Latin American Centre Seminars: ‘Entrepreneuring with a social purpose: its evolution in Latin America’
The concept and practice of entrepreneurship has captured worldwide imagination, particularly among Millennials, but increasingly among all age groups. The notion of bringing to life an innovative product, service or approach - one that improves on what currently exists – draws many to engage in start up venture activities. Less drawn by the financial promise than by the thrill of the challenge to succeed where others have not tried – or failed – these aspiring entrepreneurs number in the millions across our region. But how do we work to expand their horizons beyond just venture creation so that they develop an entrepreneurial mindset wherever their career paths or life circumstances take them? How do we stimulate the application of entrepreneurship to transform inefficient or unjust systems and practices that constrain optimal development? This session will explore the current situation of entrepreneurship development in Latin America, particularly the practice of entrepreneurship for social and environmental transformation. Through specific examples, the session hopes to engage participants in a discussion around how to foster a dynamic entrepreneurial culture focused on coming up with solutions to seemingly perennial problems.
Pamela Hartigan is Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School at the University of Oxford since January 2009. She is also founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organization launched in 2008 and focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future. Prior to starting Volans, Dr. Hartigan spent eight years as the Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum where she was also on the World Economic Forum’s Managing Board. Dr. Hartigan is a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate schools of business in the USA, Europe and Asia, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School and at the University Technology Sydney. Her book, co-authored with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK) and entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World has just been published by Harvard Business Press in February 2008.