Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

June Forum

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Please join us for our Third Annual June Forum at Middlebury’s splendid Bread Loaf campus from Monday, June 9 to Thursday, June 12, 2014. As in the past two years, we hope to gather educators of all kinds to share their experiences with social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts and in other education settings. You can register here!

Check out some images from the 2013 June Forum, and click here to see archives of the 2012 and 2013 June Forum events.

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“The combination of sharing experiences and opportunity for reflection and discussion was excellent. In addition, the open atmosphere encouraged sharing of ideas in a very productive way.”

“Great opportunity to connect and layer conversations. I deeply appreciated the space to explore, learn and listen from others.”

 This year our theme is ‘Teaching Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons and Opportunities.’ We particularly look forward to welcoming small teams of educators who are hoping to learn the ropes about teaching social entrepreneurship and bring ideas back to their own campuses. This event is always an opportunity to relax after a busy academic year, to prepare for a reflective summer, and break bread with like-minded colleagues. Here are two snippets from the many positive reviews we have received:

This year for the first time, we are going to partner with Echoing Green for an extra day of programming. From noon on Wednesday, June 11 to noon on Thursday, June 12, we invite Forum participants to receive an 8-hour training in the “Work On Purpose” curriculum from Echoing Green. After receiving this training, you will have a great tool for helping your students to (as noted on the Echoing Green website):

  • Uncover their personal genius and how they can apply it to the issues they care most about.
  • Develop the boldness and the spirit of risk-taking required to launch a path with purpose.
  • Create lives and work with meaning.

Space is limited for this event, and spots are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Additional presenters include:

Marina Kim, Co-Founder and Executive Director of AshokaU

Marina’s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over a decade. She started at Stanford University, leading the Future Social Innovators’ Network, the Social Entrepreneurs’ Challenge, and co-founding the university’s first minor in social innovation. Since then, Marina co-founded and leads Ashoka U, working with campuses to embed social innovation as an educational focus and core value of the university culture. Marina’s work has been featured on Social Edge, change.org, in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times. Marina was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, recognizing her work with Ashoka U.

David Colander, Middlebury College Professor of Economics – “Equipping Social Entrepreneurs with the Tools They Need”

David Colander received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has been the Christian A Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont since 1982. In 2001-2002 he was the Kelly Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 35 books and 100 articles on a wide range of topics. His books have been, or are being, translated into a number of different languages, including Chinese, Bulgarian, Polish, Italian, and Spanish. He has been president of both the Eastern Economic Association and History of Economic Thought Society and is, or has been, on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Journal of Economic Perspectives and the Journal of Economic Education.

Anke Wessels, Executive Director of the CRESP Center for Transformative Action at Cornell University

Most of us who are teaching social entrepreneurship, incorporate experiential activities into our courses and programs. We do so because we know that learning is maximized when it is active, engaged, and cooperative. However, if poorly designed, experiential activities can be problematic. Students can draw superficial conclusions from them, reinforcing simplistic analyses or stereotypes. In this session, Anke Wessels will share what she learned from the service-learning literature to develop rigorous assessment strategies for experiential activities, in and outside the classroom. She will demonstrate how small changes in her course design produced significant results in three areas 1) documenting and assessing learning, 2) student performance, and 3) students’ awareness of the source and significance of their learning. This will be a practical session, with templates and literature provided. Feel free to bring your syllabi or other course design materials.

David Torres, Business Development Director of Mothers2Mothers

While traveling around the world with his family on a sabbatical from his role as a Managing Director at JPMorgan in London in 2005, David was introduced to mothers2mothers, and worked as a volunteer in Cape Town for two months. After returning to London in early 2006, David decided to end his 22-year career in banking and join mothers2mothers as a permanent staff member, working first in London from August 2006, and moving with his wife and two children to South Africa in January 2007. David’s roles include both local and international fundraising and development, and involvement with the business side of mothers2mothers’ international expansion. He also fills a role within the general management of m2m. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, where he studied International Relations, Political Science and French. David has traveled extensively from an early age, and speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese and French. He holds US and UK citizenship.

Jon Isham, Faculty Director of the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Jon Isham will present the complete findings of the quantitative and qualitative analyses of the 2008 Davis Projects for Peace. Spanning nearly two years, this study has aimed to understand what constitutes a successful project and to measure social return on investment of these projects. Survey results will inform future analysis of Davis Projects for Peace and other social impact projects to maximize efficiency, learning and effectiveness.

Please let us know if you have any questions about our 2014 June Forum and the extra day of Echoing Green training. And links to our box office can be found here. Details about pricing are as follows. Since the event is held on our Bread Loaf mountain campus, all of the housing and meals are included in the price of the Forum — listed below

Early Bird Registration June 9-11 (until April 15): $475

Regular Registration June 9-11 (closes June 1): $575

Early Bird Registration with Echoing Green training June 9-12 (until April 15): $750

Regular Registration with Echoing Green training June 9-12 (closes June 1): $850

Echoing Green stand-alone June 11-12 (one night only): $275.00


Transportation:  Attendees should fly in to Burlington International Airport (BTV), which is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Bread Loaf campus. Driving directions can be found here. There are a number of rental car and taxi services available from the BTV airport. A number of registered attendees have expressed an interest in carpooling. We will connect interested parties via email as the Forum draws closer.

Our Benefactor:

The Center was established thanks to the generosity of Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation. Hassenfeld, the former CEO at Hasbro Inc., has been a leader in corporate philanthropy over the long course of his business career.

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