Thursday, June 3, 2010

Innovation- things just need to keep changing

As many of you may know I have been working at an organization called PresenTense since this past November. It has been an absolutely amazing experience, and I have had a lot of upward movement in this position. I have received a lot of exposure to things I really did not know much about. I am now quite a fan of what is called the fourth sector, or rather social enterprising. This sector, though still in its formation, applies business ideas and models to making social change; instead of having a profit of money the enterpriser is looking for a profit in social change. Anyway, I am taking a number of classes on social entrepreneurship (though I only have three weeks left of until graduation, so there is not many classes left to take) and social enterprising and I look forward to implementing my new findings and hopefully what will be a new job in NY.

I just posted an article on the PresenTense blog, that I invite you all to read, as it combines many of my past and current passions. It is about Beit Issie Shapiro, an organization that works to serve people with disabilities. Though I did not explain this in the article, Beit Issie is a social enterprise, in that they use for-profit strategies to support making their social change- building parks for communities (at cost) that raise awareness about disabilities and really influence how communities interact with those who are disabled in their community, employing people with disabilties in their company gift program, which creates and packages gifts for corporate companies around holidays to give out to their staff, and much more. I highly suggest you all check out the article, and or course check out Beit Issie!

Shabbat Shalom!