Sustainable Non-profits and Engaging Young Entrepreneurs

Here are a couple of more track descriptions for the upcoming ForSE 2008: Forum for Social Entrepreneurs on October 10th at Boston University.

Sustainable Ventures for Non-Profits

In decades past, many non-profits have achieved only temporary success and limited scale due to dependence on grants and donations. A new breed of ventures have begun innovating revenue models to build greater capacity and sustain operations. These approaches leverage the power of markets to meet social needs. Whether they’re building a socially responsible brand of clothing, providing renewable energy solutions, or bringing banking to the poor, these organizations have discovered the sustainable power of partnering with their customers.

Topics to be addressed in this session include: developing an earned income model, identifying market needs, measuring success, the power of scale, and balancing competing interests.

Cultivating a Generation – Engaging Young Entrepreneurs

A 2007 Harris survey shows 4 in 10 young people between the ages of 8 and 21 want to start their own business. Creative skill development and entrepreneurial experiences provide young people with opportunities to discover their talents and passions, believe in themselves and empower them to create their own futures. This track will explore educational programs focused on engaging young people in real world entrepreneurial experiences that launch them on a path toward building new businesses that create jobs, serve their community and have a positive impact on the world around them.

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One response to “Sustainable Non-profits and Engaging Young Entrepreneurs

  1. Raj,

    Hope you’re well – it’s been a while!

    Sustainability, in my mind, has two axes:

    1 – The present moment – This has to do with how we are doing things now. Our creativity, our passion, our networks – all of these are unlocked (or not) in the present moment.
    2 – The future – This has to do with what is scalable and what takes the least effort to maintain. Doing this correctly requires good planning and wisdom.

    I’m looking forward to this forum.

    John
    CorporateDollar.Org

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