1. Social Innovators, Come to Flint Oct. 20th!

    October 14, 2016

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    What are the unique approaches that each sector takes to tackle social problems? The Center for Social Impact’s Managing Director Rishi Moudgil will be running a session with exemplary leaders from across sectors during the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium (#UES2016) in Flint, Michigan, The symposium, which is in its third year, will convene leaders across sectors in the city, region, and country to apply entrepreneurial innovation to Flint and similar communities. The event takes place October 19-21 at several locations around the city of Flint and includes various panels and a keynote from Andrew R. Highsmith, author of Demolition Means Progress.

    Led by the center, the panel entitled “Social Impact Sector Smackdown” takes place from 2:40-3:40pm on Thursday, Oct. 20th at the University of Michigan Northbank Center at 432 N. Saginaw St. The session addresses the best approaches for achieving positive social impact through a diverse set of organizations. Nonprofit programming, philanthropic intervention, government activity, faith-based action and capitalism are all channels that will be debated. Rishi will moderate the panel that includes Karen Aldridge-Eason from the Office of Foundation Liaison, Office of the Governor; Jason Ball of SIPI Solutions; Garlin Gilchrist II, the Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the City of Detroit; Chris Uhl, VP of Community Investments for Rock Ventures LLC; and George Wilkinson, Pastor of Word of Life Christian Church.

    For more information about this and other sessions during the symposium, please visit the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative website at http://www.urbanei.org/Members of the public that are interested in attending on Oct. 20 or any other day must must register.

    U-M Ann Arbor students can attend for free through the Center for Social Impact. This year’s Social Impact Challenge will focus on economic development and entrepreneurship in Flint, so the Center will unveil more and provide a great preview of the topics to be addressed for the upcoming Challenge. Students should contact us at socialimpact@umich.edu for more information on attending any of the days for free.