May 16-28—Led by Professor Greg Witkowski, the study abroad course Philanthropy and Public Policy: The German Context took place in Berlin. Eight graduate and advanced undergraduate students learned from German professors, researchers, policy-makers, and leaders from the nonprofit sector, in addition to visits to state and federal agencies, local nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and philanthropic foundations. Because most basic needs are met through Germany’s extensive social welfare policies, philanthropic organizations are able to concentrate on community building and social innovation. At the center of debates surrounding globalization, environmental change, European integration and humanitarian aid, Berlin provided an opportunity to explore many global trends.
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International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship (ISSE) 2016
After giving an invited presentation on social entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore’s International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship (ISSE), doctoral student Marina Harper remained in Singapore throughout May to conduct field research.
Summary of the event:
On behalf of the ACSEP team, I want to thank you all for making the International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship (ISSE) 2016 a success!
At the ISSE, we hope to bring together scholars in social entrepreneurship to build the field for Asia and Singapore in particular. Continued from last year’s inaugural Symposium, we moved the conversation from comparative landscape to the training and development of the social enterprises in ISSE 2016. Your research, findings, insights, and close-door sharing are the most valuable and appreciated to build this emerging multi-disciplinary field of social entrepreneurship.
This year, we had more than 350 people signed up and the highest turn-out during the day’s program was about 250, as almost every seat in the Shaw Foundation Auditorium was filled. This is an increase of more than 50 percent compared to last year. More than half of the audience had also participated actively by raising questions to the speakers in various sessions. We infer that there is enthusiastic interests from various stakeholders for deeper understanding of the various challenges faced by the social enterprises and the practical solutions offered. ACSEP will continue to work together with various stakeholders to further the innovations for good to Singapore and the region.
We look forward to your continuous support as we work to bring alignment of your research goals with those of ACSEP.
Dr. Weina Zhang
Department of Finance
Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP)
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