For Immediate Release:
Star of Hope Shines in Beijing
Elfenworks, CUEB Announce Partnership
Fostering Social Entrepreneurship
November 16, 2015 – In partnership with the College of Urban Economics and Public Administration / Capital University of Economics and Business in China and with Elfenworks Productions, LLC, The Elfenworks Foundation announced today an effort to catalyze the nascent field of social entrepreneurship in China. Elfenworks’ CEO Lauren Speeth and Executive Director Ken Tam traveled to China for the auspicious occasion, along with Mrs. Sierra Tan, who recently translated Speeth’s book on Social Entrepeneurship, Intelligence & Compassion in Action: The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurs, into Chinese.
The inaugural Elfenworks “Star of Hope” scholarship award will shine a light on the practice, encouraging aspiring young social entrepreneurs. This year’s recipient, Zhang Tiancheng, has as a goal no less than to cleanse the air of Beijing. The Elfenworks team was so impressed with the student candidates, they decided to award an additional prize as well: a second student, Sun Tong, will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 10th annual In Harmony With Hope® award ceremony, on September 30th of 2016.
Addressing students, faculty, administration, and the press on the afternoon of November 11th, Dr. Speeth hailed the moment as auspicious, and exhorted students, “Why wait for some mythical hero to step in, when you are the one who sees a way to help?” She reminded them that whatever they practice, they will perfect, and if they want a more compassionate world, to practice compassion. And of course, to “never underestimate your ripple.” Professor Xu then expanded on the power of partnership using the metaphor of a firefly: one alone may not be very powerful, but many together will light the darkness. After this, Vice Dean Wang Deqi addressed the crowd in fluent English, hailing this new partnership and the the possibilities for other such partnerships for the greater good. The winning group project, Miao Yi Fang (Traditional Chinese Culture Workshop), was presented with an award.
Earlier in the week, Elfenworks toured Rural Women’s Nursing Home and felt the hospitable welcome of many local social entrepreneurs, from cultural development, social services, medical research, and women’s skills and services groups. Speeth was delighted to receive a scroll from one of the residents, which she will treasure for its inscription, for the memory, and for the artistic beauty.
Interviews were conducted with CRI (China Radio International, with host Zhou Heyang), CCTV (China Central Television’s feature series, “Public Power,” with host Meng Shengnan), local television, People.cn, China Youth Net, and other media outlets. A few of the articles are included below, and some of the interviews (CRI, CCTV) were broadcast internationally. For a complete list of press coverage, visit the China Press Page at Elfenworks Productions, LLC. That website also has details about local CCTV airings.
Everyone at The Elfenworks Foundation – and our CEO and Executive Director in particular – extend grateful thanks to all who made our stay both brilliant and unforgettable.
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About Our Scholarships Project
The Elfenworks Foundation, together with domestic and international university partners, is working hard to foster a new wave of student social entrepreneurs, through scholarship competitions. Find out more by visiting http://elfenworks.org/student-awards/. Students, we’re so proud of you. Never underestimate your ripple!