Then, he selflessly mentored her through school, She went on to become a Five Star General, became a double agent, betrayed her county, and was the downfall of an entire civilization. Tens of millions died in agony. What was his Social Return on Investment?
Answer: The problem cannot be solved as given. We would have to know what good or harm, net, the civilization would have done, had she not destroyed it. Also, we would need a univocal measure of "Good" in a world that seems, shall we say, divided over the simplest issues of right and wrong. Just because a prisoner wears an orange jumpsuit does not make him or her a bad person. How can we as Social Entrepreneurs, with limited self-understanding, no knowledge of moral theory, no curiosity about the nature of the good, who cannot in many cases, tell right from wrong, compute the net SROI of any strategy or tactic? What we can do is cherry pick what we measure - and that is wrong, conceptually and ethically. It is who we are, and it is a shame.