Social Embeddedness

A Nurturing University

Submitted by Bethany Weigele on February 12, 2015 - 12:00am

My son, Benjamin is currently fifteen months old. He says over thirty words now, but I am proud to say that his first word was ‘mama’. While I did win the competition with my husband of whether he would say mama or dada first, the win was a little anticlimactic because Benjamin does not reserve the word ‘mama’ just for me. He uses the word as a request, and he will say it repeatedly to anyone until his need is met. For example, if he wants to be picked up by his dad he will tug on his dad’s legs and shout “mama, mama, mama”, or if he wants another bite of food he will say “mama?”.

Shared Value and Measuring Social Impact

Submitted by Melanie Reilly on January 14, 2013 - 12:00am

In “Measuring Shared Value,” Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter issues a warning to companies across the country: “if companies do not rigorously track the interdependency between social and business results, they miss important opportunities for growth, innovation and social impact at scale.” Porter proposes a solution—shared value strategies. The idea of shared value goes beyond corporate social responsibility. Despite common corporate citizenship activities, the public often views for-profit companies as prospering at the expense of society.

Making the Connection: Economic Development and Civic Engagement

Submitted by Terah Crews on January 4, 2013 - 12:00am

Last October I had the honor of speaking at Campus Compact’s 2012 Presidents’ Leadership Summit. The Summit is the second such event for Campus Compact – a national network of 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The Summit brought together leading presidents from all over the nation to discuss key issues in higher education.

The New Public Square

Submitted by Ed Finn on October 31, 2011 - 12:00am

In one sense Arizona State University is huge–the university with the single highest student enrollment in the U.S.–but it’s also tiny in the vast urban landscape of the greater Phoenix area. It’s a position that comes with a lot of responsibility and some exciting opportunities. How do we reach all of the communities around us? How do we make this place relevant to K-12 students, to local non-profits, to planners and leaders of all kinds?

Inspiration in Threes: Part Two

Submitted by Jacqueline Smith on August 31, 2011 - 12:00am

In my first post in this inspiration series I established the need for a networked approach to promoting and fostering student-driven social change. This post will explain the strategy utilized in the development of Changemaker Central, a one-stop-shop for students who want to make a positive impact on their local and global communities.

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