Chris speaking at Columbia University Social Enterprise Conference, October 8

Hi everyone, just a quick post to let you know that Chris will be speaking at the Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Conference 2010 on  October 8, 2010.  Here is a description on the conference (looks cool!)

Conference Overview

Despite the economic downturn, social enterprise has continued to attract attention and investment around the world. Social enterprise is here to stay. Yet while we’ve seen dramatic growth in some areas — from the charter school movement to microfinance and insurance — where will the next phase of social innovation come from? How will social impact investors uncover new opportunities? And what new financing models will help to get new ventures off the ground, particularly given tough economic times?

And Chris’ session:

Developing Audiences: Consumption and Capital

This session investigates opportunities and challenges for the arts—dance, music, theater and the visual arts—in supporting intellectual capital and socioeconomic development as arts consumption evolves. The 2008 National Endowment for the Arts’ Survey of Public Participation cites worrying trends: “American audiences for the arts are getting older, and their numbers are declining.” What implications do these trends have for cultural institutions and their communities? What can be done to regenerate traditional arts audiences during recessionary times, how do we build new audiences and who are they? What new modes and technologies of consumption might be used? What for-profit marketing models can be adapted to the nonprofit arena?

Sounds like a great forum to discuss the recent advances on AEP! More info can be found via the conference website, which lists a bunch of interesting sessions they have planned on social issues. Check it out and if you’re in the area, join us for what looks like will be a great conference!


Oct. 30, 2010, Filed under category Announcements


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