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Congratulations to SBL Scholar Scott Fairbanks (BA '13), who has accepted a position as an A*Year Associate at Ashoka in Washington, D.C.


SBL Fellow Stephanie Schwartz (MBA '14) published two articles with BSR, the first on empowering women through technology, and the second on sustainable storytelling.


Congratulations to SBL Fellow Tracy Dennis (MBA '12) who has accepted a position at GOOD as a strategist for the social impact strategy consulting team of GOOD known as Good/Corps.


SBL Fellow Veronica Chen (MBA '13) is following her passion for education while working at AT&T by volunteering as an Event Coordinator and mentor for AT&T's Aspire Academy, a $250 million campaign to help more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.


Congratulations to SBL Scholar John Ingram (BA, '15) ran this year's annual fundraiser, Pass the Can, at the recent USC homecoming football game. He raised over $27,000 to support Troy Camp, USC's oldest student-run philanthropy. Troy Camp provides a week of summer camp as well as year-long mentorship and academic programming to underserved children in the LA community.


SBL Fellow Asa Firestone (MBA '12) is involved in launching Adventure Service Corps, a summer program partnering with City Year to integrate in-school academic mentorship with after-school adventure programming. 


SBL Senior Fellow Fran Seegull recently sat on an impact investing panel at Schwab Impact and will speak at the upcoming Barron's Top Women Advisors Summit in December.


SBL Senior Fellow Michelle Yates was featured on Triple Pundit and recently worked on putting out Adobe's first Corporate Responsibility Report.


SBL Senior Fellow, Laura Rubbo, has been appointed to the Board of Overseers for the University of Connecticut's Human Rights Institute.


SBL Senior Fellow Meredith Blake & her team at ProSocial are honored to work with The Progeria Research Foundation, HBO, and the team behind the riveting documentary Life According to Sam. ProSocial's latest project is Years of Living Dangerously, the largest climate change communications initiative and campaign since An Inconvenient Truth, which will launch on Showtime in April, 2014.


SBL Senior Fellow Paul Polizzotto and the EcoMedia team are in the middle of a busy holiday season and have already given away over $700,000 this month across eleven projects in multiple cities, working with clients such as GM, Bank of America, US Bank, UnitedHealthcare, and  


Note: SBL Fellow Stephen Lin (MBA'13) is running a technology forum for the State Department in Kazakstan with a focus on social enterprise. He is currently looking for well-known speakers that could also train local teams of young people at the forum in June, 2014.  Email Stephen with questions or suggestions.


Valley Philanthropy Forum - Hiding in Plain Sight
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd

Location: Universal City

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Social Enterprise Alliance Holiday Mixer

Date: Monday, December 9th

Location: 3 Worlds Cafe 

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Social Impact Exchange - Social Impact Business Plan Competition

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, December 13th

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Ethical Dilemmas in the New World of Electronic and Mobile Health Technologies
Date: Tuesday, November 26th 
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Aresty Conference Room, LG503/504, Norris Research Tower, HSC Campus  
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Junkyard Planet: A Lecture and Q&A with Adam Minter
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Leavey Library Auditorium
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 What's trending in social entrepreneurship 


SBL's own Senior Fellow Paul Polizzotto recently gave Forbes his advice on a 4-part litmus test to determine if a business idea is a good one for an entrepreneur.


In a recent article from the Guardian, author Kate Cooper lists and discusses five ways to use social media as a tool to increase social impact.


New research by Douglas Lee Lauenassociate professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, questions the notion that a high rate of poverty in a classroom has a direct effect on a student's performance.


The way society looks at donating money to philanthropy needs to focus more on impact per dollar and less on the amount of overhead according to a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Q&A with a social changemaker 

Spud Marshall 
Chief Catalyst of the

The is a global network of homes for world-changers (both students and experienced changemakers) who all live together under one roof. They have one goal: to go and make the world a better place.  

Time for a vacation. Beach or mountains?     

Whatever is different from my previous vacation. I am constantly looking for new adventures and new places to travel to - doing the same thing repeatedly gets boring.

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

Probably Eric Glustrom and his team at Watson University. They are pioneering an amazing alternative university model and we are brainstorming partnerships between our two organizations at the moment. I'm flying out to Boulder this January to see the group in action - it's kind of like going to meet the future in-laws.

Fill in the blank: I'd get arrested protesting ____.
Dull universities. I can't recall the last time I heard anyone getting arrested for protesting that - but it is one of the things that motivates me most: finding ways to inspire and equip young people to pursue their dreams.

What's the can't-miss event of December?  
I don't have anything on my calendar for this upcoming December, but I did recently participate in and was really impressed with the innovations and connections that emerged.