Educators  – We want to help you empower your students with the Seven Pillar methodology.  In a nutshell: follow your vision, use your special skills in a non-duplicative way, work in partnership, share the credit, measure results, and stay the course (see our helpful worksheet).  All our team members are well versed. If you are non-local, perhaps one of us is already planning a visit to your area, or we can likely arrange a Skype presentation.  Meanwhile, this page is meant to help you get started on your own, right away.


Dr. Speeth & Professor Watson at CSUMB

Dr. Speeth & Professor Watson at CSUMB

Whether or not you choose to supplement with a formal book, we want you to be successful. We are striving to make as many resources as possible available for you, online.

Suggested Guidelines (PDF) For Educators
In this paper, CSUMB Professor Lisa Watson explains how The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurs is used at California State University, Monterey Bay, and the effects that it has had, with her students.  You may base your term project requirements on hers, or branch out with your own. Below, PDF of Professor Lisa Watson’s Paper with Suggested Guidelines for Faculty:

Detail Pages for Each Pillar, Plus Overview
New! We now have breakout pages for each of the Seven Pillars, and an overview page. Each of the breakout pages has teachable examples, for your use:

1. Vision
2. Special Skills
3. Non-duplication 
4. Partnership 
5. Credit-Sharing 
 6. Feedback 
7. Staying Power

Student Assignments
New! Detail Pages for Two Student Assignments.   You can use one or both of these exercises as a final assignment for a class on social entrepreneurship, or as an adjunct to other assignments.  Each page outlines the exercise, and gives actual examples from students.

For more wonderful examples of actual student art representing the Seven Pillars, visit our page on Representing the Pillars in Other Ways”  (a student exercise).

Spreadsheet of Social Entrepreneurs
Below is a spreadsheet outlining a good many social entrepreneurs, many of whom are winners of our In Harmony With Hope award, and how each of them relates to each of the seven pillars.

Student Stories
Below is a breakout page outlining stories of how students are having an impact.  You can share these stories, and gather your own.  We will be adding to this breakout page and expect it will soon be a very robust resource, as students recognize the power of their ripple!

Book Available … Also in Translation
Dr. Lauren Speeth’s book, entitled Intelligence & Compassion in Action, The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurs,  can be a helpful addition as an accompanying textbook. This 235-page, soft-cover book was originally published by Elfenworks Productions in 2012 in English and has been translated into Russian and Portuguese, with Chinese, Ukranian and Korean to follow in 2017. Although useful as a textbook, with prompts for expanded discussion or written response provided at the end of each chapter, it reads more like a collection of articles, written in an engaging, narrative style, and infused with real-world applications and examples. Students should find it an informative, stimulating read. It is available in printed or ebook format, and has been successfully used by Professor Lisa Crawford Watson of California State University at Monterey Bay as a textbook since 2012.   Looking for a translation that we don’t yet offer?  Language need not necessarily be a barrier to a presentation – contact us to explore possibilities.

Be the Change Worksheet
Our “Be the change” worksheet – You can use our Be the Change worksheet [click for detail page]  and the video presentation from our ‘About’ webpage, describing how we use the Seven Pillar methodology to work for hope in America by fostering creative and technology solutions that advance change.

Locations / Participation So Far
We’re excited to spread the word about a methodology that works. All our team know the methodology and are explaining it in their own circles of influence.  In addition, Our CEO has brought this methodology in person to audiences in Florida, Hawaii, and California, as well as internationally in Amman, Jordan; Beijing, China; Canberra, Australia; and Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India. Some key presentations include:

  • College of Urban Economics and Public Administration / Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing China, November 2015. [read more]
  • University of Jordan, by invitation of Professor Dr. Rula Quawas in April of 2015.
  • World Affairs Council in Amman, Jordan, April 2015.
  • California State University Monterey Bay, at least once a year over the years, by request of CSUMB Professor Lisa Watson, 2015, 2014, 2013 and prior.
  • University of San Francisco, by request of USF Professor Dr. Kathleen Kane, 2015, 2014.
  • SOUM – YWAM Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India, by request of  YWAM Trichy Director Rev. A. Marimuthu, 2013.
  • Australian National University, by invitation of Dr. Christopher Vas, who led the Policy Research Program at the Coombs Policy Forum at the Crawford School of Public Policy, 2012.
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, by request of SMC Professor Dr. Barbara McGraw, 2010.
  • Mills College, guest lecturer annually for ten years in class “Leadership, Ethics & Entrepreneurship,” by request of Mills Professor Nancy Williams and Dean of the GSB Dr. Nancy Thornborrow
  • The Carter Center, Port St. Lucy FL, at Winter Weekend event, by invitation of The Carter Center.
  • Various Religious Groups, including: Church of the Pacific, Maui HI, 2010, by invitation of the pastors; and Burlingame United Methodist Church, 2014.
  • Forthcoming international trips, as additional translations come online.

Your Institution
We have a long tradition of partnering with educational institutions, both domestically and internationally.  As a result, we have many foreign visitors to our website, and we have extended our reach all across the globe. As we continue to forge new partnerships.  In selecting new university partners, and before spending any significant resources, we’ll apply the following three criteria (we’ll go FAR with this criteria):  

  • F = Focus – Are you focused on hope and change, aligning with our vision? Do your students dream big and shoot for the stars, with “big hairy audacious goals?”  Is the department a good fit, so our methodology can be easily integrated into the curriculum?
  • A = Acknowledged – Does your school have a well-respected reputation, with special skills as educators, attracting top students, and having staying power?
  • R = Reach – Have your school and students had historic impact across their region, ideally with partnerships such as local nonprofits? How far will your students carry this information? What part of your population will our methods or message touch? Finally, the non-duplication question: Is your university reaching a group we’ve already reached, with other partnerships?

We’ll initially measure: number of students taught, the number of classes in which the methodology is included, and the number of people who see or hear of us in the media or in a public address, number of mentions in scholarly works. Eventually, we’ll look to see whether and how students put it into practice, and look for qualitative feedback over time.  If you think your school is right for a partnership with us, why not get in touch?

Results in the News
So far, the teaching trips, which we jokingly refer to as the Social EntrepreTour, has generated some press, domestically and internationally, including:

Other Resources Forthcoming
Educators, our elves are in the workshop, on your behalf! We’re working on video presentations for each of the Seven Pillars, and we’d love to hear from you about what’s working, what resonates with students, and what we should focus on adding online. We want to help you be successful teaching this methodology. So, we’re looking forward to hearing back!

About these Pages
The Elfenworks Foundation wants to help teachers be successful teaching their students how to “make a ripple,” equipping students with an effective “life tool” that can be used in many realms beyond social entrepreneurship. We call that tool “The Seven Pillars of Social Entrepreneurship.” This page is the main teacher page.