this' (whether it was true or not I don't know). I was very amused. I'd been threated with the media, the CAB, the FOS, solicitors and now Martin Lewis! Luckily I was able to help him, so I can sleep easy at night.

    Clearly, you have made people feel that money isn't a dirty word and they don't just have to lie down and take it from the banks and big companies.

    Socially entreprenurial indeed.

    Mandarin Duck
  • Martin says.... "In fact I’d love it to make me a billionaire, providing it never compromises my ethics and recommendations or cost any users a penny!”

    Does this mean he is a millionaire already?

    Do you think he still takes a sandwich to work every day??? Spose not, he'll get free lunch coutesy of TV/Radio! lol
    I'm just a seething mass of contradictions....
    (it's part of my charm!)
  • Ken68Ken68 Forumite
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    Your site, Martin, has certainly changed the way I do things.
    Once I had learned to manage utility bills, this went onto using the same technique to lower all spending.
    And at the age of 71, so never too old to learn.
    Just one last push, trying not to spend anything for a whole week. Damn, this message could have been posted on the free library computers. <laugh>
    Good for you Martin you have replaced WHICH
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