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Oct, 2018

14th Annual Social Impact Summit

On October 12th and 13th, the Centre for Social Impact hosted its 14th Annual Social Impact Summit. Smith students interested in the world of social impact were treated to a diverse collection of keynote speakers, plenary sessions, panels, and workshops. Topics ranged from social impact staples like social finance and social entrepreneurship, to more unique themes like the role of Big Data and artificial intelligence in social impact, to pressing issues like Indigenous community development and climate change. The Summit also featured some of the amazing work that past Certificate students are currently up to.

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Oct, 2018

Thinking Global, Using Local - Gwen Patrick on Shorefast, Fogo Island and the Future of Social Enterprises

On September 25th, we had a delightful session on life on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, and how Shorefast is enabling a self-sustained community through social enterprise. Gwen Patrick, a fourth year Business Communication student and Kehoe Fellow at the Smith School of Business, had the opportunity to complete a Kehoe Internship with Shorefast over Summer 2018. She worked to measure, promote and support Fogo Island’s community and economy, as well as work within accounting and human resources policy development for Shorefast’s social businesses. Her talk provided an overview of her time at Shorefast, the history of Fogo Island, and the need for community engagement in building a social enterprise.