Final Class Thursday: Presentations, TCEs

Hello,

I hope you all had a good holiday weekend.

Thursday will be our last time gathering as a group. I am looking forward to reflecting on the discussions and themes that have arisen throughout the quarter. I am also expecting each group to present their projects for questions and feedback.

TEAM PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS

Each team will have a maximum of 15 minutes (i.e. 10 minutes to present plus 5 minutes for Q+A/discussion). During your presentations please plan on discussing:

  • Key Insights
  • Recommendations
  • Why you believe the recommendations you are making are actionable, actionable, relevant and appropriate for the organization’s future sustainability
  • What  you believe is the primary “value” you brought to your client

TCEs

I will leave 15 minutes at the end of class to complete TCEs. Don’t forget to bring a device if you plan on completing the TCE in class.

I am looking forward to seeing you on Thursday – (and some of you before that for your final presentations to clients.)

Gabrielle

Harlem Children’s Zone

Thanks for a great class last night -and your observations about the opportunities (and challenges) of trying to think about Collective Impact in the social entrepreneurship sphere.

Before I forget here’s some information about the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which was founded by Geoffrey Canada in 1997 and focused originally on 24 New York City Blocks.

  • This is a good top-level look at assessing HCZ and the factors contributing to success – as well as consideration of what makes success replicable (or not).
  • There is a good overview of the program and its evolution (which got a lot of attention when it was originally published) called “Whatever it Takes” by Paul Tough.

I’ll send along a guide for our December 4th class time early next week. If you have suggestions about what would be most useful for you or your team during this time please email.

Have a great Thanksgiving break,

Gabrielle

Next week: Week 9!

Good morning,

I’ve updated the final presentation calendar on Canvas. Please review it and make sure the information posted is correct for your team.

LOCATION

We will be in Room 2245 on Thursday.

PREP FOR CLASS

Please do the required readings:

We will do a quick check in on team projects, I’ll give a short lecture about Collective Impact and then we will do a workshop to dissect the case studies. You can pick any of the studies you like. (I encourage some of you to pick one of the studies OTHER than Chicago.) Case studies are extremely short so feel free to look at the references or research cited at the end of the study to get a better idea of the elements.

LAST WEEK-November 13th

Thanks for the engaged discussion last week with John. He crammed a LOT in that presentation – and you asked terrific questions. I am working on getting John’s slide deck as well as an edited version of the video up online as soon as they’re in my hands.

FINAL WEEK IN CLASS

Reminder: We do not have class the week of November 24. Our last class together will be December 4th. Each team will present their projects during the final week using an abbreviated format (obviously) and we’ll have some time to discuss the course overall.

See you Thursday in 2245.

Gabrielle

John Tolva will help us consider “The Value of Open” for social enterprise

jtolva_photoOn November 13th we will be hosting John Tolva, President of PositivEnergy Practice former CTO of the City of Chicago at Kellogg. John is a dynamic speaker with an incredible vision for how cities can function as platforms for progressive social change. He’ll be sharing thoughts with us about what the value of “open” is (and might not be) for the civic and private sectors.

KIEI 452 is co-hosting John’s talk and the reception that follows. I’d love to see our class lead the group with engaged and informed questions!

Please read Alfred & Alfred, “From Entrepreneurs to Civic Entrepreneurs (Code for America, 2013) and consider the ways in which being more (or less) “open” may have implications for your client and their social enterprise.

(If this stuff gets your juices flowing you’ll probably like just about anything in Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation (Links to an external site.) – available for free online.)

Site Visit Lab with Christy Uchida; Updated Required Reading

11/4/ 14

Good morning,

1. REQUIRED READING UPDATE:

If you have been unable to access the Jason Saul (Chapter 3 in The End of Fundraising), please use this alternate reading: 

On Thursday, we will host Christy Uchida, Senior Program Officer from the Brinson Foundation. She will share some of her career pathway and, in particular, the ways in which she was asked to think about impact and measurement in her roles running a growing nonprofit, heading a corporate community giving area and, now as a senior program officer for a leading family foundation.

2. SITE VISIT LAB – PLEASE PREPARE:

After an initial presentation and some Q & A it will be YOUR TURN. This is your chance to ask for money for your organization. (Not real money. Pretend money. But a real conversation).

INSTRUCTIONS: You will have 3 minutes to describe your social enterprise and an area need of funding/investment. Be ready to talk about your social enterprise’s mission, goals, intended impact and what you need money for & why the funding will matter to the work at hand. This can be an informal presentation; you don’t have to have slides or documents.  Most of this should be familiar at this point.

Christy will be doing some prepatory work to familiarize herself with each of your organizations, just as she would for any site visit.

I look forward to an interactive class and to giving you all the chance to experience what a site visit on behalf of your social enterprise might be like.

Gabrielle

Weekly Reports – A Primer

Hi Folks,

I imagine by now some of you are wondering “What is supposed to go in that weekly report again?” – probably because I wasn’t very specific last week.  Weekly Reports need to describe current objectives, intended activities, insights from the previous week and work to date, and anticipated goals for the following week.

For Week 2 specifically I’d like to see:

  • Completed project management summary that includes an updated/refined scope with some explanation of why the evolution has occurred (if the scope didn’t change no problem!)
  • I will be looking for (in particular) your understanding of the deliverables and what will be involved in being able to deliver the deliverables.

Future reports should include (minimally)

¨ The team’s next 3 steps and why are these the “right ones” now given the overall project

¨ Concerns, challenges or obstacles your team is facing

¨ Resources your team needs to complete your project

¨ Your recent agendas from your most recent client meeting and your most recent team meeting

Next Steps for Week 2

Thanks for a great first class and for your apt interrogations of clients during your breakout sessions!

NEXT STEPS FOR WEEK 2

By the end of Week 2 you should have

  • met with your clients on site. Be ready with an agenda that (minimally) includes: review of what you have been working on, any findings, key questions for input/brainstorming, next steps and assignments, expected deliverables by Week 3.
  • established a project timeline, a refined scope, and a fairly explicity understanding of the deliverables you are working towards. Please be sure to get your clients to sign off on these and be ready to give them to me when we next meet (October 9th).
  • established a standing weekly meeting with your client.
  • uploaded a weekly report for your team for me to review.

 

Updated project summaries, schedule for first class; & get a room!

Good morning class,

Updated project summaries are provided at the end of this email and will also be posted on the Canvas site. Some have been tweaked since they were originally posted to ensure the client can get the most value possible out of their work with us.

  • 5:30-6:30 – room will be open and refreshments will be available. This is a time to meet with you team, get to know each other’s background and experiences and begin to plan how you will work together
  • 6:30-7:30 – I’ll give an overview to the course and dive into recommendations for how to deliver a project successfully to your client – and for the class
  • 7:45-8:30 (roughly) – we will hear briefly from each client
  • 8:30-9:30 (roughtly) – teams will meet with clients in small groups; please be sure to reserve a room for your client meeting

Be sure to become familiar with your client and the industry/sector they work in so that you can move as quickly as possible to understanding the project, their needs and how to move forward on the work.

See you next week!

Client Overview Project Summary
Blue 1647 is an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center focused on education (through classes and workshops), workforce development (through internships), business acceleration, and economic development in technology and 21st century skills. Assess market demand, consider analogous services and develop pricing model options for the social enterprise arm of Blue 1647, a workforce development program that trains young people (16-24) to be a “Geek Squad” for the community.
Chicago Public Library encourages lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge. Develop a plan for establishing a robust small-business co-working space that supports small business owners and their mentors and investors.
Data Analysts for Social Good are a collective of social sector leaders that utilize data to help nonprofit and social organizations succeed. A strategic marketing plan that can be executed on in the next 18-24 months to enable Data Analysts for Social Good to deftly position itself in a dynamic and emerging field.
Free Spirit Media advances education and digital learning for youth through hands-on and project-based media production opportunities. Develop an analytic and work process flow (including a sales funnel tool) for Free Spirit Media’s nascent “Production for Hire” earned-revenue arm to increase sustainability and organizational impact.
IFF is a nonprofit lender and real estate consultant dedicated to strengthening nonprofits and the communities they serve. Analyze motivations of nonprofit developers for purchasing foreclosed vacant properties and create a dashboard and financial pro-formas that enable IFF to identify communities that could benefit.
Jail Education Solutions provides educational and informational content designed to motivate, enable, and inspire jail inmates. Assess opportunities for inmates to develop job skills and attain employment via a digital, tablet-based educational platform and make recommendations for implementing a program.
SloFIG is a network of angel investors focused on rebuilding a vibrant food system supporting Chicago. There are two phases to the project.  The fist phase focuses on identifying appropriate metrics to assess the success of both our debt and equity investments that take into consideration financial return and social impact.  The second phase focuses on fine-tuning our deal process to improve the efficacy and reduce turnaround time from screening through due diligence, negotiation and close.
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Preparing for the First Day of Class

Dear class,

Thanks for your responsiveness these past two weeks! We’ve got a group of incredibly talented people with really interesting and diverse experiences in our class this quarter. I’m looking forward to the next 10 weeks and our conversations. I’m particularly excited to see how we connect the readings and theories we explore through the formal syllabus in class with the “out in the world” work you’re about to engage in.

Irrespective of the specific project teams work with our class together will be about reflective practice, client management and team collaboration. We will be collectively brainstorming, analyzing social enterprise strategies, and honing our critique of what “social entrepreneurship” can and should mean.

The list of teams and members is available below. (Check the Canvas site if you need email addresses for your team members). I have tried to be as deliberate as possible to build strong teams and match them well with our clients. I encourage you to begin collaborating with your team members before the class begins.

I am working with clients to further refine the scope of the projects and I will share updated project summaries before the first class. In the meantime, here are some instructions for how to get ready for our first class together:

BEFORE OUR FIRST CLASS:

  1. Review your client’s website: You should at least be familiar with all the material posted on the website. Your time is limited with the client on the first day, so you should focus on their needs and the project rather than on background information that you can review and digest in advance. Jot down questions for your first meeting with the client on additional information that you would like.
  2. Research the industry; Take a few moments to research the organization in terms of the context of its industry in order to begin to identify who are the key competitors, important analogies and the relative uniqueness of their product or service.

DURING OUR FIRST CLASS:

  1. Meet Your Team: Please mark your calendar to come to class 1 hour early on September 25. Class will take place in Room G43, Donald Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Road. I’ll have some refreshments. You’ll have some time to meet your teammates, identify times when you can meet together each week and learn about interests and experiences as they pertain to your client’s project.
  1. Dress professionally: You do not have to wear business attire, but the usual student attire is not acceptable for the first meeting with the client. I want the first impression formed by the client that they are getting the best of what Kellogg is all about. Please help set a professional tone at the outset.

See you soon,

-Gabrielle

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CLASS TEAMS

Blue 1647 Ka Wai (Vincent) Cheung
Blue 1647 Matt Saragih
Blue 1647 Tommy Jackson
Blue 1647 Alice Ham
CPL Natalie Bookey-Baker
CPL Emily Basten
CPL John Pircon
CPL Jinglu Zhang
Data Analysts Visha Chadha
Data Analysts Youngjae Jeon
Data Analysts Tiffany Lung
Data Analysts Alyssa Schroeder
Free Spirit Javier Bernuy Giraudi Fuentes
Free Spirit Natalie Bilik
Free Spirit Ashley DeVecht
Free Spirit Elizabeth Santos
IFF Noah Bleicher
IFF Nicolas Izquierdo Chadwick
IFF Navjeet Sandhu
IFF Aubrey Schwoerer
JES Adam Brown
JES Yilei Huang
JES Namrata Kothari
JES Namrata Mujumdar
SloFIG Aaron Maat
SloFIG Mikhail Petrov
SloFIG Devi Raja

 

Project Summaries (as of 9/15/14)

Here are the client project summaries as of 9/15/14.

Client Overview Project Summary
Blue 1647 is an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center focused on education (through classes and workshops), workforce development (through internships), business acceleration, and economic development in technology and 21st century skills. Assess market demand, consider analogous services and develop pricing model options for the social enterprise arm of Blue 1647, a workforce development program that trains young people (16-24) to be a “Geek Squad” for the community.
Chicago Public Library encourages lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge. Develop a plan for establishing a robust small-business co-working space that supports small business owners and their mentors and investors.
Data Analysts for Social Good are a collective of social sector leaders that utilize data to help nonprofit and social organizations succeed. A strategic marketing plan that can be executed on in the next 18-24 months to enable Data Analysts for Social Good to deftly position itself in a dynamic and emerging field.
Free Spirit Media advances education and digital learning for youth through hands-on and project-based media production opportunities. Develop an analytic and work process flow (including a sales funnel tool) for Free Spirit Media’s nascent “Production for Hire” earned-revenue arm to increase sustainability and organizational impact.
IFF is a nonprofit lender and real estate consultant dedicated to strengthening nonprofits and the communities they serve. Analyze motivations of nonprofit developers for purchasing foreclosed vacant properties and create a dashboard and financial pro-formas that enable IFF to identify communities that could benefit.
Jail Education Solutions provides educational and informational content designed to motivate, enable, and inspire jail inmates. Assess opportunities for inmates to develop job skills and attain employment via a digital, tablet-based educational platform and make recommendations for implementing a program.
SloFIG is a network of angel investors focused on rebuilding a vibrant food system supporting Chicago. There are two phases to the project.  The fist phase focuses on identifying appropriate metrics to assess the success of both our debt and equity investments that take into consideration financial return and social impact.  The second phase focuses on fine-tuning our deal process to improve the efficacy and reduce turnaround time from screening through due diligence, negotiation and close.