September 7, 2018: How are students using innovative civic participation to make change in government?
Category Archives: Student Voices
August 15, 2018: How can universities strengthen the future of impact investing? Several schools set examples from which others can learn.
July 30, 2018: A Student Analyst’s introduction to the impact investing world
July 25, 2018: What is like to be a Student Analyst at the Beeck Center? Our summer team reflects.
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 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 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 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 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: 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 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.
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.
A Georgetown student gives her perspective on Steve Case’s book talk, on his “The Third 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.”
As the On-Demand economy develops, employers must prioritize workers’ rights in addition to consumer benefits.
How can an enterprise’s mission represent both its social and profit endeavors?
Why has my transition to Georgetown renewed my faith in life’s disarray?
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?
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.”
To continue Georgetown’s tradition of impressive leadership, the Beeck Center established GU Impacts to shape emerging leaders through a transformative fellowship experience.
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.
On January 8th, collaborations of government and community partners around the country will submit Notices of Intent to apply for the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3).
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.
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.
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.
As we pulled up to a signless storefront on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, one of the top 100 innovators in Africa was already outside waiting for us.
My two scholar team members and community partners are excited to finally prototype our product in the upcoming days.
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.
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.
It’s so easy to forget, sometimes, that Apartheid only ended twenty years ago.
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.
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.
I remember that in the beginning, I was frequently clenching my teeth so as to not outwardly express the intense frustration I felt within.
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.
In Spring 2015, the Beeck Center will host an inaugural class of Futures Fellows.
Five GU Impacts Alumni share their insight from their summer experiences in Ecuador, Rwanda, Panama, and Nicaragua.
That is what makes my work at the Beeck Center so engaging. Innovation and social impact are about implementing by observing the what is, and then imagining the what if.
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.
Turning theory into practice, fellows are provided with the opportunity to work with a real life client to scale and improve an existing social innovation program.
As someone interested in the field of social impact investing, I enjoyed learning about how financing for impact extends beyond providing capital.
At the core of Yanbal’s business model is the social responsibility of providing employment opportunities to female micro-entrepreneurs who sell products to customers in their communities.
One of the most rewarding things about working for Mann Deshi is learning about the women it serves—women who have battled violence, spousal abuse, gender bias, and extreme poverty.
The word balikbayan is a combination of two Tagalog words: balik, which means return, and bayan, which can be translated to country, place or people.
This past week was as eventful as my first here in the Philippines. The children that I saw, the parents that I met, the young adults like myself that I spoke to all had an inexplicable impact on my psyche.