March 30, 2006

Third Conference of Social Entrepreneurs

Posted in csr, other groups and events at 11:13 pm by Aditi Sriram

The NYU Conference of Social Entrepreneurs:
Where Research and Practice Align will bring together entrepreneurs, scholars, and philanthropists to discuss the theoretical frameworks and practice based knowledge involved with the process of starting new social ventures.

By gathering the leading academic researchers and the top social innovators from around the world, this conference will forward our understanding of social entrepreneurship and help set the agenda for future inquiry in the field. Our convening will be a step toward securing creative partnerships and cross-national knowledge sharing that will broaden our understanding of social entrepreneurship.

The conference will be hosted by the NYU Stern School of Business from April 6-8, 2006 at The Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South.

Thursday evening will kick off the conference with an award cocktail reception to honor a leading social entrepreneur. Friday’s schedule will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions, and Saturday’s sessions will be targeted to academic researchers. Sessions will integrate researchers and practitioners for multi-faceted discussions on current topics in the field. We expect 300 attendees.

In conjunction with the conference this year, Stern’s student group, the Corporate Ethics & Social Enterprise Association is hosting a Career Fair on Friday, April 7 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This fair will be an opportunity for top area CSR representatives, social ventures, socially responsible investing firms and non-profits to showcase their organizations and network with potential employees.

Conference Speakers include the following:
– Dr. William Magee, Operation Smile
– J. Gregory Dees, Duke Fuqua School of Business
– Diana Wells, Ashoka
– Paul Shoemaker, Social Venture Partners
– John Fullerton, Investors’ Circle
and many others

Click here for more information.


UN Millennium Project Seeks Research Analyst

Posted in internships and jobs at 10:57 am by cuenv-main

The UN Millennium Project (headed by J-Sachs) is looking for a full-time research analyst:

Work closely with the Deputy Director and Policy Advisors at the UN Millennium Project. The Research Analyst will assist governments and UN country teams in preparing MDG-based national development strategies. In particular, this includes:

  • Adapting needs assessment tools for MDG based planning to country specific contexts.
  • Analyzing country planning documents and needs assessments.
  • Refining and building new tools for MDG-based planning, as necessary.

In addition, the Research Analyst will work closely with the Deputy Director and Policy Advisors to:

  • Support strategies for implementation of selected Quick Impact Initiatives.
  • Undertake original research as required and draft research papers.
  • Review core Project documents for external dissemination.
  • Support Millennium Project outreach activities, and
  • Perform other research and administrative tasks as needed.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of undergraduate degree, preferably in mathematics, economics, engineering or natural sciences with exceptional academic record. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Comfort working with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Demonstrated capacity to perform outstanding research.
  • Outstanding communication skills, verbal and written, in English. Strong writing skills
  • Broad understanding of the analytical and policy issues of international development.
  • Demonstrated ability to excel in a multi-cultural team environment.
  • Flexibility in responding to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.

The position will be based at UNDP Headquarters in New York with duration until December 2006 and possibility of renewal. Candidates should send a cover note, CV, and writing sample by email to the attention of Mr. Gonzalo Pizarro, c/o Ms. Rose Estevez-Vidal. Please include the words “Application for Research Analyst” in the subject line of the message.

Panel: Entrepreneurship in a non-profit context

Posted in other groups and events at 9:22 am by Aditi Sriram

This event is for:
Nonprofit Executives and Program Staff – Social Entrepreneurs – Students – Development Professionals – Educators

William Grinker
William J. Grinker is President of Seedco Financial Services. Mr. Grinker was a principal in the consulting firm Human Service Solutions, where he worked with private and public agencies on management and strategic planning, organizational development, program design and program evaluation primarily in the areas of health and human services. From 1986 to 1989, he was Administrator/Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York, at that time the nation’s largest social service organization. He was the founding President of the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation and a Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation. Mr. Grinker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an LL.B. from Harvard University. He has lectured at Princeton, Syracuse and Harvard Universities and has written articles for The New York Times, New York Newsday and the City Journal. Mr. Grinker is the founder of Seedco and served as its President from September 1998-September 2003 and as its CEO from September 2003-September 2005

RSVP by phone to (646) 660-6743 or by email to Directions are here.

Summer Internships with CIESIN

Posted in internships and jobs at 7:48 am by cuenv-main

Here’s an opportunity for anyone with a quantitative background interested in global poverty issues to get involved in some amazing work, and maybe get paid.

The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University is seeking student assistants to work on various projects at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences. Summer positions are available with flexible hours (15-40 hours/week) and some possibility for extension. Current projects include:

  • African Millennium Research Villages – designing, building and populating a large database of household surveys, remote sensing and other data for a major Earth Institute rural development project
  • Gridded Rural Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP) – collecting and analyzing data on the spatial extent of cities worldwide
  • Global poverty mapping project – analysis and dissemination of data related to the global distribution of poverty and how it relates to environmental factors
  • Successful applicants will be matched to specific tasks based on skills and interests. Knowledge of basic statistics and some of the following software will be needed: ArcGIS, SPSS or Stata, Excel and Access.

    Current enrollment at Columbia University is preferred but not required.

    Work is located at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY; a 40 minute ride from the Morningside Heights campus on the shuttle bus that makes 5 round trips on weekdays.

    To apply, send a statement of interest and resume to Please include details of your availability, Federal work-study status, software and statistical skills, coursework and experience.

    Work Study and non-Work Study positions available. Work Study positions are for July and August 2006, you must be an enrolled Columbia University Student with Federal Work Study eligibility as part of your 2006-2007 Financial Aid Package.

    If you want to know more about the CIESIN intern experience, talk to Julien.

    2005 Economics Nobel Winner Robert John Aumann on War & Peace

    Posted in cu official shenanigans at 7:41 am by cuenv-main

    Robert John Aumann, the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics, will be speaking in 417 IAB (the Altschul Auditorium) on Monday 4/24 at 5:30 PM. The topic will be “War & Peace”–not the book:

    A discussion of the incentives leading to war without reference to any one specific conflict. This lecture is based on the Nobel Prize lecture delivered in Stockholm on December 8, 2005.

    Register here before the 400 seats are filled.

    March 29, 2006

    State of the Planet 06 Roundup, Notes, & Video Impending

    Posted in event summaries at 10:57 pm by cuenv-main

    For those of you who didn’t get to attend the amazing State of the Planet 06 conference today and yesterday, we’ll be posting a comprehensive set of notes for both days sometime this weekend; you can thank Aditi for her hard work and mad notetaking skills. Also, the conference staff will be posting video and audio here, presumably pretty soon as well.

    The New York City Social Justice Fellowship Program

    Posted in internships and jobs, other groups and events at 8:22 pm by Aditi Sriram

    The New York City Social Justice Fellowship Program (SJF) encourages and supports individuals who are creating innovative public interest projects that address critical social issues.

    The program is dedicated to supporting social justice advocacy and grassroots leadership within marginalized communities in New York City.

    Fellows work in a wide range of social change activities including
    organizing, service delivery, and advocacy. For further information and a copy of the application form, please click here.

    Applications are due by Monday 5/1 at 12 PM.

    If you have any questions about the fellowship program, please contact Program Coordinator, Ms. Sheila Harris at (212) 992-8716.

    March 28, 2006

    Immigration Bill to criminalize activities affecting illegal immigrants

    Posted in articles, cu official shenanigans at 11:23 pm by Aditi Sriram

    The North County Times talks in more detail about an idea that Samantha Powers, Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard Professor of Law brought up during the Emma Lazarus talk on Monday evening in Low Rotunda. Responding to comments by former Columbia President George Rupp, who now directs The International Rescue Committee (IRC), she mentioned a new bill to be passed in Congress. She was accompanied by Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof. I know y’all know who he is, but its cooler to see his name as a link. 😉

    Nonprofits Fret Over Proposed Immigration Bill
    Nonprofits are concerned about a bill currently before the
    Congress that would criminalize many activities related to
    providing services to undocumented immigrants. As this article
    from the San Diego, CA area details, the proposed legislation
    would place considerable pressure on nonprofits to verify the
    immigration status of anyone they help place in day labor
    positions, with the threat of fines and jail time for those that
    assist undocumented workers.

    Read more here.

    March 27, 2006

    Common Meal on University Expansion

    Posted in other groups and events at 3:23 pm by cuenv-main

    This just in from CSSN:

    The Office of the University Chaplain invites you to attend a Common Meal with Administrators to discuss Columbia University’s Expansion plans into West Harlem. Joe Ienuso, Karen Jewett, and Maxine Griffith will be attending the event, and addresing questions and concerns students may have. This common meal is to provide an opportunity for conversation between students and administrators.

    The dinner is this Wednesday 3/29 from 7 to 9 PM Guastavino Room in the basement of Earl Hall. Kosher and vegetarian options will be available. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

    March 26, 2006

    CCE Career Panels: Human Rights; International Development

    Posted in internships and jobs at 11:20 pm by cuenv-main

    The fine folks at CCE are having some career panels. First is about careers in human rights:

    Come to this panel to hear professionals in the field discuss their current jobs and career paths. Panelists will speak about what it is like to work in various areas of human rights, including international human rights law, related international development issues, and human rights consulting. For further information regarding this event, please contact Katherine Jo by sending email to

    Next, international development careers:

    If you’ve ever contemplated a career in international development this is the opportunity to hear from professionals in the field. Find out about career opportunities and what it’s like to work for development agencies. Representatives from United Nations agencies and from private not-for-profit development organizations will address their career paths, entry points, and expected competencies. Bring your questions!

    Both events are “full” according to the CCE site. Now, we all know that people don’t show up for these things, but plan accordingly.

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