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What is a Very Impactful Person?

On the morning April 8, 2014, Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Very Impactful People course had an emergency:  A scheduled speaker had come down with the flu and had to cancel her talk.  Shortly, an “Urgent” flagged email arrived, asking for Urban Logic’s founder to substitute for a class two hours later.

This talk, to Stanford undergraduates and others, tried to explain how a social entrepreneur comes to be so.  What life paths take anyone into the field of social entrepreneurship from the standard professional or academic fields?  What life lessons does working as a social entrepreneur teach?  What humility is learned as a social entrepreneur?

Today, most MBA programs offer courses in social entrepreneurship.

Like cooking, photography or pottery, some skills are best learned by doing, in the field, with all of the uncertainty of outcomes and certainty of technique one can glue together.

Bruce Cahan

Bruce Cahan is CEO and co-founder of Urban Logic, a nonprofit that harnesses finance and technology to change how systems think, act and feel. He is an Ashoka Fellow, aa Lecturer at Stanford University's Department of Management Science & Engineering, a Distinguished Scholar at Stanford mediaX and a former CodeX Fellow at Stanford's Center for Legal Informatics. Bruce was trained as an international finance lawyer at Weil Gotshal & Manges in NYC (10 years) and as merchant banker at Asian Oceanic in Hong Kong (2 years). Bruce graduated The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Economics 1976) and Temple Law School (J.D. 1979). Bruce has been licensed to practice law in California (2006), New York (1980) and Pennsylvania (1980).

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