In his fabulous book How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas on social entrepreneurs, David Bornstein writes, ““Over the past century, researchers have studied business entrepreneurs extensively… In contrast, social entrepreneurs have received little attention. Historically, they have been cast as humanitarians or saints, and stories of their work have been passed down more in the form of children’s tales than case studies. While the stories may inspire, they fail to make social entrepreneurs’ methods comprehensible. One can analyze an entrepreneur, but how does one analyze a saint?”
Here at the University of Notre Dame, we will leave the analysis of saints to the Theology Department, however Irish Impact is very interested in analyzing the effectiveness and impact of social entrepreneurs on society and the market.
That is why we are very honored to have David Bornstein as the keynote speaker for our 2013 Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference on October 2-4th. David is a journalist and author focused on social innovation. He co-authors the “Fixes” column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section and is the author of three books on social entrepreneurship. He is passionate about the role journalism can play in driving social change and is the co-founder of two exciting digital platforms: Solutions Journalism Network helps journalists pursue rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems; and Dowser is a media site for emerging journalists who report on social innovation.
Come to Notre Dame October 2-4 to hear David and participate in Irish Impact, a conference that brings together entrepreneurs who are developing new socially responsible business models, innovative pathways to delivering lasting impact to the vulnerable among us, and fresh ways of thinking about financial sustainability and wealth creation. Register for the conference, it is FREE.