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Welcome to Fordham Social Innovation! 

Fordham's Social Innovation Collaboratory is a network of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community members working together to promote social innovation for the achievement of social justice, social entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability. Its newsletter serves to provide you with information and resources to get involved with various on- and off-campus initiatives that serve these missions.

Here's a preview of what's happening:
~ Strangers Drowning: What Does it Mean to Do Good?
~ Net Impact Symposium
~ Columbia Law School Symposium


What Does it Mean to Do Good?

We often feel the need to serve others in our work, but how do we know whether our actions are actually doing good in the world? And is it ever possible to be too altruistic, taking our generosity to an illogical extreme? Join the author of Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar, as she tells stories of people who have taken their personal morality to extraordinary levels, pushing the boundaries of what it means to do good.
When: Wednesday, April 19th, 6:00-7:
Where: Freeman Hall 103, Fordham Rose Hill Campus

RSVP and learn more here

ELI-Columbia Law School Symposium:
Using Green Infrastructure for Climate Change Adaptation & Hazard Mitigation

The impacts of climate change increase the risks and costs associated with stormwater management, maintaining water quality, flooding and extreme weather events. Communities can leverage existing federal, state, and local programs in innovative ways to maximize the benefits of green infrastructure for climate change adaptation and hazard mitigation. New York City is home to two examples of such efforts. One involves a state-local initiative to carpet public and private properties in the city with green infrastructure. The other involves the acquisition of properties in hard hit communities using hazard mitigation and disaster recovery grants. Once these properties are acquired and existing structures removed, the land must be dedicated to open space, recreational, or wetland management uses. Panelists will discuss the challenges and benefits associated with these and similar programs that support to adopt nature-based approaches to climate change adaptation.

Introductory Remarks
Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Justin Gundlach, Climate Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Dr. Patricia J. Culligan, Professor, Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Lisa Bova-Hiatt, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, New York State
David Salvensen, Director, Sustainable Triangle Field Site, University of North Carolina
Alisa Valderrama, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

When: April 13, 2017, 6-8pm
Where: Columbia Law School - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Jerome Green Hall, New York, NY

Register here

Net Impact Summit


The Net Impact NYC (NINYC) Summit is a one-day conference featuring industry experts and thought leaders on subjects pertaining to professional growth and leadership development in the social impact space. It brings together cross-sector professionals who are looking to leverage their skills for social good, network with like-minded individuals and take their careers to the next level.

Our theme for this year’s inaugural summit is: Turning (Individual) Passion into (Collective) Action. Think about your passions. What motivates you? What is something you’re not willing to give up? What do you want to change? But don’t stop there – how can you channel your energy and passion into making a positive social and environmental impact in your workplace, community and the world?

When: April 22, 9am-4:30pm
Where: Fordham University Lincoln Center, 150 W 62nd Street New York, NY 10023

Register here

Special Presentation: Dr. Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute

April 19, 3:00–4:00 pm
Rose Hill Campus, McGinley Center Commons 237

"Earth Day 2017: Building Sustainable Cities and Living Sustainable Lifestyles"

Despite the current dysfunction in our nation's capital, America is working to build sustainable cities and people across the country are adopting more sustainable lifestyles. We see this happening here in New York City and in cities all over America. Renewable energy, the sharing economy, and technological advances are making it possible for people to live well while reducing their impact on the environment. Earth Day reminds us of the importance of the planet, but the evolution from preservation to sustainability leads us to protect the planet not simply for its own sake, but for the well-being of humanity. Dr. Steven Cohen is a former policy analyst and consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology.

For further information, please email


Combating Poverty In NYC Through Innovation

This event is a joint program between the Gabelli School of Business, the Fordham Social Innovation Collaboratory, and the Fordham Graduate School of Social Services. It is organized out of the Center of Humanistic Management.

Topics to be covered will include investing in impact, poverty solutions that work, innovations in social service, tech innovation for social change, and business models for social innovation. 

Advance registration encouraged

Inquiries may be emailed

Seeking Volunteers

How we measure and utilize sustainability data is one of the most pressing issues in the current sustainability movement. For anyone interested in learning how champions from Cornerstone Capital, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BlackRock, BMW, Deloitte, PwC, or Thomson Reuters are tackling this challenge, we invite you to be a student volunteer at the event. May 1st will bring you answers to these pressing questions, and possible networking opportunities to improve your experience in the sustainability space. Please visit this form to mark your availability and interest in the symposium.

Networking Leadership 101: Building Your Core Professional Network

Carey Weiss is looking for team members for this free course she will be taking! The course is online and requires team meetings about 1 hour per week for about for weeks. Meeting times will be based on the team's availability.

In this 4 hour course from +Acumen and the Center for Creative Leadership, you'll complete interactive diagnostic activities that will help you and your team unearth the social capital & relationships that you bring to the table. You'll be exposed to new data visualization tools for mapping your network; learn about 5 network traps to avoid that are particularly common to the social sector; and, most importantly, gain concrete strategies for building genuinely collaborative relationships.

Find out more information here

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