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Opportunity From Austerity

The Age of Austerity is upon us, but fear not! As the deficit between societal needs and available resources continues to grow, one thing remains in abundant supply: opportunity. Join us this November in Arlington, VA as we discuss how social entrepreneurs can seize this moment and solve these emerging challenges through scalable and sustainable initiatives that transcend the failed approaches of the past.

About ASE

The Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship conference series convenes hundreds of leaders from every sector in the shadow of the nation’s Capital for conversations designed to accelerate the field of social entrepreneurship. Prominent speakers have included the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, two Virginia governors, and former presidential advisor David Gergen. The first two conferences succeeded in energizing the social innovation movement in Virginia, while the third took aim at topics of national and international interest.

ASE IV, “Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship the Age of Austerity,” will take place November 10, 2011 in Arlington, VA at George Mason University. This year’s ASE theme addresses how governments, organizations, and educators are applying innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to society’s greatest challenges in an age of limited resources.

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ASE I: In 2007 the Phoenix Project convened its first conference, “Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship in Virginia,” a luncheon and panel discussion with former Virginia Governor (now U.S. Senator) Mark Warner. One-hundred and thirty leaders of Virginia’s public, private, nonprofit sectors and representatives of twenty-one Virginia institutions of higher education gathered in Falls Church for a first groundbreaking dialogue. Additional speakers included Robert Egger from the DC Central Kitchen, Bill Dietel, Chairman of Guidestar International, Marco Davis, Director of Youth Venture, and Carol Thompson Cole, President and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners.