This year’s Vaclav Havel Civil Society Symposium scholar-in-residence, David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, will be on hand Monday, Oct. 26, for a conversation with faculty and staff about how innovative ideas can change the world.

David Bornstein

David Bornstein

The “Social Entrepreneurship and Change: A Conversation With David Bornstein” discussion will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. A light breakfast will be provided.

Copies of the book will be available free for the first 15 people who register for the session. To register, contact Katie Ngumba, (651) 962-6800, with your name, department and mailbox number.

Bornstein’s first book, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, chronicled the early years of the Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank, the pioneer in “micro-financing.” His current work tells the stories of other ideas that have affected people living in poverty across the globe. 

This conversation will explore Bornstein’s book and how the notion of social entrepreneurship can be integrated into classrooms and into experiences in service-learning and community engagement.

Bornstein also will speak to the public at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at House of Hope Church in St. Paul. His talks on social entrepreneurship will set the stage for the Opus Prize events the following week. 

The Vaclav Havel Civil Society Symposium is a partnership between the University of St. Thomas and the House of Hope Church in cooperation with the Minnesota Czech and Slovak communities. The Scholar-in-Residence program brings to the Twin Cities a well-known scholar for a weeklong visit to engage students, church and community in a consideration of the importance of strong community groups in maintaining and furthering democracy and to involve them in society building.

This session is sponsored by CILCE and the Office for Service-Learning.