Finding Solutions to Alleviate Global Poverty

Finding Solutions to Alleviate Global Poverty

And that’s a wrap! Our second annual Social Innovation Hack, focused on finding solutions to alleviate global poverty, went off without a hitch thanks to our speakers, mentors, judges and of course, awesome volunteers. What happened at the Social Innovation Hack This year’s hack was just 2 days, so participants had 18 hours (onsite) to work on their social enterprise ideas. Their accomplishments during the short time span was impressive. See below for a recap. Saturday, November 11 Following the morning kickoff, participants selected ideas/solutions that were submitted prior to the event, formed teams around those ideas and started working. Jean Paul Laurent, Founder of the Unspoken Smiles Foundation spoke about validating ideas and provided tactics. In the afternoon, Alejandro Crawford, Founder of RebelBase, walked participants through things to consider when building a business model. Afterwards, mentors Karen Schlesinger of FounderTherapy, Kate Rushton of OpenIDEO and Melissa Ferere were available to help participants as they continued to work on their solution. Later in the evening, Jana Holt shared the criteria that judges were going to use to evaluate their presentation on Sunday evening. Sunday, November 12 At 9AM, participants started filtering in, grabbed breakfast and continued working on their social enterprises. Mentors Iyanna Halilou of Anita Borg and Edwin Broni-Mensah of GiveMeTap came in mid-morning and worked with participants. Teams practiced pitching their social enterprises and afterwards, worked on finessing their social enterprises and pitches. The evening concluded with teams pitching to our impressive judges: Amber Stryker of The Estee Lauder Companies, Karolina Walecik of BlackRock and Mia Overall of Overall Strategy. First place, OnBoard, and second place, Gotham...

Panel & Networking: Understanding WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene): Key Initiatives and Opportunities

Date: May 31, 2017 Time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM A Panel Discussion on the fundamental issues and opportunities within water, sanitation, and hygiene. Join us for an in-depth panel discussion on how water, sanitation and hygiene (“WASH”) issues are impacting local communities. Our diverse panel of experts will provide insights on themes emerging in the WASH sustainability space, what initiatives their respective organizations are focusing on. Agenda: 6:30PM – 7:00PM: Check-in + Networking 7:00 PM – 8:30PM: Panel + Q&A 8:30PM – 9:00PM: Reception + Networking   Panelists: Brooke Yamakoshi, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist of UNICEF Karina L. Weinstein, Program Director of FXB USA Cynthia Koenig, Founder of Wello Water Register...

Small Dinner Discussion: A Conversation with Julia Wilson of Nielsen

Date: February 8, 2017 Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Cost: $30 (non-refundable) Join us for an intimate dinner discussion with Julia Wilson, Director of Global Responsibility & Sustainability at Nielsen. Julia will share some insights on how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is implemented at Nielsen, her current work and her career/professional experience. Guest Speaker Julia Wilson is Director of Global Responsibility & Sustainability at Nielsen, responsible for its global ESG strategy, ongoing stakeholder engagement, and external reporting. In her career at Nielsen, Julia has also worked on Nielsen Cares, Nielsen’s global employee engagement and volunteerism program. Register...

Parsons School of Design: Strategic Design & Management Faculty Positions

Organization Name:Parsons School of Design Industry: Higher Education/Design Thinking Job Title: Strategic Design & Management Full-time Faculty Positions (Ranks Open) Job description: At Parsons, we believe there is no “design thinking”; design is thinking. We offer a design-infused management education that cultivates the emergence of more equitable systems while eliminating obstacles to thriving of individuals, organizations and societies. Our programs combine depth in liberal arts and social sciences with practical research and modeling in service of social good. You will work together with faculty across The New School to build out our unique, innovative approach to management education. Link to Posting:...
Our 1st Social Innovation Hack: Wow!

Our 1st Social Innovation Hack: Wow!

WOW! – That’s the most popular opinion, or reaction, we heard from everyone at the end of the 3-day sensational event on Sunday night. Our Social Innovation Hack this past weekend was a great success, and it wouldn’t have been possible without all of our sponsors, mentors, speakers, and participants! From Friday night to Sunday night, hackers (from designers, engineers to marketers) got to network with like-minded peers, pitch awesome ideas, form teams, flex their creativity, learn from insightful mentors, and develop solutions to global issues into a social enterprise – and most importantly, have fun while doing so! Thanks to LMHQ for hosting the event at their collaborative space, which allowed hackers to get creative and develop their ideas. Huge thanks to Bard MBA in Sustainability for their tremendous support and for bringing their entrepreneurial spirit to the event. What happened at the 2016 Social Innovation Hack Friday Alejandro Crawford of Acceleration Group and Bard MBA kicked off the event with an inspiring and action-provoking talk on Ideation. At the beginning of his talk, only two participants shyly raised their hand expressing the intention to pitch an idea. After Alejandro had stepped off the stage, we ended up with pitches from 8 brave individuals! Participants proceeded to network and discuss the ideas shared. The night ended with the formation of 5 teams of 3 to 6 team members.  Saturday Karen Schlesinger of Founder Therapy started off the day with a session on Customer Discovery and Development. Her actionable presentation motivated participants to get to know their prospective customers and partners before diving into the details of their business...