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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.

Positive Deviance

Positive Deviance

This small entrepreneur is already making a huge difference for his family and the water security of his community. Within him I see the positive embodiment of national pride for economic development as well as individual innovation.

A Rhythm

A Rhythm

We assemble our design teams that we will be working with for the rest of the summer to share and realize profitable and innovative solutions to opportunities within the community.

Sprinting to Slow Down

Sprinting to Slow Down

These past two weeks have been filled with the simple pleasures that I was missing while zooming along at top speed – casual conversations with people we met on the streets, playing netball with my adorable neighbors, sitting on the porch with a cup of rooibos tea and my Kindle, watching the sun rise.

The Shift Begins

The Shift Begins

My two scholar team members and community partners are excited to finally prototype our product in the upcoming days.

Jam Sessions to Preserve Mangoes!

Jam Sessions to Preserve Mangoes!

Per the ThinkImpact mission, we are here to work with the community to create a product or service with a social benefit, and we believe that through our project of making jam preservatives using the surplus of fruits, we can empower the community members to understand that their knowledge of their land and its produce has immense economic worth.

Nietzsche and New Expectations

Nietzsche and New Expectations

Life seldom goes according to our expectations, and this was proof. I look forward to seeing the ways in which Lutzville Wes upends my expectations in the next 2 and a half weeks.

The Golden Thinkers

The Golden Thinkers

The goal of my time here with ThinkImpact is to start a social business or innovation that uses local assets to change lives. This goal is ambitious, and none of us can achieve it alone.

The Surreality of Experiential Learning

The Surreality of Experiential Learning

It amazes me how much a place can move you, how deeply can certain people touch you and change you without saying anything particular, by just existing and allowing you to be part of their lives.

Immersion from Start to Finish

Immersion from Start to Finish

I remember that in the beginning, I was frequently clenching my teeth so as to not outwardly express the intense frustration I felt within.

Building Public-Private Partnerships to Scale Pay for Success

Building Public-Private Partnerships to Scale Pay for Success

Pay For Success is a model that incentivizes the government, investors, and non-profits to work together to produce better outcomes for our citizens. That would be a positive change on its own, but the model provides an additional benefit because it produces these better outcomes in a way that saves taxpayer dollars.

The Culture of Collective Impact

The Culture of Collective Impact

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

The Beeck Center launches Student Impact Board!

The Beeck Center launches Student Impact Board!

Members of the Student Impact Board will have the support of the Beeck Center in creating innovative learning opportunities and connecting students with the resources necessary to reach their full potential.

Make a Difference this Summer with GU Impacts!

Make a Difference this Summer with GU Impacts!

GU Impacts fellowship connects Georgetown University students with local communities around the world, through program partners including non-profit organizations, businesses, and government initiatives.

Why We Support the Social Impact Partnership Act

Why We Support the Social Impact Partnership Act

On behalf of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, I applaud U.S. Representatives Young and Delaney for re-introducing the Social Impact Partnership Act today.

The Future of Civic Technology

The Future of Civic Technology

There are many conversations concerning “civic technology,” or “civic tech” and the opportunities for leveraging digital tools to benefit the public.

#SheDisrupts and the Power of Inclusion

#SheDisrupts and the Power of Inclusion

These women are achieving for maximum impact and disruptive innovations — helping women get back on their feet, investing in businesses that have environmental impact, and creating opportunities for women to grow their businesses.

Building a Dialogue: World Bank GU Student Delegation

Building a Dialogue: World Bank GU Student Delegation

Every day we post details of our lives on Facebook, use “Likes” to save our preferences and interests, and give up our geo-locations for Google Maps and Uber, without much thought on how our individual and collective data will be used.

How We’re #ActingOnClimate

How We’re #ActingOnClimate

These commitments demonstrate the growing appeal of impact investing for large-scale capital, and a new potential to drive change. Vice President Biden will announce this landmark effort at today’s Clean Energy Investment Summit, hosted by the White House.

Fixing Democracy: Global Efforts to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change

Fixing Democracy: Global Efforts to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change

The SDGs will attempt to change international indicators on policies like poverty and climate change, but they will also have a new goal: to create “responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.” This goal builds on the democratic innovations around the globe.

Research Spotlight: Government Innovation

Research Spotlight: Government Innovation

We launched our Government Innovation work last summer to drive an action-oriented dialogue on how government, social sector, and philanthropy leaders can reimagine the public sector for the 21st Century.

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