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日期: 2010年12月20日,星期一,上午7:24

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Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

Save the date: The Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2011 is here!

The 2011 Social Enterprise Conference will be held March 5-6, 2011.  Tickets for both Saturday and Sunday are on sale now.  Click here to buy your ticket and secure your place in one of the most important social enterprise events of the year! 
The Social Enterprise Conference is one of the world’s leading forums to engage in dialogue, debate, and expression around social enterprise.  Over time, the Conference has become an arena to explore revolutionary ideas that challenge the prevailing status quo and inspire a call to action.
This year’s theme: Sustaining Impact, Living Change
We’re not just making a difference, we’re living it.  Our 2011 Conference theme asks us to consider how we can live change given our own personal context.  The 2011 Social Enterprise Conference will provide a platform for you to explore how others are living change, and be inspired to live change through your own life, in your own way.  Join us this year and commit yourself to living change to create a sustainable impact on the world.  Read our blog entry on the theme

Why attend the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference?

  • Connect with over 1,200 Conference participants including professionals, industry leaders, students and alumni who are passionate about social enterprise.  The Social Enterprise Conference has sold out every year for the last four years.
  • Be inspired by the work of more than 75 panelists and speakers, not just through speeches, but also one‐on‐one at dedicated networking events.
  • Explore the many facets of social enterprise at more than 30 panels and workshops on the latest topics in the field. Voice your most promising ideas for new enterprises in our Pitch for Change business plan competition, and learn about opportunities to live change at our Career Fair.

Last year, we successfully expanded our event to two days to provide more opportunities to learn and forge connections.  This year we have expanded the Saturday agenda, increased opportunities for formal and informal networking, and challenged ourselves to make each element of our conference more interactive and practical.

Message from the Co-Chairs

Emily Wren and Albert Chu
We’re glad you’re interested in the 2011 Social Enterprise Conference!  We hope you will join us March 5-6, 2011 in Boston.  As Co-Chairs of this year’s conference, we wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves – why we’re interested in social enterprise and what our aspirations are for this year’s event.

  Albert is in his second year at the Harvard Business School:
My passion for social enterprise comes from a longstanding interest in international development.  The statistics on extreme poverty have always stunned me; particularly given the enormous investment by philanthropists and aid workers in the developing world, I’ve had a hard time stomaching how difficult life is for so much of the world’s population. 

  Before business school, I spent time both in the for-profit management consulting world and the non-profit iNGO world, and the combination of these experiences led me to believe that innovative approaches to old problems may finally solve them – for instance, through microfranchising, social impact investing, or multinationals working at the base of the pyramid.  I got involved with the Social Enterprise Conference because I was excited about showcasing some of these new ideas for a large audience of students and professionals passionate about making a difference. 

  This year, as one of the Co-Chairs, I’m particularly excited about helping produce a conference that will make these innovations practical and personal for our conference participants.  Our goal is for everyone who attends our conference to walk away with a better understanding of how he or she can create social value, whether it’s from inside a non-profit, the government, or a traditional business.

  Emily is in her second year at the Harvard Business School:
My interest in social enterprise started with a question:  How do you sustain people’s commitment to doing good?  After watching the inevitable spike and decline in donations of time, money and resources after multiple natural disasters, I questioned whether society could realistically rely on altruism to effect sweeping change.  I became interested in how free market principles could be applied to solve social problems and improve quality of life throughout the world. 

  I joined the leadership team of the Social Enterprise Conference to help preserve the forum for discussion of social enterprise at the Harvard Business School, and further the perception of business as a force for good.  As one of the Co-Chairs of the 2011 Social Enterprise Conference, I was further inspired by the symbolism of leading a joint team of students from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School to produce the event.  Our team is split 50/50 between the two schools, and we are striving to bring both perspectives to bear throughout our conference.  To me, this is a subtle but powerful example of the kind of collaboration that will enable us to solve the world’s most pressing problems. 

   I invite you to join us for an exploration into this innovative and fascinating space.  Come with an open mind, bring your creativity, listen critically and think hard about the ideas presented.  I personally hope you leave inspired by the multitude of ways leaders in social enterprise are sustaining impact and living change, and committed to discovering how you will make a difference.

The Pitch for Change Competition is back!

Deadline for submission: Wednesday, January 19, 2011

  Share your change-making ideas with the world and win up to $6,000 in cash and free consulting hours!

  Unlike traditional business plan competitions, Pitch for Change participants do not submit a full business plan.  All you need is a great idea with a significant social impact!  This “elevator pitch” contest is open to any grad students with an idea for a new social enterprise venture.

  How does it work?
To be considered for the competition, you must submit a written proposal by January 19th, 2011.  Fifteen semi-finalists will be selected and notified by Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011. 

  If you are one of the semi-finalists, you will need to submit one slide summarizing your idea by February 16th, 2011.  You will have the opportunity to participate in a “pitch” workshop to receive feedback on March 5th, and the final rounds will be conducted on March 6th. 

  For more information and complete rules of entry please visit our website at www.pitchforchange.org  or contact Alia Avidan or Marie Kyle at pitchforchange@socialenterpriseconference.org.


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