Sterling Speirn, then President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Sterling Speirn, then President and CEO of the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, presented “The Future of Innovation and Innovating the Future: Philanthropic Opportunities in Uncertain Times” at the O’Hara Student Center on Thursday, March 28, 2013. His talk focused on children's savings strategies and the larger question of innovation in philanthropic investments.

“Sterling challenged us to propose more entrepreneurial and untested but promising ideas to funders.  He likened the process of launching demonstrations in social innovation to investment in product development for business,” said Kathy Buechel, director of the Philanthropy Forum at GSPIA.   “Big ideas often start with small bets or a simple hunch and a champion. They get tested or re-tooled as the learning occurs, and then scaled up as a natural part of forging new ideas. We need more of these small bets in the social sector,” he asserted.

Following the lecture, Jeremy Resnick, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Propel Schools, and Andrea Levere, President of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, provided their insight and thoughts about innovation, asset building, and new models of encouraging saving in low-income communities.

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