My traumatic memory research on entrepreneurs in post-conflict Liberia illustrates the seismic role that traumatic memory has in identifying, seeking and creating tectonic shifts in positive value after suffering from life-altering events in the context of political persecution, conflict and war.
A field study was utilized to gather participant insight through in person, taped-recorded, interviews in Monrovia.
This study offers a different point of view and suggests the use of a new model called the Traumatic Memory in Social Value Creation Diamond Paradigm.
Participants are Liberian entrepreneurs who were pulled by opportunity to engage in ventures that would create both profit and social returns. Some participants were pushed out of necessity based on high unemployment rates, lack of infrastructure and decreased economic opportunity to survive, this time, financially.
As post-conflict emerging markets are fast becoming the driver of global growth and expansion, so too, is the desire for the private sector development (PSD) community and entrepreneurs to participate in, and benefit from, the economic activity.