Ideas That Transform

Ideas That Transform

The Beeck Center is launching this new series highlighting provocative social innovations that can truly transform the world for the better. We’ll surface new leap-frogging ideas that are disrupting the status quo and explore what it will take for them to thrive and actually lead to impact.

You’ll hear from social innovators across sectors and industries. Our conversations will push for nuanced and constructive dialogue as we reflect on what it will take to transform the world. Join the dialogue!

What's Next

Data + Digital Mini-Series: October 19 - 29

The Beeck Center’s Data + Digital Portfolio leads efforts to design and reimagine systems using cutting-edge tools and practices. We are working to rebuild trust in institutions and to ensure they serve our communities, especially when they need it most.

To highlight some of the great work taking place and bring in additional partners to help us achieve our goals for the year ahead, we are hosting a number of short online events featuring Beeck leaders and our organizational and community partners, as part of the Beeck Center’s Ideas That Transform series.

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Coming Soon

We Need a U.S. Development Bank – Tuesday, July 14

A new, government-funded institution focused on the development of local economies and small businesses could play a significant role in our recovery. This new Development Bank would support innovative investors like small and locally focused investment funds, help bolster community investment, and partner with financial technology firms and others in implementing innovative methods of lending to small “main street” businesses.

Change the Way We Train Teachers - July 28, 2020

We've spent the past 25 years trying to fix our schools and we have overlooked the teachers in them. Far too many institutions are in the business of making teachers and many programs don’t teach research-based content.

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Recap Past Events

We love discovering and sharing new ideas with the world, bringing attention where its needed.

Charting a 21st Century Digital Identity Framework for Financing

The global pandemic has shown the importance of upgrading our digital infrastructure. We’ve all heard the challenging stories of pandemic checks mailed to individuals and how hard it has been for banks to expand access to financial services to individuals in need. A critical piece here is the need for a 21st Century digital identity framework.

What if Colleges Created Impact-oriented Bridge Years?

Turning our attentions inward, this conversation looks at the value of bridge years in preparing high school students for college. In addition to giving first-year students added maturity, directed programs can also create more compassionate humans.

Shifting Power from Investors to Communities

While most would agree that local communities have critical insights on needs and challenges, as well as the expertise to build solutions, funders more often than not design solutions for communities rather than with communities. Beyond philanthropy, we see other models emerging that prioritize community, such as participatory budgeting, community designed development, and crowdfunding.

A National Bank to Restart Local Economies

The Beeck Center kicked-off our new Ideas that Transform series by hosting Agnes Dasewicz and Dale Mathias to explore this idea further along with Melissa Bradley. Moderated by Nate Wong. Read their calls to action and enjoy the conversation.

Other Ideas

We won't be able to do a deep dive on every great idea we come across, but here's more to get you thinking.

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Join the Conversation

Do you have a big idea you want to share? Were we way off-base with some of our earlier ideas? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn or Twitter accounts using the hashtag #BeeckIdeas.

"I'm always concerned about 'outsiders' entering communities telling them what they should do. We should help them remove the barriers that exist, providing access to resources. Bridging." – @edgeofpromise

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"Capital allocators must #stumbleforward! There is no perfect #impactinvesting strategy. Co-create with communities, be #servantleaders, and deploy your capital already!" – @RaabiaB