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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Community Development: Transforming What Is Possible

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Session Description

Practitioner Showcase: It has long been recognised that real change for real people in communities around the world happens from the ground up. Social entrepreneurs have learned that it is only with the support of community members – from tribal chiefs to the school teachers, midwives to factory managers – that long-term, sustainable social change can be achieved. Three leaders will discuss the strategies they used to develop and maintain engagement with local communities to create new opportunities for economic self reliance and poverty alleviation.

 

When | Where

10:45 - 12:15 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • Co-Founder, WE
    Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Marc Kielburger, Craig co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools & WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of his charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC. Craig is the youngest ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. Craig has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize.
  • Keely Stevenson Speaker
    CEO, Weal Life, PBC
    Keely Stevenson is an entrepreneur and an investor. Her latest venture is Weal Life, which is dedicated to leveraging technology to make it easier for people to care for one another, especially during a health crisis, chronic illness or aging. www.theweallife.com She’s built global initiatives, including in her role as CEO of Bamboo Finance USA. Bamboo is one of the world’s first and largest private equity funds focused on balancing social impact and commercial returns. She’s also built the world’s first online community for social entrepreneurs (Social Edge) as she was the first employee hired by the CEO of Skoll Foundation. She has worked on 5 continents building the field of social entrepreneurship with Acumen Fund, Triodos Bank, Royal Bafokeng Nation and the California Legislature. She was awarded Young Global Leader from the World Economic Forum. Keely serves on the board of several companies, lectures around the world and has studied politics at UC Berkeley and received an MBA from Oxford University.
  • Martin Burt Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Fundacion Paraguaya
    Dr. Martin Burt is founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 33-year old NGO devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance to eliminate poverty around the world. He is a pioneer in applying new poverty metrics, microfinance, micro-franchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies to address chronic poverty around the world. He has developed one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural and tourism high schools for the rural poor. He is co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London (3000 members-150 countries) that promotes “education that pays for itself” and which is partnering with more than 50 organizations from 27 countries to establish self-sufficient schools, mostly in rural areas. He has also developed the Poverty Stoplight, a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that assists families to self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and develop customized plans to eliminate poverty. This new metric is now being implemented in more than 30 countries by more than 100 organizations, including the US and the UK. Dr. Burt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbanking Network. In public service he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected Mayor of Asunción, and was appointed Vice Minister of Commerce. Dr. Burt has books published on economics, development, municipal government, poetry, and education and has received numerous awards. He holds a PhD from Tulane University Law School and is a Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Martin Burt was born in Asunción, Paraguay in 1957 where he resides.
  • Vera Cordeiro Speaker
    Founder and Board President, Saúde Criança
    Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Associação Saúde Criança was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received her MD as a general practioner in 1975 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. From 1978 to 1998, she worked at the Hospital da Lagoa founding in 1979 the Psychosomatic Department. In 1991, she founded the Associação Saúde Criança, a social organization that uses a pioneering methodology to promote the well-being of socially vulnerable families, with long-term results, proven by researchers at Georgetown University (link: http://www.saudecrianca.org.br/wp-content/uploads/Saude-Crianca-Brief-English-Final-1.pdf) . It has also an impact on public policy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, helping thousands of people through city government. ASC was elected by Global Geneva the best social organization of Latin American and the 19ª best of the world. Dr. Vera is an Ashoka fellow, a Skoll Foundation awardee, Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, an Avina leader, a member of the World Council of Ashoka, a board member of Volans and from 2005-2011 a Board member of PATH: A Catalyst for Global Health.