Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

June Forum

Thank you for your interest! Details on June Forum 2018 are forthcoming.

In the meanwhile, take a look at the draft program from our past conference, which took place at Middlebury’s Bread Load campus on June 12-14, 2017.

We want to make the world a better place through social innovation.

We are educators.

We have worked abroad and at home.

How do we equip students to explore and find their place in social innovation?

What skills, knowledge, and tools do students need as agents of social change? 

How do we teach them?      

Should we encourage risk-taking and nurture resilience?

Let’s hear from our previous Keynote Speaker, Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, and other educators and practitioners.

Michael Sorrell is one of the most innovative college presidents in the country. We were honored to present him with our annual Vision Award for the year 2017, and to learn from him about combining rigorous academics, experiential learning, entrepreneurship, and locally-minded service in pursuit of positive social change.

Mr. Sorrell spoke in conversation with Middlebury College President, Laurie L. Patton, about his motivations and accomplishments, strategies, changemaking path, radical education, and local action. You can watch his critically-acclaimed TED talk on the “New Urban College Model” here, and his address at last year’s AshokaU Exchange here.

Located at our Bread Loaf campus, Middlebury’s June Forum is a chance for colleagues from across the U.S. and beyond to share ideas on building the best opportunities for students who want to make a difference in the world. (See other highlights from our previous June Forums).

During the 2017 summer conference, speakers and participants sought connections between local and global changemaking. We discussed concepts and competencies that are most critical to students confronting contemporary societal challenges, forging relationships and partnerships around the fire, over a glass of wine, in a workshop, or on walks in the woods.

Some of the topics we usually consider include:

Transcending borders                       Intercultural Communication

                          Community-based learning              

                                           A teaching toolkit for Social Entrepreneurship 

Social Innovation and International Development

                                                           Storytelling and Social Change


Pricing (includes room and board)

Regular: $500

VT Local (no housing): $275 


Travel Information

The Bread Loaf campus, the location of our retreat, is in the small town of Ripton in the heart of Central Vermont. We are a four-hour drive from Boston, five hours from NYC. If you plan to fly, we are one hour from Burlington VT (the closest airport) and two hours from Albany NY (the next closest). (We recommend at least allowing for 2 to 2.5 hours of flexible time between landing in Burlington and the 2:00 PM beginning of the retreat on Monday June 12th.) If you want to take advantage of the New England setting, renting a car makes some sense; otherwise you can arrange a rideshare through Middlebury Transit. We will provide more information on our confirmation email.

The Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship
118 South Main St.
Middlebury, VT 05753



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