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The Citizen

Harvard Gets Social

SECON 2014 347By Simon R. Bone

Last weekend the Harvard Kennedy School in conjunction with the Harvard Business School held the 15th annual Social Enterprise Conference. It was a weekend packed with new ideas, fun, and inspiration, and was a fantastic experience for all involved.

The Conference celled for reflection and ambitious visioning – not only for its delegates, but also for the Conference itself. This year they decided to expand beyond traditional programming to offer its attendees a deeper and more varied experience. SECON 2014 featured a diverse selection of session formats, intended to activate both sides of the brain and to satisfy all types of learners.

Key note speakers included Cheryl Dorsey, the President of Echoing Green (a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement), Premal Shah (the brainchild behind the Kiva microfinance initiative), Leila Janah (the Founder and CEO of Samasource) and Jill Dumain (Director of Environmental Strategy for Patagonia).