Social entrepreneurship, intelligence and compassion: Empowering change in policy

HC Coombs Policy Forum

Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Monday 10 September 2012


Weston Lecture Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, ANU


Dr Lauren Speeth, The Elfenworks Foundation, USA


Olivia Wenholz
02 6125 7067

In this lecture, Dr Lauren Speeth will explore the achievements of innovative social entrepreneurs working with social justice issues in the USA. Also Dr Speeth will introduce a new methodology for social entrepreneurship, inspired by Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, and co-founder of The Carter Center. Dr Speeth will detail the seven major ‘pillars’ of the methodology to provide a practical framework for making positive and lasting change in areas of need.

Lauren Speeth is the visionary CEO of Elfenworks Productions, a pro-social business with internationally acclaimed and Grammyô¸ nominated media content. She is the Director of The Center for Non Harming Ministries, offering eMinistry resources based on observing the Hippocratic Oath. Additionally, as founding CEO of the non-profit Elfenworks’ In Harmony With Hope, Dr Speeth has assembled a team of social entrepreneurs of the highest calibre, with extensive expertise in multimedia outreach, computers and technology, music, film, management, law, finance, education, human development and social justice.

The Elfenworks team has developed a considerable library of online resources, including multilingual stress reduction visualisations for children, awards programs, awareness-raising efforts, and empowerment tools for non-profits, socially responsible businesses and private citizens.

Lauren Speeth holds a DBA, a Doctorate in Ministry from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington; an MBA from Saint Mary’s College, and a BA in Psychology from Mills College. With over thirty years’ experience in technology and communication, Dr Speeth is called on regularly to judge web and film content, and to lend her expertise to various organisations.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by light refreshments

This event is supported by the Australian National Institute of Public Policy and the HC Coombs Policy Forum with funding from the Australian Government under the ‘Enhancing Public Policy Initiative’.


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