Nov 06, 2012

NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L. Workshop Series: Realistic Entrepreneurial Actionable Learning

Are you now or do you hope to play a role in helping to change the world? Looking for practical and tangible skills and know-how to help you do that? NYU Reynolds has answered the call.

Responding to the demand for greater access to social entrepreneurial related content, the NYU Reynolds Program is pleased to launch the NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L Workshop Series: a new series designed to support social entrepreneurs and changemakers with practical skills and knowledge bases critical to success in the field.  The series is free, open to the public and to students from across the entire NYU community, with some sessions specifically targeted to undergraduates, graduates or the executive communities. An RSVP is required for each event.

This series digs deep into the NYU Reynolds network of social entrepreneurship professionals to feature a diverse collection of leaders who have honed their know-how through practice.  Each presenter will share their knowledge and breadth of experience, leaving participants with a tangible skill or lesson learned to apply to their own projects and changemaking trajectories.  All you need to bring is an open mind!

See below for the Fall 2012 schedule, RSVP links, and target audiences. We hope to see you there!


1.      November 27, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

The 29 Mistakes You Are Bound to Make as a Social Entrepreneur

Zack Rosenberg, Founder and CEO, DoGoodBuyUs

Description: Often, presenters attempt to provide audiences with a comprehensive guide to their successes. In this workshop, Zack Rosenberg will present the mistakes he made on the road to building his social enterprise, DoGoodByUs. With the thinking that mistakes can often be more illustrative and instructive than success stories, you will walk away from this workshop with a clearer understanding of some of the specific challenges –and potential pitfalls—of marketing, funding, and partnering decisions.  Additionally, you will learn more about #GivingTuesday, which is also on November 27. Pizza will be served!

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Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for all levels of undergraduate students.


2.      December 6, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Expanding the Philanthropy Footprint: The Challenge of Social Entrepreneurship to Traditional Philanthropy – What’s Fad?  What’s Fab?

Richard Marker, Co-Principal, Wise Philanthropy; Founder, NYU Academy for Grantmaking & Funder Education

Description: This session is designed to help attendees understand how philanthropy interacts with the innovation ecosystem and the world of a social entrepreneur. The workshop will cover a vast array of philanthropic topics, from questioning the role of philanthropists and foundations, to discussing what “impact” means, to wondering what organizations, sectors, and people should be solving major societal problems. Using his expertise as a philanthropic advisor, Richard will provide insight into the relationship between a changemaker and his/her funders, along with valuable perspectives on how shareholder activism, varying organizational structures, and evolving scholarship on success, scale, and start-up funding models are changing the game.


Intended Audience: Graduate students and professionals are welcome, particularly those with philanthropic, development and/or grant-writing roles.


3.      December 7, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Mobile Technology for Social Good Demystified: Demo and Discussion

Kate Otto, Mobile Tech for Development Consultant, World Bank; Founder, Everyday Ambassador; NYU Reynolds Scholar Alumnus

Description: This session will review various ways in which mobile connectivity is changing the world for the better, and provide participants with a tutorial in creating and deploying a free mobile phone based survey tool, manipulatable to a variety of applications. (Note: Android phone required to participate in demo. You don’t need an Android phone to participate in the session.). We will also discuss how and why too much digital connectivity can poison our efforts at meaningful change, and suggest the balance of tech and human connectivities that enable us to produce the highest impact outcome.

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Intended Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students are welcome.

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