Leader in Sustainable Development: Greg Dees
The Full Interview
What are the best methods to foster social enterprise? Greg Dees, “father of social entrepreneurship as an academic field” joins me to discuss this topic. We start by looking at how the investment side can play a role, then we shift gears and look at how social entrepreneurs can share their knowledge to help each other succeed.
About Greg Dees
J. Gregory Dees is Professor of the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He has played a leading role in developing the academic field of social entrepreneurship. In 2007, the Aspen Institute and Ashoka recognized his pioneering work with their first Lifetime Achievement award in Social Entrepreneurship Education. An earlier Aspen report described him as “the father of social entrepreneurship as an academic field.” Greg has produced over 60 cases, articles, chapters, and concept notes related to this topic, as well as editing two books with Jed Emerson and Peter Economy: Enterprising Nonprofits (Wiley, 2001) and Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs (Wiley, 2002). His work bridges the gap between business and the social sector, and between theory and practice, making knowledge useful for social entrepreneurs, as well as the funders, consultants, and educators who work in this field. He has also published in the Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Innovations, and Society.