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At PNCA: Gregory Dees, social entrepreneurship guru

November 12 to 18 is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and Ecotrust and Portland, OR are getting a running start on the festivities, with a focus on social entrepreneurship. We'll be hosting events at Ecotrust, talking about others around town and curating some extra discussion around social enterprise. How are you @unleashingideas during #GEW? See you on Twitter.

Portrait of professor Gregory Dees
Photo: Fuqua Business School, Duke University

Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs will serve as hosts to Professor J. Gregory Dees when he visits Portland November 9th to present “The Open Solutions Society: Taking Social Entrepreneurship Seriously.” Professor Dees is the Co-founder of the Duke Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and an Impact Entrepreneurs Advisory Board Member. He is widely recognized as the “father of social entrepreneurship.”

In 2007, the Aspen Institute and Ashoka recognized his pioneering work with their first Lifetime Achievement award in Social Entrepreneurship Education. An earlier Aspen report described him as “the father of social entrepreneurship as an academic field.”

He has produced more than 60 cases, articles, chapters, and concept notes related to this topic, as well as editing two books with Jed Emerson and Peter Economy: Enterprising Nonprofits (Wiley, 2001) and Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs (Wiley, 2002). His work bridges the gap between business and the Cover of Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurssocial sector, and between theory and practice, making knowledge useful for social entrepreneurs, as well as the funders, consultants, and educators who work in this field. He has also published in the Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Innovations, and Society.

Prior to his academic career, Professor Dees was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He holds a PhD in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University, a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale, and a BA with high honors in philosophy from the University of Cincinnati, where he received a 2007 James C. Kautz Alumni Master Award.

“Professor Dees is world renowned for his contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship, and we are fortunate to count him as a friend and adviser to Portland State’s Impact Entrepreneurs,” said Cindy Cooper, Impact Entrepreneurs Co-Founder and Director. “We are thrilled that he has chosen Portland as a first stop to present his latest research from his upcoming book.”

The talk will be held at the PNCA Swigert Commons (1241 NW Johnson St.).

The event is free and open to the public.