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University of Waterloo
The School of Environment and Development presents

Social Innovations within
Markets Workshop

A rising number of organizations (social enterprises) have made it their central mission to advance social welfare goals within markets, violating the conventional division of responsibilities between for-profit and not-for- profit organizations. Scholarly work has trailed practice in this rapidly evolving field, but recent work has advanced a number of useful analytical concepts including ‘social innovations,’ ‘hybrid organizations,’ and ‘base of the pyramid.’ Join us for a one day workshop in which we will reflect on both the long standing and emerging opportunities and challenges faced by these organizations.

The workshop is presented in three parts.

Panel Discussion brings together three of the most respected scholars in the area of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. We have asked them to share their views on the field with their sights on the fundamental questions that remain to be asked and the new ones emerging as the field continues its rapid development. We expect a lively discussion on both the entrepreneurial and creativity frequently associated with the work of social entrepreneurs and the challenges and risk attached to relying on market forces for the advancement of social welfare goals.

» Frances Westley, JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo
» Geoff Kistruck, Associate Professor and Ron Binns Chair in Entrepreneurship,
   Schulich School of Business

» Oana Branzei, Associate Professor, Director of Sustainability Certificate Program,
   Ivey Business School

Moderated by Dr. Silvia Dorado, Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island and Visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo.

Social Finance Lunch Session brings together practitioners and academics discussing the history and future of social finance. The focus will be both on the development of social finance as a field and its role on supporting social innovation within markets. The panel will include Professor Olaf Weber, EDC Canada Chair in Environmental Finance, University of Waterloo and representatives from Centre for Impact Investing (CII), Credit Union Central Canada and Social Capital Partners.

Paper Sessions is composed of two consecutive paper presentation sessions with two to three papers per session. Focusing on scholarly exchanges in the field of social entrepreneurship, we will encourage an interactive format focused on maximizing the opportunity for conversation and feedback.

when: May 21, 2014
9:30-10:15am | Welcome and Registration
10:15am-12:00pm | Panel Discussion
12:00-1:45pm | Social Finance Lunch Session
1:50-5:00pm | Paper Sessions

where: University of Waterloo
200 University of Waterloo | Environment 3

This event is free but seating is limited.
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