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We are thrilled to announce our new name, the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL). Read more about this exciting change!     

Society and Business Fellow Rachel Pedowitz (MBA/MSW '16) recently accepted a social enterprise marketing specialist position with the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. She will promote accessibility and awareness of early intervention best practices. 


Society and Business Scholar Angie Kim (B.A.'14) completed her third Global Microfinance Brigade to Ghana. She worked with several families in Ekumfi Ebuakwa to develop their financial plans and identify business ideas that could be established as social enterprises. 


Jonathan Parfrey, Senior Fellow and the executive director at Climate Resolve, worked to successfully update the Municipal Building Code. The code, passed unanimously by LA City Council in December, now mandates cool roofs on all new residential buildings.

In December, Senior Fellow Laura Rubbo traveled to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland to be the US business representative at an "experts meeting" on corporate social responsibility initiatives and their relationship to national labor inspection systems and the work of the ILO.


Senior Fellow Sally Lee recently aided in the launch of Warner Bros. Entertainment's new Corporate Responsibility website.

Design for America Info Session
Dates: Monday, January 27th (7PM) & Monday, February 3rd (6:30PM)
Location: THH 119 
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Microfinance Club Info Session
Dates: Wednesday, January 29th (6:30PM) & Monday, February 3rd (8:00PM)
Location: 1/29: HOH 305, 2/3: HOH 306
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Safari of the Soul: The Quest for Water in Africa
Date: Wednesday, February 12th
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Town and Gown
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Lost Borders, Water, Climate Change, and the West

Date: Tuesday, February 25th 

Time: 7:00PM

Location: Doheny Library 240 

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USC Alumni Women's Conference

Date: Thursday, March 6th 

Time: 9AM-5PM

Location: UPC Campus

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NCIIA Annual Conference

Dates: March 21-22 

Location: San Jose, CA 

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Global Health and Innovation Conference 

Dates: April 12-13

Location: New Haven, CT

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Social Enterprise Alliance -- Summit 2014

Dates: April 13-16

Location: Nashville, TN

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 What's trending in social entrepreneurship 


One of the cofounders of Cause, a "philanthropub" in Washington, DC, reflects on four lessons learned from his experience in this Stanford Social Innovation Review article.

Sarah Soule, a professor at Stanford, discusses design thinking as a valuable tool for social entrepreneurs solving the world's most pressing problems.


Jenny Ofrim, of Simpact Strategy Group, lays out new challenges facing non-profit organizations that measure their outcomes using Social Return on Investment.

Impact Economy, a global impact investment and strategy firm, has released a new report titled Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains. The report provides a detailed look at the $3 trillion (and counting) global textile and garment industry.
Q&A with a social changemaker 

Edward Belden 

Peddler's Creamery produces high quality artisan bicycle-churned organic dairy and non-dairy ice cream and frozen desserts for Los Angeles. They are a benefit corporation that donates 5% of their profits to social and environmental causes. 

Time for a vacation. Beach or mountains?     

Mountains; for a chance to climb to new heights, get a new perspective on the world below, and take in a deep breath of fresh air!

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

South Central Farmers Cooperative, they are always providing amazing organic produce that supports a great cause!       

Fill in the blank: I'd get arrested protesting ____.
Our right to know what's in our food.

What's the can't-miss event of February?  

LA's First Annual Bicycle Commuter Summit and Festival happening on Sunday February, 16.