Whether you were able to attend the Better World forum or not, you can follow along with the day's highlights, discussions, speakers and insights.  View photos of the event, read what others had to say about the forum, view highlight videos on social entrepreneurship and more, and read the transcript of the compelling keynote address.


View photographs of the speakers, attendees and interactive sessions.


Media Coverage

The following are highlights of the day's discussions.

  Washington Post – October 2, 2009 – Steven Pearlstein discusses his observations on several of  the Better World speakers. Read more
  Rules of Thumb – Sept. 26, 2009 – Speaker Alan Webber talks about his day at the Better Worl forum. Read more
  Triple Pundit – Sept. 26, 2009 – Smith MBA student John Comberiate discusses how companies can effectively and authentically communicate social change. Read more
Triple Pundit – Sept. 26, 2009 – John Comberiate shares insights on Honest Tea's path to social change. Read more

Beyond Profit Magazine – Sept. 25, 2009 – Zara Khan explores speaker Paul Light's take on social entrepreneurship and what happens when everyone wants to do good. Read more
Bloggers at Better World
  Triple Pundit – Sept. 25, 2009 – Smith MBA student Deepa Janakiraman discusses speaker Seth Goldman's approach to running a mission-driven organization. Read more
  Triple Pundit - Sept. 25, 2009 - Smith undergraduate student Scott Shuffield shares his insights on Tom Schelling's keynote speech on climate change.  Read more
  BCLC Blog - Sept. 25, 2009 - Executive Director Melissa Carrier authors a guest post on the role of business as a change agent.  Read more
  Triple Pundit - Sept. 25, 2009 - What we don't know about social entrepreneurship, according to speaker Paul Light.  Read more
  Beyond Profit Magazine - Sept. 25, 2009 - With the increasing interest in social returns, are we moving toward a social stock market?  Read more
  Triple Pundit - Sept. 25, 2009 - Speaker Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter's new book explores "SuperCorps" - large companies that use their resources and influence to effect change.  Read more
  Triple Pundit - Sept. 25, 2009 - Scott Shuffield's take on what makes a business "social."  Read more
  SocialEarth - Sept. 23, 2009 - Pre-event coverage of the Better World agenda and session announcements.  Read more



The following videos provide an in-depth look at some of the topics and issues explored throughout the day by a number of the distinguished speakers and panels.

Social Entrepreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship
Mission-Driven Organization
The Challenges of Running
A Mission-Driven Organization
Partnership in the Public Sector
The Power of Partnership
for the Public Sector
Panel Highlight: Trust
is a Must
Systems Approach
Panel Highlight: A Systems


Keynote Speech Delivered by Nobel Laureate

Thomas Schelling KeynoteThe important thing is that the developing world is extremely vulnerable to climate change.  And the best hope for their defense against climate change is going to be their own development.

Thomas Schelling delivered a compelling argument on the three types of institutions needed to address climate change in both the developing and developed worlds. Read the complete transcript of his keynote speech.