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!

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What's Next

We Need a U.S. Development Bank

Tuesday, July 14, 12pm ET

Arguing that “now is the time to re-imagine how we invest into small businesses,” Agnes Dasewicz and Dale Mathias recently launched a ‘call to action’ with their post (We Need a U.S. Development Bank to Restart the Economy), making the case that a (new), government-funded institution focused on the development of local economies and small businesses could play a significant role in our recovery.

Agnes and Dale will be in conversation with Melissa Bradley, a tri-sector leader and expert in small and medium business growth in the US, particularly for New Majority entrepreneurs.

Join us in learning more about this idea, explore specific tactics and examine the next steps to make this idea a reality.

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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.

Alnoor Ebrahim: Measuring Social Change: Performance and Accountability in a Complex World

Managing Director Nate Wong discusses how organizations need to put a process in place to measure how they enact social change.

Anand Giridharadas: Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Beeck Center Executive Director Sonal Shah talks with the author about how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.

Participatory Democracy in the Era of COVID-19

Beeck Center Fellow Hollie Russon Gilman talks about her newest book, "Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis" and takes questions from the webinar audience.

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.

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