This time last year, we were sending out invitations for the Beeck Center’s official launch in February 2014. As we approach our first anniversary and look ahead to the exciting projects already underway for 2015, we wish to express our gratitude to you – the many remarkable partners who have worked with us and helped make 2014 a memorable year.
Some highlights from our first year:
- In our work on Government Innovation, Aneesh Chopra, former White House Chief Technology Officer, opened a conversation that led to our foundational project for the year on how governments can “Design Policy for Impact” and pay for results. (Have you read our report yet?)
- We hosted a broad array of community members, local startups, and federal and local policymakers in a My Brother’s Keeper Data Jam. We investigated innovative approaches to Big Data and the missing link between data analysis and local engagement as communities look for locally-relevant ways to help boys and young men of color access opportunities and address issues.
- With the US National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, Halcyon House, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, we co-hosted leading federal and local policymakers, practitioners, foundation leaders, federal grantees, and members of the investment community at “Scaling Pay for Success: Charting the Course During Rapid Growth.”
- In our work on Impact Investing and Pay for Success, our Executive Director Sonal Shah led the International Working Group of the G8 Task Force on Impact Investing as it prepared its Report on global policy recommendations to mainstream impact investing.
- Our first Innovator in Residence, Paul Schmitz, former CEO of Public Allies, taught a compelling and popular seminar, “Leadership for Social Change,” to an interdisciplinary cohort of students from across campus.
- Staci Warden joined us for our first “Impact Lab” as we introduced students to new ways of thinking about disruptive technology and innovating for impact.Our first Innovator in Residence, Paul Schmitz, former CEO of Public Allies, taught a compelling and popular seminar, “Leadership for Social Change,” to an interdisciplinary cohort of students from across campus.
In the coming year, we look forward to building upon our work and fostering even broader engagement around government innovation and impact investing, pay for success expansion, and community-led use of data in solving social issues.
We are so grateful for your support and look forward to continuing the journey with you in 2015!
Globally, in our GU Impacts program, we prepared and supported a group of students to implement social impact projects over the summer in the Latin American and African regions.