Over the past decade we've witnessed an increasing desire among our students and the larger Princeton community to participate directly in creating a more just world. This talk will draw on the speaker's firsthand experience at the frontlines of social entrepreneurship to understand what is broken in existing entrepreneurial ecosystems and how Princeton has an unparalleled opportunity to lead in reimagining entrepreneurship that is societally beneficial. It will cover new approaches to teaching entrepreneurship and engaging the humanists in entrepreneurial ecosystems. The key ingredient is moral clarity -- to never lose sight of the ends and the permissible means; to be firmly planted in the world "as it is" while working towards the world as it ought to be.
Background on the speaker:
Manish Bhardwaj is the founding director of an initiative at Princeton's Keller Center to enable faculty in the humanities and social sciences to tackle our most pressing societal challenges. Manish was previously the James Wei Visiting Professor at Princeton where he has taught idealism, the nature of injustice and the path to justice. He is also a founder and CEO of Innovators In Health (IIH), a non-profit committed to ensuring high-quality healthcare for the rural poor in India. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT and is a Fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.