Sustainable Business Models for Mission-Driven Enterprises
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Sustainable Business Models for Mission-Driven Enterprises

Franklin Street Policy Group and the the NYU/SPS Center for Global Affairs present an interactive session with social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and development practitioners. You might have the fix to end world hunger, but if you haven't figured out how to pay your bills, no one will ever hear about it. 

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June Policy Salon—Alliances: How Relationships May Shape (and Save!) the New World Order
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

June Policy Salon—Alliances: How Relationships May Shape (and Save!) the New World Order

Alliances (read: geopolitical relationships) first wrangled, then sustained global economic progress and relative stability after two devastating World Wars. The end of the Cold War ushered in a brave new world of threats, notably from non-state actors (Al-Qaeda, ISIS), technology (cyber, biochemical), and climate change. To address these challenges, cooperation among allies with shared values and goals is no less critical

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April Policy Salon—Food, Water, and Energy Security: Cross-Sector Opportunities and Solutions
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

April Policy Salon—Food, Water, and Energy Security: Cross-Sector Opportunities and Solutions

Behind the headlines of squabbling policymakers and contentious CEOs are deeply interconnected yet disaggregated threats. Though the sources and targets of these threats may seem disparate, the impact is global and requires a unified response with cohesive solutions from all the players at the table.

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February Policy Salon—Liberal World Order 2.0?
Feb
6
6:30 PM18:30

February Policy Salon—Liberal World Order 2.0?

The latter 20th century liberal world order that brought relative stability, enabled democracy’s spread, moved poor nations toward greater wealth, and precipitated technological progress has hit a rough patch. Is 2016 the year the bubble burst or are we at the cusp of an inevitable evolution to the next cycle? We’ll discuss whether we are indeed in crisis, what actions leaders should take to ensure continued progress toward shared prosperity and rights, and civil society’s role in shaping Liberal World Order 2.0.

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January Policy Salon—Politics and Public Trust: Why Institutions Still Matter
Jan
9
6:30 PM18:30

January Policy Salon—Politics and Public Trust: Why Institutions Still Matter

2017: Out with the old, in with the…? As we ponder how a new administration will shake things up at home, populist movements abroad promise substantial change. The Brexit vote, rejection of constitutional reform in Italy, rise of right-wing parties in Europe, and Sanders' and Trump's popularity are all indicators of a growing lack of faith in leaders, political systems, and government.

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Opportunities and Risks in the Century of Cities—Special Guest Col. Patrick J. Mahaney
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Opportunities and Risks in the Century of Cities—Special Guest Col. Patrick J. Mahaney

From China’s new Silk Road initiative that connects dozens of cities across three continents to urban behemoths like Lagos and Mumbai in the developing world, cities are more connected, concentrated, and influential than ever. Our special speaker, Col. Patrick J. Mahaney, will anchor our discussion with his expertise on megacities, the focus of his role as Senior Military Fellow of the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Group.

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October Policy Salon—Hitchhiker's Guide to “One Belt, One Road”
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

October Policy Salon—Hitchhiker's Guide to “One Belt, One Road”

All roads may lead to Guangzhou someday thanks to China’s ambitious land and maritime Silk Road redux that reaches as far as London and Djibouti. China's vast and complex connector initiative could trigger major shifts in the global balance of power with ripples across trade, enterprise, development, environment, and human security.

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Summer Bash—Changing the World One Drink Special At A Time
Aug
15
5:00 PM17:00

Summer Bash—Changing the World One Drink Special At A Time

So that our drinking actually does our bodies and our souls good, we’ve partnered with the NYC Veterans Alliance, a nonpartisan, grassroots coalition dedicated to connecting NYC veterans and organizations, advocating for improved policies that affect veterans and their families, informing the NYC veterans community and the public about policies and news affecting them, and empowering veterans to speak up and take action.

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Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: June Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

Topic: Frontier Market Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development in Fragile Communities

This month Selim Sazak, Ben Homer, and Miki Noguchi will lead a discussion on the role of frontier market entrepreneurship and private sector development in spurring economic activity in under-resourced and fragile communities. They will focus particularly on creating employment opportunities for refugees.

Our discussion this month will inform an op-ed that Selim, Ben, and Miki will be co-authoring on the topic as part of a larger initiative.

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May
2
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: May Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

The policy salon meets the First Monday of each month for an issue-driven discussion on the concerns of the day. The salon is an opportunity for participants to gain a multi-sector perspective, foster connections, and expand their knowledge.

Digital Inclusion in Fragile Communities from NYC to Cité Soleil

This month's discussion will follow our April 27th workshop on extending digital inclusion in fragile communities, from fully-resourced but under-accessed areas of urban and rural America to growing but struggling informal settlements in developing countries. We will discuss the ideas generated at the workshop and solicit new solutions for expanding digital capacity and access in these special needs environments.

Here are suggested readings to guide our discussion:

Failures of our Global Imagination
How technology is critical in fragile communities for accessing essential services, such as clean water, as well as information about health, employment, and educational resources.

Bridging a Digital Divide that Leaves Schoolchildren Behind
As more schoolwork requires students to use resources on the Internet, children whose families cannot afford access are being left behind in communities across the U.S. 

The Digital Inclusion of Women and Girls
Columbia alumnus Jason Riffe discusses how lack of access to relevant technologies restricts girls and women from professional development, a livable wage, and a strengthened community in Port-au-Prince’s Cité Soleil. 

Getting to Equal: How Digital is Helping Close the Gender Gap at Work
Accenture report on how digital access is a key enabler of women to achieve parity in the workplace

Additional articles will be posted on our Facebook page.

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Apr
27
12:30 PM12:30

Workshop on Digital Inclusion in Fragile Communities from NYC to Cité Soleil

Civic Hall
156 Fifth Ave.
2nd Floor

This workshop will focus on extending digital inclusion in fragile communities, from fully-resourced but under-accessed areas of urban and rural America to growing but struggling informal settlements in developing countries. Help us think through barriers and solutions to expanding digital capacity and access in these special needs environments.

Click here to join our community and receive invitations.

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Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: April Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

This month's topic:

The Impact of Domestic Politics on Foreign Policy

Suggested readings:

Are Domestic Politics Evil? 
The seemingly opposed but inherently linked face-off between domestic political pressures versus "National Interest" on a global stage.

Putin and Politics Are Behind Obama's Decision to Send Troops to Syria
When military moves seem too small to make a difference, there's usually another (political) reason for them.

The Big 5 and the Sad State of Foreign Policy in 2016
How the most recent leading candidates might "do" foreign policy if they ended up in the Big Seat.  

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Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

Social Enterprise Spotlight

Venue:
General Assembly NYC
GA New York City (East) 
902 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York NY 10010

Click here to RSVP.

This is a public event and a partnership with Serval Ventures

Social Enterprise Spotlight

We’ve all heard of the Warby Parker and Tom’s Shoes success stories of the “Doing Well by Doing Good” world, but what does the social enterprise model look like when it’s in its boot-strapping first years? How do social enterprises stay on mission when budget choices need to be made between measuring impact and keeping operations going? Could a social mission be the special sauce in a small enterprise’s success?

We'll examine these questions and dig into some real challenges with a featured panel of social entrepreneurs, who will share their lessons learned and startup stories. Participants will also have the opportunity to convene in small groups with the entrepreneurs to exchange one-on-one perspectives and gain from a whole-group knowledge exchange.

Featured social entrepreneurs

Jenn Shaw is the COO and Cofounder of ConBody, a fitness studio that offers prison-style bootcamps and encourages community members to push themselves in ways they cannot imagine – both physically and emotionally. ConBody is a re-entry program in gym clothing that employs formerly incarcerated individuals who are reintegrating into the community. Jenn is also Founder of BellaMinds, which creates educational programs that empower women to learn, create, and lead with technology.
 
Manal Kahi is the CEO and Cofounder of Eat Offbeat, which delivers authentic and home-style ethnic meals that are conceived, prepared, and delivered by refugees resettled in NYC. Eat Offbeat introduces adventurous eaters to new “off-the-beaten path” cuisines through ready-to-heat artisan meals, delivered to their door. By ordering from Eat Offbeat, customers help to create opportunities for talented refugees resettled in the NY area and contribute to making them feel valued and welcome. Manal holds an MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
 
Cuthbert Ayo Onikute is the CEO and Founder of Dechets a l'Or, or Garbage to Gold, which addresses social and economic issues in secondary cities of West Africa. Dechets a l'Or takes an innovative approach to waste management that generates revenue for communities, improves cities’ environmental footprint, and promotes public health by reducing pathogens that cause disease. Ayo completed a MSc in Urban Planning with a focus on International Development and Planning at Columbia University. He has worked on urban development challenges in Guinea, India, and NYC.
 
Georges Clement is the Cofounder of JustFix, an application that allows residents in exploitative and neglectful housing situations to better track, organize, and take action in order to ensure that their fundamental rights as tenants are being met. Georges is also the Cofounder of UniFi Scholars, a non-profit provider of financial education for low-income high school students focused on helping them articulate their projected return on investment of college. 

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Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: March Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

The policy salon meets the First Monday of each month for a rigorous, issue-driven discussion on the concerns of the day. The salon is an opportunity for participants to gain a multi-sector perspective, foster connections, and expand their knowledge.

This month's topic:

Dickens to Davos: The Fourth Industrial Revolution – What It Means and How Business and Policy Leaders Can Respond 

Suggested reading and viewing:

You bring the ideas, we'll make sure there's good food and great company!

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Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: February Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

This month's salon will be led by member Debi Spindelman, who is considering the issue for future PhD work. This will be her first public exploration of the topic.

Topic: Why the Richard Bransons, Ben Bernankes, and Bill Brattons of the world should care about stunting (a.k.a. chronic, early-life malnutrition)

Combating stunting (a.k.a. chronic, early-life malnutrition) is thought to be primarily a humanitarian concern – “no child should starve” is presumably a platform that both Bernie and Ted could get behind. Beyond the morality of the issue, however, stunting’s negative effects on cognitive development touch multiple points across society – e.g., a capable, productive labor force is necessary for a thriving business and economic environment, and anecdotal evidence suggests that these children may be more susceptible later in life to enrollment in the criminal activity that everyone from defense secretaries to beat cops expend so much blood, treasure, and energy to counter. The long-term threat posed by stunting is not only an issue for development practitioners in poor countries, but also for policy makers in fast-developing economies like India, law enforcement in conflict-impacted areas of the U.S., and business leaders from Wall Street to Delhi.

Here are some suggested readings to guide our discussion. We recommend reading these in the order listed below.

  1. How Poverty Stunts Kids' Brain Development
    Poverty is not just a social issue; it is a biomedical problem that negatively affects children’s brain/cognitive development and their ability to lead a productive life.
     
  2. America's Real Criminal Element: Lead
    Extremely well-researched, easy to read article that links cognitive impairment and security, which is critical to our discussion of the impact of stunting on the economic and security environment. New research finds that lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic.
     
  3. A Booming Economy Doesn't Save Children From Malnutrition
    A flush economy does not ensure against malnourished children if policy makers only invest in high-return business sectors and not in their human capital. 
     
  4. Jobs and Jail Might Not Keep Young Men Out of Crime, But How About Therapy? 
    Investing in cognitive behavior therapy may be a crucial tool to mitigate the effects of childhood and adolescent trauma. Training young men on how to control anger and impulses has had success from Liberia to Chicago.

Additional articles will be posted on our Facebook page.

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Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Launch Party & Shinnenkai with Franklin Street Policy Group

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Official Launch Party & Shinnenkai

We're excited to formally launch Franklin Street Policy Group nearly a year after we first had the idea to bring together people working in and across the security, business, and development sectors and put their collective energy and expertise to address global challenges. 

A shinnenkai (sheen-nen-ka-ee) is a Japanese celebration of the New Year with friends or colleagues, with plenty of promises of collaborative work and rounds of drinks for the year ahead. Since ideas exchanged over good food, wine, and spirits is a basic premise of our business model, we thought this was the perfect way to kick off 2016.

Kampai!

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Jan
4
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: January Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

Topic: Sub-Saharan Africa – Past Successes and Potential for 2016 with the Solar Energy Revolution, Tech-Enabled Development, and Sustainable Tourism

Suggested readings:

1) Africa's Quiet Solar Revolution
A new generation of startups is bringing sun power to rural Africa and transcending the fossil fuel era.

2) Leapfrogging Infrastructure Development in Africa? 
How digital innovation enables African industries to leapfrog formal infrastructure investment.

3) Oil Exploration Threatens Africa's Billion Dollar World Heritage Site
Africa's oldest national park could be worth US$1.1 Billion per year if developed sustainably rather than being given over to potentially damaging oil extraction. 

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Dec
7
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: December Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

Topic: Lessons for Syria – What We Can (and Can't) Learn From the Balkans

Featuring special member host Dana Watters

Suggested readings:

1) Syria Isn't Bosnia. And, No, the Problem Isn't "Ancient Hatreds." The "ancient hatreds" thesis is a myth -- especially in Syria, where peace has been more prevalent historically. 

2) What Ends a War: The Limits of Bosnia-Syria Parallels. Explains why Bosnia is not a good model for Syria as the same conditions cannot be met. 

3) Models for Possible Syria Intervention. Useful historical perspective that discusses recent examples of Western military intervention.

Additional readings will be posted on our Facebook page.

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Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Franklin Street Policy Group's Inaugural Policy Scrum

Topic:  Demise of the Modern Nation State – Implications for Global Security, Economy, & Governments

Featuring Scott Smith, U.S. Institute of Peace

When:    Friday, Nov. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
What:     Franklin Street Policy Group's Inaugural Policy Scrum
Wallet:   $20, includes light refreshments, workshop materials, enlightenment

RSVP and get your ticket here

Over the course of this evening workshop, we will scrum to problem-solve the challenge, drawing from our diverse sector expertise to expose creative and nuanced solutions. After a brief presentation on the background, we’ll have a short time to ask clarifying questions before tucking into a 45-minute scrum session. 

Bring your most practical and impractical ideas, the most useful inspiration may come from left of left field. 

The goal is for all of us to leave the experience with a new understanding of the issue, a new idea, and/or new connection and to present Scott with actionable, integrated insights that may usefully disrupt his thinking.

We’re excited to note we’ll be working from Scott’s in-progress, as yet unpublished essay, a fascinating intellectual obstacle course of a read in itself.

About Scott S. Smith
We like to describe Scott as one part Professor Jones (minus the whip and the fedora) plus a dash of Ernest Hemingway (minus the alcoholism and misogyny) plus a heaping spoonful of Afghanistan, but he’s got a real job too. Scott is Director of Afghanistan and Central Asia programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) as well as a SIPA alum and adjunct faculty. Prior to joining USIP, Scott spent 13 years at the United Nations, focusing primarily on Afghanistan and democratization issues. He holds a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, SIPA. Click here for Scott’s full biography.

Pre-readings for the scrum will be shared with registered attendees.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

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Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

Special Event: Columbia University SIPA Alumni Workshop

Topic: Security, Development, and Private Sector Engagement, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Please RSVP here to join us.  Light refreshments will be served. 

The Franklin Street Policy Groupcofounded by Miki S. Noguchi (MDP ‘14) and Carol Marie Tuite (ISP ‘14), invites you to an alumni-only workshop to get creative about actionable ways that SIPA alumni currently working or have strong interest in the global security, business, and development sectors can connect, engage, and partner with one another to advance concrete collaboration

Our goal is to identify ways alumni can build connections across the sectors, refresh and enhance their expertise, and identify opportunities for partnerships and mutual benefit.

We want to generate and solicit ideas and feedback from the group about your needsresources, and interests in terms of building a cohesive NYC-based community.

Special thanks to the SIPA Management Specialization for their cosponsorship of this event.

Please share this with other SIPA alum who might be interested.

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Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: November Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

Topic: Technology, Terrorism, and Territoriality

How does technology enable transnational crime syndicates and terrorist groups? How can governments respond? What is the responsibility of media companies and role of corporations in addressing this complex intersection?

Suggested readings:

1) Why Containment Won’t Work Against Putin’s Russia

2) How ISIS Games Twitter

3) Why the Islamic State Leaves Tech Companies Torn Between Free Speech and Security

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Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: October Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

Topic: Brain Drain or Brain Gain? The Economic Development Cost of a 'Lost Generation' and the Impact on Destination Countries

Suggested readings:

1) Hope: The Greatest Weapon Against the Dogs of War in Syria
Addresses missed education years and fleeing populations of skilled workers/professionals
 
2) Brain Drain and Fragile States 
Includes practical policy options and discussion of Brain Drain vs. Brain Gain
 
3) Reverse Brain Drain: Economic Shifts Lure Migrants Home
Discusses human capital flows from developed to developing markets

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Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

First Mondays: September Policy Salon

Venue information is shared only with invited attendees. Click here to request an invitation, join our community, or update your profile.

Topic: Migration & Human Development

In light of the current refugee crisis, will economic strain and domestic politics encourage European states to make decisions that undermine development and security interests for the greater region?

Suggested readings:

1) The Refugee Crisis and Europe’s Defining Moment

2) Article & Photo Essay: The Global Refugee Crisis, Region by Region

3) Article & Photo Essay: Exodus: Family’s Path to Security Lined with Peril and Doubt

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