We're excited to announce that on March 16-17, 2012, Social Venture Partners Rhode Island (SVPRI), Brown’s Social Innovation Initiative, and Entrepreneurship Program at Brown University will host the Social Enterprise Ecosystem and Economic Development (SEEED) Summit at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
CT and Boston GreenScene plan to be there - Register here and join us!
SEEED will convene a national audience of social entrepreneurs, innovators, civic leaders, legislators, academics and students to explore the role of social enterprise in economic development. SEEED creates a needed platform to share models and explore the increasingly important role of social enterprise in our local, national and global economy.
“When visionary Americans apply their entrepreneurial spirit to today’s most pressing issues, they challenge us to rethink how business and government can work together and grow the economy in Rhode Island and around the globe,” said Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Honorary Chair of the Event. “I applaud SVPRI and Brown for convening some of our nation’s leading innovators—including many talented Rhode Islanders—and look forward to participating in this conversation.”
SEEED features national thought leaders as speakers, panelists and as well as interdisciplinary workshops aimed at sharing best practices and developing future public policy suggestions on the state and federal level. Speakers include Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance, Inc. John Maeda, President of RISD, Martin Keen, Principal & Owner Keen Design Studio, Bill Strathmann, CEO of Network For Good, and Michael Brown, CEO and Co-founder of City Year. Topics to be discussed at SEEED, include: Impact Investing, Research, Ecosystem Models, Workforce Development, and New Innovations among many others.
“One exciting aspect of SEEED is the fact that this is the first convening of the growing number of organizations from across the nation which are working to support social enterprise. Our goal is to create a network of these ecosystem builders that can work together to better understand the national impact of social enterprise and advance the agenda,” said Kelly Ramirez, CEO of SVPRI.