Contact: Deborah Preiser,Oak Park Public Library, (708) 697-6915
Learn about Social Entrepreneurs around the World Sunday Nov. 2 at Film Screening
Social entrepreneur projects are helping to create meaningful solutions to social problems around the world. This fall, FRONTLINE/World has partnered with the American Library Association to bring communities together to discuss the work of social entrepreneurs and their creative approaches to addressing issues like poverty, education, health and social justice.
On Sunday, Nov. 2, see the FRONTLINE/World film titled �Innovations That Change the World: Connecting Communities with Social Entrepreneurs� at 2 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. The film features four different models of social entrepreneurship taking place in various parts of the developing world: Uganda, India, Guatemala, and Mozambique. The program is free and open to the public.
Following the Nov. 2 screening, Kathleen Houlihan, Director of the newly established Center for Global Peace through Commerce within the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University in River Forest, will lead a discussion about these models to explore ideas on how technology might support social causes and small businesses in our own community. The Center for Global Peace through Commerce at the Brennan School of Business strives to increase international understanding and prospects for peace by producing globally conscious business leaders.
The FRONTLINE/World film screening on Nov. 2 will be followed on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. by a panel discussion by local residents who have been personally involved with micro-financing for small businesses in developing countries.
Both FRONTLINE/World programs are co-sponsored by the Oak Park Public Library and Dominican University, joined by the Department of Leadership in the College of Business at Concordia University, Ten Thousand Villages/Oak Park, Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice and the Unity Temple Social Mission Committee. Funding for the program is provided through a grant from the PBS Foundation and the Skoll Foundation.
Kathleen Houlihan is the founding Director of the Center for Global Peace through Commerce at the Brennan School of Business, Dominican University. Houliihan previously served as Assistant Managing Director of the State of Illinois Trade Office, within the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) from 2005 � 2008. Within that role, she managed offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Delhi. Previously, she served as Director of Chicago Sister Cities International and as Executive Director of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Washington, D.C. In 2004,. Houlihan managed the Chicago portion of the historic Iraq Out-of-Country Election on behalf of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Houlihan�s affiliations include being named a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum in 2003. She currently serves on the Boards of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Trade Club of Chicago.
For more information, call Deborah Preiser at the Oak Park Public Library, (708) 383-8200.