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The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, the Clinton School of Public Service, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship are proud to announce a Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp to be held July 17-19, 2015, at the Institute on Petit Jean Mountain. Applications for the boot camp will be accepted now through Jan. 31 and can be found at www.rockefellerinstitute.org/SEbootcamp.
The boot camp will provide training for new and aspiring social entrepreneurs, focusing on such topics as business skills, legal issues, scalability, measuring impact, ethics and benefit corporations. Participants will also receive one-on-one mentoring from established business leaders and social enterprise experts.
Those interested are encouraged to submit an application through the website. Applicants are encouraged to apply in teams, though individual applications will also be accepted. Applications will be judged by representatives from each partner organization, and the selectees for the boot camp will be notified by March 30. The selected attendees will then be required to complete a “lean canvas,” a particularly accessible model for describing and organizing business ventures. Each team/participant’s lean canvas will be developed throughout the boot camp, and the end result will be a solid business plan for each social enterprise.
Steve Clark, founder of Propak Logistics and co-founder of Rockfish and Noble Impact, will serve as the boot camp’s keynote speaker. Also confirmed to serve as a speaker and mentor is Trish Flanagan, founder of Picasolar and Show Me Solar Power, and co-founder of Noble Impact.
“In Arkansas and around the world, young people are gravitating toward social entrepreneurship as a pathway to pursue the aspirations of their generation,” Clark said.
The boot camp follows in the success of the 2013 panel discussion on social entrepreneurship developed by the Institute and the Clinton School.
“This concept of doing well by doing good, of businesses designed to have a positive social impact, has the potential to be an important part of our state’s future,” said Dr. Marta Loyd, executive director of the Institute. “Our partners bring immense practical experience and intellectual resources to the table. With their help, we look forward to the new enterprises that will surely be launched as a result of this program.”
About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.
Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.
About the Clinton School of Public Service
The first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service gives students the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service.
A two-year graduate program with a real-world curriculum, the Clinton School is located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Ark. The school embodies former President Clinton’s vision of building leadership in civic engagement and enhancing people’s capacity to work across disciplinary, racial, ethnic and geographical boundaries. For more information, visit www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
About the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship
The mission of the University of Arkansas’ Office of Entrepreneurship is to catalyze entrepreneurial activities and innovation across the university and throughout the state in order to build Arkansas’ knowledge-based economy. Established in 2011, the Office of Entrepreneurship has led commercialization retreats for faculty from the research universities in the state, supported student and faculty commercialization activities, integrated University of Arkansas research with demand-driven innovation needs in the state through the IGNITE program, and hosted several social entrepreneurship events.
University of Arkansas students have led the world in national and international business plan competitions since 2009, winning almost twice as many competitions as the next closest competitor. Students have won over $2.3 million in prize money, established 13 high-growth businesses, and raised almost $30 million to build their companies. Visit. http://entrepreneurship.uark.edu for more information.
About the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub (www.arhub.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing innovative and entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas by creating a collaborative ecosystem and pipelines that mobilize the resources, programs and educational opportunities necessary to develop, attract and retain talent and to build the state’s economy.
This article originally appeared on www.ArkansasBusiness.com
The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have named J.D. Lowery as manager of community and economic development.
He previously served as director of the Arkansas Energy Office for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
“[Lowery] has a wealth of knowledge and experience involving energy industry issues, including the many opportunities and innovations that are evolving and on the immediate horizon,” Kirkley Thomas, vice president of governmental affairs, said in a news release.
Lowery has a master’s in public service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and is an LEED accredited professional in building design and construction. He’s also certified in global reporting and initiative sustainability reporting.
The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprises 17 distribution cooperatives that provide electricity to about 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas.
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“Young and African-American in 2015,” a panel discussion
Monday, January 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- The Clinton School and the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy are hosting a panel discussion: “Young and African-American in 2015″ on Monday, January 19th at 6 p.m. to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This timely discussion follows the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fl.; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Eric Garner in New York City; and New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
“Energy Infrastructure and Energy Security,” Susan Eisenhower
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Susan Eisenhower is the CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc., a Washington D.C.-based consulting company that provides strategic counsel on business development, public affairs, and communications for Fortune 500 companies around the world. She currently serves on MIT’s Energy Initiative Advisory Board, as the co-chair of the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board and is on the steering committee of the Energy Future Coalition and its Americans for Clean Energy Grid. The granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower, Susan has extensive knowledge of the energy industry and is a frequent speaker and author on public policy matters related to energy and national security.
“Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy,” Christopher Hill, former US Ambassador to Iraq
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Ambassador Christopher Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq from April 2009 until August 2010. He was the first American Ambassador to Macedonia; Ambassador to Poland, where he also served in the depth of the cold war; Ambassador to South Korea; and chief disarmament negotiator in North Korea. From the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq, “Outpost” is the inside story from some of the most dangerous outposts of American diplomacy.
“The Whipping Man,” a panel discussion
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
- Arkansas Repertory Theatre producing artistic director, Bob Hupp, will host a panel discussion on the upcoming production of “The Whipping Man,” winner of the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country. In this post-Civil War drama, a Jewish confederate officer, Caleb DeLeon, returns from the war, badly wounded, to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining, Simon and John, the two men who are forced to care for him. As Caleb, Simon and John wait for the family’s return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets, as well as new ones. “The Whipping Man” is critically acclaimed drama full of loyalty, deceit, and deliverance.
“Turkey: A Crossroads Between Two Continents,” Sedef Akgüngör, Fulbright Scholar in Residence Clinton School of Public Service
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Turkey, situated on both Europe and Asia, is a unique country with lands on two continents separated by the Sea of Marmara. This program will start with a brief historical overview of Turkey, starting from the Ottoman Empire and going to modern Turkey, and will follow with a discussion on economic, political, and cultural perspectives. The focus will be on Turkey’s role in the region as well as its dynamic connections with the European Union and the Middle East over the last several decades.
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The study, co-authored by the Center on Community Philanthropy director Charlotte L. Williams, was recently published online by the Journal of Communication. The extensive study sampled 146 episodes of prominent news programs focused on breaking news that aired on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Univision from 2008-20012.
“Conducting this research is part of our ongoing efforts to understand dynamics of race and equity in today’s society,” Williams
Dixon found that among those described as domestic terrorist on those programs, 81 percent were identifiable as Muslims. Yet in FBI reports for the same period, only 6 percent of domestic terrorist suspects were Muslim, or about one in 17.
Likewise, among those described as immigrants accused of a crime on those news programs, almost all (97 percent) were identifiable as Latinos, according to the study – yet only about half (47 percent) of immigrants are Latinos, according to a cited 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The results show that “the entire way we conceive of these policies is through a particular kind of ethnic lens,” Dixon said. “Out conceptualization of various issues is so tied to race and ethnicity considerations that we’ve actually been somewhat misinformed.”
In contrast with the overrepresentation of Muslims and Latinos in network and cable crime stories, Dixon found that African-Americans were significantly underrepresented in those stories, as both perpetrators and victims of violent crime.
According to the study, blacks were 19 percent of the violent perpetrators in the news accounts, yet were 39 percent of those arrested during that period, based on U.S. Department of Justice Uniform Crime Reports. They were 22 percent of homicide victims in the news accounts versus 48 percent in the national crime reports.
These results are contrary to previous research, by Dixon and others, that has shown blacks as overrepresented, especially as perpetrators, in television crime coverage. “This is something I don’t think anyone has ever found in any study before,” he said.
These results are in line, however, with studies showing that African-Americans are almost invisible in other ways on national television news – rarely seen as spokesmen, experts or in other roles, Dixon said. “This says that those findings in other areas apply to crime news as well, and that was kind of surprising to us.”
The Arkansas Legal Services Partnership (ALSP) is honored to have been nominated to receive the American Bar Association’s Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access for developing the “pro-bono-in-a-box” model that has been so successful in engaging new pro bono assets.
There are some great justice programs among our fellow nominees. So even if you do not vote for Arkansas make sure to check out these innovative initiatives that are busting down barriers to access to justice! You can click here to view the nominees and vote for the Arkansas Legal Services Partnership or go directly to ballot and VOTE FOR ARKANSAS here. Voting is only open through January 5. Please share this news and spread the word to vote for ALSP.
Andrew Lovley of Wrentham, Mass. completed a three-month partnership with Give & Surf Inc., a nonprofit based in rural Panama that provides community development and educational access to an underserved indigenous population. Lovley’s final capstone project for the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service culminated with the integration of an in-depth evaluation system into regular organizational practice.
To gather recommendations of employees, local leaders, and program participants, Lovley designed and distributed surveys to community members and former staff. This critical input informed the resulting evaluation plan, which assesses program impact while ultimately generating financial and in-kind support by outlining community need and documented program results. Systems were introduced to systematically monitor daily attendance, subject retention, Pre-K development, library book borrowing, community engagement, as well as student, staff, and volunteer satisfaction. In addition, a longitudinal impact study will be conducted to track progress of participating students.
“Andrew’s aptitude in development and organization was immensely beneficial in assessing the organization’s present structure and paving a way for its future. His project encompassed a full-scale assessment of the organization and its operations followed by a detailed implementation plan complete with measurements and goals,” said Neil Christiansen, President and Founder of Give & Surf. “As a small grass-roots run organization we are incredibly grateful to have received such amazing support that will undoubtedly lead to positive changes for the organization and those individuals we serve in Bocas del Toro, Panama.”
The services provided by Give & Surf are a result of glaring inadequacies in the indigenous Ngobe communities of Bocas del Toro. Local residents suffer from minimal access to early childhood education, healthcare, quality nutrition, and sanitation services, keeping the majority of the population in extreme poverty. The opportunity to participate in relevant, impactful educational programs, from preschool to adult classes, offers a way to empower an indigenous population that has long been marginalized and treated as second-class citizens.
In another component of the project, Lovley assisted Give & Surf’s strategic plan to diversify its revenue stream by identifying appropriate foundational partners and submitting grant proposals that would support newly created summer school and marine education programs.
The capstone project is the third of three major field projects in the Clinton School curriculum. Lovley will graduate May 2015 after defending his capstone project to Clinton School faculty.
About Give & Surf
In response to requests by the local indigenous population for greater educational access, this small, grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Since its inception in 2011, Give & Surf has continued to expand its services to better meet community needs and now offers an array of programs and services, including pre-school, kindergarten, elementary school, and adult English classes, in addition to locally driven development projects.
More information about Give & Surf is available at http://giveandsurf.org/.
For her final individual capstone project, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service student Ashley Jones of Piedmont, South Carolina, studied the Arkansas Drug Court System.
Jones partnered with the Arkansas Supreme Court to investigate the costs and benefits of Drug Courts in Arkansas. Through this partnership, she gathered information about the funding that is allocated to the drug court program as well as how, and how effectively, this money has been used. The study also compared the costs of drug court to those of jails, prisons, and addiction. In addition, she conducted interviews with experts that currently work in the drug court system.
Jones used the data to create, 1) a cost-benefit analysis of the Arkansas Drug Court System; 2) an executive summary that provides highlights from the full report; and 3) a pamphlet that gives a brief view of the costs and benefits of the Arkansas Drug Court System.
“We appreciate the work Ashley has done to study whether drug courts are effective not only in terms of cost, but also effective at keeping people out of prison, with their families, in recovery, and working in their communities. Often the intangibles are more valuable than the things we can count,” said Stephanie Harris, Arkansas Supreme Court Communications Counsel.
“As Arkansas policy-makers discuss the need to spend millions on new prisons,” Harris said, “there are existing programs that reduce the costs within our criminal justice system. Not only do the drug courts save the state money, they also keep people from reoffending and help them become productive citizens again. We hope that in the future more resources can be provided to expand these successful programs.”
Vital Voices Global Partnership is honored to collaborate with the McLarty Global Fellows Program, a philanthropic endeavor established by Mack and Donna McLarty, for a five-year partnership to provide fellowships to students at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Sam M. Walton College of Business, and J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
“Donna and I began the McLarty Global Fellows Program as a way to support the important work being done to promote women’s engagement and entrepreneurship around the world. We are pleased that Vital Voices has agreed to partner with us, and we are confident that both the students and the organization will benefit from the experience,” Mack McLarty said.
Donna Cochran McLarty co-founded Vital Voices Global Partnership and serves on our Board of Directors. “Our mission is to identify, invest in, and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by encouraging their leadership potential,” Mrs. McLarty said. “When we support women, we are also lifting families, strengthening communities, and enhancing prospects for peace.”
This fall, we welcome to Vital Voices two fellows from the program, Tshering Yudon and Anna Applebaum, both 2015 MPS candidates at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Tshering is conducting a review on the benefits of international networking for women business owners around the world. She will analyze the value of business networking and its potential to improve program design and implementation
Anna is conducting a review on the effectiveness of peer-peer exchange programs for women leaders around the world. She will analyze the use of peer-peer exchange as a tool for learning, network building and informal mentoring.
Arkansas Literacy Councils and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will host a “Time for the U.S. to Reskill” event on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Universal Unitarian Church.
This event is part of a nationwide effort initiated by the U.S. Department of Education to gain feedback about the best ways to improve essential skills for the American workforce.
According to the Time to Reskill website (www.timetoreskill.org), results from an international study of adult skills, Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Survey of Adult Skills, released in October 2013, show that the U.S. workforce trails many other developed nations in foundational skills essential for both individuals and the nation as a whole to thrive. These skills include the ability to read, the ability to understand numbers and do math, and the ability to solve problems using technology.
In order for the Department of Education to better understand the challenges involved in improving these skills, gather input from a wide range of stakeholders, and inform development of a national response, the Secretary of Education launched a national engagement process to obtain feedback. The goal of this process is to develop a national action plan to improve foundation skills of adults in the United States.
This event is part of that national engagement process and the report from this event will sent to be included in the national action plan on improving foundation skill of adults in the U.S.
The event will be on December 4, 2014 from 10Am to 4PM at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock. For more information, contact Christina Standerfer at 501-683-5215.
About Arkansas Literacy Councils
Arkansas Literacy Councils (ALC) is the statewide non-profit that provides structure and support to 32 county-level literacy councils serving adults in over 45 Arkansas counties. These councils offer instructional tutoring to adults who want to learn to read, write or speak English better. All services are free.
More information about Arkansas Literacy Councils is available at www.arkansasliteracy.org.