Earlier this year, Steve Wanta, Whole Planet Foundation's Global Programs Director, spoke at the Chapin-May Lecture Series for Social Entrepreneurship at George Williams College. This lecture series was open to the public with the goal of providing an integrated approach to a liberal arts education in which students approach problem solving with an ethically sound perspective. Wanta's presentation focused on the past, present and future of social entrepreneurship and conscious capitalism as the way forward.
At George Williams College, the underlying premise and belief as an institution is that social entrepreneurship begins with everyone and social entrepreneurship is the foundation of the general education model. In other words, all undergraduate students take classes in learning how they can make a difference in this world.
After Wanta's visit, a decision was made to have a pancake breakfast which included maple syrup that was made by one of the GWC student groups, “Responsible Solutions.” Arrangements were made with Sodexo to support the cause and provide the meal free of charge. A table was set up in front of the cafeteria with a video running of what Whole Planet Foundation does around the globe. A donation jar was located at the table and questions were answered regarding microentrepreneurs. Since many of the GWC community attended Steve Wanta’s presentation, they already had an understanding of the work done by Whole Planet Foundation. GWC's Pancake Breakfast raised $630, giving 3 microloans to entrepreneurs supporting 21 people around the world.
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