Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute
November 15-17, 2013 in Ithaca, NY
People in communities across the country are joining together to build a movement that relies on inclusive, localized and systemic solutions to pressing social problems. Their ideas are more innovative and more successful the better they can span social boundaries such as race, class, and place, as well as sectors such as business, government, nonprofits, and education. Sara Horowitz, of the Freelancers Union, recently observed that, “at the core of this new movement is a culture of interdependence, mutual support, and affinity with building sustainability rather than short-term profit maximizing.”
The Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute is conceived to support this movement for a socially just and ecologically sound economy that works for everyone.
The purposes of this Institute are to exchange ideas, provide tools, and help grow a support system for social entrepreneurs and values-driven businesses. New and experienced social entrepreneurs and social innovators will share best practices and co-create new possibilities for action.
Participants of the Institute said:
"This wonderful event was filled with some of the brightest minds and biggest hearts I have ever seen."
"I had a fantastic time and learned so much about what I want to do post college and the tools I need to get there. I met some of the most inspiring people I have ever met in my life. So thank you for making this happen."
"I can't thank you and your staff enough for all the work you all did in giving us an incredible conference. It was outstanding. I don't think I can name just one phenomenal speaker as they were all class acts! The opportunity to learn and network was wonderful."
"This was a FANTASTIC experience - thanks for all the hard work and for bringing together such a phenomenal group of experts and entrepreneurs. I got a lot out of it."
"I now feel even closer to this community and the dreams we have. The Institute was inspiring. "
We are grateful to:
Supporters: Alma Sana; Alternatives Federal Credit Union; Amazing Taste; Barefoot Artists; Building Bridges; Business Alliance for Local Living Economies; Celia’s Ice Pops; Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise; Center for Urban Entrepreneurship at RIT; Challenge Workforce Solutions; Community Foundation of Tompkins County; Dewitt Park Inn; Diaspora Gallery; Dorothy Cotton Institute; EGBOK; eLab; Finlo Solar Powers; Groundswell Local Food and Farming; Illume Projects; Local First Ithaca; Nonprofit Finance Fund; Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives at National Credit Union Administration; Peaks; Ricefield Collective; Social Ventures; Sustainable Passion; Syracuse University NGO Clinic; THRIIVE; Wide Awake Bakery