Impact At Scale

Author Archives: Wilnie Petrash

Finding a Niche as a Foreigner

Finding a Niche as a Foreigner

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.

An Ode to the Internet

An Ode to the Internet

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.

The Pitfalls of Voluntourism

The Pitfalls of Voluntourism

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.

Using Big Data for Health Outcomes

Using Big Data for Health Outcomes

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.

What is a Public-Private Partnership?

What is a Public-Private Partnership?

July 12, 2017: Policymakers and investors are revisiting public-private partnerships as procurement mechanisms, but we need clearer language on what this term means.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Nadia Ilunga

The NextGen Leadership Series: Nadia Ilunga

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.

Contracting for Social Impact

Contracting for Social Impact

May 19, 2017: To achieve lasting social change, governments need to use smart, effective models that connect private capital to public sector priorities.

The NextGen Leadership Series: Feihan Xie

The NextGen Leadership Series: Feihan Xie

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.

To Build a Movement

To Build a Movement

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?

Maintaining the Integrity of Big Data

Maintaining the Integrity of Big Data

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?

Drones for Development

Drones for Development

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.

Making Mapping More Human

Making Mapping More Human

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.

Change Begins with Just One Person

Change Begins with Just One Person

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.

Riding the Next Wave

Riding the Next Wave

We were pleased to host Steve Case, Chairman of the Case Foundation and Revolution, to give his book talk on his “The Third Wave.”

New Report Release on the Current State of Impact Investing Education

New Report Release on the Current State of Impact Investing Education

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.

Money talks. And it is screaming for social change.

Money talks. And it is screaming for social change.

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.

Social Justice, Immigrant Style

Social Justice, Immigrant Style

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.

Erasing Expectations and Stereotypes

Erasing Expectations and Stereotypes

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?

Impact Investing for a New Age

Impact Investing for a New Age

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.

An End of Year Send-Off

An End of Year Send-Off

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.

Making Deals in Impact Investing

Making Deals in Impact Investing

Impact investing is gaining traction among both large and small investors and entrepreneurs – generating financial returns, and positive social impact.

Risk and Opportunity, Inc.

Risk and Opportunity, Inc.

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.

Time for a Smarter Policy Conversation

Time for a Smarter Policy Conversation

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.

Technology For Democracy

Technology For Democracy

There is much discussion about the precise opportunities for integrating digital tools or information communication technologies (ICTs) into the political sphere.

Food Secure and Empowered: Association de la Saisonnière

Food Secure and Empowered: Association de la Saisonnière

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.

El Cocal: My home in Panama

El Cocal: My home in Panama

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.

What are We Really Willing to Risk for Real Return?

What are We Really Willing to Risk for Real Return?

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.

Can We Make Our Cities Smarter?

Can We Make Our Cities Smarter?

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.

Innovation is Not Just Apps

Innovation is Not Just Apps

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.

Congress Needs Its Bacon Back

Congress Needs Its Bacon Back

Welcome back to the continuing series, Warlord Leadership Lessons, your handy how-to guide for advancing practical solutions, in confusing times, to our most vexing social challenges.

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