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    Thank you all for attending the 2012 Social Enterprise Conference. We hope this conference has allowed you to make new connections, be introduced to different ideas, and expand your thinking. See you all at the 2013 Social Enterprise Conference!

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    Thank you to Dell and the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, the 2012 Social Enterprise Conference title sponsors. A Fortune 50 information technology company that develops, sells, and supports leading computer technology, Dell is deeply committed to social impact. Since 2008, it has been the title sponsor of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (, a project of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, which identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with transformative ideas and innovation models.

Former Chairman of SKS Microfinance Vikram Akula Shares Lessons Learned

Vikram Akula, the former Chairman of SKS Microfinance, broke his silence today about the mistakes he made in his social venture, in a speech at the Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard.

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February 26th, 2012

The Power of Academic Institutions to Affect Social Impact at Scale

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on the expanding field of social impact (including social movements/activism/innovation/enterprise) and have been exploring/examining the value of the diverse approaches to affecting change. Of particular interest are The Occupy Movement, the rise of youth-driven social impact networks, and the adoption of social enterprise programs at premiere academic institutions.

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February 25th, 2012

Let’s talk structure…

One of the first questions that any (social) entrepreneur faces as they straddle the three legs of the stool – business, government and non-profit – remains: “What are you?” In essence, are you a for-profit, not-for-profit, hybrid etc.? Underlying that question (in addition to whether the organization might deservingly (or not) benefit from tax exemptions) is often a need to better understand the “motivation” behind the founding (and founders/owners/management team) of the organization?  Will your organization generate public value and/or will it privatize the gains in the form of dividends to shareholders?

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February 25th, 2012

SECON 2012 by the Numbers

  • 1,500 Engaged Attendees
  • 75 Innovative Speakers and Presenters
  • 40 Vibrant panels and Workshops
  • 4 Thought-Provoking Keynotes