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The Conference on Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship in Oslo


Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
March 24, 2011

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On March 24-25, Embassy Oslo co-hosted a highly successful social entrepreneurship conference that brought a Nordic focus to President Obama’s April 2010 Entrepreneurship Summit. The Partnership For Change Conference was the first of its kind in Norway, attracting over 700 attendees, including our ambassadors to Denmark and Sweden and the founders of several notable institutions. The mix of seminars, speeches, workshops and networking opportunities attracted a great mix of participants, including American and Nordic pioneers in the field, financiers, philanthropists, and, of course, potential social entrepreneurs. It was particularly rewarding to see such a diverse audience taking part in the conference. Special attention was paid to equipping potential social entrepreneurs with practical skills, such as pro bono legal assistance and coaching on presentation skills. Post will build upon this imitative in the coming months, to ensure that the social entrepreneurship spirit remains vibrant in Norway.

Date: 03/24/2011 Description: Ambassador White saying farewell to Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, with conference partners Tom Remlov (director of the Norwegian Opera) and Ingrid Stange, founder of the Richer Life Foundation. - State Dept Image

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