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Research that Matters: Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Economic Impacts of University–Community Engagement

Published by on November 5, 2013

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships hosted Research that Matters: Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Economic Impacts of University-Community Engagement. The conference was divided into three plenary panels, a keynote address, and breakout sessions.

In the morning panel, featured speakers Chrissy Garton (Director of Social Innovation at Rollins College) and Cindy Kane (President, GN Group) addressed new models of engagement: social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. Their discussion focused on the increasing popularity of social enterprise in recent years as well as what makes a successful social enterprise.

Afterwards, Alex Yule (Founder and COO of Textizen) gave his keynote address on the “community-engaged entrepreneur” using his company Textizen as an example of a social enterprise.

In the second plenary panel, Dr. Stephanie Marhefka (USF Health) and Dr. Etienne Pracht (USF Health) presented their research on behavioral interventions for people living with HIV. Dr. Pracht discussed the methods they used in their study to evaluate the economic impacts of their research.

In the final panel, Dr. Susan Greenbaum (Anthropology), Alex Yule, Cindy Kane, David Braughton (President and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay), and Dr. Joan Pynes (School of Public Affairs) led a lively discussion on the current state of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Members from the community joined in and discussed ways the university and community can work together in order to engage Tampa Bay through social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Listed below are the audio recordings of the plenary panels and keynote speaker address (due to the size of the file they are segmented into multiple audio files):

 

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