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May 21, 2019

Social Impact Headlines: May 2019

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 Forbes, AP News, and TIME.

Announcing the 2019 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Winners

Cisco | May 20, 2019
Oorja​, founded by Clementine Chambon '15 and Amit Saraogi​ '15, won the 2019 Cisco​ Global Problem Solver Challenge Grand Prize of $100,000. Solar Freeze​, founded by Dysmus Kisilu '18 won the First Runner Up Prize of $75,000.

Mashuli wins Gates Cambridge scholarship

North Central College | May 8, 2019
Etienne Mashuli '15, co-founder of Tujenge Africa Foundation, was named a Gates Cambridge Scholar. The Bill and Melinda Gates scholarship program was designed to reward academic achievement and social activism.

2019 Obama Foundation Fellows

Obama Foundation | May 6, 2019
Derrick Braziel '17, co-founder of MORTAR, and Colette Pichon Battle '15, founder of Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP), were named 2019 Obama Foundation Fellows. They join Nedgine Paul Deroly '14, founder of Anseye Pou Ayiti, who was part of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Fellows.

#StartupColumbia 2019 - When Large Institutions Affect Social Change and When They Don't

Columbia University | May 6, 2019
Cheryl L. Dorsey sat down with Deval Patrick, 71st Governor of Massachusetts, at StartupColumbia's 6th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Festival for a conversation on race, sexism, and progress in the world of entrepreneurship.

Why the 'Necessity Defense' is Crucial to the Climate Struggle

Pacific Standard | May 1, 2019
Kelsey Skaggs '18, co-founder of the Climate Defense Project, authored a piece outlining the necessity of both civil disobedience and legal action in the fight against climate change.

Back to Earth: Washington set to allow ‘human composting’

AP News | April 22, 2019
Washington state passed a bill to allow natural organic reduction, or human composting, an environmentally friendly burial alternative promoted by Recompose, founded by Katrina Spade ‘14.

Fred Swaniker: TIME 100 Most Influential People 2019

TIME | April 17, 2019
Fred Swaniker ‘06 was included on the 2019 TIME 100 list for the impact of his educational initiatives: African Leadership Academy, African Leadership Network, and African Leadership University.

Top 3 Corporate Sustainability Trends All Business Leaders Should Be Watching

Forbes | April 9, 2019
Daniel Hill '14, founder of Green Impact Campaign, shared corporate environmental sustainability predictions compiled from the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) data on its 2019 Climate Corps host applications.


2014 Fellow Katrina Spade, founder of Recompose. Photo credit: AP News/Elaine Thompson.