Social Innovation at Marquette updates
As the days grow chilly and the winter months approach, we reflect on an eventful Fall for the Social Innovation Initiative.
Visits from Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services, Holly Mosher, Filmmaker for Change, and Tina Rosenberg, Pulitizer Prize winning author enriched our campus community with stories of problem-solving and success in the greater world.
In Milwaukee and at Marquette, ...
More impact in action.
Featured video - Diana Wells, President of Ashoka
Throwback to Spring 2011 Marquette Campus visit from Diana Wells, President of Ashoka. Diana shares aspirations for Marquette's embodiment as a Jesuit Changemaker campus and leader for the geographic region in "creating men and women for others."
Featured event - SILE "encore" presentation
At the urging of previous participating executives, an “encore,” condensed presentation of the Social Innovation Leadership Experience (SILE) will be presented by Jeff Snell, Ph.D., of Marquette University and Steve Kuper of Innovative Learning Strategies at Riverview Gardens in the Fox Valley on November 11th.
Changemaker Spotlight - Dr. Gary Krenz
Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (MSCS)
"Social innovation is a natural part of Marquette’s Jesuit mission. It goes beyond charity, sharing knowledge and service to others to address the root causes of social issues, addressing them in new, sustainable ways using a wide variety of interdisciplinary ideas across government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. Part of the Marquette’s DNA is training people to make a difference – to be women and men for others. Social innovators are leaders who create their own businesses, but who can also work within existing structures to create social change that manages resources and needs while maintaining the dignity of all in a sustainable manner. The MSCS department has a role to play in such an enterprise. Social innovators need systems thinking, quantitative training tools and the ability to quantify the impact of social change using statistical tools."
Dr. Krenz Fun Fact:
I recently participated on a Beer Geek Trivia team. The trivia included a wide collection of beer-ology not limited to 3 blind beer tastings, brewing history, and zymurgy. Our team came in as first losers (i.e., third place – first and second place actually received prizes!)
Dr. Krenz recommends:
The news is always filled with how social issues continue to fester and how various programs have failed to provide relief or solutions to them. It is a time of change, and examples are all around us. The New York Times contains the Fixes column written by Bornstein and Rosenberg who provide examples of “solutions journalism.” Their stories describe social innovation solutions that are already being used to ameliorate very perplexing social problems. Imagine the possibilities...
Visit the Social Innovation Initiative webpage.
"Marquette is uniquely positioned among Ashoka's university partners because of its Jesuit history and the kind of leadership that that history embodies."
President of Ashoka
"Off-grid communication is bringing change, even more will come from off-grid power - wind, small hydro, biomass, but mostly solar. Power drives almost everything else - cooking without gathering wood and inhaling smoke, clean water, radios, fans, eventually TVs.
Power brings more than consumption. It brings safety [...] It brings education [...] It brings prosperity [...]. One huge benefit of off-grid power is that it aligns what's good for the poor with what's good for the planet."
- Tina Rosenberg
The Next Wireless Revolution, in Electricity
Social Innovation Leadership Experience (SILE) encore presentation
Donors Forum of Wisconsin's Statewide Conference on Philanthropy
Marquette U Social Innovation Design Contest