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May 14, 2018

Social Impact Headlines: May 2018

Take a look at these headlines to put more social impact news on your radar, and join us to debate about, question, and share what’s new in social change.

This month's headlines include social impact news from ABC News, 60 Minutes, and Vanity Fair.

4 rights groups urge UN council to refer Myanmar to ICC

ABC News | May 8, 2018
Fortify Rights, founded by Matthew Smith '14, is one of four human rights groups urging the U.N. Security Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity. 

Meet the Mighty 25: Influencers Supporting the Military Community in 2018

We Are The Mighty | May 7, 2018
Sam Pressler '15, founder of the Armed Services Arts Partnership, was named one of 25 leaders making a difference for military service members, veterans, and their families.

Grinnell Prize Awarded to Mélanie Marcel, Founder of SoScience

Grinnell College | April 30, 2018
The 2018 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize of $100,000 was awarded to Mélanie Marcel '17, founder and CEO of SoScience. The Grinnell Prize is the largest given by any U.S. college in recognition of social justice. Past recipients include Gina Clayton '14, Diana Jue Rajasingh '13 and Jackie Stenson '13, Maria Vertkin '13, Elizabeth Scharpf '08, Emily Arnold-Fernández '07, Jane Chen '08, and Eric Glustrom '09.

Seaweed Farming and its Surprising Benefits

CBS 60 Minutes | April 29, 2018
Bren Smith '14, co-founder of GreenWave, was featured in a 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl to discuss the future of 3-D ocean farming.

A Supreme Court victory for lowering drug prices

The Hill | April 28, 2018
Priti Krishtel '08, co-founder of I-MAK, authored an op-ed on why the recent Supreme Court decision, Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Group, on patents is important for Americans struggling to afford medicines.

Introducing the 2018 CAFE 100

CAFE | April 26, 2018
17 Echoing Green Fellows were featured in this year's CAFE 100 list including Alejandro Gac-Artigas '12, Becca Heller '10, Bessie Schwarz '16, Daquan Oliver '15, Donnel Baird '12, Eric Glustrom '09, Felecia Hatcher '17, Gina Clayton '14, Joanna Visser Adjoian '14, Laura Dunn '15, Lauren Fine '14, Michael Carter '11, Reyna Montoya '17, Sam Pressler '15, Sara Minkara '15, Swapna Reddy '17, and Yscaira Jimenez '14.

Giving Coral Reefs New Life

NationSwell | April 18, 2018
Coral Vita, founded by Gator Halpern '17 and Sam Teicher '17, is growing coral reefs on land and transplanting them back into the ocean, which is helping to protect food supply, coastal protection, and income in communities that rely on reefs.

2018 Obama Fellows

Obama Foundation | April 16, 2018
Nedgine Paul '14, founder of Anseye Pou Ayiti, was selected as one of 20 inaugural Obama Fellows. Moussa Kondo, Mali Country Representative of Accountability Lab, founded by Blair Glencorse '14, is also part of the 2018 class.

2018 Grist 50 List

Grist | April 16, 2018
Etosha Cave '16, co-founder of Opus 12, was named on this year's Grist 50 list of leaders with the boldest, most ambitious solutions to humanity's biggest challenges.

26 Women of Color Diversifying Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Media, and Beyond

Vanity Fair | March 28, 2018
Kathryn Finney '16, founder of digitalundivided, and Etosha Cave '16, co-founder of Opus 12, took part in a Vanity Fair feature on women CEOs and founders who have raised $1 or more in outside capital.

Bren Smith '14, co-founder of GreenWave, pioneered the development of restorative 3-D ocean farming. Photo credit: CBS