I was already keenly aware of the education challenges in Detroit. I was aware of the numerous programs that aimed to address it in unique ways; however, I was not aware of how my spirit would react to hearing about them in person.
In a lunchtime talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this year, Bill Drayton asserted that empathy is the single most important skill necessary for changing the world. “Those who don’t master applied empathy will be marginalized,” he said, calling for a “revolution” to ensure empathy skills are taught in early childhood alongside reading and math.
As mentioned in my first blog post, my expectations from my SMIF internship experience were to explore more about nonprofits in the U.S. and to enhance my expertise on financial modeling tools. I am fortunate to see that my internship experience at Urban Logic has given more than I expected.
This summer, I was honored to join an incredible community of professionals known as Education Pioneers. Education Pioneers was founded with the mission of recruiting, training, connecting and inspiring a new generation of leaders dedicated to transforming the U.S. education system so that all children have access to a quality education.
What does it mean to be a sustainable business?
It's a question that we come across more and more, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. At La Cocina, the food startup incubator where I just wrapped up my summer internship, this question is central to the measurement of the success of the incubation process there.
While I know I should be writing about my official SMIF internship, which I posted about earlier this summer, I've since moved to a short internship at a for-profit education company and can't resist talking about what I'm doing here.
As my summer internship draws to an end at Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), an education nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed in challenging high school coursework, I had the chance to celebrate the exciting education reform work taking place in the Bay Area with my Education Pioneers cohort.
After 12 weeks at the MTA, I was able to take field trips to the largest transit building projects in the U.S., see first-hand how an organization dealt with natural disaster, and give my final presentation on tax-increment financing opportunites to a handful of MTA executives.
Hi there – Sunita Mohanty here, writing again from sunny Palo Alto. It’s my last day at Junyo for the summer, and it has continued to be a great experience.
In my first blog post, I gave a high level overview of MicroEnergy Credits, the social enterprise I worked at this summer, which enables poor households and microentrepreneurs in developing countries to access clean energy products by using carbon market funding to launch and scale clean energy programs at microfinance institutions. In my wrap-up blog, I'll share a more concrete example of MicroEnergy Credits' work and a reflection on my work.