Solutions for Society 2012

Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh

Solutions for Society 2012
Richard Pascale
Best-Selling Author, Scholar and Business Consultant

Who are the visionary leaders with innovative ideas in social entrepreneurship?

Join us for an evening with Richard Pascale to discover the power of Positive Deviance, and how unlikely innovators solve the world's toughest problems. Positive Deviance works with the notion that in every community or organization there are some people whose uncommon practices and behaviors enable them to succeed against all odds, yet with the same resources as their peers. The approach relies on the community to:

  1. define the problem that it wants to solve
  2. collect data on the scale of the problem and the common (and largely unsuccessful) methods of tackling it
  3. identify uncommon practices (of the "Positive Deviants") who are achieving better results.

The community then designs a culturally appropriate approach for emulating these practices across the broader social system.

In 2008, the New York Times celebrated Positive Deviance as one of its "Ideas of the Year" selections, devoting a page and a half to the topic. Proliferating around the globe with applications on all continents except Antarctica, the translation of PD into practice has altered the lives of millions of people on the planet.

Join us for this fascinating and transformational evening!


When: Thursday, November 1, 2012
5:30 Registration
6:00 Lecture, Q&A
7:30 Networking Reception

Where: McConomy Auditorium , Carnegie Mellon
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Who: Richard Pascale, Author
and Business Consultant
Guest Speaker
Attendees: $40 paid in advance, $50 day of event

Students: $15.00

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Richard Pascale

Pascale is a leading business consultant, best-selling author and scholar. He is an Associate Fellow of Oxford University and was a member of the faculty of Stanford's Graduate School of Business for twenty years, where he taught the most popular course in their MBA program on organizational survival. As an advisor to CEOs and senior executives of many Fortune 500 companies, his work addresses the intersection of strategy and organization. He was a White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor and Senior Staff of a White House Task Force. Throughout his work, Richard has focused on the challenges of large-scale change, documenting and co-facilitating workshops on Positive Deviance. With Jerry & Monique Sternin, Founders of Positive Deviance, Pascale co-authored the book, The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems.

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