Impact At Scale

The Beeck Center engages global leaders to drive social change at scale.

Arthur Rodriguez

What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
While our initial location was Managua, Nicaragua, I am excited for the recent location change to Santiago, Chile because of the new opportunity it presents. We will be working with Agora Partnerships in a capacity that has yet to be fulfilled, which makes this summer all that more exciting!

What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
To me, social impact is thinking at the intersections of victims of social problems, governmental ties, public private partnerships, and technology to assess the efficacy of our current processes. To me, social impact at scale means brainstorming how these actors can interact with the utmost efficiency to magnify a positive outcome. I’ve come to understand the power of these puzzle pieces largely due to working alongside an institution dedicated to the very purpose of social impact and innovation, the Beeck Center, and I now hope to fit these pieces together in the face of new challenging problems alongside Agora Partnerships.

How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
Upon the sunset of my GU Impacts experience, I hope to look back and say that I stepped beyond my comfort zone and helped Agora Partnerships fulfill its mission to empower Latin American entrepreneurs to fix the societal issues before them using their social enterprises as their vehicle.

Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
While I aspire to be a Foreign Service Officer, it’s the consulting industry that I most admire in terms of its necessary skillbase.

There are several areas of overlap, with both owning up to unconventional prerequisites — creativity, adaptability, problem-solving, analytical. Staples of many vocations, but integral to an occupation that will have one thinking at the intersections of politics, socio-economic change, entrepreneurship, domestic/international relations and so much more. I have applied to the 2018 GU Impacts Fellowship Program because I have never been perfectly compartmentalized. In fact, I chose to become a Science, Technology, and International Affairs major specifically because matriculating into the School of Foreign Service had otherwise meant giving up the fulfillment of science. Consequently, I want to join Agora Partnerships to perform work that draws from all corners of my passions — sustainability, social change, and people-to-people interactions between coworkers and clients, especially through the use of Spanish.

What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
From my short time of being an GU Impacts fellow, I have come to understand the several different components of social impact. While there is obviously the impact, the Beeck Center does well in illustrating the several facets that must first be implemented before true tangible impact can take hold: the business and operational foundation to sustain the impact, the engagement with the community base, and the communication and design aspect to increase awareness of the work being performed. Only with these building blocks can we drive social impact at scale to accomplish goals such as outcomes financing, data for social good, and policy innovation — examples of work performed by the Beeck Center itself. With that in mind, GU Impacts differs from other service programs at Georgetown in that it’s so much more than a simple internship — it’s a project with an organization that allows you to play a role in their mission, but also empower the narratives of those people on the ground. It’s not about us, it’s about partaking in work to elevate the voices that need to be heard.

What’s your favorite quote?
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

What are you currently reading?
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman, Fiasco by Thomas Ricks, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

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