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An opportunity for social and public entrepreneurs

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Jim White

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Local, state and federal public deficits and a struggling economy provide fertile environment for social and public entrepreneurs to shine. When a crisis occurs, most people stress and start thinking and acting defensively. Public and social innovators live for a crisis because they know that difficult times provide opportunities for trying new approaches to delivering public services more effectively and efficiently and to solving social problems.

In the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and national emergency, public safety officials were able to develop new policies and strategies for coordinating individual agency efforts and sharing information. U.S. foreign development assistance has begun seeing the benefit of supporting the efforts of social entrepreneurs in developing countries to create sustainable business models that make money and create jobs while improving the quality of life in surrounding communities.


What can the U.S. do to promote more public and social entrepreneurism and innovation? Join me and my special guest David O'keeffe on December 17, 2011 as we look at the barriers and opportunities