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...

Our First-Ever Social Impact Pitch Night: What We Learned—and How You Can Get Involved

Net Impact NYC recently held a pitch night with four new startups working in the social impact space. Each startup’s business model relied on a web-based platform to serve as a virtual connector for very specific communities. Fcancer and Agora for Good both use online platforms to connect donors to nonprofits, though each takes a different approach in providing value and communities served. Eat Offbeat and NaTakallam seek to empower refugees through employment opportunities and help them harness skills that these populations already possess. Here’s more details on these awesome organizations–and ways to get involved: As it’s name implies, FCancer’s mission is to fight cancer. Instead of collecting dollars for to do so, the organization helps individuals donate skills to support nonprofits working in this space. Designers, photographers and animators rank among the volunteers who have donated work hours to support the work of nonprofits such as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Agora for Good takes a similar approach, but instead of just matching potential donors to projects, it works to provide the donor with added value in terms of promotion of nonprofits recommended by experts in the field and metrics that marry purpose and performance. Eat Offbeat appealed to the crowd’s palate as well as their sense of social justice. The organization employees refugees to cook and deliver meals whose origins are ‘off the beaten path’ (think Nepalese and Eritrean). Perhaps the most effective testament to the chef’s effectiveness came from the audience that night – an NINYC member who had dined on food provided by Eat Offbeat and deemed it delicious. NaTakallam, or Arabic for Let’s Talk, had also found an elegant solution to employ refugees, specifically Syrians,...

The Intersection of Social Enterprises & Environmental Sustainability

Can businesses do good and be profitable? Hunter Lovins, President and Co-Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Time Magazine millennium Hero of the Planet, thinks so. On April 11, Lovins shared her thoughts on social enterprises and environmental sustainability at an event hosted by Net Impact NYC, Bard MBA, and MPOWERD, at COOKFOX architecture firm in Chelsea. John Salzinger, Co-Founder of MPOWERD, a New York City-based B Corp, moderated the conversation. There is a “personal case, a business case, and a society case for well-being,” which becomes apparent if we switch the predominant narrative from “he who dies with the most toys wins,” to one that reflects “wellbeing is the key to happiness,” Lovins said. Her latest endeavor, Leading for Wellbeing, brings together business leaders, policy makers, scholars, faith leaders, media experts, and change agents to create a world that works for 100 percent of humanity. On the business side, many social entrepreneurs are working towards this new narrative. MPOWERD, for example, makes clean energy products that are affordable, easy to use, and good for the earth—including Luci inflatable solar lights. MPOWERD wants to empower the 1.5 billion people in low-income countries still living without electricity by delivering Luci lights at prices they can afford. According to Lovins, social enterprises like MPOWERD have an important role to play in helping to solve energy poverty. Throughout the world, 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. Many use kerosene lamps which can have negative effects on health. “It’s a wonderful idea to start a business, but incredibly challenging,” said MPOWERD’s Salzinger. As an impact company with an integrated bottom line, “it’s difficult to garner investment...