THE WORD IS—Speakers, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, Robyn S. Joppy of Keystone Human Services, Ken Wesler of the Strand Capital Performing Arts Center and Clay Lambert of Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency share their views on social entrepreneurship during the 2014 MLK breakfast. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)
Social Entrepreneurship, defined as the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems was the topic of the morning, January 20 during the MLK Breakfast sponsored by Cornish and Associates and the Urban Connection in the State Capital of Harrisburg.
“Today is dedicated to entrepreneurship,” said Vera Cornish host and organizer of the breakfast. The theme of the morning; Social Entrepreneurship: For Profit-For Good.
The phrase, social entrepreneurship originates from the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s when the U.S. was in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, and “social entrepreneur” was first used in the literature on social change. Since then, the concept of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems through for-profits, non-profits and government entities has caught on worldwide.