An image of the Beeck Center's Design Meetup for the upcoming Data Jam. Nicaraguan streets at sunset

Design Meetup: Brainstorming the MBK Data Jam

After many meetups for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, we came together with coders, teachers, researchers, and members of the US Department of Education in hopes of planning a successful Data Jam.

GU Impacts

GU Impacts is a program that provides experiential education in social enterprise, giving Georgetown students the opportunity to work directly on entrepreneurship projects in economically developing countries over the summer.

Impact Investing

The Beeck Center will act as a convening platform at Georgetown and the larger community to provide thought leadership and learning opportunities on the various innovations in finance for social impact and how they can be used and leveraged to achieve true, effective and verifiable impact.

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Upcoming Events

  1. My Brother's Keeper image

    My Brother’s Keeper Data Jam

    Hosted by The Beeck Center

    Georgetown University, in partnership with the Department of Education, is co-hosting a series of Data Jams to bring together developers, designers, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, researchers, statisticians, policy makers, educators, and students to create data visualizations of current challenges and build new tools in order to create ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color.

    August 2, 2014 9:00AM-6:00PM

  2. SOCAP 14

    Connects leading global innovators (investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs) to build a market at the intersection of money and meaning.

    September 2-5, 2014

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Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation

We define impact investing as those organizations or enterprises — both for profit and not-for-profit — and investors — private, institutional, or philanthropic — that intentionally seek a quantifiable social and financial return on their investments. It is important to emphasize that we need impact investing, grants, and government support to have impact.

Philanthropy News Digest; April 28, 2014

Government by Toolkit

The Obama administration ushered into the US federal government a renewed emphasis on innovation. Starting in 2008, I was lucky enough to be a part of that process. I served on the new president’s transition team and oversaw the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group.

SSIR; Summer, 2014

Universities Can Help Solve World’s Problems Through Social Innovation

Social innovation leverages the creativity, expertise and resources of business, civil society, academia and government to produce results and move the needle on serious social challenges.

Huffington Post; February 11, 2014

Georgetown Gets $10M Gift for Social Innovation

Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift for a new center aimed at fostering innovation among students who want to build skills and organizations to solve society’s problems.

Washington Post; February 10, 2014

Students Learn to “Fail Fast” at h.Innovation Storytelling Summit

"Fail Fast" is what participants learned during a two-day summit on storytelling, innovation and change sponsored by the Georgetown h.innovation Series.

Georgetown University; November 19, 2013

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