Cause for Reflection

Hi all! Check out the attached article, written by Michael Cobb, Caitlin Rosser, and Andreas Vailakis, which was published in the Spring 2015 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article is a case study of Cause, Washington, DC’s first “philanthropub” and offers lessons learned to aspiring social entrepreneurs seeking to open similar restaurant or food-related social ventures.

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Venture DC Event July 31 and August 1 at RISE Demonstration Center

Hi all!

Check out this great 2-day event supported by one of the AU Social Enterprise Program’s practitioner affiliates, impact investing professional Melissa Bradley.

A group of Georgetown University students is partnering with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development to host Venture DC: Engaging Diverse Changemakers, an event to catalyze and support innovation and entrepreneurship in the nation’s capital, particularly wards 7 and 8. They hope to encourage and empower emerging entrepreneurs to investigate ways to use technology and innovation to solve some of DC’s most pressing challenges related to health care, education, housing, economic security, and access to financial services.  Tentative speakers include DC Mayor Muriel Bowser!

The event will be held on July 31st and August 1st at the RISE Demonstration Center in Southeast DC. Information about the event and agenda can be found at The two-day program will showcase entrepreneurs with solutions applicable to Wards 7 and 8, and connect them to social impact sector leaders and potential investors. With the help of both public and private sectors, there is great opportunity for Washington, DC to leap frog beyond other emerging tech and innovation corridors.

Check out the flyer below!

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2015 Social Enterprise Practicum Projects

The Social Enterprise Association congratulates the 2015 graduates of the Social Enterprise Master’s Program, as well as those who completed their 2015 Practicum projects this past spring!

The Social Enterprise Practicum is the capstone of our 2-year graduate program. It serves as a vehicle to personally integrate what students learn in their graduate coursework, consulting projects, study abroad, internships, and paid employment.

It does this by providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to apply what they have learned in the program in a situation that approximates aspects of the post-graduate professional activities in which they intend to engage. It is a bridge between fulltime graduate study and fulltime involvement in the world of social enterprise.  This year, students engaged in projects ranging from developing innovative business models and strengthening existing social enterprises to starting their own social enterprise ventures.

For more information on this year’s Practicum projects, check out the Social Enterprise website:

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Social Enterprise: Current Events (as of 2/2/15)

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Up to date social enterprise events can be found on the Current Events Page.

Events posted by the Social Enterprise Program – American University, School of International Service. To stay updated with the program, follow us on Twitter (@AUSocent) and like us on Facebook.


Social Marketing to Influence Public Behaviors
Tuesday, February 3 | 12:15 – 1:45 pm | IFPRI, 4th Floor Conference Facility (2033 K St NW)
In this seminar, Nancy Lee will introduce social marketing, explain how it differs from social media, and discuss its usage in the context of development goals. She will also highlight when to use social marketing and how its use differs from using education and laws to change behaviors. Furthermore, the seminar will present the 12 principles for social marketing success, each of which will be illustrated with a case example, including ones related to reducing obesity and improving nutrition.
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Reflections on a Half-Decade of U.S. Development Assistance: A Conversation with Administrator Rajiv Shah
Tuesday, February 3 | 3 – 4 pm | Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium (1775 MA Ave NW)
As he nears the end of his time at USAID, the Brookings Institution will host Administrator Shah to discuss how the agency is pioneering a new model of development grounded in innovation, local leadership, and public-private partnership. He will also comment on how USAID’s signature initiatives—including the U.S. Global Development Lab, Feed the Future, and Power Africa—serve as investments in America’s economic prosperity and national security.
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 Championing Women Globally with Ambassador Cathy Russell
Wednesday, February 4 | 11 am – 12:15 pm | SAIS, Kennedy Auditorium (1740 MA Ave NW)
The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations in partnership with the Embassy of Liechtenstein invites you to a lecture in the series on “Championing Women Globally: Celebrating the extraordinary efforts of women who are advancing human rights and equality around the world” with Ambassador Catherine Russell, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.
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The Impact of Mobile Connectivity and Big Data on the Network Economy
Wednesday, February 4 | 12 – 1:30 pm | Hudson Institute, 6th Floor (1015 15th St NW)
What is the economic or business model underlying the digital communication industry? Does this increased connectivity lead to more cooperation or more competition in the network economy? Using ideas drawn from psychology, sociology, politics and economics, Professor Swati Bhatt of Princeton University argues that connectivity and big data stimulate cooperation rather than competition in the network economy.
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Falling Oil Prices: Changing Implications for Global Producers
Wednesday, February 4 | 1:30 – 4:15 pm | Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor (1300 PA Ave NW)
As the price of oil continues to fall, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, Canada Institute, Kennan Institute, Latin American Program, Middle East Program, and its Regional and Global Energy Series will convene an expert global panel, assembled from Russia, Colombia, Canada, Iran, and Nigeria, to discuss the economic and political repercussions of depressed energy prices, as well as the effects of the lower prices on competitiveness and investment.
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CoFoundersLab Matchup
Wednesday, February 4 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | 1776 (1133 15th St NW, 12th Floor)
Did you know that founding teams with multiple co-founders have a greater chance of success? If you’re looking for someone to join your venture, looking for a venture to join, or open to either, sign up and attend our local, in-person Meetups to discover the perfect co-founder to round out your team. You’ll meet other entrepreneurs who are as energized as you are about launching a new business and who possess a wide range of unique experiences, ideas, and skills.
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Powering Prosperity: Introducing America’s Advanced Industries
Thursday, February 5 | 9 am – 12 pm | Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium (1775 MA Ave NW)
Innovation and STEM-worker (science, technology, engineering, and math) intensive “advanced industries” are the prime movers of regional and national economic competitiveness in the United States. Industries like aerospace and auto, oil and gas extraction, or software and health IT stand at the forefront of the most disruptive technological and business dynamics of the moment, and will be central to U.S. prosperity going forward.
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Donor Approaches to Political Economy Analysis
Thursday, February 5 | 12:15 – 1:45 pm | IFPRI, 4th Floor Conference Facility (2033 K St NW)
The international community is increasingly focused on political economy to determine the feasibility of pro-poor policies in developing countries. Consequently, more than a dozen donor agencies have developed political economy analysis tools to identify, for example, institutional bottlenecks and barriers to collective action. However, the impact of these tools in shifting donor priorities or influencing development policy research over the last decade remains unclear. How similar and different are these multiple political economy tools? How well are these methods mainstreamed across donor agencies and applied by researchers and practitioners working on agriculture, food security, and rural development?
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Powering Paradises: Policy Recommendations and Implications for the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative
Thursday, February 5 | 12 – 1:30 pm | East-West Center (1819 L St NW, Suite 600)
Formulated in 2009, the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative is a joint U.S.-Japan initiative to research, develop, and deploy renewable energy technologies to tackle common challenges of global energy security and climate change. While the Initiative was initially created for the purposes of economic development and energy security in the State of Hawai’i and Okinawa prefecture, it has a greater potential for the future of U.S.-Japan relations in the areas of national security, sustainable development, and international cooperation.
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The Information Explosion: A Fireside Chat with Stefan Weitz, Bing
Thursday, February 5 | 7 – 9 pm | 1776, 12th Floor (1133 15th St NW)
Join 1776 for a fireside chat with Stefan Weitz, Senior Director of Search at Microsoft and the man behind Bing. A thought leader in the field of search and data, Stefan will join Christopher Schroeder, a D.C.-based global venture investor, for an exciting conversation about what’s next for search engines in the rapidly evolving information age and share ideas from his book, Search: How the Data Explosion Makes Us Smarter. Books will be available for sale and food and drink will be provided.
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 From Farm to Roundtable: Innovative Partnerships to Improve China’s Meat Supply Chains
Friday, February 6 | 9 – 11 am | Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor (1300 PA Ave NW)
The first amendments to China’s Food Safety Law are likely to pass this year and they will bring new tracking and training systems, stricter health standards, and higher penalties for illegal production and management of food and food additives. To increase the efficiency, safety and sustainability of the country’s food supply chains, especially meat, the Chinese government and industries also have expanded partnerships with international organizations. Speakers will discuss how industry, policymakers, and NGOs can support the modernization of China’s meat supply chains to ensure domestic and global food safety.
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Transparency at the Millennium Challenge Corporation: Launching the Principles into Practice Report
Friday, February 6 | 10 – 11:30 am |Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms (1775 MA Ave NW)
The Brookings Institution and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) will host MCC Vice President of the Department of Policy and Evaluation Beth Tritter to launch “Principles into Practice: Transparency,” the newest report in MCC’s “Principles into Practice” series. The report outlines six lessons the agency has learned from increasing transparency, and also examines key challenges for the future. After a short presentation of the report, Ms. Tritter will sit for a panel discussion on donors’ experiences with becoming more transparent moderated by George Ingram, a senior fellow at Brookings and co-chair of MFAN.
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 Digital Aid: Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis
Wednesday, February 11 | 6 – 9 pm | 1776, 12th Floor (1133 15th St NW)
In response to the ongoing Ebola Crisis in West Africa, an international community of relief workers and health experts is harnessing the power of technology to combat the epidemic. Come hear insights from a distinguished panel, including Ebola Czar Ron Klain and Esri Founder Jack Dangermond; other esteemed panelists to be announced from healthcare providers, government agencies,startups and aid organizations. The group will address the success stories, obstacles, and lessons learned from the outbreak in an effort to advance tactics in the fields of infectious disease and disaster response.
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Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2015
February 14-15 | Boston, MA
The Social Enterprise Conference brings together top leaders, practitioners, and students passionate about social enterprise. This year is the 16th annual Social Enterprise Conference. We will use this opportunity to reflect on three critical stages of social enterprise:Intent. Action. Impact. Accomplished speakers, problem solving labs, and opportunities for intimate discussion and debate at the Social Enterprise Conference will challenge participants to reconsider the different stages of social entrepreneurship: from the intention to create social change, to its implementation and the measurement of its impact.
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Blogger Week 2015: Networking Mixer and Unconference
Friday, May 1 – Saturday, May 2 | Washington, DC
Blogger Week™ 2015 is a multicultural festival of bloggers, journalists and social media mavens hosted by Black Bloggers Connect. Our 2nd Annual Blogger Week is April 27th – May 3rd. There will be four days of online festivities and three days of in-person events including: Twitter parties, Google Hangouts, workshops, panels, and networking events. Blogger Week™ in-person events will be hosted in Washington, DC. The Blogger Week™ Networking Mixer is May 1st and the Blogger Week™ UnConference is May 2nd. The Blogger Week UnConference will feature hot-topic discussions and breakout sessions to promote innovation, creativity and success for bloggers and social media mavens.
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Until next time, go out and change the world!

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Social Enterprise: Jobs, Fellowships, and Internships (as of 1/28/15)

social enterprise jobs internships fellowshipsFind the latest openings on our Jobs, Internships and Fellowships Page.

The latest jobs, fellowships, and internships related to social enterprise have been updated – posted by the Social Enterprise Program – American University, School of International Service To stay up to date with the program, please follow us on Twitter (@AUSocent) and like us on Facebook

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Consulting Volunteers, DC Social Innovation Project
Based in Washington, DC
DC Social Innovation Project helps launch new programs tackling poverty in DC by providing grants, partnership and pro-bono expertise. They are forming three new volunteer pro-bono teams to work with their grantees (Wise Young Builders, DC’s Street Sense, and the Paper Project). Grantees are typically young organizations or programs that are constrained by minimal resources and are focused on serving their mission. The consulting teams help these organizations think about the business side of operations—program growth, sustainability, and efficiency. Project engagement will range from between 3-4 months with a kickoff in February 2015. If you are interested in volunteering in the future on pro-bono teams for DCSIP, please fill out this interest form so they can apprise you of future opportunities that match your interests and skills.For more info: email Keara Cormier-Hill at

Intern, AARP
Based in Washington, DC
The AARP Foundation is seeking a graduate student with a background and or knowledge of strategic planning, business planning, and event planning; strong communications skills, both written and oral; demonstrated experience working with PowerPoint and Excel; interest in non-profit work and in serving low-income 50+ people; flexibility; patience; ability to work well in a team environment. The intern’s role will include background research and recommendations related to potential interventions, concept paper development for potential interventions, presentation of recommendations and concept papers to leadership as necessary, coordinate the implementation and promote a large-scale event hosted by the Housing Impact Area to convene thought-leaders and raise awareness of AARP Foundation programs.
For more info: contact Professor Tomasko

Resource Development Intern, Venture Philanthropy Partners
Based in Washington, DC
VPP is seeking a Resource Development Intern to assist with raising funds for the Capital Kids Portfolio, to invest in nonprofit organizations in the National Capital Region and to fund VPP’s operations for the next five years, 2014 – 2019. The intern position will play an important role in supporting the resource development priorities of the organization, with a specific focus on prospect research.
Deadline: January 30, 2015, 5:00 pm
For more info: contact Professor Tomasko 

Monitoring & Evaluation Intern, One World Youth Project
Based in Washington, DC
The Monitoring & Evaluation Intern will support the development and evolution of an organizational performance management framework by focusing on M & E needs for specific program components. The M&E Intern ensures the efficacy of program implementation particularly as it relates to Common Core standards in the U.S. and other educational standards abroad. The intern will provide assistance to the Executive Director in developing performance monitoring plans for program staff. S/He helps design and implement results frameworks during program design and implementation. S/He also contributes to measuring, analyzing, and reporting results.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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International Training Intern, One World Youth Project
Based in Washington, DC
The International Training Intern will assist OWYP in creating and implementing a rigorous six-week online training course. S/He will also contribute to our training development and gain tremendous experience in event planning (national and international) while supporting OWYP staff in planning all Summer Training Conference (STC) 2015 logistics.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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 Impact Evaluation Intern, Social Impact
Based in Arlington, VA
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI is seeking a part-time intern to provide technical, logistical and administrative support for the firm’s Impact Evaluation Practice. This internship is for the Spring 2015 semester with the possibility of extending. Stipend of $1000 per month for a full-time intern of $500 per month for a part-time intern. The impact evaluation intern will be exposed to a variety of stages in the impact evaluation process, and will have the opportunity to contribute to projects from various sectors.
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Business Design MBA Intern, IDEO
Based in San Francisco, CA
IDEO, San Francisco, is looking for a business-savvy design thinker. This generative role requires a unique blend of real-world experience and theory, entrepreneurial zeal and boardroom polish. Business Design Interns work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams on client projects. In addition to being a part of the design process, Business Design interns are expected to inspire teams with generative opportunities for growth, lead experiment design for concept prototypes, and build business cases for the team’s recommendations. MBA students in their first year are encouraged to apply, and internships last 3 months, beginning in June.
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Intern Program, Unreasonable Institute
Based in Boulder, CO
You’ll be joining multiple entrepreneurs’ teams to help them reach more customers and more impact. You’ll receive 5 weeks of online training in guerrilla marketing, growth hacking, and basic website construction. Meet entrepreneurs working around the world, Investors looking to fund the next great idea, and mentors working in dozens of industries. Massively grow your professional network. Sit in on mentor meetings with top entrepreneurs and investors, and gain experience working side by side with companies in a wide array of industries.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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Business Development Assistant, Social Impact
Based in Arlington, VA
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI is seeking a Business Development Assistant to assist with new business development efforts in general, and to manage the development of small-to-medium sized proposals ($250K – $1M in value). S/he will work under the supervision and direction of the Business Development Deputy Director (DD).
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Financial Architect, Unreasonable Institute
Based in Boulder, CO
Every year we select 12 ventures to attend the Unreasonable Institute. We unite these ventures in one house during the summer for 5 weeks and bring into that house mentors who can help these ventures scale their businesses. But there is one problem: our entrepreneurs are not financial or accounting experts (and they tend to lack a teammate who is either). Enter you, the Unreasonable Financial Architect. Your role will be to build the financial and accounting infrastructure for the 2015 Unreasonable class of entrepreneurs. Your ultimate goal? Help 2-4 ventures build internal financials systems and policies that makes them make more sound management decisions and enter investor conversations with confidence!
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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Program Manager, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Based in New York City, NY
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. A Program Manager of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is responsible for promoting, implementing, and supporting NFTE’s experiential curriculum and quality, successful youth entrepreneurship programs.  This is achieved by developing relationships with educators, including principals, teachers and volunteers and collaborating with NFTE staff. It is also expected that the Program Manager will work directly with low-income and minority youth through the in-school programs and summer BizCamps, in addition to participating in necessary fundraising activities.  Program Managers must also initiate programs that recognize and respond to both new and experienced NFTE teachers.
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Manager, Project Support, Aspen Global Leadership Network
Based in Washington, DC
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. The AGLN Manager, Project Support will track, raise the probability of success for, and tell the stories of the Fellows’ promising social ventures/projects. She/he will also encourage, track, support and tell the stories of “Action Pledges” made at the Aspen Action Forum.
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Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship
Building on our fifty-three year history of convening exceptional next generation leaders, the Atlantic Council is launching the Millennium Fellowship to connect and empower rising leaders who will shape the twenty-first century. Through this unique two-year program, fellows will join a network of outstanding peers from around the world, have unparalleled opportunities to engage at flagship Atlantic Council events, learn directly from top experts and world leaders, and collaborate on projects with global impact. The fellowship is a central pillar of the Council’s mission to promote constructive leadership and build enduring relationships capable of addressing shared global challenges.
Deadline: March 1, 2015
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B Corps Fellowship
B Corps Fellows will be trained to work with thousands of companies to measure and manage the impact of their businesses on their workers, communities, and the environment with as much rigor as their profits. Develop the skills, experience, and network to launch your career in impact-driven business. Inspire others to build a career where they can both make money and make a difference. Join the Inaugural Class of B Corps Fellows and lead a global movement to use business as a force for good!
Deadline: January 31, 2015
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Bold Choices & Big Mistakes: Panel with Mike Curtin of DC Central Kitchen & Marty Schwartz of Vehicles for Change, December 3rd

Join us for a panel featuring Mike Curtin of DC Central Kitchen & Marty Schwartz of Vehicles for Change, discussing how they have learned from their experiences founding and managing major DC organizations – both the bold successful choices and the big mistakes.

When: Wednesday, December 3rd 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: American University, SIS Abramson Family Founder’s Room

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#SocEnt September Happy Hour: Weds 9/17 6pm-8pm @ Laughing Man Tavern

September’s #SocEntDC monthly happy hour will take place next Wednesday, September 17, from 6pm-8pm at Laughing Man Tavern (1306 G St. NW, Washington, DC).

Please register (free) at:

Are you a social entrepreneur, someone interested in the social enterprise space, or just an innocent bystander? Join us for #SocEntDC, a monthly happy hour series for the DC social enterprise community to connect, collaborate, and get to know one another.

You might have heard about #SocEntLA and #SocEntNY, a monthly happy hour series for the social enterprise communities in LA and NY. Continuing the momentum from those gatherings, we are pleased to announce #SocEntDC, launched as a collective by Invest2Innovate, StartingBloc DC, Hub DC, Compass Partners, DC Social Innovation Project, StartSomeGood, One World Youth Project (OWYP), and UnSectored. #SocEntDC aims to bring together and foster the local community on the THIRD Wednesday of every month!

Who’s a Social Entrepreneur?
“Individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.” -Ashoka

What’s a Social Enterprise?
“Social mission driven organizations which apply market-based strategies to achieve a social purpose. The MOVEMENT includes both non-profits that use business models to pursue their mission and for-profits whose primary purposes are social.” -Wikipedia

If you’re passionate about doing good & affecting change… see you at #SocEntDC Wednesdays!

Co-hosted by:
StartingBloc DC
Compass Partners
DC Social Innovation Project
Hub DC
One World Youth Project
AU’s Social Enterprise Association

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