October 2013                                                                                                                                      Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView our videos on YouTube

SBL Senior Fellow Fran Seegull was just featured in a Harvard Business School article profiling her career in impact investing using a for-profit approach to achieve social and environmental benefits.  


SBL Scholars Scott Fairbanks (B.S. '13), Catherine Uong (B.S. '14), and BAEP 499 classmate Peter Routzahn have joined forces with verynice.co to continue developing Wiz!, their life-sized board game that encourages kids to be physically active, interact with peers, and be creative. Wiz! spun out of BAEP 499 as the team's final project and they will be participating at the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase & Fast Pitch in hopes of securing funding. 


SBL Fellows, Stephanie Schwartz, Dara Pastor, Haleta Belai, and Lauren Wagman (MBAs '14), as part of the Marshall Net Impact Board, recently presented to the USC Board of Trustees at an event facilitated by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Ainsley Carry.   


Congrats to SBL Fellow, Jennifer May (MBA '13), who got married on October 19th to John Gardiner here in Los Angeles. Jennifer also has a new title, Special Projects Manager for Designmatters at Art Center College of Design.  


SBL Scholar Angeli Agrawal (B.S. '13) is now a Research Assistant with the United Talent Agency Foundation, working with SBL Senior Fellow and Foundation Director Rene Jones. As the talent and literary agency's charitable arm, they provide strategic guidance for UTA's clients and executives pursuing meaningful philanthropy.   


SBL Fellow Tim Kline (MBA '14) will be part of the USC Marshall team heading to Miami next month to compete as the only remaining US team in Ericsson's Networked Society Case Competition (NEST).  The team is envisioning how Information and Technology Communication can be leveraged to envision the future of cities.   


SBL Senior Fellow Rose Shuman's consulting firm, BrightFront Group, is developing the complete Standard Operating Procedures for a network of Big Data Innovation Labs, founded by the UN Secretary General's Office.


SBL Senior Fellow Paul Polizzotto and the EcoMedia team are proud to support our Nation's Veterans through Bank of America's participation in the EcoAd and WellnessAd programs. The partnership is generating over $350k in funding for in-house medical clinics, an array of mental health programs, and sustainability upgrades in supportive housing centers for homeless, at-risk, and formerly homeless veterans in New York, Boston, and San Diego.   


Senior Fellow, Laura Rubbo, has been named Vice Chair of the Corporate Responsibility (CR) Committee of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).  USCIB's CR committee comprises major global corporations and works together to promote the business perspective on corporate responsibility; shape the development and implementation of codes, standards and principles on corporate responsibility; and increase awareness of the positive social and environmental contributions made by business.

Prior SBL Lunch & Learn speaker, Sandra "Mama" Romero, of Mama's Hot Tamales, was featured in a recent article on the revitalization of Macarthur Park in Los Angeles.   


Myrna Mandell, Ph.D., who collaborated with Community Partners CEO and SBL Senior Fellow Paul Vandeventer on the pathbreaking Networks that Work in 2008, has published Network Theory in the Public Sector: Building New Theoretical Frameworks (Routledge), another solidly grounded tool for managing organizational complexity in civic and community life.


Social Enterprise Alliance: Public Policy for Social Enterprise
Dates: October 30th, 2013   

Location: Webinar  

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LA Social Venture Partners (LASVP) Fast Pitch

Date: November 5th, 2013

Location: Los Angeles

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Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Conference

Dates: November 5th-8th, 2013

Location: San Francisco
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The Eradication of Smallpox and the Discovery of Pandora's Box
Date: Tuesday, October 22nd
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Aresty Auditorium, USC Health Sciences Campus

USC Marshall MBA Diversity 2013 Conference
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time: 11:00am-6:00pm
Location: Davidson Conference Center
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USC Student Innovator Showcase and Fast Pitch
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 9am-6pm
Location: Hancock Foundation Building (AHF)
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USC Visions and Voices - Change Agents
: Jeanne van Heeswijk
Date: Monday, November 4th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library
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In a recent interview, sustainability guru, Leon Kaye, editor of GreenGoPost, offers advice on getting into CSR by suggesting turning your current job into a CSR job rather than searching out a new CSR job.


New trends in global healthcare involve using innovation-driven technology to treat patients who previously struggled with access to affordable and reliable healthcare. Information and communication technology (ICT) can be used to both educate and care for patients in difficult to access areas of the world.

Evgeny Morozovy, author of To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism, weighed in on the role of current technology and consumer apps to shape the future of ethical shopping. He cites studies showing that the tools available now have not yet shown significant longer-term influence. 

Silicon Valley has often been called a highly innovative community. In this article, Victor Hwang and Ade Mabogunje put forth 5 features of human interaction in a new model of economic thinking that lead to the creation of more innovative communities.

Anne Miller of SiMPACT Strategy Group wrote about the ongoing need to define social entrepreneurship and gives suggestions of how to measure social return on investment in an article for See Change Magazine.   

Q&A with a social changemaker 

David Auerbach   
Founder of Sanergy
Sanergy builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible throughout Africa's informal settlements.

Time for a vacation. Beach or mountains?     

Beach these days - the coast of Kenya is gorgeous!


Who is your social enterprise "crush" of the moment?

Right now, I love what my friend Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is doing with WeCyclers in Lagos, Nigeria.   


What is your favorite magazine or blog?

I love the New Yorker and the Atlantic Monthly. Long articles that tell great stories and make me think are great to pass the time in Nairobi's endless traffic.

Fill in the blank: I'd get arrested protesting ____.
I'd get arrested protesting the lack of sustainable sanitation solutions around the world - 2.5 billion lack access.

What's the can't-miss event of November?  
World Toilet Day is November 19!