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11/16/2013 Social Enterprise Boot Camp

Social Enterprise Boot Camp

Social Enterprise Bootcamp brings together innovators and social entrepreneurs for a day of interactive workshops, networking and Pitch Competition. Participants will learn critical business and communication skills to build their venture.

 On Pitch Night, hear from 10 social enterprise start-ups as they pitch their vision for the future for cash and consulting prizes.Judges: Will Byrne, Founder, Groundswell; Matt Klein, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Foundation; Dana Pancrazi, Director of Capital Management, Heron Foundation; James Slezak, Founder, New Economy Practice.

Workshops are facilitated by top university faculty and industry leaders in design, technology, and business. This years workshops will cover key topics such as identity and ethics, prototyping, fundraising and revenue models, partnerships, and impact measurement.

Keynote Speaker: Rachael Chong, CEO and Founder of Catchafire.
Workshop Coaches: Aaron Hurst, Founder of Imperative and Taproot Foundation; Chris Milne, Senior Designer at IDEO; Cheryl Heller, Chair of MFA Design for Social Innovation; Shana Dressler, Founder of Social Innovators Collective; Dan Blum, Senior Partnership Manager at; Sophie Faris, Community Development at B Lab; Andrew Greenblatt, Founder & President of Vendorboon and Senior VP of Strategy at Benestream; Dave Algoso and Ethan Wilkes of Reboot; and many more!

Student health start-ups can also join Ashoka Youth Venture for a tailored workshop!

11/15/2013 IPSA Fall Food Fest

IPSA Fall Food Fest

The Annual IPSA Food Fest is a highly anticipated event in the Wagner Community. This year, a focus on Food Security and Fair Trade in international development will be highlighted with guest speakers from a wide range of social enterprises. In addition, the Food Fest will feature a wide variety of small-plate samplings from all over the world, cooked by our very own International Student Groups!

11/14/2013 Cross Professional Series (XPS) - The Story of You: How to Understand and Communicate It to Gain Support for Your Changemaking Vision

Cross Professional Series (XPS) - The Story of You: How to Understand and Communicate It to Gain Support for Your Changemaking Vision

Co-sponsored by the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship, this interactive workshop - hosted by Reynolds alumna Linda Kay Klein of Echoing Green's Work on Purpose program - will explore how to make sense of your past, your present and your hopes for the future, and how you can most successfully tell the story of you to others. When you leave this session you will have developed core language to communicate this story to others and gain their support for your change-making vision.

11/13/2013 Examining the Court Ruling on Citizenship in the Dominican Republic

Examining the Court Ruling on Citizenship in the Dominican Republic
Presented by: Association of Latinos and Allies in Public Service (ALAS)

This cafecito will examine the controversial September 23rd court ruling in the Dominican Republic. Under a constitutional clause declaring all others to be either in the country illegally or "in transit", the Dominican high court retroactively denied Dominican nationality to anyone born after 1929 who does not have at least one parent of Dominican blood. Essentially overnight, an estimated 250,000 - 400,000 people–of which more than 200,000 are of Haitian descent–have effectively become stateless and without basic rights like access to education and medical care.
This ruling has sparked a debate among the international community about whether this is a case of human rights violations or a country simply exercising its right to determine what constitutes a citizen. In this grey area between country’s rights and international standards, where is the line drawn and who draws it?

Articles of Interest
Dominican Republic to End Citizenship of Those Whose Parents Entered Illegally

If you are black, get out: the crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic

Dominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by Court

11/12/2013 Asian Pacific American Student Alliance Signature Event: API (Un)Documentary Screening

APASA Signature Event: API (Un)Documentary Screening

The Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA) is proud to present its Fall Signature Event. Join us for a viewing of "Why We Rise", "The Caretaker”, and a discussion about the undocumented API population in New York State. Light refreshments will be provided.  

Guest Speakers include:
- Shankar Prasad, NYU Wagner Professor
- Tony Choi, Minkwon Center for Community Action
- AALDEF RAISE Activists

11/12/2013 Raza con "A": A Latina Artists Exhibit & Panel Discussion

Please join us on Tuesday, November 12, for a special panel discussion and live music reception celebrating the opening of Raza con "A": A Latina Artists Exhibit, the Fall/Winter 2013 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  Where: NYU Wagner The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue / Gallery Space

About the Exhibit:
Curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, Raza con "A" brings together four New York City-based Latin American artists whose bodies of work explore themes of ethnic, cultural, and gender identity. The award-winning artists taking part in the exhibition are a supremely talented group comprised of Argentinean photographer and Project Luz founder Sol Aramendi  (; Mexican painter, muralist, and multi-media artist Andrea Arroyo (; Colombian painter, collagist, and mixed-media artist Maria Berrio (; and Puerto Rican painter, collagist, and photographer Rodriguez Calero  ( 

The project, staged in recognition of Latino Heritage Month at NYU, seeks to present a diversity-driven display that pays homage to Latina/o and Latin American heritage, as well as the tremendous contributions of female artists to the New York City visual arts scene. The accompanying panel discussion will serve as a platform to engage artists, scholars, practitioners, and the public in a lively dialogue on the exhibition themes, with a focus on the role Latina visual artists can play in promoting social and gender equity agendas.

Rosa Tejada (Dominican Republic), New York Historical Society educator and former Metropolitan Museum of Art associate museum educator

Denise Carvalho (Brazil), independent curator, Wexner Center for the Arts Mellon Fellow, and professor of art history and critical theory
Vanessa Perez (Puerto Rico), author and Brooklyn College-CUNY professor of Puerto Rican and Latino studies
Sol Aramendi (Argentina), Raza con “A” featured artist
Andrea Arroyo (Mexico), Raza con “A” featured artist

The event is from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, commencing with an exhibition preview. The conversation with the panelists starts at 6:30pm and will be immediately followed by an opening reception featuring live music by members of Karachacha, NYU’s Afro-Peruvian ensemble. Both the panel discussion and reception are limited-space events.

Raza con “A” is co-presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis/Latino Studies Program. The event is cosponsored by NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA), the Association of Latin@s & Allies in Public Service (ALAS), the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC), and NYU's La Herencia Club.

For more information, please contact Frankie Crescioni-Santoni at 212.998.7400 or

11/08/2013 Residential Displacement and Transportation in Rio de Janeiro: Rio’s Transformation in Light of the World Cup and Olympic Games

Residential Displacement and Transportation in Rio de Janeiro:  Rio’s Transformation in Light of the World Cup and Olympic Games



Within the coming years, two of the world’s largest sports games will reach Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. Both events will attract multitudes of people, investment, and preparation to accommodate these events. This summer, hundreds of thousands of Brazilians organized around the country to protest public transit fare increases as $560 million dollars were invested to renovate the Maracana soccer stadium for next year’s FIFA World Cup.



The Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS) is hosting a panel discussion that will shed light on a series of policy challenges that Rio and Brazil face, in light of the upcoming sports games. Residential displacement, transportation, and economic development will be the major themes of our discussion. We are composing a panel of experts in the fields of housing, urban planning, and transportation to open our discussion on how Rio’s landscape will change and the impact it will have for the city’s residents.  This event is co-sponsored by the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, the International Public Service Association (IPSA), and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA).

11/05/2013 International Public Service Association's (IPSA) Voices from the Field Series: Bridging Theory and Practice in International Development

International Public Service Association's (IPSA) Voices from the Field Series: Bridging Theory and Practice in International Development

Every summer, graduate students from NYU Wagner find exciting opportunities to travel abroad and engage in international public service, research and project management. This past summer, four MPA/MUP students from Wagner traveled to Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala and Zambia. As IPSA Summer Fellows, they have been sharing their experiences online through monthly updates and multimedia on the IPSA at NYU Wagner blog.

Tori Chan, World Vision International, Ghana
Kaysey Grard, Ninos de Guatemalan, Guatemala
Naome Jeanty, The Littlest Lamb, Egypt
Ben Nemeth, BioCarbon Partners Trust, Zambia

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, IPSA will be showcasing their stories as a part of our fall Voices from the Field Series, a multimedia presentation and panel discussion on working abroad and bridging theory and practice in international development. In addition to the summer fellows panel, four NYU Wagner alumni will share from their professional experiences. Voices from the Field is an opportunity to learn about international development projects across the world, gain insight on landing an international, paid summer internship, and interact with fellow students on the realities of international public service.

11/04/2013 Short Talks, Big Ideas: Transportation Innovations

Short Talks, Big Ideas: Transportation Innovations
Presented by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

What's new in transportation? Join the NYU Rudin Center for this high-energy series of short talks about how we're using, improving and thinking about the future of transportation. Several speakers will make short presentations about new projects and concepts, followed by networking and refreshments. Confirmed speakers include:
- Emily Gallo, Taxi & Limousine Commission, Boro Taxis
- Lois Goldman, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Pedestrian Safety
- Eric Goldwyn, Columbia University, Dollar Vans
- Randy Gregory II, 100 Ideas for the Subway
- Noel Hidalgo, Code for America, Bike Hacks
- Robin Lester Kenton, NYC DOT, Instagramming Infrastructure
- Kevin Ortiz, MTA, Transit Wireless
- Gary Roth, NYC Transit, Bus Security Cameras
- Keri Tyler, NYC DOT, Pedestrian Wayfinding

Moderated by Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center

Register below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #BigIdeas13

This event is co-sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center

11/04/2013 Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship Lecture

Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship Lecture
Opening Governance: Re-Designing our Democratic Institutions

presented by

Beth Noveck
in honor of her appointment as the Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor at New York University

Monday, November 4, 2013
5:00pm – 6:00pm Lecture
6:00pm – 7:00pm Reception

Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East

About the lecture:
The first decade of the 21st century has been characterized by seemingly intractable societal challenges that institutions of government have been unable to solve. The kind of partisan gridlock that led to the government shutdown is only part of the problem. To tackle today’s complex challenges we will need innovation in the very design of our democratic institutions and in the democratic theory that defines them.

New technology and new scientific insights on collaboration are pointing the way toward a new vision of "open governance." By enabling government to tap the expertise of citizens, share decision-making responsibility with the public, and publish open data for public use, these innovations suggest how to make measurable progress toward government that is more effective and more legitimate. Numerous barriers to change exist, but a new vision for stronger and more collaborative democracy may be emerging.

About Beth Noveck:
Beth Noveck is Founder and Director of The Governance Lab, and is a visiting professor at both New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the MIT Media Lab. She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and founder and director of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative (2009-2011).   She also served on the Obama-Biden Transition Team and was a volunteer advisor to the Obama for America campaign on issues of technology, innovation, and government reform.  She is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings Institution Press 2009); co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (NYU Press 2006), and forthcoming, The Networked State (Harvard University Press).
For more information about Dr. Noveck, click here.

sponsored by
NYU's Office of the Provost, NYU Wagner, and The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation

11/01/2013 University Student Senate Council Student Services Committee Meeting

University Student Senate Council Student Services Committee Meeting
Presented By: Wagner Student Association

The USSC Student Services Committee will hold an open meeting to all interested Wagnerds to discuss and share our vision and expectations for the university. This is an opportunity for Wagnerds to also join the committee regardless of USSC affiliation. Chaired by WSA's own student senator Danyal Syed, the committee intends to outline the current scope of services provided to students and hear your proposals for additional services that you feel the university needs to improve upon. Contact Danyal at or WSA alt-senator Perry Wong at with your questions.

11/01/2013 Faculty Brainstorming Session #1

Faculty Brainstorming Sessions #1

10/28/2013 Book Launch: Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture

Book Launch: Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture
Presented by the Office for International Programs and co-sponsored by the Wagner Economic and Finance Association

The last two decades have seen a wave of global innovations and reforms that have fundamentally altered the way public finances are managed and linked to other governance reforms. A new book from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture – critically examines the most important of these reforms and innovations, including: fiscal responsibility legislation; fiscal rules; medium-term budget frameworks; fiscal councils; fiscal risk management techniques; performance budgeting; and accrual reporting and accounting.

This event will present the findings of this new work, providing the opportunity to examine them in light of challenges posed by the global economic crisis and their relevancy for a broad range of policymakers and analysts. Join us for this New York book launch.

Opening Remarks: Dall Forsythe, Adjunct Professor of Finance, NYU Wagner

Presentation by: Marco Cangiano, Assistant Director, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department

Panelists: Paul Smoke, Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Program, NYU Wagner
Barbara Nunberg, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

10/24/2013 Adjunct Conversation with Dean Glied

Adjunct Conversation with Dean Glied

Join us for a conversation about issues that are important to NYU Wagner adjunct faculty members. Moderated by NYU Wagner's Professor of Practice, Gordon J. Brown.

If you would like to submit a question for Dean Glied, please click here.

General Q&A - 5:30-6:30pm
Reception - 6:30-7pm

10/22/2013 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2013 - Creative Roads in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Creative Roads in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

with Rebecca Polivy, director – Middle East, Encounter

10/18/2013 Wagner Food Policy Alliance & Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service Salon/Happy Hour

Wagner Food Policy Alliance & Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service Salon/Happy Hour

The Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) and The Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS) are co-sponsoring a Salon and Happy Hour on October 18. The focus of our salon will be GMOs and food policy issues in Latin America with the guidance of Steinhardt's Food Studies professor Gustavo Setrini. We invite students from both Wagner and Steinhardt to come with questions about food policy, the current state and future of international agriculture, and the effect GMOs have on our food system both in the United States and in Latin America. We will be having a discussion based on these topics, but the space will really be open for students to drive the discussion and ask those burning GMO questions.

The Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS) enhances the educational and social experience at Wagner by creating platforms from which the NYU community can engage and advocate for issues at the intersection of our fields of study and topics relevant to Latinas and their Diasporas around the world. ALAS provides a community-based space for exchanging knowledge, networking, and making cultural connections.

The Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) is a group of students dedicated to raising awareness about issues surrounding local, national, and international food policy. Through our events, panel discussions, and volunteer opportunities, we aim to promote equitable food systems by connecting likeminded NYU students, as well as facilitating a dialogue with leaders in our community and around the world.

Gustavo Setrini is a political scientist who studies globalization, agriculture, and rural development. His research examines the opportunities and constraints that global markets offer for small farmers in poor countries, and his work aims to identify the institutional foundations of sustainable agriculture at the transnational and local levels. In 2008, Setrini won a Fulbright scholarship to study the effects of Fairtrade and organic certification on farmer organizations in Paraguay, where his research has also examined the effectiveness of donor-funded, NGO-led development projects to promote sustainable agricultural techniques and integrate small farmers into global supply chains. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, and he served as a post-doctoral research associate at MIT's Center for International Studies and Department of Urban Studies and Planning before joining Steinhardt.

10/17/2013 New Approaches to Social Accountability and Institution Building: Reboot's work in the Niger Delta

New Approaches to Social Accountability and Institution Building: Reboot's work in the Niger Delta

Bridge-Students for Social Innovation and IPSA-International Public Service Association are pleased to co-sponsor "New Approaches to Social Accountability and Institution Building." Reboot is a social enterprise working to deliver inclusive governance and services worldwide. In Nigeria, their team is pioneering new analytical methods and models of engagement to reform public finances in the oil-rich Delta region. Director of Programs (and Wagner MPA alumni) Dave Algoso will talk about Reboot's approach to social issues and what it means for the broader sector.

10/16/2013 Navigating the Territories of Indigenous Leadership: Exploring the Experiences and Practices of Australian Indigenous Arts Leaders

Navigating the Territories of Indigenous Leadership: Exploring the Experiences and Practices of Australian Indigenous Arts Leaders

In this RCLA event, Dr. Michelle Evans will discuss her research on the experiences and practices of Australian Indigenous arts leaders within the context of practical leadership application.

Dr. Evans is a Research Fellow at Melbourne Business School and leads the School's research agenda on Indigenous Business and Leadership development. This role includes directing Australia's first Indigenous Business Master Class series - MURRA - established to skill up Indigenous entrepreneurs.

She is currently in the US replicating her doctoral study, interviewing First Alaskan, Native American and Native Hawaiian artists and arts managers about their practice and their contribution to leadership to compare and contrast with her prior research.

10/10/2013 Book Launch: Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend

Book Launch: Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend
Presented by: the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management 

Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

An unflinching look at the aspiring city-builders of our smart, mobile, connected future. Today, more people live in cities than in the countryside; mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones; and machines outnumber people on a new Internet of Things. In this era of mass urbanization and technological ubiquity, what happens when computers take over the city? Urban planning expert Anthony Townsend explores this question in Smart Cities, a broad look at the people and historical forces that have transformed the design of cities and information technologies. From the great industrial metropolises of the nineteenth century to today’s sprawling megacities, wave after wave of new technologies have been invented to address the proliferating challenges posed by human settlements of ever-greater size and complexity. As a new generation of technology barons, entrepreneurs, mayors, and civic coders try to shape our future, Smart Cities explores their motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings, offering a new civics for building communities: together, one click at a time.


10/10/2013 Cafecito: “The New Land of Opportunity?: Mexico’s Paradox of a Growing Economy Amidst Lackluster Competitiveness in Development”

Cafecito:  “The New Land of Opportunity?: Mexico’s Paradox of a Growing Economy Amidst Lackluster Competitiveness in Development”

In light of its increasing economic prowess in the global scene, Mexico still struggles with a range of development issues. These issues span the realm of infrastructure and labor, partially due to a weak regulatory government. We will raise a broader conversation on how the perception of “land of opportunity” is a paradoxical reality for much of Latin America.

Mexico, as other countries in the region, attract enormous foreign investment and social capital through rising immigration (from the U.S., Asia, other Latin American countries, and elsewhere), while remaining incredibly conducive to the underdevelopment of other sectors of its economy. For a developing nation, does economic development and foreign investment come at the expense of disinvestment in development issues for its citizenry?

Articles of Note:

“Mexico: Development and Democracy at a Crossroads,” Council on Foreign Relations, February 2011

“For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity is Mexico,” The New York Times, 09/21/13

"Mexico's New Arrivals Mix Praise and Criticism," The New York Times, 09/29/2013

10/08/2013 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2013 - Building Democracy After Conflict: Should We? Could We?

Building Democracy After Conflict: Should We? Could We?

with Oren Ipp, adjunct assistant professor, NYU CGA

10/04/2013 The Innovation Genome Project: Techniques to Innovate in a Complex World

The Innovation Genome Project: Techniques to Innovate in a Complex World

Join the NYU Entrepreneur’s Network and Bridge as we welcome Bill O'Connor, Founder of the Innovation Genome Project and part of Autodesk's Corporate Strategy and Engagement team. Bill will explore the nature of real innovation via the lens of the groundbreakingly practical innovation genome toolkit. The Project is studying the world's greatest 1,000 innovations over the span of the past 2.6 millions years, which has yielded two powerful innovation techniques: The Seven Essential Innovation Questions (SEIQ) and the Impact/Imagination Innovation Prioritization Matrix. Join Bill as he (benignly) makes fun of the rest of the innovation field, talks about cavewoman innovation, occasionally curses as the spirit moves him, and generally tries to help everyone make their work more innovative.

10/04/2013 Walking Tour of Newark with Brick City Development Corporation

Walking Tour of Newark with Brick City Development Corporation

You're invited to a special walking tour of downtown Newark, New Jersey sponsored by the Brick City Development Corporation. BCDC is a 501 (c) (3) organization, founded in 2007 by Newark Mayor Cory Booker as the primary economic development catalyst for Newark, New Jersey. BCDC’s mission is: 1) to act as the city’s vehicle to retain, attract and grow businesses; 2) to enhance small and minority business capacity; and 3) to spur real estate development within the City. BCDC recently launched a strategic initiative, “Newark as a 24/7 Downtown” with a goal to make downtown Newark a 24/7 community.
You can find more information about BCDC at

UPSA Happy Hour to follow.

12:30 pm - Leave the Puck Building to take PATH/NJ Transit to Newark
2:00-2:30 pm - Overview Presentation of Developments in Newark by SVP of Real Estate
2:30-5:00 pm - Tour of Project sites


10/03/2013 Cross Professional Series (XPS)

Cross Professional Series (XPS)

This Cross Professional Series (XPS) will feature NYU Wagner Dean, Sherry Glied, who is accomplished in the fields of health care policy and academia.  She served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama and was professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health before coming to Wagner.  She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and was a member of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth.

Dean Glied literally wrote the book on health care reform (Chronic Condition: Why Health Reform Fails and Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the U.S. since 1950).  She will discuss her personal professional journey through various sectors and roles, and how she identified opportunities among the challenges as she progressed in her career.

10/03/2013 One Regional Rail System for the New York Metropolitan Region

One Regional Rail System for the New York Metropolitan Region

Join transportation expert, Peter Derrick, as he discusses the long term future of the New York and the possibility of a regional rail system.