I’m pleased to have been asked to participate in a panel discussion: CHANGEMAKERS: THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENUERS IN THE UNITED STATES
Visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Their program is arranged by Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID Washington).
This Multi-Regional Project will examine the rise of social entrepreneurship in the U.S. and how innovation can drive social and environmental change. Social entrepreneurs identify social problems and apply market-based solutions to organize, create and manage ventures that engage the community to solve social problems. This project will focus on the concept of social entrepreneurship, as well as government initiatives that support civic engagement and innovation. Through examination of successful models of social entrepreneurship, the participants will explore the impact of new and social media on traditional methods of fundraising, grassroots mobilization and strategic collaboration.
• To examine the role of social entrepreneurship in the United States, focusing on what makes these ventures sustainable and self-sufficient;
• To introduce international social entrepreneurs to their American counterparts for discussion of best practices and innovative approaches to social change affecting poverty alleviation, public health, and the environment;
• To discuss current trends and developments shaping social innovation, including the impact of strategic collaboration, youth initiatives, corporate social responsibility, and combined non-profit/for-profit enterprises;
• To explore the impact of new and social media in the promotion of social entrepreneurship.
It is great to have the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy take the lead in this and I applaud their efforts. These topics are so relevant in today’s economy and society.
Comments and inputs are as always most welcomed.