In a January 2011 Winter Term Class, “Twenty-First Century Global Challenges,”  21 Middlebury students studied great challenges of our time – including wide-scale poverty, climate change, and the struggle for human rights. They then analyzed how social entrepreneurs – individuals and groups who are developing new ways to attack systematic problems – are taking on these challenges.  For example, Nina Cameron ’12 studied how the Global Network is trying to reduce the prevalence of neglected tropical diseases; Erin Kelly ’13 studied how the University of the Peopleis providing tuition-free higher-education throughout the developing world.  The students also spend much of the course developing a vision for a new center for social entrepreneurship based at Middlebury College.  On this MiddLab, we report the ongoing results of this work.


Jonathan Isham, Jr.
Professor of Economics

Wahid Ahmed
Catherine Brown
Nina Cameron
Brian Clow
Thomas Crocker
Matthew Engel
Stuart Fram
Allison Grant
Mark Hannah
Paul Hildebrand
Aaron Kelly
Claire McIlvennie
Olivia Noble
Bradley Osborn
Devin Perkins
Hilary Platt
Jeronimo Riefkohl
Martin Sweeney
Rhidaya Trivedi
Kenneth Williams
Nicole Williams

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One Response to “21st-Century Global Challenges: The Promise of Social Entrepreneurship”

  1. Jon Isham says:

    The network in and around the AshokaU Exchange – http://ashokau.org/exchange/ – will be an important resource for this emerging effort at Middlebury. Just one example: the new book by Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein” “Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century.” http://www.amazon.com/Engines-Innovation-Entrepreneurial-University-Twenty-First/dp/0807834386

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