LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU LAUNCHES LOUISIANA'S FIRST PUBLIC INNOVATORS FORUM -- 03/19/2009
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 19, 2009
LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU LAUNCHES LOUISIANA'S FIRST PUBLIC INNOVATORS FORUM
Office of Social Entrepreneurship promotes high-impact, low-cost solutions to state's challenges
Baton Rouge, La. - The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Office of Social Entrepreneurship will host Louisiana's first forum on social innovation in government. The Public Innovators Forum is a partnership with Root Cause, a leading social innovation consultancy firm. The two-day forum will take place March 3-4, 2009 in Baton Rouge, and will provide tailored instruction to social innovators in the public sector who want to maximize their program's social impact.
"There is growing recognition, in these difficult economic times, when budgets are strained and social challenges are growing every day, that social innovation and entrepreneurship need to be a significant part of the solution. We have to spend smarter, spend on what works, and solve problems," said Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, who created the Office of Social Entrepreneurship in 2006.
National expert Andrew Wolk of Root Cause will facilitate the forum. Through research, practice, and policy development, Root Cause's Public Innovators Initiative works with governments to scale transformative and financially sustainable solutions to society's most pressing social problems.
"The public sector plays a vital role in providing services for citizens and a safety net for the most vulnerable communities. Louisiana is the first state in the nation to offer a dynamic workshop to public innovators on how to design and grow high-performing social programs." said Andrew Wolk, founder and CEO of Root Cause.
Interested participants must have a strong interest in social innovation and manage a program that provides a social service to Louisiana's citizens. Forum participants will receive guidance to create a customized road map for their agency's innovative social program.
"At its core, social entrepreneurship is a concept that combines a passion for social innovation with business principles in order to create lasting social solutions. We will work with innovators in government to help them improve their programs and deliver more effective services to the people of Louisiana," said Nadiyah Morris Coleman, Manager of the Office of Social Entrepreneurship.
For more information, please contact Nadiyah Morris Coleman, Manager of the Louisiana Office of Social Entrepreneurship by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (504) 568-2123. Space for the Public Innovators Forum is limited and registration is required and available online at http://www.crt.state.la.us/ltgovernor/socialentrepreneurship
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