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Social Innovation Initiative at Marquette University
Igniting Innovation
February 2014

Social Innovation at Marquette updates
Social Innovation at Marquette updates"Social innovation is the future of our generation and the (social innovation) class helped us develop problem-solving skills"- excerpt from student feedback - honors freshman through graduate level confirm the value that social innovation topics bring to the Jesuit higher education classroom.

In Oshkosh, WI, over 100 community members "tackled wicked problems" with a three day learning series focusing on the power of social innovation to attack root causes with sustainable, measureable models. The MU Social Innovation Initiative teamed up with The Basic Needs Giving Partnership — a collaboration of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs and the J. J. Keller Foundation.

More impact in action.

Featured video - Human Powered Nebulizer
Social Innovation Featured Video Named in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's list of "Big Ideas" for 2013, the Human Powered Nebulizer is a low-cost nebulizer that doesn't require electricity, providing life saving respiratory treatment to those who need it most. The project is directed by Dr. Lars E. Olson, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and currently funded by the NCIIA and Marquette University.

Featured event - The Good Money Challenge
Good Money ChallengeMoney also be the root of all good. Show us your dual mission enterprise that can make money and also do good by pursuing a social mission.  The Good Money Challenge calls aspiring entrepreneurs to submit a business model or innovative idea that includes a social or environmental impact that makes the world a better place. Apply now!

Changemaker Spotlight - Dr. Robert H. Bishop, P.E.
Dr. Robert H. Bishop
OPUS Dean of Engineering

What does Social Innovation mean to the College of Engineering?

Social Innovation in the College of Engineering is the pursuit of innovative, transformative, and sustainable approaches to solving real problems for real people in the real world focusing on the poor and most vulnerable as an expression of our deep commitment to social justice.  This is our response to Father Arrupe who called on us to be “men and women for others” in concrete action to drive social change. This means that we not only teach ideas of social justice, but we offer students and faculty opportunities to practice social justice.

What examples of Social Innovation exist in the College of Engineering?
Students, staff, and faculty in the College of Engineering engage with the local and global community in a wide variety of ways guided by their own desires and passions. Examples are plentiful, from outreach to schools in our community, to pairing senior design projects with local and international needs, to civil projects providing infrastructure solutions in Central America. Illustrations of tangible forms of Social Innovation include the design of low cost, modular, dynamic composting toilet systems for tropical regions, the design, production, and distribution of safe, affordable human powered nebulizers, and the creation of humanoid robots to address childhood obesity.

Dean Bishop Fun Fact:
I walk to work and back home each day in all weather conditions.


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Wise Words

"Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful."

- Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy (Dr. V)

Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World’s Greatest Business Case for Compassion tells the inspiring story of Dr. V and Aravind Eye Care System.


Feb. 2 - 7th
Mission Week 2014.


Feb. 11th
ImpactNext Workshop.

Feb. 15th
Champion for Change, Humanoid Robotics, recognized court side during men's basketball game.

Feb. 17th
Social Enterprise Alliance Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter discussion.

Feb. 19th
Champion for Change, Brady Corporation, recognized court side during men's basketball game.

Feb. 20 - 22nd
AshokaU Exchange "The New Scholar"

Feb. 27th
"Making a Living, Making a Difference" networking event.

Feb. 27th
Champion for Change, Countries Without Cavities, recognized court side during men's basketball game.

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