Hello from Chicago! I am spending my summer working at AUSL, or the Academy for Urban School Leadership. AUSL is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve student achievement in Chicago's high-poverty, chronically failing schools through two key activities.
Greetings from Oakland! My SMIF summer internship is with the newly started California division of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). CEO is a nonprofit organization which offers effective employment services for people with recent criminal convictions.
Greetings from San Francisco!
I am working this summer with La Cocina, a start-up incubator for early stage food companies in the Bay Area. La Cocina's mission is to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses, which range from food trucks to catering services, by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities.
While my consulting job before the GSB provided me exposure to policy and pressing issues in education, this summer I sought out Equal Opportunity Schools as a place where I could learn more about education within the context of a nonprofit startup. I was drawn to EOS given their mission and the staff's unrelenting desire to achieve it.
"Stand back from the doors. Doors closing."
Greetings from Oakland! As a dual MBA/MA Education candidate, finding a summer opportunity that focused on education was a priority. But I had a challenge: I wanted to immerse myself in the work of a single organization while still broadly networking and learning about the education landscape at large. How would I do this?
Hola from Peru! This summer I am interning with I-DEV International, an organization dedicated to building businesses at the base of the pyramid. In addition to practicing my Spanish, I have been able to observe firsthand some of the difficulties involved in economic development work.
There are several great books and reports out there to help us all be more effective donors — Give $mart by Tierney and Fleishman, Do More than Give by Crutchfield, Kania and Kramer, and What's Next for Philanthropy by the Monitor Institute, among them. However, in the hundreds of pages of valuable information they provide, rarely do you find the simple idea of putting the ultimate recipient of our dollars — the end customer — first.
As the Class of 2011 concludes its studies here at the Stanford GSB, 127 MBA and Sloan students will graduate with a Certificate in Public Management, evidence of a student's preparation for and commitment to addressing public issues. With increasing interest among business students to pursue social impact careers, approximately 25% of Stanford MBA students received this honor at the 2011 GSB Commencement Ceremony.
No matter what our nationality, race, sex, sector, or job, we all have only 24 hours in a day and 365 days in year. That means we must be strategic about how we spend our time trying to move the social innovation needle.