Bridging the Gap, Stanford 2005 Net Impact Conference - Podcasts


Anyone who thinks the revolutionary spirit is dead in the United States didn't attend Bridging the Gap: Leading Social Innovation Across Sectors, the Stanford 2005 Net Impact conference. As the throng of 1,600 MBA Students and young professionals at this year’s 13th annual such happening attest, the will to make a difference is alive, well, and bolstered with business tools.

Indeed, with several keynote speeches and more than 50 panel discussions, the November 10-13 event at the Stanford Graduate School of Business served as a remarkably hopeful indicator that perhaps the world may pluck itself from the brink of ecological and social collapse after all.

From the famous like Al Gore, the former vice president who now heads Generation Investment Management, to socially responsible business pioneers like Stonyfield Farm’s Gary Hirshberg and Working Assets’ Laura Scher, to entrepreneurial newbies like World of Good’s Priya Haji and BUILD’s Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, the message was clear: Business, government, and nonprofits are all serving as both independent and linked forces for positive social change.

The Center for Social Innovation at Stanford brings you a selection from the rich array of panel discussions of topics such as:

  • Business and the environment,
  • Business in the nonprofit sector,
  • Corporate social responsibility,
  • International development, and
  • Socially responsible investing.


Learn more about Bridging the Gap: Leading Social Innovation Across Sectors, the Stanford 2005 Net Impact Conference.

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Gary Hirshberg - Social Entrepreneurs Invent the Future

Can businesses deliver strong returns to shareholders while also promoting the health of people and the planet? In this audio lecture recorded at Bridging the Gap, the 2005 Stanford Net Impact conference, Gary Hirshberg, the phenomenally successful pioneer of the organic foods industry, utters a resounding yes.

What Does It Take to Get Off the Ground? - Net Impact 2005

Have you ever thought about launching your own social venture? Are you curious if you have what it takes to become a social entrepreneur? What funding sources are available to you? What are the challenges of running a social venture? This panel discussion brings together people from both sides of the "start-up" fence—those who started with large financial backing and those who had none.

Evaluating Social Venture Ideas - Net Impact 2005

Three social-venture experts share the process and tools they use to evaluate the impact and viability of aspiring change-makers' ideas in this panel discussion from Bridging the Gap, the Stanford 2005 Net Impact Conference organized by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A must-hear for anyone planning on starting a social or environmental enterprise.

Amory Lovins - Eliminating U.S. Oil Dependence

Oil dependence is an unnecessary problem, argues Amory Lovins, an internationally recognized expert in energy policy. In this audio lecture, Lovins demonstrates how, by the mid 2040s, the United States could reduce its need for oil completely and strengthen its economy in the process. Addressing the 2005 Stanford Net Impact conference audience, he talks about the fundamental shifts that the American society needs to undergo to make this scenario a reality.

Social Entrepreneurs in For-Profit Education - Net Impact 2005

Can business add value to the education field? Pioneers and market leaders who have built successful businesses around the many unmet needs in education talk about the business opportunities in education today in this panel discussion from Bridging the Gap, the Stanford 2005 Net Impact conference organized by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Building and Integrating a CSR Agenda - Bridging the Gap Conference

Many companies now acknowledge the financial benefits of socially responsible behavior over the long term. Such commitments, however, are managed with levels of involvement spanning from a centralized CSR office to a fully integrated approach calling on all mainstream operating departments in the organization. This panel discussion explores strategies to advance corporate social responsibility in large companies.

Capital Markets and Green Companies - Net Impact 2005

As the market demands more products and services that address social and environmental issues, what are the various challenges faced by green companies in securing capital funding? How will initial investments affect the future success of these companies? Discover how venture capitalists envision the role of capital markets in green companies in this panel discussion from Bridging the Gap, the Stanford 2005 Net Impact conference organized by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Panel Discussion - Bridging the Gap Conference

From clean water to disease control and global climate change, a new breed of business people is designing sustainable solutions to promote international development and reduce global poverty. Hear from the leaders in this panel discussion about how they are applying business discipline to improve livelihood in many different nations.

Vyomesh Joshi - The HP Way and Bottom Line Results

Vyomesh Joshi is an executive vice president at Hewlett-Packard who has helped lead the company to success over the past 25 years. In this audio lecture, Joshi discusses how HP is integrating social and environmental responsibility into its bottom line with efforts such as a program to retrieve and recycle 200 million pounds of used inkjet and LaserJet printer cartridge paraphernalia each year.

Innovation in Public Education - Bridging the Gap 2005

In this panel discussion, entrepreneurs in the field of education talk about how to work with the market and apply business practices and frameworks to the problem of urban education reform. Their lessons have relevance in areas ranging from teaching to administration, and from recruitment to organizational design.