The Norman Transcript

April 4, 2014

Social Entrepreneurship Symposium to examine solutions to global issues

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Experts, designers and innovators from across Oklahoma and the nation will discuss the role of design thinking in social entrepreneurship and in University of Oklahoma curricula and programs at the 2014 Social Entrepreneurship Symposium, set for 6 p.m. April 17, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave.

Paul Polak, social entrepreneur and author of “Out of Poverty,” will deliver a keynote lecture followed by a panel discussion with social innovators and designers from across the state. The event will conclude with a reception showcasing socially innovative designs. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Polak is the CEO and founder of Windhorse International, a social venture leading a revolution in the way companies design, price and distribute products to the poor. He also founded International Development Enterprises, which has helped bring nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty through innovative product design and distribution.

The symposium is co-hosted by OU’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and the College of International Studies. Members of the public are invited to attend and should make reservations at

For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-6497. For more information on the Social Entrepreneurship Symposium, contact the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at 325-2603 or

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