Are you curious about how art, business, engineering, technology, the humanities, and public health can together play an important role in the next wave of start ups? How can these diverse industries work together to generate new ideas and create a positive impact? What impact could be made when the best agents across a vast array of disciplines come together?
What are innovative strategies for converging disciplines to address some of the most complex social and health problems facing society today?
How do we ensure that social innovations are community-centric and serve those who can benefit most from such innovations?
Please join us for a unique transdisciplinary panel exploring strategies to expand the current ecosystem of social innovation. This event is designed so that socially-minded actors from diverse sectors can come together and develop new ideas and skills.
6:00PM to 8:00PM Expert Panel and Discussion
Perspectives from entrepreneurs and institutional leaders from the US, Portugal and Spain promoting a transdisciplinary approach to social innovation.
8:00PM to 9:00PM Networking
Whitney Buchmann is experienced at facilitating multi-stakeholder change with urban communities and the health care industry. In 2016, Whitney joined Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers where the vision of a transformed healthcare system, that ensures every individual receives whole-person care rooted in authentic healing relationships, has received national recognition. Her passion for creating systems change stems from time doing mission work in remote villages of Honduras, grassroots organizing in Costa Rica, engaging multi-faith communities, and responding to public health crises in Camden, Ferguson and Flint. Whitney's work with vulnerable populations in context of shifting power dynamics has lead her to pursue social entrepreneurship through a Global MBA at IE Business School.
Concepción Galdón, PhD
Concepción Galdón is IE University’s Social Innovation Director/Academic Lead. At IE she has the mandate to promote social innovation and academic content across schools and programs, encourage more research in social innovation and reach out to organizations and partners interested in social innovation. Concepción is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at IE. Concepción is also president of the Social Venture Puentes Global, which she co-founded in 2009. She's a member of Ashoka Spain’s Venture Board and is on the board of Harvard Kennedy School Spain Alumni Network.
Concepción is an economist at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She holds a Master in Public Administration and International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. Concepción holds a PhD in International Economy and Development from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where she was granted an Outstanding Award for her Doctoral Dissertation. Her PhD research focuses on the use of technology in social entrepreneurship; she has published papers in peer reviewed journals and chapters in books. She writes contributions for mass media regularly and is a speaker at international conferences.
Her previous professional experience includes founding of an NGO, UN’s Procurement Service, Santander Bank’s Latin America Division and Liberia’s Government under Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize 2011.
Clara Gonçalves is the Executive Director of UPTEC - Park of Science and Technology of University of Porto. During the last 10 years, she's worked in the implementation of an effective knowledge and technology transfer model between academia and business, supporting more than 400 tech-based start-ups and spin-offs, attracting innovation centers from national and international enterprises to the University of Porto environment. Clara was involved in several seminars and conferences as a speaker and organizer in Portugal and abroad, was member of the Scientific Council of the Fine Arts School of the University of Porto, organized several entrepreneurial programs with post doc, PhD, masters, and undergraduate students and led the establishment of international partnerships with universities, companies and technological organizations in a national and international context.
In 2016, Clara was involved in the International Visitor Leadership Program (Washington, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Detroit and New York), and was invited by the U. S. State Department. In the past, Clara assumed a role in an R&D projects in the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and was Marketing Manager at the Chamber of Agriculture of the North.
Clara specialized in Innovation, Knowledge and Technology at the University of Aveiro, Portugal with a focus in Management of Knowledge Networks. She also played an advisory role in Quality Management for the industry in Portugal, Africa and Latin America for the last four years.
Orlando Rocha is an entrepreneur from Porto, Portugal who holds a degree in Media and Communications. For several years, he worked in the private sector in health, education, and media. Orlando created his own start up – a creative agency trying to bridge the gap in how technology, design and business work together. He is interested in how design can truly impact businesses and institutions. He is currently expanding the company to the United States through RYME+ : a special project for innovative companies from the European Union.
Orlando also created a spin-off product for education with a focus on learning and reading disabilities in partnership with the University of Minho (which is currently incubated in IRIS Social Innovation (an Incubator sponsored by the European Investment Bank)). He's worked on projects around the prevention of drug usage for the city of Matosinhos and health software for the Portuguese government.
Orlando has travelled around the world, across the Middle East, China and Europe, working in design and business development, won some amazing new friends, failed miserably sometimes, but won some exciting projects. He has a true passion for start-ups, innovation and how critical thinking can be the defining factor for the future of companies and institutions.
Terry Huang, PhD, MPH, MBA
Terry Huang is a global leader on systems-oriented community health, cross-sectoral partnerships, design thinking, collective impact, social entrepreneurship, and the translation of science to policy. As Professor of Community Health and Director of the Center for Systems and Community Design at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, he is interested in developing a new cross-sectoral ecosystem that democratizes social innovation with an emphasis on sustainability rather than unlimited growth. Terry has held senior roles in the U.S. federal government and is a consultant for major organizations on innovative solutions to social and health challenges. He has a doctorate in preventive medicine and completed his MBA at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Efforts to improve the world and increase one’s wealth have long been characterized as opposing forces. If Mother Teresa and Ebenezer Scrooge walked into a bar, it would make a great premise for a joke. Today, it might also be the origin story of a social enterprise or a meetup for impact investors. Tomorrow, many argue, it will be the dominant trend. In this talk, Dr. John Gargani will critically examine this trend, which he defines as the integration of market practices and mindsets with efforts to promote social, environmental, health and other impacts. Gargani suggests that doing so forces organizations and institutions to redefine three fundamental concepts—impact, innovation, and the greater good—and develop new evaluation and research methods to advance them. Gargani provides examples of some new methods and conclude by asking whether this trend is democratizing social impact or restricting it further.
John Gargani, PhD
President and Founder, Gargani + Company
John Gargani is the President and Founder of Gargani + Company, Inc., a program design and evaluation firm located in Berkeley, California. John and his staff design and implement evaluations to help non-profit organizations, foundations, corporations, and government agencies achieve their social missions and measure their social impacts. John served as the 2016 President of the American Evaluation Association, the largest professional association for evaluators in the world.
John is committed to training the next generation of evaluators, and teaches graduate courses on social entrepreneurship and program design. He conducts workshops on social return on investment, program design, and evaluation methods for professionals around the world. John also directs a graduate research group that studies and develops methods for valuing program impacts in economic terms.
Over the past 20 years, John’s work has taken him to diverse settings, including public housing projects, museums, countries adopting free market economies, and 19th century sailing ships. He has designed innovative social enterprises, directed large-scale randomized trials, and created novel technologies that measure how people think. John’s areas of expertise include integration of service delivery, evaluation, and technology; the development of sophisticated assessments and surveys; analyzing social return on investment; and the design and management of rigorous experimental trials of program effectiveness.
John holds three graduate degrees—a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied measurement and evaluation; an M.S. in Statistics from the New York University Stern School of Business; and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Social Justice Investment Strategies in Urban Communities and Their Potential Impact on Health
Nutrition Translation, From Farm to Fork Understanding and Overcoming Challenges in Science Communication
Are you confused about what to eat when it comes to health? Does it seem like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Most people answer with a resounding “Yes!” to one or both of these questions. And individuals running organizations and creating policies are often just as befuddled. Yet scientists know that 80% of chronic diseases can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as diet—and we also understand the dietary choices that are most sustainable for our planet.
In this talk, Dr. P.K. Newby discusses the main culprits behind the culture of nutrition confusion and provides insights on how challenges can be overcome in order to bring science back to the center of contemporary food discourse.
September 13th, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
55 W 125th St, #803
New York, NY 10027
Dr. P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS, (“The Nutrition Doctor”) is a scientist and author whose newest book is Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know. She has been forging connections between the biological, behavioral, and environmental aspects of nutrition and food technology for more than two decades with her mantra “From farm to fork, what we eat matters!” Dr. Newby is known for her infectious enthusiasm, keen intellect, sharp wit, and contagious passion, inspiring people to live their healthiest, most delicious lives today while building a more sustainable world for tomorrow. She consults regularly and has served as a science advisor to several companies.
She holds a doctorate from Harvard, two master’s degrees from Columbia, and served on the faculties at Tufts University (Research Scientist & Assistant Professor) and Boston University (Associate Professor). She’s currently an Adjunct Associate Professor and award-winning educator at Harvard and dedicates most of her time to fighting anti-science in all the ways that she can.
Systems Change Series: May Lecture
What change will you create?
How can we translate research into action?
What steps and tools are needed to understand the challenge you are tackling, develop potential solutions, build a business model, measure, and grow your impact?
Social Entrepreneurship is a way to apply entrepreneurial methods to create products, services and methods that benefit society.
Dr. Teresa Chahine will discuss how to help communities solve social problems by applying a scientific methodology to structure, test, and strengthen new and existing solutions.
Dr. Teresa Chahine, ScD, is the author of “Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship,” a 12-step framework to building an impactful venture. A scientist by training, Teresa approaches social entrepreneurship and innovation as the application of the scientific method to solving social problems. After completing her Doctor of Science degree at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Teresa returned to her home country of Lebanon, where she helped launch Alfanar, a venture philanthropy organization. Alfanar provides critical management support and tailored financing to social enterprises serving marginalized populations in the Middle East. Teresa leads the social entrepreneurship program at Harvard School of Public Health and is the author of Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship.
Connect on social media @teresachahine and @AlfanarVP
Please join us for a unique academic-business partnership to explore innovative business models of social entrepreneurship within a new co-learning forum.
The event is designed for socially minded actors from diverse sectors to come together and develop new ideas and skills.
6:00pm- 7:00pm Panel w/ Industry Experts
Perspectives from different stakeholders within social enterprise, including social entrepreneurs, impact investing, and corporate social responsibility.
7:00pm- 8:00pm Workshop & Live Brainstorming Session
Learn about Loop Juice from Canada, a case study of circular economy
Learn new tools, skills, and mindsets taught by Business Models Inc, producers of the book Business Model Generation
Apply new tools during a live brainstorming session with a social impact startup
8:00pm- 9:00pm Networking
Akash Ghai, Founder, Development 3
Akash founded Development3 (D3), an international consulting firm focused on providing social responsibility and change management solutions to organizations. D3 sees Social Responsibility (SR) as an integral and purpose-driven cog that changes the organizational fabric of a company for the better
Teresa Chahine, Social Entrepreneurship Program Leader, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
A scientist by training, Teresa approaches social entrepreneurship and innovation as the application of the scientific method to solving social problems. After completing her doctorate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Teresa returned to her home country of Lebanon, where she helped launch Alfanar, a venture philanthropy that provides critical management support and tailored financing to social enterprises serving marginalized populations in the Middle East. Teresa leads the social entrepreneurship program at Harvard School of Public Health and is the author of a textbook on Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship.
Mark Pedersen, Co-founder and CFO, Frogtek
Mark is co-founder and CFO of Frogtek, a fintech company and for-profit social enterprise that specializes in developing and deploying innovative mobile technology to small “ mom-and-pop” shopkeepers in emerging markets. Mark has worked extensively in Latin America and recently joined Dalberg, a global organization working to build a more inclusive and sustainable world where all people can reach their fullest potential. Mark holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and MA in Economic and Political Development from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs
David Cote, Co-Founder LOOP Juice
Due to stock management issues and superficial reasons (produce shape, color and look), almost half of the fruits and vegetables grown around the world end up being wasted. LOOP Juice, based in Canada, saves produce discarded between the farm and the supermarket and at the distribution stage. Each bottle of juice is packed with over 1.5 kg of perfectly imperfect fruits and vegetables. In addition to making nutrient-rich juices readily available, LOOP Juice also makes use of the residual pulp by providing a partner company with the very nutritious high-fiber pulp byproduct which is then turned into dog treats and beer. LOOP Juice is an innovative and exciting company to watch in the growing circular economy.
Terry Huang, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Terry Huang Terry Huang is a global leader on systems-oriented community health, cross-sectoral partnerships, design thinking, collective impact, social entrepreneurship, and the translation of science to policy. As Professor of Community Health and Director of the Center for Systems and Community Design at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, he is interesting in developing a new cross-sectoral ecosystem that democratizes social innovation with an emphasis on sustainability rather than unlimited growth.Terry has held senior roles in the U.S. federal government and is a consultant for major organizations on innovative solutions to social and health challenges. He has a doctorate in preventive medicine and is completing his MBA at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Carley Jacobson, Business Models Inc
Carley Jacobson is a Strategy Designer at Business Models Inc. Through Business Models Inc she supports organizations with strategy, business model generation and validation, and value proposition design. For 6 years prior, Carley helped grow Autodesk's maker community Instructables.com. With over 115 do-it-yourself tutorials, Carley has gained over 13 million page-views and recognition from major publications such as The Huffington Post, GQ Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and more. She uses her experience in online community building, hackathons, content creation, and customer development to build new innovative strategies. Carley holds a degree in Computer Science and Visual Art from Union College and an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts.
Meg Luce, Business Models Inc
About Business Models Inc
Business Models Inc. is an international strategy and business model consulting agency that helps corporate organizations and management teams to find new ways of doing business and generate revenue by means of assessing, innovating and implementing (new) business models. Business Models Inc. helps (inter)national organizations to improve their (or formulate new) business models and accompanying strategies in order to ensure a solid performance and success in their markets.
About IE Business School
Based in Madrid, Spain and recognized as one of the top business schools in the world, IE Business School shapes leaders with global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and a humanistic approach to drive innovation and change in organizations and society. Known for the diversity of its students, IE has strong alumni connections all around the world, including a very active network in New York City.
About CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world. The Center for Systems and Community Design at CUNY SPH is an innovation hub that promotes the integration of science, business and design to improve population wellbeing.
Systems Change Series: April Lecture
Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, with a population of over 14 million that is projected to reach nearly 34 million by 2050. However, our current understanding of Asian Americans is as an aggregated group, and very little is known about the six diverse Asian American racial/ethnic subgroups (Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese), who have a wide range of disease risks, immigration histories, and socioeconomic status. Dr. Palaniappan will discuss the CAUSES project and the future of Asian American health.
Latha Palaniappan MD, MS is an internist and clinical researcher. She is Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research has focused on the study of diverse populations, chronic disease and prevention. Dr. Palaniappan specifically seeks to address the gap in knowledge of health in Asian subgroups and other understudied racial/ethnic minorities. Her NIH-funded work examines the clinical effectiveness of structured physical activity programs for diabetes management, as well as best exercise regimens for normal-weight diabetics. She is currently working on implementation of evidence based genetic and pharmacogenetic testing in Primary Care Clinics as the Scientific Director of Precision Genomics and Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care. She also co-leads the Stanford GenePool at Stanford, a population based biobank designed to accelerate genetic and other -omics discovery.
Light refreshments will be served.
Systems Change Series: March Workshop
Every day our actions and activities create and destroy value; they change the world around us. Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a framework for measuring and accounting for this much broader concept of value; it seeks to reduce inequality and environmental degradation and improve wellbeing by incorporating social, environmental and economic costs and benefits.
SROI measures change in ways that are relevant to the people or organizations that experience or contribute to it. It tells the story of how change is being created by measuring social, environmental and economic outcomes and uses monetary values to represent them. This enables a ratio of benefits to costs to be calculated.
Mariana created a Social Impact and Cost-Benefit analysis called Social Return On Investment (SROI). She developed the first published SROI analysis in Portugal and managed the first SROI mentoring program. She has since then completed multiple SROI analyses. Mariana will speak about the importance of utilizing a social return on investment framework in determining value.
Mariana Branco is an economist and evaluator with more than 5 years of experience measuring the economic returns of social investments. She worked, studied and volunteered in a wide range of countries; has a track record in impact assessment and policy evaluation; is a board member of the European Evaluation Society; coordinated a branch of the Portuguese Mission for the Refugees and is building a career in Monitoring & Evaluation of humanitarian actions.
Light refreshments will be served
Systems Change Series: February Lecture
Social enterprises – organizations that deliver measurable social or environmental results through market-based approaches - can play a key role in delivering health care services, but they often have difficulty accessing the capital they need to scale up and sustain their impact over time. At the same time, investors are increasingly seeking opportunities to deploy their capital in ways that generate social impact. What role can impact investment and other innovative finance approaches play in enhancing health care for under-served populations? Chris Walker will speak about various investment and financial initiatives that are playing a role in improving public health.
In his role as Social Innovations Director at Mercy Corps, Chris Walker manages the Innovation Investment Alliance, a partnership between the Skoll Foundation and USAID that finances the scale-up of social enterprises. He also advises Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund, which invests in and accelerates impact-oriented, for-profit businesses. In addition, Chris is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a graduate course on impact investing and innovative finance.
Light refreshments will be served.
Systems Change Series: November Lecture
The linkage between health and place is increasingly well established. However, development of strategies to translate this understanding into new practice standards and capacities among professionals like architects, urban planners, and public / private real estate financiers that create the places we live remain in early stages.
In this talk, Dr. Matthew Trowbridge, will share insights from his work exploring one exciting opportunity to help bring healthy place-making to scale: collaboration between public health and the green building industry.
Over the past 20 years, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a leader in the green building movement, has successfully established sustainability as a shared value and focus for all facets of the global real estate industry through a focus on market transformation. For example, since its inception in 2000, the LEED green building certification has been used to certify >80,000 projects and more than 200,000 real estate practitioners have become certified LEED AP professionals. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UVA and USGBC are working together to develop and launch new health promotion tools for use within LEED and other green building frameworks.
Matthew Trowbridge is a physician, public health researcher, and Associate Professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine. Dr. Trowbridge’s academic research focuses on the impact of architecture, urban design, and transportation planning on public health. Dr. Trowbridge is principal investigator for the Green Health Partnership between UVA and the U.S. Green Building Council (greenhealthpartnership.org). This multi-year initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, seeks to drive increased consideration of health and well-being outcomes within the real estate industry by applying green building principles and tools of market transformation. Dr. Trowbridge is board certified in both general pediatrics and preventive medicine and obtained his medical and public health training at Emory University.
Light refreshments will be served.
Research on health disparities often focuses on describing, monitoring and attempting to eliminate disparate health outcomes across socioeconomic categories. Yet, it remains unclear exactly what aspects of material conditions are linked to specific health outcomes. Dr. Reginald Tucker-Seeley will present on the development of a conceptual model of financial well-being and creating a survey of financial well-being in the Money-Health Connection Study.
Dr. Reginald Tucker-Seeley’s MA, ScM, ScD, research focuses primarily on social determinants of health across the life course, such as the association between the neighborhood environment and health behavior; and on individual-level socioeconomic determinants of multimorbidity, mortality, self-rated physical, mental, and oral health, and adult height. He is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC) and is currently a Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine.
Light refreshments will be served.