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  • BYU Students Waste No Time Taking out the Trash Tuesday Oct 30 2018

    After conducting a simple test for efficient waste and recycling pickups, social innovator Matthew Liddle learned that the idea had greater potential than previously imagined.

  • New BYU Marriott Course Leads the Way in CSR Wednesday Oct 24 2018

    To prepare students for current business needs, the BYU Marriott School of Business has developed a new course with the help of the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance.

  • Ballard Center Announces New Club Friday Oct 05 2018

    As of this semester, the Nonprofit Management Student Association club is the newest program addition to the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance.  

  • A Sight to Behold Thursday Oct 04 2018

    A recent entrepreneurial effort made by a group of BYU students is making a lot of noise. The venture uses smart glasses to address educational barriers faced by deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

  • BYU Grad Uses Tech to Teach and Tutor Underprivileged Children in Ghana Tuesday Aug 21 2018

    As the founder of Educell, a nonprofit geared toward helping nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in resource-limited areas, Cade Dopp works tirelessly to bring education to those around the world who don’t have access to it.

  • Ballard Center Students Innovate Recycling Monday Jul 23 2018

    Ballard Center students teamed up with Recyclops, a recycling company started by a BYU Marriott grad, to provide curbside recycling in rural communities by implementing a new Uber-like service.

  • Social Impact a Utah Business Focus Wednesday Jun 13 2018

    The Ballard Center is a member of the new Utah chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, encouraging entrepreneurs to network and help each other improve impact.

  • Thompson Named Interim Dean Tuesday Jun 12 2018

    Michael P. Thompson will serve as interim dean from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018. Steve Glover and Keith Vorkink will continue to serve as associate deans.

  • Robots: A New Method of Learning Thursday Jun 07 2018

    EI Robotics, a company started by BYU students, has created an interactive robot to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn foundational skills.

  • Apps Can’t Empathize; Humans Can’t Scale Thursday May 24 2018

    Nine cars filled with siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins followed Alexandra Bernadotte's vehicle in a caravan as she arrived at Dartmouth as the first college student in her family. She had assumed getting in to a university would be the hardest part of her going to school, but Bernadotte struggled with every aspect of college life.

  • TEDxBYU 2018 Videos Now Live Thursday May 24 2018

    Helping underserved kids go to college, medical labs on a microchip, and creating engaging work environments are only a few of the TEDxBYU 2018 presented ideas that teach and inspire. The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance is excited to announce that videos of the 2018 event are now available.

  • New Dean Announced Wednesday May 23 2018

    Brigham Young University Academic Vice President Jim R. Rasband has announced that Brigitte C. Madrian has been named the ninth dean of the BYU Marriott School of Business.

  • NeoLife Ventilator Ready for FDA Approval Wednesday May 02 2018

    The new device, a simplified CPAP machine with ventilation designed for use on infants, was created in part by BYU students to help small, rural hospitals in developing countries where newborn resuscitation equipment often isn’t available.

  • Welcome to Design Thinking Monday Apr 30 2018

    Some problems in life have one simple solution. But what about those that don't? BYU Marriott students and faculty are using design thinking to solve "wicked problems."

  • From Poverty to Privilege: An Adoption Miracle Friday Apr 20 2018

    I was left on a doorstep outside an orphanage in Hefei, China. My village was infested with pollution, disease, and overpopulation, so my birth mother left me hoping that someone could provide what she could not. Along with dozens of other orphan girls, my fate rested in the hands of someone who could rescue me from a future plagued with poverty.

  • Student Startup Opening Doors Thursday Apr 19 2018

    A group of BYU students are sweeping entrepreneur competitions and making life easier for wheelchair users with a new innovative device.

  • The Road to Change Wednesday Apr 04 2018

    Four BYU students put the brakes on human trafficking in Mexico through the Ballard Center's on-campus Social Innovation Projects.

  • New Resource To Inform Social Impact Friday Mar 30 2018

    Whether it is adult literacy in Alabama or domestic violence in Nigeria, learning more about social issues and how to make an impact for good in solving them can be difficult. So many organizations are tackling the seemingly endless amount of issues, but where can one go for accurate information? 

  • Save Environment While Fighting Poverty Thursday Mar 15 2018

    If you eat rice regularly, you are one of the more than 3.5 billion people worldwide who consider rice a food staple. Rice may be a commonplace pantry item, but growing rice can actually produce an inordinate amount of organic waste—550 million tons of rice straw each year. Farmers typically burn this rice straw, causing environmental and health issues for many communities, 91 percent of which are in Asia. 

  • The 5 Most Popular TEDxBYU Talks Thursday Feb 22 2018

    The Ballard Center's annual TEDxBYU event brings speakers from all around the world to deliver groundbreaking, unique messages.