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Driving Social Change: Still Searching for Social Entrepreneurship


Name a tough social problem today, and social entrepreneurship is almost always the first answer for solving it.  Viewed as a branch of business entrepreneurship, there is little agreement on just where, when, and how social entrepreneurship might be the best answer to large problems.  To the contrary, New York University professor Paul C. Light will argue that the problem today is not insufficient social entrepreneurship, but too little care in launching the latest new thing.

Light will continue his search for social entrepreneurship by providing greater guidance on when to use “new combinations of ideas” in a very messy process that involves ten often conflicting steps: (1) mapping (problem definition), (2) planning (forecasting), (3) invention (development of new programs), (4) R & D (proof of concept), (5) launch (adoption of a particular approach as an “idea in good currency”), (6) delivery (day-to-day implementation and management), (7) diffusion (scaling up to cover new “markets” and adopters), (8) finance (development of new investment strategies), (9) assessment (evaluation and adjustment), and (10) redo (revisiting all steps in search of efficiency and effectiveness).  As Light will argue, each one of these steps involves tough choices about when new combinations will help, and when they may actually undermine success.    


Prof Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University

Tuesday, 05 August 2014
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly register your interest in attending online.

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