Thursday, May 20, 2010

Help Fund Our Chapter

Kick off the holiday weekend and summer 2010 with a night of music and learn about the New School's Net Impact Chapter!

Our chapter has created a powerful story and we're up for the Force for Change award from Net Impact Central in San Francisco. We have poured not only our hearts and souls into this chapter, but a lot of funds which we do not have. Please help us to continue our work.

Friday, May 28th | 8 p.m.
Where: Luca Lounge | 220 Avenue B (between 13th and 14th Streets) | NYC

Let musical guests CALL ME LUCY be your tour guide through originals and original covers of the Beatles, the blues, and beyond.

Also performing is special guest OSEKRE, a Ghanaian "word artist" who weaves poetry throughout his original rhythmic tunes.

$10 door cover includes a glass of wine, beer or soda. Proceeds go to Net Impact at the New School. RSVP to our FB group

Erica Rowell: vocals, keyboard, guitar
MJ Watkins: vocals, harmonica, guitar
Linda Diamond: vocals, piano, percussion
Jeff Stonier: bass
Andrew Lange V: drums

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Videos From Earth Day 2010 (more forthcoming..)

First, The New School Facilities Staff and friends conduct the first waste audit (characterization study) of university stakeholders' trash on The New School campus.

Next, Parsons students from the Being Singular Plural course talking with us about some of their work. At an exhibition students were having leading up to this event, I bought a dress from Nikol Basoglu made from upcycled fabric and am eager to buy a piece of her jewelry.

Finally (for now, there's more coming) the First Amendment Battle, The City of NY & Parks Department v. NY Artists/Vendors. Alexandria Diaz, First Amendment Vendor, lends us some more insight.

Special thanks to Chris Crews, our friend, creator of the rv media channel, PhD student and University Student Senator who was recently selected to serve on our Advisory Committee for Investor Responsibility with Urban Policy student/soon to be alum Sherin Bennett. We could not have captured this event without your filming and my free video camera reservation-ha. More videos and updates on ACIR's efforts to follow.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spend the 40th Earth Day & Earth Night With The New School

The New School Sustainability Advisory Committee, spearheaded by some wonderful student leaders, has put together an Earth Day event in our beautiful courtyard!

22nd April, THIS Thursday 11am-3pm @ Lang Courtyard
66 West 12th Street

Thursday will feature a SWAP 'TIL YOU DROP, brainchild of our rockstar: Rita Luppino. Bring us your clean, unwanted clothes and swap 'em for something else! Your donation is your ticket to swap. Checkout student eco-vendors making upcycled clothing and jewelry and support them. Learn about the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility, S.T.E.M., the Solar Decathlon, Food Service at TNS and the state of the environmental movement today. All leftover items will be donated to charity. Carbon Rally allows everyone to track how much CO2 was saved by swapping instead of buying something new. Check this out! Students from The New School can join the Clothing Swap Challenge on Carbon for a fun and interactive way to get involved with climate change solutions. There will be a computer set up so everyone who swaps can join The New School team to calculate our footprint. All monetary donations will go toward our new Green Fund :) Checkout local, essential artists and the status of public parks in NYC. ARTIST POWER!

Media Studies student activists will work with us to infuse interactive video, including rolling loops of Kilowatt Ours and other informative clips.

Ever wonder what makes New York City bagels and microbrews the best around? It's the NYC tap water!

From 6-8PM, ReNew School's Helene Wasserman is spearheading WATER AWARENESS NIGHT! FREE BAGELS! SIX POINT BREWING COMPANY!
2 West 13th Lobby orientation Room

Come find out what makes our tap water so precious, why it is threatened, and how we can preserve it. Watch videos and hear talks on water.

Both bagels and beer made in New York are even more delicious thanks to New York City tap water, which comes from a protected watershed. Special thanks to Nick Krebs for handling logistics. Come one, come all!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Thinking differently about Trash - Reposted from The Nonprofit Quarterly

April 17, 2010; Pittsburgh Gazette | We read a lot these days about dire economic conditions putting many nonprofits on the edge extinction. What about a nonprofit whose business thrives on failures? That's essentially the business model for Construction Junction, a Pittsburgh nonprofit that promotes conservation by salvaging salable items from old properties and in the process keeps lumber, tiles, flooring, plumbing and other building materials out of landfills. The 11-year-old organization feels it could do even more to help itself and the environment if the city and private property owners were more willing to let it have a go at buildings ready for the wrecking ball. According to the PIttsburgh Gazette, the city continues to hold on to several condemned properties it controls "because of liability and title issues." Among the reasons the city is reluctant to permit Construction Junction from doing deep salvage, where crews remove everything worth saving from a home or building, is that if the property is considered a hazard, the city can tear it down even if it doesn't have full title, but a third party can not. Construction Junction also would like more business from owners of private properties. But Mike Gable, the group's executive director, says a salvage job costs more than a straight demolition. For instance, it takes several weeks and about $15,000 to do deep salvage on a property, but an owner can bulldoze it for about half as much money and in just a few days. Gable maintains, though, the benefits of deep salvage far outweigh the costs. For one, it provides jobs. Second, the salvaged materials sell for less than the cost of new items. And finally, landfills are spared. More to the point is a 2006 study by Mercy Corps Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery and Penn State's Hamer Center for Community Design. Among its findings: "Recovering just 50 percent of the total lumber materials from 1,000 older wood-framed homes is equivalent to 5 million board feet valued at $2 million, which is enough lumber in turn to build approximately 400 new wood-framed houses at 2,000 square feet each. The conservative estimate of optimal labor to recover this quantity of materials from approximately 1,000 homes would create 160 full-time jobs for one full year at a living wage. The avoidance of waste from a 50 percent diversion rate is equal to about $1.04 million in disposal cost savings." We like to see someone try to rip apart that argument.—Bruce Trachtenberg

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Climb the Green Ladder ...

with Shari Aaron, The New School's Net Impact, and Change Forum on April 20th, 4:30pm in the Klein Conference Room 501 - 66 West 12th Street.

Join Net Impact and Change Forum with author Shari Aaron in a presentation and book talk about making your work and personal environment "more sustainable." The book provides tools and motivation to move your company and career towards a better future by identifying the key themes that underpin successful sustainability strategies, including real-life case studies from people who have done it, to create a comprehensive tool-kit for action.

Books will be available at Barnes and Nobles.

Check out the book's (Climb the Green Ladder) website for more information.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Grants Available for Student Projects

Changemakers Competition Invites Entries of Innovative Community Change Projects From Northeastern States

Green Mountain Coffee and Ashoka's Changemakers have launched "Revelation to Action: Your Place. Your Idea. Your Change," a new competition designed to identify and help fund innovative ideas that strengthen and improve communities in Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Innovative solutions for motivating local citizens to build a better community may be submitted or nominated until April 21, 2010. The competition will consider all entries that reflect the theme of the competition, that demonstrate groundbreaking solutions that inspire others to help make their community a better place to live, and that indicate growth beyond the stage of idea, concept, or research. At a minimum, entries should be at the demonstration stage and indicate success. Entries must be submitted in English.

The competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations operating in the eligible states. Individuals or organizations not from the region must have local operations or partners on the ground in these states.

The three Changemakers competition winners — the finalist individuals or organizations that receive the most votes during the public voting phase — will each receive a cash prize of $5,000. The seven state winners — the best entry from each of the eligible states — will also receive cash prizes of $5,000. Nominators are also eligible for prizes. Visit the Changemakers Web site for complete program.

“Do Something” Offers Grants for Community Action Projects

Application Deadline: Rolling
Amount: 52 $500 grants
Description: “Do Something” will award one $500 grant each week to help young people implement or expand a community action project, program, or organization. Applicants must be no older than 25 and a U.S. or Canadian citizen.

For more information and additional requirements, please visit:

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Exploring Microfinance: Models, Mission and Impact TONIGHT

Our friends at Milano Global are hosting what should be a stellar event tonight. I'm going, and you should too!

The Association for International Development and Milano Global Present:

Exploring Microfinance: Models, Mission and Impact

Thursday, April 1st 6PM – 8PM

55W13th (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 2nd Floor

**Light refreshments will be served**

The booming field of microfinance is populated by a diverse group of institutions spanning the spectrum from commercial banks to grassroots NGOs. The panel will shed light on this increasingly complex world by presenting a variety of MFI operating models that reflect different organizational missions. The discussion will address the benefits and challenges as well as the differing impacts of each model. Among the issues covered will be sustainability and profitability, scale and outreach, social and financial services, gender and empowerment, as well as the impact of the financial crisis.


· Accion USA, Gina Harman,

· *BRAC, Susan Davis,

· IFMR Trust, Peter Bremberg,

· Pro Mujer, Jana Smith,

· Project Enterprise, Beth Dunphe,


· Howard J. Finkelstein, Law Offices of Howard J. Finkelstein,

Please contact with any questions and comments.

*To be finalized.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Net Impact on Carbon

Hi All!

I'm working on a project for Anvil Knitwear,a leading sustainable apparel brand, for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. If you click the link below, click Join this Team, then Join the Fashion Swap Challenge. I'd love to hear your feedback!

Manufacturing and delivering clothes requires energy and generates climate-changing CO2. Over 20 billion pounds of clothing ends up in our landfills every year. An estimated 1 in 10 clothing items gets bought, never worn, and simply thrown away. Instead, throw a clothing swap party!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Beware of Corporate Consulting Firms Offering Awards for Corporate Ethics

Is it all good?

Corporate Ethics is a subject often discussed and debated in our Sustainability Management classes here at The New School. How can we jump past the distrust in third party verifiers of corporate ethics? Ultimately we realize standards and regulation must be put in place. Here is a wonderful article from Slate magazine which does a good job explaining the situation. It was forwarded to us by our friend Denny Houton Swenson, Executive Producer at Light On Productions. I met Denny at the Net Impact National Conference where she and her team were screening "In Search of the Good Corporate Citizen."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Discount to attend Go Green Expo

go to:
promo code: GGENYC

With this special you pay only $10 instead of $25 for the entire weekend.
This low price also gets attendees complimentary access to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show co-located next door.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

NYC Go Green Expo

Go Green Expo is coming to New York City:

who should attend?
Everyone interested in learning about environmentally friendly goods & services for use in modern everyday living.

what will you see?
• Over 200 Booths / Exhibits
• Interactive Seminars / Speeches
• Green Marketplace
• Demonstrations & hands on activities

Business-to-Business Expo
Friday, March 19, 2010 • 10am - 7pm

Open to Public
Saturday, March 20, 2010 • 10am - 6pm
Sunday, March 21, 2010 • 10am - 5pm

Pier 92
12th Avenue & W 55th Street

To learn how green alternatives can positively change the way you impact the environment. Each of our small changes make a big impact.

$25 for a full weekend pass

click here to see events/speaker presentations:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Design an Everyday Solution to an Extraordinary Problem

This was passed along from Searcy Milam, one of our friends from StartingBloc:

I found this competition at and thought some of you might have
burning ideas worth submitting!

"Project: Design an Everyday Solution to an Extraordinary Problem"


Devise a simple, creative solution to a pressing global problem.


Post a comment, tweet @GOOD, or e-mail projects[at]goodinc[dot]com
with a pressing global problem and your creative DIY solution. Your
response can take the form of a paragraph, a sketch, an annotated photo
—whatever you think will best convey your idea. Deadline is March 31st
(and winners will be announced on April 6th).


The best three entries, as judged by our panel of in-house experts,
will receive a $500 Nau gift card.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mobile Advocacy, Mobile Fund Raising and New Technology

This article elaborates on the new uses of mobile technology for not-for-profits in the advocacy and fund raising arena. These are some innovative ways to bring about social change at a low cost to the sector.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

CSR & Breakfast

Our friend and Organizational Change Management student, Maria Jose Onetto, has forwarded the below event:

Impact at Work Coffee Community Launches
Friday, February 26, 8 AM
Ground Support, 399 West Broadway (near Spring Street)

Net Impact develops and supports a community of social
intrapreneurs through the Impact at Work program. If you?ve
ever attended one of the Impact at Work conference calls or
have simply wondered about how you can make a positive
difference in the workplace, then join us for coffee and

In this first gathering of minds, we?ll discuss how to create a
local community of corporate (and not so corporate)
changemakers. This could be a perfect opportunity for a CSR
Meetup member to really shape the format and direction of what
will hopefully develop into an ongoing series.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

FEB 2010 Newsletter



As many of us embark on our final semester at The New School, we hope you will get involved with your chapter of Net Impact. To help make that easier we’d like to let you know that there is still time to apply to the Clinton Global Initiative University, which takes place in Miami in April. Watch your commitments come to life! Look below for more information about this and other opportunities. And while you’re at it, join us on March 26th for the Emerging Careers for the Public Good Fair. This is a wonderful chance to learn about organizations employing people like you to do the work you care about.

Please let us know if there are any events or programs that you would like to promote or plan with the rest of the Chapter. The NYC Professional chapter and other collegiate chapters are looking forward to collaborating with us this semester and beyond. Be creative!


If you are interested in building up a new student chapter of Net Impact in the Big Apple, please come to our plenary session on Tuesday, 23rd February, 4th floor of 55 West 13th Street, to share your ideas and get involved! Please kindly RSVP by e-mailing us. If you cannot attend and are interested in learning more, please let us know by e-mailing, indicate your level of study and tell us a little about yourself. The current board members are seeking students to assist in transitioning our chapter. Below are just some ways you can get involved with Net Impact this semester.

Leadership positions, undergraduate and graduate reps encouraged for each, are as follows:

: Net Impact ambassadors in the community at large. Liaise between Net Impact Central (including reporting) and chapter constituents. Oversee leadership team and leads development of chapter vision and plan. Update online chapter profile and registers the chapter with Central office. A co-leadership structure is suggested for both levels of study. To learn more, contact Rachel and/or Lauren at or
Treasurer/ Fundraising: Provide annual budget for the chapter. Assist in managing the chapter budget and financials. Advise and develop creative ways to fundraise. May build support team to assist. Where necessary, create and implement chapter’s fundraising strategy. Ensure accountability to donors. For more 411, contact Shawn:
Marketing/Public Relations Chair: Direct inter-university campaign to work with other NYC Net Impact chapters, New School alumni, area businesses and organizations. Organize the committee for marketing. Develop materials for events and outreach. Work with other team members to develop communication strategy. Organize the committee for marketing. Contact Rachel:
Membership Chair: Direct intra-university campaign to recruit chapter members from different divisions at The New School. Develop relationships with faculty and staff likely to attract students to Net Impact’s offerings. Work with other team members to develop communication strategy. Contact Soo Ah:
Corporate Outreach/Development Coordinator: Primary point of communication for contacting business members of the community, and Net Impact Professional networks.
Internal Events Coordinator: Coordinate with the Office of Student Development and Activities (OSDA). Aid other chairs in the development of social events. Provide support and resources to event sub-committees. Focus more on non-educational events, although may play support role to education chair. Contact Amanda:
External Events Coordinator: Seeks outside financing/vendor relationships and liaises with OSDA. Oversees all logistics (i.e. scheduling special guests, space reservation, food/drink, videography, photography, etc.) in concert with event-subcommittees and volunteers. Contact Amanda:
Career Development Chair: Liaise with all career development departments at The New School and Net Impact Central. Plan and implement annual career fair and other career development events. Work with marketing chair to reach out to alumni in related fields of interest. Create and maintain database with info on organization connections through New School faculty, alumni, students, etc. Contact Lauren:
Media/Technology Chair: Overseas the development and implementation of web based applications such as: Google Docs, blogspot, Ning site, email newsletter templates, and other related technology. Works with marketing chair on design of the website and updates web content as needed.
Operations Chair: Manages the master calendar, templates, and the agenda drafts. Takes minutes during the meeting, and communicates pre-meeting reading materials, documents, and meeting times to leadership team. Handles all e-mail communications
Education Chair: Plans, organizes, and executes educational events including seminars, speakers or panels, field trips, etc. Provides support and resources to educational event sub-committees where necessary.
Campus/Community Greening Initiatives Chair: Lead projects with the Sustainability Advisory Committee to assess The New School’s greening efforts and enhance sustainability in all facets of the New York City community. Create and sustain a task force comprised of student leaders that will address campus concerns.
Curriculum Change Delegates: Work with chapter leaders and University faculty to develop coursework tailored to students interested in social impact. Research and evaluate programs at The New School and other schools. Annually identify new certifications and degree offerings. Contact Lauren:


Upcoming Events

Jacqueline Novogratz: Life of a Social Entrepreneur
DATE: Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Theresa Lang Community & Student Center
The New School, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, Second Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

About Jacqueline:

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Acumen Fund invests patient capital to identify, strengthen and scale business models that effectively serve the poor and champions this approach as an effective complement to traditional aid. Acumen Fund currently manages nearly $40 million in investments in South Asia and East Africa, all focused on delivering affordable healthcare, water, housing and energy to the poor. The organization also includes the Acumen Fund Fellows Program, focused on building the next generation of business leaders with an understanding of global issues and poverty. The organization has offices in New York, Pakistan, India and Kenya.

Jacqueline has been honored with the 2009 CASE Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award. She was recently named to Foreign Policy's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers and Daily Beast's 25 Smartest People of the Decade. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative and TED.

Her recent best-selling memoir, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between the Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, which will be released in paperback on February 16, chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world.

Admission is free, but you must reserve a seat. To RSVP, please visit this link.
For more information on Acumen Fund, please visit
For further details on Jacqueline's book, go to

Immediately following this talk, join us for The New School-Ashoka Partnership Information Session 7:30-9:00 in Theresa Lang

Having established a Net Impact chapter on campus and enhanced New School curricula in the areas of social entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, international development, etc., during the summer The New School applied to become part of the Ashoka Changemaker Campus Initiative. In the fall, The New School was selected as one of nine universities to participate! The initiative aims to expand social entrepreneurship education across campuses and explore ways in which universities can become hubs for social innovation that create solutions to social problems.
For more information on the Ashoka Changemaker Campus Initiative please visit:

The New School-Ashoka Partnership invites you to join us to learn more about the various initiatives currently underway, how you can get involved and to share your ideas about how we can expand social entrepreneurship on our campus.

Emerging Careers for the Public Good: A Job Fair VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
DATE: Friday, March 26, 2010 1-4pm
55 West 13th Street, Second Floor

Net Impact volunteers are needed to work the Emerging Careers for the Public
Good Fair on March 26, 2010: the same benefits accrue! Please email to indicate your interest. Coverage is needed
from noon until 5pm.

Emerging Careers for the Public Good Fair: Sustainable, Green,
Community-Building Jobs, Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Policy,
Social Finance, CSR, Advocacy, Public Policy, hosted by Milano and
expected to be co-sponsored by NYC area policy schools and nonprofit
management programs.

Climb The Green Ladder, event co-sponsored by TNS Net Impact Chapter, Change Forum, TNS Ashoka Partnership & Milano Global

Date: TBA, Late March/Early April

Author of Climb the Green Ladder, Shari Aaron is an innovative, strategic thinker and a thoughtful business leader in sustainability and market research. As a former Partner at Yankelovich, Supervisor of Account Planning at Ogilvy & Mather and Founder of Fresh Marketing. Shari has worked with many distinguished clients including, Coca-Cola, Hasbro, Kraft, Liz Claiborne, Ogilvy & Mather, StartingBloc, P&G, The Princeton Review, The Toy Industry Association, Red Cross, UNICEF and Uncommon Schools. She is a steering committee member of New York Women Social Entrepreneurs where she is spearheading Emerging Sustainability Leaders (NYWSE ESL) – a corporate sustainability training program.

For more information and to learn how you can assist in the planning of this event, please contact Soo Ah Lee:


The New School Net Impact Chapter is committed to providing additional learning and service Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of leaders who use business to improve the world. In accordance with these ideals and keeping with the tenants of study, reflection, service, and community, The New School Chapter is committed to providing additional learning and service opportunities to enrich the student experience and embody the inherent value of natural, social, and economic capital. The New School NI Chapter shall also partner with alumnae and local enterprises through professional outreach and networking opportunities.

We will bring together students seeking to redefine the impact organizations and companies have on society. Our chapter of Net Impact will take action to foster a new generation of leaders who seek to realize that change. To join the New School Chapter of Net Impact and connect with other Net Impact members, visit and update your profile. Cost of membership is as follows: $30 for graduates, $10 for International students and undergraduates.

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Social Change 101: Meet Taryn Miller-Stevens, CCO of StartingBloc

DATE: Thursday, 25th February, 2010 6:30-8pm
In Good Company Workplaces
16 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10010

Social Change? Social Entrepreneurship? And what about Social Innovation? The phrase "Social Innovation" has created quite the buzz over the last year. Interested in understanding what it means, who the players are in the space and how you can create new solutions that make a difference?

Register online:

Taryn Miller-Stevens, CCO of StartingBloc, an organization dedicated toward developing emerging leaders through the lens of social innovation, will discuss the social innovation landscape and how we can drive change across all disciplines and sectors. Expect an interactive, experiential learning session that will help you achieve greater social impact.

In Good Company Workplaces provides women business owners with both a professional space to call their own and a strong peer network built through authentic, in-person connections and interactions. Our beautiful loft-like space is not only affordable but also available through several flexible membership plans (helpful for accommodating various and changing work/life needs). Members can use it as a place to work, a place to meet clients, and a place to hold classes and workshops.
Our community also benefits from opportunities to connect with other like minded women business owners (for collaboration, advice, expertise) as well as access to educational events and resources. Our events aim to facilitate not only the in-person connection, but also the exchange of sound and strategic business advice as well as tactical solutions.

ABOUT New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE)

NYWSE’s mission is to provide a community, tools, trainings, and resources that women need to succeed as business leaders while becoming sustainability experts, and our vision is to empower women to effect change in society at all levels, as an individual, community member, professional, student, and entrepreneur.

Upcoming Haiti Fundraiser with Net Impact New Jersey Professional Chapter

Haiti Earthquake Relief Fundraiser!
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010
Time: 6:00 onwards
Location: O’Hara’s Downtown, 172 First Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Net Impact NJ is excited to organize a fundraiser for the Haiti Earthquake victims. Although the support, both financial and otherwise, to the shocking earthquake has been very good; there’s still a long way to go. We each have the ability to make a positive change to this devastating situation. Please come out and join us in support of those affected by this disaster.

We will have representatives from Action against Hunger ( available to give a ground level update. Donations can be made directly to them.

For inspiring media coverage of the response to the Haitian Earthquake please visit the following video links: Together: A Song for Haiti and Debt Relief

If you have any questions and to RSVP, please email Tamanna Mohapatra at



Date: Monday, 22nd February 2010

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting for students, national youth organizations, and university officials to discuss solutions to pressing global issues. The third annual CGI U Meeting will be held at the University of Miami from April 16-18, 2010. At this meeting, nearly 1,500 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. To Apply

CGI U is more than just an event. It is a growing community of young leaders who don't just discuss the world's challenges -- they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students, youth directors, and university officials develop their own Commitments to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campus, in their community, or in a different part of the world.

Founder and Executive Director Bethany Rubin Henderson met us at The New School last year during Echoing Green’s final selection. See her letter below:

Date: Wednesday, 10th March 2010

There is only 1 month left until the March 10, 2010 at 11:59pm PST City Hall Fellows application deadline. Have you ever wondered what really goes on inside City Hall? Questioned why your city chose its policing strategy? Pondered how your tax dollars were being spent? Wished you could decide what potholes got repaired and what roads got re-paved? Developed a new way to help underprivileged children in your community? Do you want to make a difference after you graduate? Change your city.

If you are a graduating college senior or recent college graduate (class of 2007, 2008 or 2009), here's your chance to try your hand at running your city. Spend a year inside the highest levels of city government and see how it works from the inside out. Be a part of the policy decisions, from creation to design to evaluation to implementation. Be a part of the solution. Be a City Hall Fellow.

If you haven't had a chance to meet our Fellows or staff yet, check out our Recruiting Calendar and join us for one of the remaining four webinars coming up at which you can ask questions directly of current Fellows, Program Directors and our Founder:

• Thursday, 25th February, 2pm EST/11am PST
• Monday, 1st March, 8pm EST/5pm PST
• Friday, 5th March, 4pm EST/ 1pm PST
Register for one of the webinars today!

Our application is available on the City Hall Fellows website. We strongly encourage you to read the Applicant Handbook (which we created to guide you to submitting the most competitive application possible) and the updated application FAQ before beginning the application.

If you still have any questions after reviewing our website or attending our events, feel free to e-mail us at

We look forward to reading your applications!

Yours in public service,

Bethany Rubin Henderson
Founder & Executive Director
City Hall Fellows

Dell Social Innovation Competition
Forwarded to us by Karen Moss, Director of the Institute for Urban Education and Assistant Professor of Education Studies at Lang

Date: Monday, 1st March 2010

Do you have what it takes? It starts with an idea to make the world a better place.
In universities around the world, students like you explore countless ideas every day, including solutions to tackle social problems — and help people in need reach their fullest potential. If you have a world-changing idea, the University of Texas and Dell want you to share it by entering The Dell Social Innovation Competition.
The only limit to the range of projects eligible for the award is the ambition and imagination of each contestant; any significant social issue can be addressed in this competition

No matter what your specialty may be, or whether you work in a team or as an individual, we challenge you to unleash your energy, idealism and public-spirited thinking to affect positive change in areas of critical human need.


Forwarded by our friend Michele Kahane, new Professor of Professional Practice at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy

Date: Monday, March 22, 2010

The Hitachi Foundation has launched its first Yoshiyama Young
Entrepreneurs. The prize will go to 6 young entrepreneurs who, through
their innovative products or practices, help move people out of poverty
and into the mainstream of American society. Candidates for the
Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs prize will be 18 to 29-year olds,
operating viable businesses that create jobs, supply goods or services,
and/or develop internal management practices that offer low-wealth
individuals in America a leg up. Successful applicants will receive a
cash prize of up to $50,000 over two years and technical resources to
strengthen their business.
You will find a short video featuring the program and all the
information about how to apply at The first round application
deadline is March 22.


Issues In Depth Calls
Issues in Depth calls provide paid Net Impact members with the opportunity to interact with industry leaders about topics such as CSR, nonprofit management, international development, social entrepreneurship, cause marketing, and others. These one hour calls educate members on the latest career trends and hot topics in socially and environmentally responsible business.

Katie Kross, Associate Director with the Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke University
How to Read a Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Wednesday, February 17 (Members have access to all recordings)
12:00pm EST
Steven D. Lydenberg, Chief Investment Officer, Domini Social Investments, VP Domini Funds
Using the Power of Soccer to Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Thursday, February 18
12:00pm EST
Tommy Clarke, Founder and CEO, Grassroot Soccer
Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Scaling Room to Read
Wednesday, February 24
12:00pm EST
Erin Ganju, Co-Founder and CEO, Room to Read
The Great Recession and the State of Corporate Citizenship in the United States
Thursday, February 25
12:00pm EST
Mark Popovich, Senior Program Officer, Hitachi Foundation
The Tomorrow’s Company Stewardship Principles-Radical Solutions for a Stewardship Revival
Friday, March 5
12:00pm EST
Mark Goyder, Founder & Director, Tomorrow’s Company
Register Here

Impact at Work

The Impact at Work program develops and supports a community of Net Impact professionals who are making a difference in their workplaces.
Action Learning Call
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
3:00 - 4:00 pm EST (Members have access to all recordings)
Connect with other Net Impact professional members during the monthly brainstorming calls to share insights, challenges, questions and ideas on leading social and environmental projects from the bottom up at work. Visit here to join the Impact at Work forum to share your questions, challenges, and advice related to social intrapreneurship.

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February Quick Wins
When planning social or environmental initiatives, it is good to have a clear idea of how you will measure your success. Read below for some ideas to help you focus on the results:
• Decide what Matters whether its waste diversion, energy usage reduction, or employee satisfaction
• Review common frameworks to better understand the various metrics options to track. Useful organizations include the Global Reporting Initiative, B-Corporation, and LEED
• Talk to your Facilities and HR Teams
• Survey your fellow employees
• Research industry/competitor benchmarks
• Always strive to keep the momentum going!

For more information visit Net Impact Central’s Impact at Work homepage


The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE)
Breakfast Seminar: Giving Voice to Values, The ‘How’ of Business Ethics
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010
Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), Fairleigh Dickinson University

Our speaker, Dr. Mary C. Gentile, faculty at Babson College and educational consultant, will share a ground-breaking approach: Giving Voice to Values (GVV). GVV is a pioneering curriculum for values driven leadership and has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. Dr. Gentile will offer insights on how a manager can raise values based issues in an effective manner and thereby implement values and ethics at work. She will also focus on the importance of self-assessment and provide examples of giving peer feedback and coaching. For more information visit


Transitioning to Green (TTG)
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Time: All Day Event
Location: Lenfell Hall, FDU’s Madison Campus

With two successful Forums in 2009, Transitioning to Green, is proud to announce our third one-day Transitioning to Green Forum. The Forum is a highly interactive and unique learning event with subject matter experts (SMEs) in sustainability and green jobs.

Transitioning to Green is a professional organization dedicated to the green transformation. Their team comprises leaders in the areas of sustainability, industry, academia, and organizational leadership. They research, design, and develop comprehensive tools and resources to help you get the green job you want and to help you build your green career. They provide you with the necessary foundation, network of experts, and developmental support to help you transform yourself not only in your career choices, but also in how you apply this to other aspects of your life.

For more information on the Forum and to RSVP, please download the Transitioning to Green Flyer. If you have any additional questions please contact NJ Net Impact Professional Chapter board member, Kerry Mowry at

Columbia Business School Alumni Club
Making Green from Green: Investment Opportunities in the Wake of Copenhagen
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: JP Morgan Chase, 277 Park Avenue, 17th Floor NYC

Is there “Hopenhagen” after Copenhagen? Professor Jeffrey Sachs, noted author and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia will discuss the current landscape for sustainable business investment. Professor Sachs will speak on the role of the private sector in driving sustainable investment and offer his thoughts on where these opportunities exist, how the business community can participate, and the “sweet spot” for investors.

For more information and to RSVP click here

The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE)

Breakfast Seminar: Forging Collaborative Partnerships for Sustainability
Date: Friday, March 26, 2010
Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), Fairleigh Dickinson University

Our speaker, David Grant, President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, will share his insights on this breakfast seminar’s focus: Forging Collaborative Partnerships for Sustainability. Please stay tuned for more information about this event and how to RSVP.

Social Career Handbook

For those of you actively transitioning your careers to have an environmental or social focus, Net Impact’s Social Career Handbook can be a very useful starting guide.
An introduction to careers that use business for positive social impact, the Social Impact Career Handbook highlights ten career paths: Corporate Social Responsibility, International Development, Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Education, Social Finance, Microfinance, Environmental Sustainability, and Going Mainstream. It provides an overview of each career path, sample job descriptions, and highlights Net Impact members in these careers.
Visit our Member Career Success stories page which highlights some of the amazing Net Impact members who have already advanced their careers to have social and/or environmental impact and are inspirations for the rest of us. And be sure to read the Net Impact, recently released, Bringing Business Skills to the Nonprofit Sector report which looks at the current landscape of MBA level nonprofit positions.

Solar Decathlon 411 from our Faculty Advisor, Professor John Clinton

The New School has been selected as a participant in the second round of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon: a two-year international university competition to design and build a solar-powered exhibition house. Finalists will display their houses on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The competition is intended to encourage affordable model housing that employs innovation in energy conservation and related systems. The New School has joined with the Stevens Institute of Technology to develop a “whole-life” approach to the competition that addresses all aspects of the house-- including furnishings, clothing, and key products--and its role in an actual community through partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, and municipal government. The Decathlon competition is viewed by the New School/Stevens team as a vehicle for grassroots collaboration; they are committed to building the model house and placing it in a D.C. community whatever the outcome of the official competition. Discussions are underway with community and nonprofit leaders in Washington, D.C. to work together on a house design that reflects community needs and sustainability initiatives.

Milano students in Organizational Change Management, Urban Policy, and Nonprofit Management participated in the initial (Fall 2009) Parsons course to develop the design proposal to the Department of Energy. To date, ten Milano faculty have expressed interest in incorporating elements of the project in their classes. Milano’s contribution to the project focuses on three areas that reflect faculty expertise and student interests: resource development (fundraising, marketing, finance); process facilitation (large group processes, team-building, organizational assessment, client relationships); and public policy (public policy to encourage affordable/environmentally sustainable housing, community development, social entrepreneurship).

At the January 29-30 Kickoff events, 6 Milano faculty participated in Friday evening and Saturday meetings, workshops, and information sessions, and Milano part-time faculty member Virginia Terry delivered the keynote address on climate change policy and its bearing on the Solar Decathlon. Milano part-time faculty member Scott Gassman served as facilitator of the 3-hour joint session of Parsons, Stevens, Milano, and Lang faculty; the Deans of Parsons and Stevens Engineering School were active participants in the sessions.

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