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Spotlighting Social Entrepreneurship

Students in an introductory course deliver original research to aid local small-business owners. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

Students in an introductory course deliver original research to aid local small-business owners. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

How can entrepreneurs solve problems and empower people?

by Linh Nguyen '20

Dickinson College President Margee Ensign and global entrepreneur Martin Burt will discuss social entrepreneurship on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium.

Ensign and Burt will discuss how social entrepreneurial education can lead to self-reliance, reduce poverty and empower people. Dickinson offers a Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE) certificate program, which focuses on creating pathways for student-led innovation and change by focusing courses on critical thinking skills, creativity and organizational development capabilities.

Burt is the founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a nonprofit organization that uses entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance to eliminate world poverty. After developing one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural and tourism high schools for the rural poor, Burt also co-founded Teach a Man to Fish, a global network that promotes “education that pays for itself,” and Poverty Stoplight, a measuring tool that lets families self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and create customized plans for poverty elimination.

Ensign is the 29th president of Dickinson College and the former president of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, Adamawa state, Nigeria. During the Boko Haram insurgency that put Adamawa in a state of emergency, Ensign co-founded and led the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API), which successfully responded to violence and promoted peace, education and community development while feeding 300,000 internally displaced persons. At the University of the Pacific in California, Ensign developed multiple courses and programs on international social entrepreneurship and moved a microfinance organization to campus that works with 250,000 women in Central America.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the SINE certificate program and the Department of nternational Business & Management. The program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

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Published February 7, 2018