Thursday, November 1st, 2012

McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Presenter: Richard Pascale, Author, Scholar, Business Consultant

$40 in advance (advance registration closes 10/28)
$50 at door
$15 for students

Registration opens: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Reception begins: 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Full-day, invitation only workshop, led by Richard Pascale & the Positive Deviance Initiative
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Golf Club
$100.00 per person

If you are interested in attending, or for more details, contact adappolonia@yahoo.com


Dr. Richard Pascale, Author, Scholar, Business Consultant

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, and 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.
First piloted in Vietnam in 1990, the evidence of PD’s efficacy has been widely demonstrated:

  • Reduced antibiotic resistant bacteria (MRSA) in US hospitals
  • Improved sales at Goldman Sachs, Genetech, Merck and more
  • Dramatically reduced endemic malnutrition in Vietnam
  • Curtailed the trafficking of girls in East Java
  • Stopped the spread of AIDs/HIV in Myanmar
  • Improved retention rates in rural schools in Argentina

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SSolutions for Society is an annual event that aims to educate and inspire people about the power of individual innovation in creating social change. The event is a joint effort by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh, the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners, Carnegie Mellon University and the D’Appolonia Family. Participants have the unique opportunity to learn from experts, network, explore new ideas, and consider career paths focused on social entrepreneurship. In previous years, Solutions for Society participants have included over 200 social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, corporate professionals, financiers, philanthropists and students. » READ MORE


Whether it’s volunteering your time, sponsoring the event or sharing your ideas, there are many exciting ways that you can get involved with Solutions for Society.

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