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Cross-Sector Partnerships: New Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurism

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Cross-Sector Partnerships in Social Entrepreneurism - The Presentation

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Cross-Sector Partnerships: New Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurism was presented at the on-line conference by Jim Salmons and Timlynn Babitsky as representatives of Sohodojo and the North American Rural Futures Institute (NARFI).

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Traditional approaches to public-private partnership often have an unspoken assumption of Big Is Good underlying them. Funders too often tell us things aren't worth doing unless they are done in a big way, with large-scale impact. This puts rural communities and distressed urban neighborhoods at a disadvantage where constituencies are often small, and geographically or socially isolated.

In this session, we'll explore emerging organizational and operational strategies for social entrepreneurism that creatively combine non-profit and for-profit organizations in an extended enterprise to support solo and family-based entrepreneurship. We'll focus on how Open Content and Open Source licensing can be used to outsource R&D and technology support for microenterprise networks.

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Post-Presentation Discussion

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The post-presentation discussion was primed with a few provocative questions to stimulate the conversation:

  • Do non-profits feed off the scraps of capitalism?
  • What