By Javier.Saade, SBA Official
As yet another massive blizzard hit New England on Valentines Day, the jointly hosted Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School gathering focused on social entrepreneurship and impact investing took place.
The dialogue was inspiring and the energy palpable amongst the 500+ people in attendance. The Social Enterprise Conference, now in its 16th year, brings together academics, investors, public sector leaders, private sector entrepreneurs, non profit practitioners, and students passionate about all aspects of social enterprise - and this includes impact investing.
This year the theme of last Saturday was the collective opportunity "to reflect on three critical stages of social enterprise: Intent. Action. Impact."
The conference had keynote speakers, including Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka and the acknowledged father of social entrepreneurship globally - as well as topical panels, problem solving labs, and opportunities for interactive discussions and good debates. One of the aspects of this vibrant and growing sector is the combination of social change with measurable intention married to implementation strategies that take into account the delivery of impact on society as a performance-driven outcome.
That sounds like a mouthful, but the concept is grounded in practice.