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Thursday, March 26, 2009

We’re From The Government And We’re Here To Help

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Session Description

Social entrepreneurs can tap governments to expand impact. Escuela Nueva assisted the Colombian government to debut a new model of teaching more attuned to the needs of rural children and their communities. Riders for Health negotiated innovative delivery of health services to remote communities in Africa. YouthBuild USA partnered with government to scale a program to address core issues facing low-income communities. Hear about best practices in working with governments and how to stay true to the mission when partnering with a larger organisation.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • Barry Coleman Speaker
    Co-founder, Riders for Health International
    I am the co-founder of the social enterprise, Riders for Health. My focus is on sustainable systems and infrastructure building. I have a strong belief in African leadership and management and my work has supported that throughout my career. I studied philosophy at Manchester University. I was a journalist for The Guardian newspaper before co-founding Riders for Health with my wife, Andrea in 1996. We have three children. And I am a published author.
  • Debra Dunn Speaker
    Co-Founder, FEED Collaborative, Stanford University
    Debra is a faculty member at Stanford University's where she co-founded the FEED (Food Entrepreneurship, Education and Design) Collaborative, an exciting partnership between the and the School of Earth Sciences that cultivates radical innovation in the food system through human centered design and project-based, experiential learning in partnership with innovative businesses and non-profit organizations. She also works as an advisor to social ventures around the world. Previously Debra was a business executive at Hewlett Packard where the common threads in her broad, 22-year career were driving large scale change, creating new businesses and producing positive social impact and good business results concurrently. She serves on the Boards of the Skoll Foundation, B Lab, and the global advisory board of the African Leadership University. She is dedicated to food system transformation, social entrepreneurship and business as a force for good. Debra received her BA from Brown University and her MBA from Harvard University.
  • Founder, Advisor, YouthBuild USA
    Dorothy Stoneman was the Founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc., from 1990 through 2016. This organization is the national support center for over 260 YouthBuild programs in the USA and the sponsor of YouthBuild International which has brought YouthBuild to 21 other countries. Stoneman is a leader in advocating for youth engagement in civil society and for ending poverty. After joining the Civil Rights movement in 1964, Stoneman lived and worked for 24 years in Harlem, where in collaboration with local teenagers she created the first YouthBuild program in 1978 and subsequently orchestrated its expansion throughout NYC, then USA, and then internationally. To work toward the elimination of poverty, Stoneman also serves with the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Network, Voices for National Service, America’s Promise, National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard University, Emerald Cities Collaborative, the Markle Initiative for America’s Economic Future in a Networked World, and Citizen University’s Collaboratory. In 2012 she spearheaded the creation of the National Council of Young Leaders – Opportunity Youth United and continues to work with them closely as they build out Opportunity Youth United as a grassroots membership organization focused on civic engagement for low-income young adults toward increasing opportunity and decreasing poverty in America, building both racial equity and racial unity. Stoneman received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007 and the MacArthur “genius” award in 1996.
  • Vicky Colbert Speaker
    Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva
    Vicky Colbert Laureate of the first edition of the Yidan Prize for Education Development (2017) and 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Vicky Colbert is founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. Colbert is a Sociologist from Javeriana University in Colombia and pursued her graduate studies in Sociology of Education at Stanford University in the United States. In 2015, the American University of Nigeria distinguished her with an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Philosophy. She is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model and was its first National Coordinator. Colbert has pioneered, expanded and sustained this educational innovation from many organizational spheres: as Viceminister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF´s Education Adviser for LAC and now from Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), an NGO she founded to ensure its quality, sustainability and innovation. She has been recognized with several awards and distinctions in the fields of leadership and social entrepreneurship, such as the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Clinton Global Citizenship Award, the Kravis Prize, the Colombiano Ejemplar Prize (Colombia 2017) and Magisterio Prize (Spain 2017). She has also been recognized as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Ashoka and the World Technology Network.