In April 2010, the ECSEL 2010 Program will bring Chinese students to the United States for a weeklong program designed to assist aspiring social entrepreneurs on their path to building businesses that create positive change.
About the Clinton Global Initiative University
Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting for students, national youth organizations, and university officials to discuss solutions to pressing global issues. The third annual CGI U Meeting will be held at the University of Miami from April 16-18, 2010. At this meeting, nearly 1,500 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
CGI U is more than just an event. It is a growing community of young leaders who don’t just discuss the world’s challenges — they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students, youth directors, and university officials develop their own Commitments to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campus, in their community, or in a different part of the world.Commitments range from installing energy-efficient light bulbs to establishing campus bike share programs, from distributing life-saving water filtration kits to designing medical backpacks for nomadic doctors in Africa. Since the inaugural meeting, nearly 2,000 commitments have been made.
To learn more about CGI U, visit http://cgiu.clintonglobalinitiative.org/Page.aspx?pid=1871
What is Social Enterpise?
The field of Social Enterpise is about understanding how social and environmental problems can be solved through a business approach. In other words, it is about creating businesses whose product, service or business model has a powerful positive effect on our world.
There are a lot of different ways to solve a problem. Sometimes, it is best to form a charity organization. Other times, it is best to gather the power of the community. In others, the best solution is for the government to intervene.
However, sometimes the most effective solution to a problem is to create a business. Take the example of TOM’s Shoes. This is from the TOM’s Shoes website:
“In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers.
Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 150,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.”
TOM’s could have started as a simple charity, getting money from donors and using that money to buy shoes. But, by using a business model instead of a charity, TOM’s was able to give away many more shoes, and the model is self-sustaining.
The best way to understand social enterprise is to learn about examples of specific businesses. Visit the “Examples” link to the left to hear about other exemplary social enterprises.
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