Daily Archives: October 5, 2013

Roth on Wesleyan: How to Make A Difference

I spent yesterday at the 92nd St Y in New York at the Social Good Summit. The Summit is “a three-day conference that unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges.”  The summit is presented by 92 Street Y, Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ericsson. Coinciding with United Nations Week, the conference brought together business leaders, NGOs, activists, diplomats and technology people (to name just some of the groups). The talks were all fascinating, whether they were focused on improving sanitation, on action oriented journalism or on climate change. I was there to talk about liberal learning as a form of pragmatic education with deep roots in American history. These roots still bring forth powerful results — such asShining Hope for Communities or Refuge Point (to take just two Wesleyan examples). Here’s video of my presentation and an interview with Stuart Ellman ’88 and me following the talk.

There was a wonderful spirit of optimism and activism at the conference, even though there was also a sharp awareness of the difficulties we face — from poverty to climate change. I am hopeful that that spirit continues to infuse the MOOC that we are developing based on many of the talks from the Summit. How to Change the World is now open for enrollments, and we’ll launch in mid January.

You can find other videos and photographs here.

Company X Info Session (Monday 10/28 at noon, lunch provided)

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship invites you to

Company X Information Session
Monday, October 28
12-1 p.m.
Allbritton 304


Company X is an early stage investment company looking to work with motivated students with entrepreneurial aspirations. They make capital investments in a few companies each year and provide free office space in New York City, access to service providers, and a platform to pitch ideas to additional investors.

During this session, representatives from Company X will answer questions about business models, raising capital, and more. Students who are serious about pursuing their ideas and making an impact will have the opportunity to discuss their business for consideration into Company X’s Summer 2014 Program.

All are welcome; you do not have to have an existing business plan to attend. For more information, visit www.company-x.com or contact Makaela Kingsley, Director of the Patricelli Center, at mjkingsley@wesleyan.edu


Representatives from Company X will be available for private meetings before and after lunch. To reserve a meeting time, email mjkingsley@wesleyan.edu with your availability. Lunch will be provided for those who register by October 25.


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