Annual Harvard Social Enterprise Conference: "Chart Your Path" 5 March 2004, Spangler Center at Harvard Business School
Co-sponsored by the HBS Social Enterprise Club, the Hauser Center, KSG Students, the Center for Business and Government and the Belfer Center for International Affairs
The Social Enterprise Conference seeks to bring students and practitioners together in a large, focused forum to inspire and enable each other to help make the world a better place. Speakers include Ray Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America; Bill Shore, Founder of Share our Strength, Travis Engen, CEO of Alcan, Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka, Jeffrey Hollender, CEO of Seventh Generation, and 50 other presenters or panelists, including faculty and researchers from the Hauser Center. The event also includes a career fair, and networking with 900+ participants. For more information about the conference, or to register, please refer to theconference's website.
LEADERSHIP 2005: Moral Leadership and the Right to Rule 10-11 March, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA
Co-sponsored by the Hauser Center, the Center for Public Leadership, the Center for Business and Government, and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at the Kennedy School
This year's annual conference on Leadership focuses on moral leadership along several dimensions--in business, in presidential leadership, in the professions, and in intervention, to name a few. An academic conference, it features papers, panels and presentations from leading scholars, including David Ellwood, David Gergen, J. Bryan Hehir (Hauser Center), Max Bazerman, John Ruggie, Warren Bennis and Michael Ignatieff, to name a few. For more information, contactConnie Moss at 617-384-8185.
Promoting Financial Stewardship in the Public Sector 1-2 April 2005, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Co-sponsored by the American Accounting Association, the Hauser Center, the Regulatory Policy Program and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government
This conference will bring together academics in the fields of accounting and financial management with leading practitioners, to establish better understanding of sound stewardship in both nonprofit and governmental institutions. The conference will be structured in panels with a mix of practitioners and academics on subjects such as current fiscal challenges, performance measurement, corporate governance, and the role or regulation and auditing. Friday's lunch keynote speaker is Robert Culver, CEO and President of MassDevelopment.Click here for more information on the meeting and the call for papers.
NEW PUBLICATIONS BY HAUSER FACULTY AND ASSOCIATES:
A new Hauser Center working paper
Assessing Financial Vulnerability in the Nonprofit Sector, by Elizabeth K. Keating, Mary Fischer, Theresa P. Gordon and Janet Greenlee (Working Paper No. 27)
Please visitour web site to access these and other Hauser working papers.
Taking Faith Seriously, (Harvard University Press, 2005) eds. Mary Jo Bane, Brent Coffin and Richard Higgins. Our Program on Religion and Public Life is delighted to announce that Taking Faith Seriously, a book that grew out of the Hauser Centers Intellectual Foundations project on the public roles of faith-based organizations will be in bookstores in March 2005. This project was a part of a larger program at the Hauser Center that seeks to establish the intellectual foundation for a fuller understanding of the role that the "voluntary" sector plays in social life. The books co-editors are Mary Jo Bane, Brent Coffin and Richard Higgins; and contributors include Nancy Ammerman, Peter Dobkin Hall, Omar McRoberts, Martha Minow, Mark H. Moore, Ziad Munson, Amy Reynolds, Ronald F. Thiemann, Julie Boatright Wilson and Christopher Winship. Examining the complex ways in which religion and American democracy are interwoven, the book suggests a new way of evaluating religion in public life based on the social roles it performs. It also probes the potential, as well as the risks, for more constructive engagement between these sectors. Taking Faith Seriously offers nine case studies that describes the multiple and subtle roles that religion plays on many levels in our civic life. For information please contact Anne Mathew
A New Case Study
A Mega-Church Takes on Urban Problems: Fellowship Bible Come to South Midtown 2005 KSG case study #C16-05-1780.0
Commissioned by the Program on Religion and Public Life's Executive Session on Faith-Based and Community Approaches to Urban Revitalization, and written by the KSG Case Program has just published a new case study entitled "A Mega-Church Takes on Urban Problems: Fellowship Bible Come to South Midtown." The Fellowship Bible Church (FBC) is one of the premier "mega-churches" in the United States. The context of this case study is the empirical growth of mega-churches, largely ignored by liberals, and the fact that few are "externally focused" on civic engagement and community service. To view the case study written by the Kennedy Schools Case Program and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Leadership Network, please visit the Program on Religion and Public Lifeswebpage. Or go to the KSG Case Program website. For information please contact Anne Mathew
OTHER ACTIVITY UPDATES:
The Hauser Center and Harvard Law School Announce Research Funding in Nonprofit Governance and Accountability
The Hauser Center and Harvard Law School announced in February an RFP inviting proposals for research on nonprofit governance and accountability. The grants will be made from a research fund established jointly with the Harvard Law School as part of a new, five-year, $2 million University-wide initiative aimed at stimulating more research on this critical topic. Hauser and the Law School will jointly launch a Faculty Seminar on Nonprofit Governance and Accountability on Monday, 1 March at the Harvard Faculty Club as part of this initiative. For more information, contact Bill Ryan.
Religion, Politics and Public Life Faculty Seminar Series
On January 31st, the Program on Religion and Public Life (PRPL) held the third panel discussion of the Religion, Politics and Public Life Faculty Seminar Series. The seminar focused on Religion and Politics: A Comparative Analysis and featured three distinguished panelists: Profs. Jorge Dominguez, Diana Eck (Harvard University) and John Paden (George Mason University). The panelists provided a comparative analysis and offered perspectives on the role that religion plays in politics and public life in Cuba, India and Nigeria respectively. This series is co-convened by J. Bryan Hehir and Mary Jo Bane and the last two seminars are scheduled for March 21st and May 9th. For information please contact Anne Mathew
The Hauser Center Announces Its Spring Round of Student Funding
The Hauser Center has just completed its spring round of funding for student activities. After giving $3300 in the fall, Hauser is giving another $2700 this spring to five student groups. The Hauser Center received proposals with requests totaling about $7,000. We are happy to announce grants of: $500 to the Harvard-China Info-Rainbow (HCIR) Project for a conference; $900 to the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference; $500 to the KSG Latino Caucus and La Alianza at Harvard Law School for a panel on "Poverty Issues and Wealth Development" at this year's Latino Law and Public Policy Conference; $200 to the First Annual KSG Black Policy Conference; and $600 to the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy for the conference, "Invisible: HIV/AIDS in African American Communities." The Hauser Center thanks all the terrific student groups who applied.
International Conference on Membership-Based Organizations of the Poor (MBOPs): Theory, Experience and Policy
Martha Chen, of the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) program at the Hauser Center, co-organized a conference on membership-based organizations of the poor with Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University, Renana Jhabvala of the Self Employed Women's Association in Ahmedabad, India, Karl Osner of the Exposure Dialogue Program, and Carol Richards of the Richards Foundation, in in India in January. The conference featured presentations of 15 papers (selected through an international call-for-papers) documenting membership-based organizations of the poor from 13 countries. All presenters were asked to address the following questions: What structures and activities characterize MBOPs? What is meant by success? What factors account for success? In particular, what are the internal (governance structure and leadership) and external (policy environment) factors that account for success? Are these factors replicable across countries or even within countries? What are the constraints to successful MBOPs expanding, or to new ones being formed? What sort of policy environment enables the success of MBOPs, and the formation of successful MBOPs? What types of institutional reforms are needed to ensure the representation of the poor through their own MBOs? Two edited volumes - one of the reflections and technical notes of the participants, the other of the conference papers - will be forthcoming in 2005.
Faculty Launch the "Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory"
Mark Moore, Dutch Leonard, Chris Winship and Gordon Bloom have launched the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab), a new laboratory where students create and develop plans for U.S. and international social entrepreneurship initiatives. The SE Lab is organized at the Kennedy School in Spring Term 2005 as a coordinated series of individual reading and research courses. It combines academic theory, frameworks, and traditional research in organizations, management, and public policy with field work, action research, peer support and learning, and participation of domain experts and social entrepreneurship practitioners.
The Hauser Center Hosts Leaders in Social Entrepreneurship
Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka, and Rowena Young, Director of the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, will visit Harvard and the Hauser Center in early March. As part of the activities surrounding the Annual Social Enterprise Conference, they will attend and present at a series of both public and private gatherings on the subjects of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.
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Christine Letts will moderate a panel on Innovations in Philanthropy for the Annual Social Enterprise Conference on 5 March. Christine will then conduct a workshop in Strategic Giving with Harvard Business School Professor Jim Austin for members of the Synergos Giving Circle on 12 March, and will facilitate two sessions at the Wealth and Giving Forum at Virginia's Greenbrier Hotel from 14-17 April.
Gabriele Bammer has become an Associate Editor of the new on-line Journal of Research Practice and joined the Editorial board of Systemic Practice and Action Research. She has also joined the 'innovation team' for a project funded by the National Cancer Institute called "The Initiative on the Study and Implementation of Systems," which takes a strong systemic view of strengthening tobacco control efforts. Finally, in January, Gabriele was invited to participate in the inaugural workshop for the Decision Support Systems sub-project for Global Environmental Change and Food Systems, a Joint Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, and the World Climate Research Programme.
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Dave Brown facilitated a workshop on "Scaling up the Impact of Social Initiatives" at the annual Bridge-Builders Conference on Monday, February 14. The workshop offered a framework to the invited guests for thinking about how to expand the impacts of their work, and then fostered discussions of strategies that might be used by participants' different initiatives. The Hauser Center provided sponsorship for the conference.
Paul Hodgemoderated a session on the Economic Implications of Aging (see www.genpolicy.com) and participated on a panel dealing with human longevity at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. Paul also attended the Annual Meeting of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, where he sits on the Board of Directors. Finally, Paul has been invited to participate at the Global Philanthropy Forum's Fourth Annual Conference on Borderless Giving, entitled "Ingenuity: Philanthropy, Policy and Private Enterprise" on 2-4 March. See the Philanthropy Forum webpage for more information on the conference.
Mark Moore will give the keynote address Social Entrepreneurship, Mass Mobilization and Systematic Change on 31 March at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford.
Marty Chenspent most of January in India where, in addition to co-organizing the international conference on Membership-Based Organizations of the Poor (see above), she participated in a meeting of the national research network on the informal economy, met with members of the WIEGO Membership Committee to finalize details of WIEGO's new institutional structure, and worked with the Research Academy of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) to complete a monograph on the membership of SEWA.
In February, Marty participated in a brainstorming session on gender issues with the team from the UN Secretary General's office that is preparing the Secretary General's 2005 report on the implementation of the Millennium Declaration. She also consulted with a representative of the Swedish Foreign Ministry on issues of employment and poverty reduction. Finally, Marty met with staff of the United Nation's Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to discuss this year's issue of the Progress of the World's Women - UNIFEM's flagship publication - which she and WIEGO colleagues are writing.
Gordon Bloom will moderate the panel Social Entrepreneurship: Inspiration to Reality with several fellows from Ashoka and Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton for the Annual Harvard Social Enterprise Conference (see above). At the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford (March 30-April 1st) Gordon is panel chair of Networks for Learning: New Paradigms for Social Transformation with Jim Austin, Tariq Zafar, Charlotte Young, and Jacek Bozek.