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Enhancing energy access and climate resilience through social entrepreneurship

The social entrepreneurship movement is an emerging global social change strategy, drawing from the innovation and opportunity-seeking behavior of entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs apply business tools and strategies to solve social problems, especially the economic injustices afflicting the poor. In the Global South, most social entrepreneurs address challenges related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Household and on-farm energy technologies appear particularly well suited for social enterprise activity. Many international development institutions are advancing social enterprise strategies as part of their operative theories of change. Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is home to the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), the leading university-based social enterprise accelerator. GSBI has provided capacity development services for 600 social entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries over the past 15 years. GSBI has developed a robust methodology to provide stage-appropriate, structured curriculum, with customized mentoring by Silicon Valley executives. Approximately one-third of participants are enhancing energy access. By strengthening local institutions (enterprises, markets, civil society organizations), the social enterprise movement fosters climate resilience across the Global South.


Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Venue: Tempe Campus: Memorial Union, 240 - Navajo Rm

Keith Douglass Warner OFM directs the Center’s education, fellowship, grants and action research activities. He is a practical social ethicist in the Franciscan tradition. He has designed and implemented innovative, inter-disciplinary educational programs that advance social justice and Catholic identity in higher education since he came to Santa Clara in 2004. He directs the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, which provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and research for SCU juniors within the Center’s worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. With Thane Kreiner he designed the fellowship and wrote the grant that funds it. He also teaches in the Honors Program, School of Engineering, and Religious Studies Department. Keith is an active participant in the retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, and on the Board of Regents at the Franciscan School of Theology.