November 27, 2017: A community of data evangelists within government is important. Having steady input from outside will make that community stronger.
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November 20, 2017: Only by providing a guide to the government and taking the risk off of individuals can we devise a plan that might live up to open data’s potential.
November 13, 2017: The availability of open data poses challenges across many sectors. Here are four challenges which exist for leveraging data for better policy-making.
August 29, 2017: Millennials favor an interdisciplinary approach between government, business, and the social sector. How can they push social impact finance forward?
August 18, 2017: Policy isn’t a panacea; all it does is set the floor. It keeps us from being our worst selves, and doesn’t push us to be better.
August 16, 2017: Roopa Mulpuri’s piece on how conservative values affect men and women differently, based on her experence interning with Mann Deshi.
August 14, 2017: Public transportation, a system designed to increase access and affordability, should not increase the financial burden for its poorest residents.
August 11, 2017: The Beeck Center exemplifies going forth and setting the world on fire all while remaining physically located on Georgetown’s campus.
August 9, 2017: Public-private partnerships were conceived to bridge the infrastructure investment gap. But there are certain deficiencies in the existing models.
August 8, 2017: It was a moment that caused me to think deeply about my role as a foreigner working here and how I should deal with the corresponding limitations.
August 4, 2017: Automation is the driving force of today’s global economy. If done carelessly, the transition to a digitized economy will exacerbate inequality.
August 2, 2017: We want people to innovate and to develop sustainable solutions, but spotty internet access represents a far greater obstacle than we give it credit.
July 31, 2017: The intentions of voluntourism — a combination of tourism and volunteering — to do good is heartening. But it is not without its pitfalls.
July 26, 2017: Data aggregation in healthcare seeks to improve health outcomes by providing physicians with a better picture of the context in which disease manifests.
July 25, 2017: I have encountered people who have devoted their entire lives to a company they genuinely believe in and a company that believes as much in their employees.
July 12, 2017: Congress needs to substantively engage constituents, even as constituents demand transparency and dialogue. Crowdsourcing brings the two together.
July 12, 2017: Policymakers and investors are revisiting public-private partnerships as procurement mechanisms, but we need clearer language on what this term means.
July 14, 2017: Effective and relevant solutions to social problems must consider the host of interactions that take place in a system over time.
July 14, 2017: In business, physical and mental “strength” is seen as a competitive advantage. But how does well-being fit into this equation?
July 12, 2017: Tourism can be an instrument for economic prosperity, but sustainable tourism ensures that prosperity is not at the cost of people and the environment.
July 10, 2017: Funding for outcomes requires that we know the context of the problem we are trying to solve. Designers must confront the dilemma of complexity and scale.
July 7, 2017: Whether you are working to improve civic engagement or a global health, the language of innovation and impact remains the same.
July 5, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Louisa Christen, a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service. She is working with Agora Partnerships in Managua, Nicaragua.
July 3, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Camille Bangug, a junior in the School of Foreign Service. She is working with El Nido Resorts in Palawan.
June 30, 2017: Green taxes prove to be an effective tool for encouraging socially, environmentally, and economically efficient outcomes.
June 28, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Joanna Moley, a junior in the School of Foreign Service. She is working with Yanbal International in Lima, Perú.
June 26, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Showroop Pokhrel, a freshman in the College. He is working with El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines.
June 21, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Luke Butcher, a sophomore in the College. He is working with Mann Deshi Bank and Foundation in Mhaswad, India.
June 19, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Nadia Ilunga, a graduate student in the Global Human Development program. She works with El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines.
June 16, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Sarah Martin, a sophomore in the SFS. She works with Mann Deshi Bank in Mhaswad, India for her GU Impacts Fellowship.
June 14, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Sabrina Romulo, a sophomore in the SFS. She is working with El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines.
June 12, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Zeke Gutierrez, a sophomore in the SFS. He works with Agora Partnerships in Managua, Nicaragua for his GU Impacts Fellowship.
June 9, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Roopa Mulpuri, a junior in the SFS. She works with Mann Deshi Bank in Mhaswad, India, for her GU Impacts Fellowship.
June 7, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Natalie Knez, a junior in the College. She works with Gashora Girls Academy in Kigali, Rwanda, for her GU Impacts Fellowship.
June 5, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Jack Dobkin, a sophomore in the SFS. He will work with the CCI in Atlanta, GA, for his GU Impacts Fellowship.
June 2, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Bianca Uribe, a junior in the College. She will work with Yanbal International in Lima, Perú, for her GU Impacts Fellowship.
May 31, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Austin Hong, a junior in the College. He will work with El Nido Resorts in the Philippines, for his GU Impacts Fellowship.
May 26, 2017: Our Executive Director reflects on what it means to pivot from social innovation to scaling impact, and what a theory of scale means for the Beeck Center.
May 19, 2017: To achieve lasting social change, governments need to use smart, effective models that connect private capital to public sector priorities.
May 8, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Feihan Xie, a freshman in the Business school. He will be working with kLab in Kigali, Rwanda for his GU Impacts Fellowship.
May 12, 2017: Serving as a judge at a competition is a unique privilege and responsibility. Our Director of Engagement Liz Anderson shares her top tips to consider when judging your next pitch competition or hackathon.
May 8, 2017: We are proud to announce the appointment of Adam Neufeld as our newest Fellow, in partnership with the Institute for Technology Policy at Georgetown Law.
May 8, 2017: Check out our conversation with Michael Bakan, a sophomore in the Business school, who will stay in Washington, D.C. to work for the Federal City Council.
May 5, 2017: Check our our discussion with Devika Kumar, a freshman in the college heading to Atlanta to work with the Center for Civic Innovation.
April 21, 2017: Check out our conversation with Ben Bollero, a freshman in the SFS heading to Kigali, Rwanda to work with the social entrepreneurship focused kLab.
April 26, 2017: Here’s our conversation with Alejandra Parra, a sophomore in the SFS heading to Kigali, Rwanda to work with Gashora Girls Academy.
April 20, 2017: A student’s insights from the World Forum on Impact Investing: How can we effectively spread this term without compromising its meaning and potential?
April 18, 2017: As fellow students, organizers, business leaders, and policy makers, what movements are you a part of, and what work do you see left do to?
April 14, 2017: Big data is becoming an essential part of furthering social good, but, throughout this integration, how can we maintain the integrity of that data itself?
April 11, 2017: Kicking off our NextGen Leadership Series, here’s our chat with Casey Skapek, a Biology of Global Health major heading to Atlanta for the summer.
April 10, 2017: With the 2017 GU Impacts cohort underway, we’re kicking off a 22-part series to profile each fellow before they head out on their summer excursions.
April 7, 2017: Drones may be the coolest new gadget in business and entertainment, but they can also be used in a variety of ways for social good.
April 6, 2017: Sonah Shah offers 5 ways that Jared Kushner can use his new position in the Office of American Innovation to transform government and deliver results.
April 3, 2017: How can we rebuild trust in public institutions? While it’s not a silver bullet, deeper engagement at the local level could be the right start. Dr. Hollie Russon-Gilman weighs in.
March 30, 2017: We are thrilled to welcome Obama Administration veteran Carlos Monje Jr. as our Senior Fellow for Policy Innovation. Learn more about the newest addition to our growing team.
March 28, 2017: As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, big data is becoming increasingly important to solving today’s problems, particularly in women’s healthcare.
March 21, 2017: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is becoming a hub for entrepreneurship, inspiring innovative solutions to lead the city towards economic and human development.
By adopting an integrated approach, government – operating as a platform for service delivery – can pursue fundamental, systemic solutions to social problems.
March 1, 2017: What’s community mapping and how can we leverage it to drive civic engagement? Learn about The St. Louis Map Room, a pop-up community space for map-making and dialogue around civic data.
February 24, 2017: A letter from our Executive Director reflecting on our work this past Winter, and the power of the individual in driving change, innovation and social impact.
We were pleased to host Steve Case, Chairman of the Case Foundation and Revolution, to give his book talk on his “The Third Wave.”
How can we build a more innovative government in the next presidential administration? Hear about our recommendations in our latest report.
Makerspaces are key for promoting community and city development; they are places that promote open and collaborative creation and the prototyping of ideas.
As the On-Demand economy develops, employers must prioritize workers’ rights in addition to consumer benefits.
For too long, the policy debate about infrastructure in the United States has been stuck in neutral.
It’s already the start of a new semester here at Georgetown, and we’re looking forward to driving impact with all new and returning Hoyas on the Hilltop!
Georgetown University’s Beeck Center Expands Team; Obama Administration Top Official Carlos Monje Jr. Joins as Senior Fellow
The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation today released its publication “From Innovation to Practice: Impact Investing Education and Training,” which focuses on the current state of impact investing education, and identifies the tools most needed to scale up the sector.
I thought, “I didn’t know a place like this existed in Colombia.” But I immediately felt wrong for thinking this. Why wouldn’t a town look like this in Colombia?
I was in the “I don’t have enough money to matter” camp. Until recently, I would talk to friends and family about this wonderful field of impact investing but I had not taken the time to examine what was in my savings and retirement accounts. When I did, I quickly realized I needed to practice what I preach.
The focus on social impact and innovation at the Beeck Center was a major draw for me, but I didn’t know what it meant, not really.
This summer I hope to engage with professionals from Mochila Digital and World Vision to understand what it would be like to work for social justice in Latin America.
I thought, “I didn’t know a place like this existed in Colombia.” But I immediately felt wrong for thinking this. Why wouldn’t a town look like this in Colombia?
We need more than tools to create a 21st century government. It requires focusing on the nuts and bolts of governing, investing in a management structure, and allowing for innovations to scale.
The advent of impact investing represents what millennials want for their future. Not only because it is a sustainable and financially viable way to solve some of the world’s most pressing social problems, but also because it provides an answer to the current dilemmas of our time.
Managua is characterized by its chaos. Even during our first short commute to work, the nature of the city was evident.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to interview for GU Impacts. Usually my GPA disqualifies me from even being able to apply to programs like these at Georgetown.”
Last week I had a chance to participate in the discussion, focused on accelerating bottom-up innovation at the local level. So why is innovating our infrastructure system at the local level important?
To continue Georgetown’s tradition of impressive leadership, the Beeck Center established GU Impacts to shape emerging leaders through a transformative fellowship experience.
This academic year has been a blast, and we’ve truly enjoyed working with each and every one of you. As the last official day of the 2015-2016 academic year (and Commencement for many Hoyas!), we thought we’d share a visual Beeck “by the numbers” wrap-up.
Impact investing is gaining traction among both large and small investors and entrepreneurs – generating financial returns, and positive social impact.
In the corporate sector, there has been a long-standing tension between social-mindedness and financial performance. Some believe that social impact is “irrelevant” to the pursuit of profits, while others believe shareholder value should be subordinated to social impact.
After years of watching Washington policymakers fight over the budget and the deficit, I think it’s past time for us to acknowledge that these conversations — about the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling, and so on — are simply missing the point.
There is much discussion about the precise opportunities for integrating digital tools or information communication technologies (ICTs) into the political sphere.
This model positively contributes to food security, as the women and their families eat nutritious, organic food and spend nothing extra on it. With many different plants in their gardens, they can construct well-balanced meals without spending any money on food.
Before arriving, I had several questions about how we, considered outsiders, with a minimal grasp of the community’s language, would be able to build trust and understanding to collaborate and together build up a social enterprise venture. Oh, how grateful I am to have been proven otherwise.
This is not about fixing. This is about changing the system. Dr. King called for action and Peter Buffett is also making the same call. We need a completely new way of thinking, new models, new systems and a collective approach from business, government, and social sectors leaders alike to make a dent on the world’s greatest challenges.
When officials at England’s Peterborough Prison got frustrated about the increasing financial and societal cost of re-arresting, re-convicting and re-imprisoning the same people every few years, they turned to a new approach.
It isn’t easy to innovate in governance. However, partly in response to this same citizen disaffection, a new wave of participatory policy reforms is springing up across the United States.
Cities are gaining momentum as incubators for innovation. There is much excitement about the idea of cities as “laboratories of democracy.” As a result, cities can learn best practices from one another. Sharing this information can build a strong foundation to amplify and encourage experimentation.
In the 2012 presidential election, 18 to 29 year olds made up over 21 percent of the eligible voting population. Despite this, only 50 percent of millennials voted. In the recent midterm elections, only 13 percent of millennials voted.
We all seem to believe that government does not innovate. So the big question is: how can we scale government innovation faster? We have some ideas.
When thinking about technology innovation it is critical to think beyond simply the tool. We need to also think about how a given innovation directly affects and engages citizens. Fortunately governments are working to create spaces for civic engagement.