Two Keys to a Better World
The Social Entrepreneur and Education for Compassion
Agora Partnerships are a global community committed to unleashing the power of entrepreneurs in the developing world to use business as force for positive change We believe the single best way to fight poverty and inequality is to support and invest in companies with good business practices that are deliberately addressing social and environmental problems.
-- Social Impact: Agora Partnerships
Roots of Empathy's mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. We are an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.
-- Roots of Empathy,Re-Imagining Education for the 21st Century
social entrepreneur: a person who establishes an enterprise (for profit or not-for-profit) with the aim of solving problems and effecting social change, so that the world becomes a community of communities of communities that are creative, compassionate, participatory, and ecologically wise, with no one left behind.
education for compassion: an educational system established with the aim of encouraging empathy for others and a concern for the well-being of life, locally and globally, even as it also offers opportunities for wisdom and competence. It understands compassion and creativity as competencies no less important than reading, writing, and arithmetic.
process-relational philosophy: the organic philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, as it invites an outlook on life and way of living conducive to social entrepreneurship and education for compassion. Process philosophy sees the universe as an evolving network of inter-becoming unfolding within a divine arc of creativity and compassion; and it sees human beings as part of, not apart from, the larger creative whole. In process philosophy we humans are partly composed of the feelings of others even as we also have our own agency and subjectivity; inter-becoming includes inter-subjectivity. Accordingly we find our vocation by responding to the needs of others with gratitude for the past, compassion in the present, and openness to the future. We live with roots and wings.
Videos introducing Social Entrepreneurship,
Agora Partnerships: Optimism and Purpose are the World's Most Important Resource
Recently, I interviewed Ben Powell, Founder and Managing Partner of Agora Partnerships, a global community committed to unleashing the power of entrepreneurs in the developing world to use business as force for positive change. Ben is also the Director of the Agora Venture Fund, a development venture capital fund that invests in early stage ventures in Nicaragua. Ben has an MBA from Columbia, an MSFS with distinction from Georgetown, and a BA with high honors from Haverford College. Ben is a Draper Richards Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow, and was named one of the top 40 under 40 development leaders in Washington DC in 2010.
Bibliographies for Scholars
Whitehead and Education
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