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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
    Co-founder (with Andrea Coleman) of Riders for Health. After seeing the extremely damaging lack of vehicle management and appropriate infrastructure in Africa in the 1980s, Barry worked with African colleagues to develop a replicable mechanism for managing vehicles where there is no conventional support infrastructure – no dealership network, for example. Barry designed Riders for Health’s groundbreaking transport resource management (TRM) and transport asset management (TAM) vehicle management systems. He also created Riders’ cost-per-kilometre calculator, which allows for the accurate costing of any vehicle in any given physical/financial environment over its mechanical/economical life-span. An important element of the success of these systems has been the organisational and financial development of Riders, headed by Riders’ CEO Andrea Coleman. Barry and Andrea were recently profiled on the BBC World documentary, Alvin’s Guide to Good Business. Barry’s first degree was in philosophy and after that he qualified in law. His early career was in journalism with the Guardian the BBC after which he worked as a communications consultant with a number of leading British companies including Marks and Spencer, Rolls-Royce and BAA.
  • 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 that cultivates radical innovation in the food system through human centered design, project-based, experiential learning and social entrepreneurship. 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 and the global advisory board of the African Leadership University. She is dedicated to food system transformation, social entrepreneurship and sustainable business. 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 is founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva and co-author of the Escuela Nueva educational model, worldwide known for its proven effectiveness in improving the quality of education. She has developed, expanded and sustained this innovation from different organizational spheres: as the first Escuela Nueva National Coordinator, Director of Distance Education in Javeriana University, ViceMinister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF’s Regional Education Adviser for the LAC region and now, from Fundación Escuela Nueva, a nonprofit she founded in 1987 to ensure the quality and sustainability of the Escuela Nueva model in Colombia and abroad, and to further adapt its proven, cutting-edge pedagogy to new contexts and populations. Under Colbert´s leadership, FEN has adapted the Escuela Nueva model to urban settings (1987) and for migrant, displaced populations in emergency situations (2001) and just recently was ranked 42nd by The Global Journal among the Top 100 Best NGOs worldwide. Colbert has been recognized as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation and by Ashoka. She has been awarded with the World Technology Award in Social Entrepreneurship (2005), the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2006), the first version of the Clinton Global Citizenship Award (2008). In 2009 she was awarded with the Qatar Foundation´s WISE Award for her efforts in education for pluralism and in 2011 received the Kravis Prize in Leadership. She was honored as the 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate from the Qatar Foundation. She completed her undergraduate Sociology degree in Javeriana University in Colombia and earned two M.A.´s in Sociology of Education and Comparative International Education from Stanford University in the United States.