Let’s talk Social Innovation: Compact Nation Podcast #10 with Marina Kim, executive director and co-founder of Ashoka U. LISTEN NOW
This month on #CompactNationPod, Andrew Seligsohn and Marina Kim, executive director of Ashoka U, discuss social innovation. Kim explains how Ashoka U has worked to make sure students learn about social change in order to participate in the social innovation process and contribute as change-makers.
We also explore the transition from social entrepreneurship to social innovation, and how that change has expanded the roles students can play in contributing to social impact. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod!
Veronika Scott, 2015 Service Engagement Summit keynote, founder and CEO of the Empowerment Plan is a great source of inspiration for students aspiring to be social entrepreneurs. Veronika was inspired to start The Empowerment Plan when a class at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit challenged her to create a product to fill an actual need in her community. Veronika took to the issue of homelessness and began spending time at a nearby warming center where the design for the EMPWR coat was born. While conducting her research, Veronika was angrily confronted by a homeless woman who stated that she did not need a coat—she needed a job. This is the moment that shaped the innovative business practices The Empowerment Plan would adopt upon establishment.
4 Myths That Keep Students From Becoming Social Entrepreneurs – From Ashoka via Forbes.
- “No one will take me seriously because I’m just a college student.”
- “To make a difference, I have to do work in a remote, developing country.”
- “I have to raise a lot of money before getting any real work done.”
- “People in my community will be suspicious of my work because I’ve only lived here for a couple of years.”
Ashoka is an international organization the promotes social entrepreneurship. The mission of Ashoka is “to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers.”
Shifting Philanthropy From Charity to Justice –
Dorian O. Burton (@Dorian_Burton) is the assistant executive director and chief program officer at the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. He is also co-founder of TandemED. Burton holds a Doctorate degree from Harvard University, where he is also an affliate of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.
Brian C.B. Barnes, (@BCBBarnes) is the chief community officer at the Tennessee Achievement School District and is co-founder of TandemED. Barnes holds a Doctorate degree from Harvard University, where he is also an affliate of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.
Diversity & Democracy Special Issue – Summer 2016 Vol. 19 No. 3 Social Innovation and Civic Engagement. The Association of American Colleges & Universities’ (AACU) Summer 2016 issue of their Diversity & Democracy publication was devoted to intersection of social innovation and civic engagement and how college and universities are connecting these two areas of work.
Dr. Sandra Enos, Associate Professor of Sociology at Bryant University and Campus Compact Scholar-in-Residence in May 2015. Dr. Enos is a national expert in community-based learning and social entrepreneurship, and has published a number of articles and a recent book, Service-Learning and Social Entrepreneurship: A Pedagogy of Social Change (2015, Palgrave MacMillan) on the topic.
The Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) works to inform and inspire social change leaders from around the world. They offer a variety of resources on a broad range of topics. The SSIR is published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.