On July 13th, invited by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit hosted a presentation to a group of 10 social entrepreneurs from Belarus. The program was sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development in partnership with World Learning. The Fowler Center discussion was part of the visitors’ tour of Cleveland hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs as part of their Community Connections program designed to strengthen the professional capacity and skill set of entrepreneurs in a country still in transition from the Soviet Union.
The Fowler Center portion of the presentation included an introduction to practices for revolutionizing business and nonprofit management for social impact through the model of “Appreciative Inquiry", as well as a summary of AIM2Flourish.com which highlights business innovations that are positively impacting society and the environment as well as helping the world reach the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development .
In addition to learning about the Fowler Center’s focus on how business can “do good and do well,” the guests heard from Bill Vogelgesang, from the purposeful investment bank Epoch Pi, about social enterprises and impact investing in the US and also from Michael Goldberg, assistant professor, design and innovation, about his work with entrepreneurs in Cleveland and around the world as well as his MOOC and recently published book: Beyond Silicon Valley: How One Online Course Helped Support Global Entrepreneurs.
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