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Fall 2013 Newsletter
8 Alumni Who Are Changing the World
Engaging Customers and Clients in Social Change
Social Enterprise Conference Achieves Carbon Neutrality
Center4 Appoints Jane Del Ser as Managing Director
New Skills On The Block: Green Jobs For Young Black Men
Report: Social Entrepreneurs Innovate Solutions To Big Problems
If you had a million dollars..
These graduates are aiming high — and delivering — on missions like convincing the worlds wealthiest people to donate half of their fortunes to philanthropic causes. Read about the work of Social Entreprenuers Donnel Baird '13 (BlocPower), David del Ser '08 (Frogtek) and Ron Gonen '04 (Recyclebank).Read more in the alumni magazine, Columbia Business.
“Engaging Customers and Clients in Social Change” was the theme for the 12th annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School earlier this past month. The premise took on the practical, and therefore often overlooked, side of social entrepreneurship.
Read more in Next Billion.
Lucian Cohen '14 was inspired to push this year’s Social Enterprise Conference to achieve carbon neutrality, after taking Prof. Bruce Usher’s Finance & Sustainability class. “I reached out to Patagonia Sur after reading about them in a case for Prof. Usher’s class. I was motivated to make an impact on greening future conferences and to get CBS into offsetting its carbon footprint," Lucian explains.
Read more in The Bottom Line.
Jane Del Ser '10 has been named the Managing Director of Center4, an initiative connecting tech entrepreneurs with nonprofits to accelerate innovation for the social good. Read more at MarketWired.com.
Forbes spotlights Donnel Baird '13’s fledgling New York City-based startup BlocPower. “We’re targeting jobs, carbon emission reduction and financial returns,” he says. “It’s complex.”
Read more in Forbes.
A recently released report from McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute, written by Adjunct Professor Georgia Levenson Keohane, asserts that a new breed of social entrepreneurs is innovating solutions to “entrenched social, economic and environmental problems.” Prof. Levenson Keohane sat down with the article's author to discuss the report in more detail.
Read more in Forbes.
…What would you do with it? Would you donate it to an important cause or invest it and increase your savings? Until recently, you had to choose between earning a social or financial return on your investment. Impact investing is based on the idea that one investment can and should do both.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”