Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college. It is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. Located in Toronto, it primarily serves the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses.
I am honored to deliver a keynote at the Social Innovation Summit on the role of higher education in empowering social entrepreneurship. Austin et al. (2006) in their article Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship: Same, Different, or Both? note that “the underlying drive for social entrepreneurship is to create social value, rather than personal and shareholder wealth.”
I will be building on World Bank’s definition of empowerment as “the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.”
Higher Education play a integral role of empowering social entrepreneurs through learning experiences–academic and experiential–which in turn helps students develop their capacities as future social entrepreneurs. Higher education also serves as an important connector of current and future talent and resources.
Look forward to the event.