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  • SubGenre:Entrepreneurship
  • Language:English
  • Pages:235
  • eBook ISBN:9780985975319

Intelligence and Compassion in Action

The 7 Pillars for Social Entrepreneurs

by Lauren Speeth

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Intelligence & Compassion in Action is a tool to empower the aspiring social entrepreneur, with real guidance as to how, and why, social entrepreneurship works. It expounds a new Seven Pillar methodology, inspired by the wisdom of former President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter. Written by the founder of The Elfenworks Foundation, Dr. Lauren Speeth, who lives the lessons she teaches in this book daily, the insights within these pages have come from Speeth’s years of experience in technology, management, and the nonprofit world, as well as from insights gained in interviews with extraordinary social entrepreneurs.


The author has organized her guidebook well…Those contemplating start-up of projects designed to help others will be heartened by Speeth’s manual.” – Barbara Barbara Bamberger Scott – The U.S. Review of Books (Recommended by the US Review of Books! )

About the author

Dr. Lauren Speeth is the visionary force behind Elfenworks Productions, LLC, a producer of internationally acclaimed and Grammy®-nominated media content, and the founder of The Center for Non-Harming Ministries. As founding CEO of The Elfenworks Foundation, “In Harmony with Hope®,” she has assembled a team of social entrepreneurs of the highest caliber, with deep and far-ranging expertise in multimedia outreach, computers and technology, music, film, management, law, finance, education, human development and social justice. Dr. Speeth has used her bridge-building skills to forge alliances with other groups, such as Campus Moviefest, encouraging students to create social justice content; Golden Gate University, in poverty law; Saint Mary’s College, in Fiduciary Capitalism; Mills College, for Socially Responsible Business; and  The Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, recently named a National Poverty Center and with which Elfenworks established The Collaboration for Poverty Research. The Elfenworks team has developed a considerable library of online resources, including multilingual stress reduction visualizations for children, awards programs, awareness-raising efforts, and empowerment tools for nonprofits, socially responsible businesses and private citizens. Dr. Speeth is called upon regularly to evaluate web and film content, and she currently serves on various advisory boards, among them the Board of Regents of Saint Mary’s College and the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center.   In 2010, for her commitment to poverty law, Dr. Speeth was honored with a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, where she earned her Doctorate in Business Administration in 1992. In addition to her DBA, Dr. Speeth also holds 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. She has completed three distinct courses of study at Stanford: a summer internship as a chaplain at Stanford Hospital, an Advanced Computer Security Professional Credential program, and a summer program for philanthropy leaders at the Graduate School of Business. She holds lifetime Community College Teaching Credentials in three areas: finance, management and computers. Born in New York, Speeth spent her childhood on the East Coast, the Midwest and also India, where her parents founded an experimental school for untouchables (Dalits) outside New Delhi. A self-professed “tech geek” whose extensive travels have made her a citizen of the world, Speeth has spent her life utilizing her experiences and skills to help create social change both locally and globally. With Northern California as her home base, as well as the base of operations for The Elfenworks Foundation, Dr. Speeth continues to work with a team of partners on issues surrounding inequality and its resulting suffering among humankind.