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SBL Lunch & Learn: Social Business Certification
Andy Fyfe, Community Development
Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Location: Doheny Memorial Library 240

Clinton Global Initiative University 2013 Info Session
Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Doheny 233

SBL Lunch & Learn: Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Job Development
Maria Springer, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Location: Doheny Memorial Library 240

SBL Happy Hour
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Spotlight On: Women in Social Entrepreneurship
sponsored by Graduate Women in Business & Marshall Net Impact
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 5:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Location: JKP 212

South LA Democratic Spaces Exhibit
Date: Now through December 2012
Location: USC Annenberg School for Communication
 What's trending in social entrepreneurship 


The increasing challenges for NGOs as they face pressure to expand internationally while achieving results in their local communities is highlighted in this recent Devex article, Reinventing the International NGO.


Echoing Green provides seed money to some of  th e  world's most promising social entrepreneurs. Their  newest video, Solving the World's Biggest Problems, showcases some of their 2012 Echoing Green Fellows. (Video | 5:39)


GOOD's recent article, If Microfinancing Creates a Cycle of Debt, is Handing Out Cash a Better Option?, takes a look at Conditional Cash Transfers, a type of loan that requires borrowers to fulfill "agreed-upon conditions that contribute to their long-term odds of escaping poverty", as an alternative to microfinancing.


TakePart teamed up with TBWA to create The Future of Social Activism infograph, showing that approximately 73% of American young adults were considered social activists in 2011, versus 38% in 2010. The three biggest issues that young adults care about are quality education, cancer, and literacy.


Defy Ventures helps former prison inmates refocus their innate leadership and entrepreneurial skills to start their own legitimate businesses. Learn more in the Forbes article Why Ex-Cons Make Great Entrepreneurs

SBL Senior Fellow Laura Rubbo is proud to share that Disney has announced $2.3 million in grants to three non-profits that will seek to address systemic labor issues in global supply chains.

SBL Senior Fellow Fran Seegull will be lecturing to graduate students this month at the Bren Schol of Environmental Studies and Management at UCSB on how to raise capital for social and environmental ventures. In December, she will be a panelist on Tools & Tips on Financing Sustainable Small Businesses for the Sustainable Business Council.

SBL is so proud to have supported Society and Business Fellow Asa Firestone (MBA '12), CEO of BEYONDgear, during his time at Marshall. Check out his latest venture!

Society and Business Fellow Ayesha Khan (MBA '12) has accepted a full-time position as a Strategy Analyst in NIKE, Inc.'s Sustainable Business and Innovation Group.

Congratulations to Society and Business Fellow Sally Lee (MBA '11) on her promotion to Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Warner Bros.


Downtown Women's Center Grand Opening: 

Residence and Resale Boutique

Date: Thursday, November 29

Location: DWC, 325 S. Los Angeles Street

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An Evening with B Corps 

Co-hosted with B Lab, Picture Healing and the Hub LA

Date: Thursday, November 29

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: D.I.R.T.T. Green Learning Center, Culver City

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Big Ideas Fest

Date: Sunday, December 2 - Wednesday, December 5

Location: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA

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SocEnt.LA Community Holiday Cocktail Reception

Date: Wednesday, December 12

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Culver City, CA

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Q&A with a social changemaker


Chris Brereton
Founder of PictureHealing


Time for a vacation. Beach or mountains?  
I'm a beach bum for sure! Woot woot #SiliconBeach!

Favorite restaurant in Los Angeles? 
I'm big on The Misfit in Santa Monica right now. Local farmers market style menu, great beers on takes the cake for me!

E-book or Paperback?
I can't get used to the idea of turning my book off yet...I'm a paperback man for sure!
Who is your social enterprise "crush" of the moment?
I'm a super nerd for Richard Branson and everything he's doing with Virgin Unite.
What is your favorite magazine?
Fast Company. Beyond the mag, they've got their hands into so many awesome verticals!
What's the can't-miss event in December?
The SocEntLA Holiday Party...the PictureHealing crew will be there representing.