Center for Social Entrepreneurship

I am the Faculty Director for the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship, located on campus at 118 South Main St.  Our mission statement goes like this:

The mission of the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship is to be a world leader in social change and development. Based on our conviction that social entrepreneurship education is integral to the 21st-century liberal arts, we offer students opportunities to reflect, to connect, to analyze, and to engage. Building on and complementing Middlebury’s commitment to educating students in the tradition of the liberal arts, our students learn to be effective agents of social change by reflecting on who they are, connecting with others, analyzing systemic challenges, and engaging the world around them. The center is designed to be a hub within a global network of schools, NGOs, government agencies, businesses, and foundations that share a commitment to creating 21st-century solutions.

2012 has proven to be a very busy year for the MCSE!

  • The 2012 kick-off of the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship was a smash hit: Details here and here.
  • We led a lunch series in the spring, which featured many inspiring leaders, including Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Brown’s Alan Harlam.
  • Our students also took the lead in our weekly MLab series, which was an opportunity for them to develop and build ideas.  One of those, featured here, is led by Emily Nunez ’12.
  • As the summer began, we led a faculty and staff forum at Bread Loaf which drew participants from 18 different campuses. Photos of this event, which was very well received, can be found here.
  • We supported five teams of students over the summer: see more about their pitches here.
  • We have made many plans for a productive year ahead: follow us on Facebook to stay up to date of our plans.
  • Finally, we moved! Come find us at 118 South Main Street, just down the hill from the Davis Family Library.

Background work on the center was lead by Middlebury students in my 2011 winter-term class “21st Century Global Challenges.” In fall 2011, Middlebury became an AshokaU Changemaker Campus  In a 2012 winter-term class, a dozen students and I made more progress of the idea.

As emphasized in our mission statement, the foundation for our center is the theme of social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts. Here’s an essay I wrote on the topic last year; a more recent essay, “Putting the Liberal Arts to Work,” can be found here. And I recently recorded a fun 12-minute lecture on this theme: take a look!

 



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