Uniting Social Entrepreneurs to Solve Society’s Most Pressing Problems

The Seminar Network kicked off its winter meeting Saturday by highlighting some of the nation’s most successful, action-oriented leaders who united with the Network to develop solutions to society’s most challenging problems.

“These are social entrepreneurs, people who have identified their passions, developed their unique talents, and are dedicated to using them to help others improve their lives,” Charles Koch said in the evening’s opening video.

“The Network is fast becoming the preferred partner for people who want to get good things done in our country,” said The Seminar Network Chairman Brian Hooks.

As Mark Loranger, the CEO of Chrysalis, a Stand Together Foundation Catalyst organization, said, “there’s absolutely no way we would be growing and expanding at the pace we are without this network.”

The Network provides a platform that connects and empowers social entrepreneurs. It provides them with the tools and support to dramatically increase their effectiveness and scale. Through partnerships and a business-like approach, the Network drives superior results to solving problems rooted in the barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential. These include persistent poverty, our failing education system, the broken criminal justice system, a rigged economy, and crushing national debt.

The Network’s mission is to eliminate these barriers so everyone can achieve their extraordinary potential.

Examples of successful partnerships presented Saturday include Scott Strode, who partnered with the Network to almost double the number of people served by The Phoenix, Strode’s nonprofit network of gyms that help individuals recover from alcohol and substance abuse. Through its Network partnership, The Phoenix is on track for enormous growth, thereby helping hundreds of thousands of people rise, recover, and transform their lives.

New Leaders’ member Sal Churi launched Trust Ventures, a unique venture capital fund focused on finding, funding, and assisting startups that have tremendous opportunity to positively impact people’s lives, showing businesses can be a force for good.

Cesar Grajales fled violence in Colombia and came to Miami when he was a child. His family had just $80 in their pockets. Now, as a coalitions director and spokesperson for The LIBRE Initiative, he’s motivating others to achieve policy reforms that remove barriers to opportunity.

But the effort to solve society’s most pressing problems isn’t over. There’s a lot more work to be done.

“Charles issued us a challenge just one year ago, to grow our Network’s effectiveness by an order of magnitude,” Hooks reminded participants. “This weekend is all about helping you define your role in allowing this Network to achieve that goal. And as we do, we’ll continue to help millions of people improve their lives.”