Ballard Week Boosts Social Innovation
Thursday Apr 11 2013
The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance recently hosted the third-annual TEDxBYU event and the Social Innovator of the Year Award banquet as part of its jam-packed Ballard Week.
BYU Hosts Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship Case Competition
Wednesday Apr 10 2013
Sponsored by the Ballard Center, graduate students created innovative solutions for Newman's Own Foundation.
SIOY Award Given to Kushal Chakrabarti
Wednesday Apr 03 2013
The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance presented Kushal Chakrabarti, founder and co-chair of Vittana, with the 2013 Social Innovator of the Year Award.
Create Social Ventures through Ballard Center Programs
Tuesday Feb 26 2013
Growing an innovative business idea to help people around the world has never been easier. That’s due to the Social Venture Competition and the Social Venture Academy — two Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance programs specifically designed to guide students in making a positive impact.
Student Social Entrepreneurship Program Joins Forces with Vittana
Friday Feb 15 2013
The Students for Social Entrepreneurship, a program in The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, has joined forces with Vittana — a company that sets up loans for students in developing countries who need a hand up in furthering education.
Education Resource 1: Three Questions to Ask When Seeking Innovative Companies
Ask smart questions to find organizations with high social impact Tuesday Jan 29 2013
How can you work smarter and not harder to make large-scale changes in the world? Everyone has limited time and resources. Consider certain questions prior to partnering with an organization that aims to have a positive societal impact.
Celebrating Social Innovation at BYU
Friday Oct 12 2012
It's now easier than ever to make a positive impact on the world, thanks to Changemaker Week — an event hosted October 15 – 19 by the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance.
BYU Honored as ‘Changemaker Campus’
Monday Sep 24 2012
Brigham Young University has been designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U. Ashoka U, a subset of the international nonprofit organization Ashoka, is an initiative set forth to promote social entrepreneurship in universities. BYU was named for its ability to produce influential students who make a difference on a local and a global stage. Nineteen universities, including BYU, around the world are honored with this status.
New Peery Social Entrepreneurship Research Fellows Announced
Thursday Aug 02 2012
The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance has named Brigham Young University professors Chris Mattson and David Wiley as research fellows in the Peery Social Entrepreneurship program. As fellows, Mattson and Wiley will apply their expertise in research and innovations within the field of social entrepreneurship.
Using Small Groups to Find Big Solutions
Friday May 04 2012
Solving global problems might seem daunting, but the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance is stepping up to the challenge by providing a way to help experts create breakthroughs in specific fields.
SVC Competition Hosts Students with Big Plans
Friday Apr 20 2012
This year's Social Venture Competition attracted students focused on improving lives through sustainable businesses around the world. Sponsored by the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, the eighth annual competition encouraged participants to enter ventures addressing social problems.
Social Innovator of the Year Award Given to Journalist
Wednesday Apr 18 2012
The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance recently presented the Social Innovator of the Year award to David Bornstein, an author and New York Times journalist who reports on high impact solutions for social problems around the world.
TEDxBYU Energizes Students
Monday Apr 16 2012
The event that took Brigham Young University's campus by storm last year returned in 2012 just as strong. This year's TEDxBYU conference was jam-packed with inspiring speakers, a webcast and an energetic crowd.
Graduate Competition Aims to Improve Social Organization
Friday Apr 06 2012
Graduate students from across the country gathered at Brigham Young University to create solutions for problems facing social organizations in the second annual Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship Case Competition.
Investments taking over donations with Impact Investing
Friday Mar 16 2012
A group of Brigham Young University finance students are finding unique ways to use their investing skills while helping those in poverty worldwide.
Ballard Center Names New Fellows
Tuesday Dec 20 2011
Two international educators will continue to bring their innovative expertise to Brigham Young University as newly named fellows for the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance.
Focusing Social Innovation in Nation’s Backyard
Friday Nov 18 2011
Social innovators usually focus their attention on foreign countries. But for at least one Brigham Young University student participating in the Peery Film Festival, social innovation is just as important domestically.
Ballard Center Names First Research and Teaching Fellows
Monday Jun 20 2011
The buzz around social innovation and entrepreneurship is growing as the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance welcomes seven faculty members to its fellows program.
Former BYU Students Featured on Cover of Inc. Magazine
Friday May 20 2011
Inc. magazine recently featured three former Brigham Young University students and their composting company, EcoScraps, as part of a report on innovative social entrepreneurs.
Fish-Farming Franchise Wins 2011 Social Venture Competition
Students use business to better the world Friday Apr 15 2011
According to finalists at the 2011 Social Venture Competition, solving a few of the world's problems is possible — use tutoring, technology and tilapia. The competition, hosted by the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, challenged students to create innovative solutions to social concerns, such as those in education, volunteering and agriculture, and honored finalists with more than $50,000.