The John Gokongwei School of Management invites you to a talk on:


Social Entrepreneurship, the Catholic imagination, and Pope Francis

28 July 2014 (Monday), 4:30 to 6:00 pm, Faura AVR Room


By  (Br.) Keith Douglass Warner OFM

Director of Education and Action Research

Center for Science, Technology, and Society

Santa Clara University, California


The field of social entrepreneurship deploys innovative business strategies to address a social justice mission, e.g., addressing the needs of those living in poverty. Social entrepreneurs address social goals using tools adapted from private enterprise, such as business model strategies, revenue diversification, rigorous application of metrics, and social impact investment. Social entrepreneurs develop economic markets to advance a more just, sustainable, and humane world. Pope Francis has hammered a critique of global capitalism which has produced unjust, unsustainable outcomes, calling for alternative economic models. Social entrepreneurship provides such a model. By drawing inspiration from St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan spirituality, Catholics today can participate in and expand the social entrepreneurship field to fulfill the vision of Pope Francis.

About Keith Warner:

Keith Douglass Warner OFM directs the Center’s education, fellowship, grants and action research activities. He is a Franciscan Friar and a practical social ethicist in the Franciscan tradition. He has designed and implemented innovative, inter-disciplinary educational programs that advance social justice and Catholic identity in higher education since he came to Santa Clara University in 2004. He created and directs the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, placing students with social enterprises across the developing world. He also teaches in the University Honors Program and the School of Engineering. Keith is an active participant in the retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. His personal research webpage is and program webpage is