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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:
~ Innovate NYC
~ Community Dinner
~ The Community Mobility Challenge


The DO School is excited to offer a free skills-building workshop for the first 100 applicants to our Innovate NYC program. 

During this half-day DO-a-thon you will learn four different ideation tools you can use for your career as a changemaker in NYC and around the world. These four approaches to innovation are part of our DO School Method, which has been used for social impact by organizations ranging from the United Nations to H&M to Oxford University - and now you too will be able to develop these skills via a learning-by-doing format. 

The free skills building workshop will be facilitated by Jeffrey French and Christian Ehl of the DO School, along with nine special guest facilitators from last year's Innovate NYC program. Open to students of the 11 universities* participating in Innovate NYC - apply for the program to guarantee your spot

We invite you to join over 260 social change makers who have launched their ventures, campaigns, and passion in 80+ countries through our programs - and we look forward to empowering NYC students to take crucial next steps to delivering true social impact.

Register here

Art As Service

This day-long symposium with three panels examines models for artists to participate in institutions outside of what’s traditionally understood as art. The models on the table draw on traditions as diverse as institutional critique, political organizing, social practice and management strategy. What if we treated art not as a good, but as a service?

We will pay special attention to the way that artists are increasingly finding positions for themselves inside institutions outside of art, and to the question of scalable impact for the imagination. In general, these panels propose that art can play a pivotal role in creating stronger institutions.

When: Sat, January 28, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Where: CUE Art Foundation 137 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001

Community Dinner: Sustainable Food Systems

Are you interested in creating a more ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable food system?

Please join the Fordham Social Innovation Collaboratory for dinner! This event is for any Fordham community member--student, staff, or faculty--who is interested in or wants to learn more about food security, food justice, sustainable agriculture, hydroponics, vertical farming, plant-based eating, and more. Our conversation is open to any topic you wish to discuss. 

Vegetarian and vegan fare will be offered.

Tuesday, Jan 31 5:45-6:45
Hughes Hall, 2nd Floor

All majors and ages welcome. Please RSVP.

Entrepreneurial Law Alumni Council, Entrepreneur Affinity Group, and Entrepreneur Law Society Luncheon
Panel discussion moderated by:
Karl Kilb '95, ELAC East Coast Chair
CEO, Boloro Global Limited
Andy Hinton '95, ELAC West Coast Chair
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Google, Inc. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fordham Law School
Room 3-04 (Third Floor)
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023 

RSVP by email here

Embedded, Embedding: Artist Residencies, Urban Placemaking and Social Practice

Residency Unlimited (RU) is pleased to collaborate with the New School/Parsons MFA Fine Arts Program on presenting the day-long symposium Embedded, Embedding: Artist Residencies, Urban Placemaking and Social Practice,curated by Livia Alexander.

Whether focused on social practice, creative placemaking, or industry collaborations, residencies today provide important models of support for artists in all these areas. Through panel discussions, spotlight presentations and audience exchanges, the symposium aims to thoughtfully and critically examine the connecting and diverging points between the needs of communities, artists’ needs for materials and professional support, and those commissioning and underwriting such initiatives.

Join us for a timely event of lively discussions and stimulating exchanges.

Friday, February 10, 2017 

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 
The New School/Parsons 
55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Register here

Pitch Contest: Talk Trash City

Trashy start-ups compete for a crowd-funded cash prize. Attendees vote on the pitch that best demonstrates its ability to help NYC reach zero waste to landfills by 2030.

More about the event can be found in the link above.

When: Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 - 9:30pm
Where: ReVision Lounge and Gallery, 219 Avenue B, New York, NY

Want to go, but not alone? Email us at and we will see if we can connect you with members from our network!

Global Health and Innovation Conference 

With more than 2,000 professional and student participants, the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, is the world’s largest and leading global health conference, as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference. Click here for more information about attending or presenting at the conference, or contact Lanch McCormick of Unite for Sight.

April 22-23 at Yale University

Torus Teens Internship Opportunity

Torus Teens is an online platform that connects NYC teens with free and low cost out-of-school programs. Our aim is to get teens exploring their interests, building skills, and expanding their networks outside of the classroom.

To apply send resume and cover letter to In lieu of resume + cover letter, you may send a 2-3 minute video of yourself describing why you want this internship and what you think you’ll bring to it. Torus Teens will provide a daily stipend for travel + food. This position may also serve as school credit, depending on your institution.

The Concourse Group enlists teams of university consultants to aid local businesses with a variety of impactful services. We partner with tech and non tech startups, as well as established small businesses. Concourse engages in Business Development, Technology, and Financial Management consulting for our clients, depending on their needs.

Students that are selected to join The Concourse Group will receive professional consulting training and practical exposure to the industry. Interested students can apply by sending their resumes to .We encourage all Fordham students, of all majors and backgrounds, to learn more about us and apply for our consulting positions. 

If you have any questions, please send them to 
More information about the opportunity is available here
118 Capital is a nonprofit that scrutinizes and makes early-stage investments while providing guidance to current and future entrepreneurs seeking to measurably improve the world. Specifically, the 118 Fellowship Program engages young professionals and top-tier graduate students interested in the emerging global fields of social entrepreneurship and impact investing via a hands-on experience in conducting research, due diligence and portfolio advisory. 

Additional information can be found here and interested students can apply here.
For students passionate about social change and developing the skills necessary to turn their ideas into action, the Social Innovation Collaboratory is excited to announce that Fordham is collaborating with the DO School and 10 other NYC higher education institutions to launch the second year of Innovate NYC, a program supported by Newman's Own Foundation.

The Community Mobility Challenge

Applications for this program close after January 31st, so act soon!

Social Innovation Collaboratory Student Opportunities

We have new opportunities open at the FSIC! Last week's open positions are already filled, but we are already rolling out two more. Stay tuned to the newsletter to be on top of these opportunities to work with the FSIC! These opportunities are entry level and a low time commitment. If you demonstrate the ability to show up and fulfill the role, higher leadership roles can become available.

Please explore the link above and complete the form to mark your interest.

Join the Ashoka U Team

In 2008, Ashoka U launched as a program of Ashoka, because after three decades of working with leading social entrepreneurs (over 3,000 in 70 countries), they realized that far more changemakers were needed to become the architects of a sustainable and flourishing society.

Both internships and full time positions can be explored in the link above.


$2,000 travel stipends and hotel
$250,000 in grants and scholarships
Networking and entrepreneurship workshops in Minnesota
~these are just a few of the things you could gain by being a part of E-FEST~
Undergraduates: Get Your Team Together
More information about the event can be found in the link above. 
Applications for this opportunity are due after February 17th!

If you would like to work with the Social Innovation Collaboratory to develop an innovative and impactful application, please email us at!

Work Smarter, Not Harder - Change The Game With Systems Practice

Rob Ricigliano was helping to facilitate the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the early 2000s when he discovered the power of system practice. Just by creating a map of the conflict dynamics, Rob realized what they were doing was making the situation worse and that they needed to shift their tactics. The shift Rob proposed ultimately contributed to ending that phase of the conflict.
Today, Rob helps socially minded leaders, like yourself, gain the benefit of a system practice approach at The Omidyar Group. He does this by helping organizations working on issues that sit at the intersection of multiple disciplines make sense of their complex environments and uncover the greatest leverage points for outsized impact. We sat down with Rob and talked about his work negotiating peace agreements from South Africa to Iraq, why he thinks systems practice is so powerful, and how it can help you and your team achieve better results with less resources.

Read the full interview here

Will the Money Flow?

All you need to know about Financing Sustainable Development.
If you are looking to learn more about green finance, this is a Social Innovation Collaboratory SUGGESTED READ.
Check out resources for entrepreneurs at
We hope to see you around and look forward to a great year of innovation!
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