Better World: Agenda & Interactive Sessions Announced

Posted by on September 23, 2009 in Entrepreneurship, Featured


Leadership for a Better World: Creating Social Value through Innovation, held in Washington, D.C. has just announced the schedule for the September 25th forum.

The event is organized around the idea of bringing together a cross-sector audience (business, nonprofit, policy and academia) for a series of discussions on how to create, lead and sustain organizations for social impact. The ultimate driver is collaboration: attendees, regardless of the type of organization they work for, will leave with ideas centered on working with each other across boundaries to create solutions to the social and environmental issues facing us. As such, the lineup of speakers–and the attendee list thus far–is an exciting mix of sectors, ideas, and approaches. Topics to be covered include:

  • The struggles and rewards of running a mission-based for-profit business, and the value of an authentic brand
  • The role of public-private partnerships in addressing environmental and health issues that span national borders
  • Institutions and policies needed to mitigate climate change (from all four perspectives)
  • Strategies for scaling social enterprise
  • How technology and innovation are accelerating and shaping the landscape of corporate engagement in social impact
  • Unique takes on social innovation and social entrepreneurship

Several of the panels and breakouts will be interactive, allowing attendees plenty of time to network with each other and speakers.  The one-day forum is organized by the Center for Social Value Creation and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  A snapshot of the agenda is below.

Agenda: Friday September 25th, 2009

9 – 9:30 a.m. An interactive discussion with Seth Goldman, President & TeaEO, Honest Tea
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Supercorp
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, will discuss the growing number of companies using their power not only for profits and sustainable growth, but also social good. Providing examples and anecdotes from her latest book, she will offer evidence that businesses that are agile, attuned to market changes and customer needs are businesses that also are progressive, socially responsible human communities.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Changing Landscape of Social Innovation & Corporate Engagement
A panel discussion featuring Smith faculty members Ritu Agarwal, Rachelle Sampson & Oliver Schlake
Moderated by Alan Webber, Founder, Fast Company magazine
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. What We Don’t Know About Social Innovation Might Hurt Us
An interactive discussion with Paul Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Wagner School at NYU.
Social innovation is moving quickly across the globe, but much of what we are doing is poorly informed by actual practices that produce reliably high impact. This discussion will cover what we do and don’t know about what works and what doesn’t.
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Social Entrepreneurship and The New Heroes
A presentation and discussion led by Charles Stuart, Producer & Filmmaker of The New Heroes, featuring clips from the acclaimed PBS series focusing on four extraordinary people in Bangladesh, Zambia, Egypt and Kenya.


Erik is a perpetually curious social innovator. As a serial entrepreneur, Erik knows a thing or two about change. As a co-founder of SocialEarth, Erik hopes to channel his passion for social advocacy into an innovative venue of social awareness for others.

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