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New Taylor Provocation Paper Available

Announcing the newest Taylor Provocation paper: A Theory of Change-Making: An Ecosystem Approach Dear educators, administrators, students, and community members interested in changemaking on your nearest campus, read our newest “Taylor provocations” paper. The team of authors are: Maille Faughnan,…

Taylor Center Announces Design Thinking Conference for Summer 2020

What does a world of many centers look like? How might we get there? The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (Taylor) at Tulane University  together with the The Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group of the Design…

Taylor Hosts Xavier University Design Thinking Retreat

On Saturday, January 25 , Taylor’s Warehouse District location was buzzing with activity: “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys was blaring in the background and students belted out the lyrics, fully immersed in their design work. Most…

Apply to the 2020 International Social Innovation Research Conference

Researchers can now apply to present at the twelfth annual International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC). Heralded as “the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference,” ISIRC 2020 will be held on September 1-3, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Jay Friedlander,…

Introducing 2020 Mentors for the Taylor Center’s Social Venture Accelerator

The Taylor team is proud to introduce an incredible group of mentors for the 2020 Changemaker Institute cohort. These mentors commit their time and expertise to support our budding social entrepreneurs develop and hone their ideas for social change. Mentors…

Taylor Hosts Design Thinking and Dance Retreat

Taylor Center staff and colleagues participated in a design thinking capacity-building retreat on December 9, 2019 at Taylor’s Warehouse District location. The aim of this active and experimental workshop was to build design thinking abilities by introducing participants to several…

Social Innovation Conversation October 2019

On October 21, 2019, three recipients of the Taylor Changemaker Catalyst Award gathered in the Taylor Center classroom to share findings, insights about research methodology, and musings about how social innovation and change-making influences their scholarly work. Tulane School of…

Taylor Research Team Presents in Glasgow

What happens when philosophers, social scientists, designers, and social entrepreneurs start talking? New ideas for change, I hope. In early September 2019, I traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to attend the 11th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), the “world’s leading…

Taylor offers free material for teaching students about social impact careers

By: Barri Bronston The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University has developed an online library with materials such as instructor guides, videos, worksheets and other resources to assist educators in helping university students…

Stephanie Barksdale Honored as 2019 Social Entrepreneur

Tulane University honored skin care innovators Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields with its Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year Award and social entrepreneurs Stephanie and David Barksdale (TC ’00) with its Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs of the Year Award at…

Changemakers Share their Social Ventures at Taylor Student Showcase

Photo by Gigsy. By Dustin Robertson. How can Tulane students create social impact through social ventures? Alaa Mohammad, a biostatician and epidemiologist, walks up to a microphone, raises her eyes and asks the crowd to imagine a world free of…

Design Thinking in Action: From the Classroom to Duncan Plaza

Photo Courtesy: Cordula Roser Gray. By: Alexandra Greengrass. “I always have seen the relationship between architecture and design thinking as an intricately connected one…”, said SE Professor Cordula Roser Gray. Roser Gray says the elements of design thinking are very…

To Serve Those Who Have Never Been Served

Photo: Gigsy. By Alexandra Greengrass. Michael Sorrell is currently president of Paul Quinn College, a historically black, christian university in Dallas, Texas, and has been for the past eleven years. On January 23, Sorrell visited Tulane as the NewDay and…

Social Innovation Attracts Interdisciplinary Work

By Abigail Bean and Alexandra Greengrass. Christopher Oliver, PhD, never expected to work with an academic center focused on social innovation. “I  was a little taken aback because when I heard the term ‘social innovation,’ I thought of business schools……

Fresh Food for New Orleanians, by design: The Liberty’s Kitchen + Top Box Foods Design Krewe

Photo: Anjali Prasertong Video: Jennifer Scarnato Miller Check out this video to learn more about a  collaboration. The Design Krewe was a project with Liberty’s Kitchen (LK) and Top Box Foods (TBF), where Taylor trained selected graduates of the Liberty…

Michael Sorrell

NEWDAY DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is the longest-serving President in the 146-year history of Paul Quinn College. During his 11 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become something unique - a small, private minority-serving institution that by…

Katie Orenstein

NEWDAY DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: Katie Orenstein, founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and mythology – that is, what we think is fact or fiction and how that shapes our ideas…

From Taylor to the field

Tom Karrel, the 2017 design thinking graduate assistant spent sometime in Uganda, working for the Uganda Village Project. During his time there, he began translating his experiences with design thinking at the Taylor center to international health and development work…

Tulane Takes on the Big Apple: AIA Conference on Architecture Alumni Reception Recap

  In June, Tulane School of Architecture alumni, faculty and friends gathered for the annual alumni reception during the AIA Conference on Architecture, held this year in New York City. Below are excerpts of my remarks from the event. We…

Changemaker Catalyst recipient helps provide a safe space for LGBTQ youth

By Mary Johns. Through an innovative use of the Tulane School of Architecture’s graduate research fellowship, Professor of Practice Andrew Liles and graduate architecture student Lucy Satzewich employed a design approach to help local LGBTQ youth organization BreakOUT! create a…

Tulane students present ideas for changing campus culture on sexual misconduct

Photo: Sally Asher Approximately 50 Tulane students enrolled in new course, Project IX: Student Design to End Sexual Assault, presented their ideas for shifting campus culture around sexual misconduct to the Tulane community at an event May 2. Creative, bold…

Climate change specialist speaks to students on challenges and opportunities in the field

Juan Carlos Monterrey-Gómez never intended to be negotiating climate change policy at the United Nations barely a year after graduation. After earning a degree in economics and international development from Tulane University in 2014, the Panama native landed a job in…

Budding entrepreneurs unveil social ventures at Taylor Student Showcase

After six months of intense research and development, five Tulane student-led social ventures revealed business proposals at the Taylor Student Showcase held April 11. The ventures, from a mental health tech company to a scholarship readiness program, are the first…

Architecture dean leaves legacy of social change

Photo: Sally Asher. By: Faith Dawson. When Kenneth Schwartz arrived at Tulane University in 2008, the School of Architecture was re-energizing after Hurricane Katrina and showing “a lot of momentum, and a lot of positive energy and goodwill in the community.” The time was…

Bedsheet Project provokes sexual violence dialogue

The Tulane Hullabaloo covered a Project IX student led initiative, the Bedsheet Project, which aims to initiate discussions about sexual assault.  By Fiona Grathwohl. Next week, students from every sphere of Tulane will be invited to participate in the Bedsheet Project,…

Social Innovation Internships in Boston: Semester in the City

Semester in the City is a social impact internship program in Boston that provides equitable access for students to build skills in the social sector (see this short video to learn more) while earning academic credit. Participating students join us as…

School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety

Photo: ThinkStock. By: Keith Brannon. Participating in yoga and mindfulness activities at school helps third-graders exhibiting anxiety improve their well-being and emotional health, according to a new Tulane University study published in the journal Psychology Research and Behavior Management. “Our initial work found that many kids expressed…

Students address sexual misconduct on campus through Taylor course

Photo: Paula Burch-Celentano. By: Mary Cross. When the results of the climate survey on sexual misconduct were released at a town hall meeting on the uptown campus in January 2018, hundreds of students attended the event, with many speaking up…

Built for each other: Taylor and PlayBuild NOLA

Photo: PlayBuild NOLA/Facebook Running a nonprofit is not for the faint of heart. Constantly faced with a lack of time, money and resources, immediate needs compete with long-term planning and strategy for attention. Angela Kyle, founder of local nonprofit PlayBuild…

Marianne Desmarais Appointed a 2018 Taylor Faculty Fellow

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Marianne Desmarais as a 2018 Taylor Faculty Fellow. Marianne Desmarais, R.A., is a Professor of Practice in the School of Architecture and maintains a practice…

Meet Taylor’s New SE Professor

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Cordula Roser Gray as the Beers Professorship II in Social Entrepreneurship and Cole Fellow starting January 1, 2018. Cordula Roser Gray is a Professor of…

Taylor appoints new cohort of Taylor Faculty Fellows

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Mallory Monaco Caterine, Dee Fuchs, Vivian Norris, and Dauphne Sloan as 2018 Taylor Faculty Fellows. In 2013, Mallory Monaco Caterine joined the Department of Classical…

Tulane researchers analyze design thinking in global health

Photo: Paula Burch-Celentano. By: Mary Johns. When a GE designer learned pediatric patients were often frightened by MRI scans, he transformed the experience into an adventure. With a touch of imagination, paint and special effects, the machines morphed into submarines…

SE Professor and a copyright maverick

Photo courtesy of J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images SE professor, Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, has been working with her Tulane law class on copyright infringement cases. Read the article below to learn more about her work appearing in the music industry. The…

Tulane prepares students to become agents of social change

Photo: Ryan Rivet. By: Mary Cross. The Changemaker Institute (CI), housed at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, is creating a more streamlined experience for students by offering two new paths: the Changemaker Institute, which helps students focus…

Taylor partner Aaron Frumin recognized in Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40” list

Gambit Weekly’s annual “40 Under 40” list honors local innovative professionals under the age of 40. Taylor Community Innovator Circle partner Aaron Frumin of unCommon Construction was honored in the local publication’s 2017 list. Frumin is founder and executive director…

Theaster Gates

NEWDAY DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: Theaster Gates (b. 1973, Chicago, USA) lives and works in Chicago. Gates creates work that focuses on space theory and land development, sculpture and performance. Drawing on his interest and training in urban planning and preservation,…

Changemaker Institute update: Top Box Foods launches Healthy Corner Store Collaborative

Healthy Corner Store Collaborative grand opening event on Sept. 15, 2017. Photo courtesy Top Box Foods – New Orleans. Top Box Foods – New Orleans is co-coordinating a pilot project to increase access to healthy, affordable groceries in food insecure…

Kimberlé Crenshaw lectures on intersectional approach to problem-solving

Kimberlé Crenshaw is a proponent of difficult conversations. The UCLA School of Law professor and leading critical race theorist visited Tulane on Monday, September 24, bringing her message of dialogue, societal introspection, and social justice. Walking out to a standing…

SE Professor update: Stumbling on social innovations in Europe

Social Entrepreneurship (SE) Professor Vicki Mayer is in the Netherlands on sabbatical. An update from her time abroad, originally posted on ViaNolaVie.com, is below. Photo by Kattiel, Wikimedia Commons, 2011. Social innovations are sometimes literally underfoot. I came to the…

Changemaker Institute Graduate Anoop Jain visits Changemaker RLC

“There’s a lot of value in understanding how we go about creating change… I think it’s really important to remember that change can be something that is as little as moving a grain of sand.” Changemaker Institute alum, Anoop Jain…

Coffee and creativity fuel introductory design thinking workshop

Living with water, and often flooding, is a fact of life for Louisiana residents. With the destruction from three major hurricanes fresh in the headlines, staff, students and community members came together to learn design thinking principles while rethinking the…

Tulane graduate student to speak on entrepreneurship in Pakistan

Photo by Ryan Rivet.  Tulane graduate student and 2015 Alvarez Spark Award recipient Sydney Gray travels to Pakistan this week for the U.S. Embassy to Pakistan’s Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Gray is one of five individuals selected for the recently launched…

A Call to Men: The Next Generation of Manhood

Communications and Marketing Fellow Josh Axelrod traveled to A Call to Men Conference in September 2017 to deconstruct toxic masculinity and study the parallels between changemaking and social justice. Josh is majoring in English and Political Economy. Toxic masculinity is…

All School Meeting Reflections

Photo: Dean Schwartz speaks at the Fall 2017 All School Meeting. Each semester, we mark the beginning of a new term with an All School Meeting. This tradition brings our community together and sets the tone for the coming weeks.…

PlayBuild and unCommon Construction Join Community Innovator Circle

Taylor Center welcomes two new organizations to Community Innovators’ Circle The Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University is proud to announce PlayBuild and unCommon Construction (uCC) as new members of the Community Innovators’ Circle…

SISE class uses design thinking to help local organizations

Empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test. Five words to live by for students in Professor Allison Schiller’s Design Thinking for Collective Impact class. A core in the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship minor, SISE 3010 introduces participants to the design thinking…

Social Entrepreneurship Professor launches website to elevate community voices

Two years ago, Dr. Vicki Mayer hatched a plan to create a user-focused online platform that documents and preserves New Orleans culture. This week, with the official launch of ViaNolaVie.com, that dream becomes a reality. ViaNolaVie.com is a fusion of…

Justin Massa, Portfolio Director at IDEO

Justin Massa is an innovator and entrepreneur with expertise in food, big data, housing, open gov data, and civil rights. His work centers on connecting industries, companies, and governments, which have historically lagged behind with the technologies and data they…

SE Professor studies effects of lead on mockingbirds

Photo: Paula Burch-Celentano By: Barri Bronston Note: Jordan Karubian is a Taylor Center Social Entrepreneurship Professor.  Could mockingbirds, known for mimicking the sounds of other birds, also be mirroring the effects of lead exposure in humans? Tulane University researchers have received…

SE Professor leads students in pilot study abroad program

Photo: Students in Tulane’s Teacher Preparation and Certification Program explore Italy during the program’s first study abroad experience held in June. (Photos from TPCP) By: New Wave staff. Original article here. Note: Shannon Blady is a Taylor Center Social Entrepreneurship Professor.  In…

Internship opportunities with Liberty’s Kitchen

About Us Liberty’s Kitchen provides pathways for New Orleans youth to create and achieve their vision of success through workforce training, leadership development, and support of healthy lifestyles. Our vision is a community where every young person has a chance…

Internship Opportunities with NetWork Volunteers

About Us NetWork Volunteers  is local non-profit that helps connect volunteers with New Orleans. An internship with NetWork Volunteer allows for interns to gain hands-on non-profit, start-up, leadership and creative opportunities for professional development. Volunteer Coordination Intern:  (1 position) Intern will…

FAST 48 VIII scheduled for November 10-12, open for registration

FAST 48 is an immersive boot camp to cultivate mindsets and practical skills in human-centered design (HCD). It’s designed for graduate students, scholars, and professionals— scientists, artists, teachers, health promoters, business owners, non-profit directors, administrators. We welcome a diverse group…

Internship opportunities with Bricolage Academy

Bricolage Academy works to advance equity in New Orleans public schools and believes innovation is central to education. Innovation, or creative problem solving, is embedded throughout their curriculum. Teachers and staff practice innovation, rapid iteration and a ‘design thinking’ process in everything they…

SE Professor launches website to preserve vibrancy of local culture

Photo: Paula Burch-Celentano. By: Mary Cross. Note: Vicki Mayer is a Taylor Center Social Entrepreneurship Professor.  Whether filming the march of Mardi Gras Indians or recounting the history of Mimi’s in the Marigny, Tulane students have created articles, podcasts, photography, essays…

Aron Chang selected as 2017 Visiting Scholar

Aron Chang is visiting Taylor for a 12-month term beginning July 1. During his time with Taylor, Aron will engage with Taylor faculty, fellows, students, and staff through existing Taylor programming. Building upon his conversation with SE Professor, Dr. Thomas…

AbleThrive Internship Position: Content Creator

  AbleThrive.com is a one-stop platform featuring articles, videos and resources to maximize quality of life with a disability curated from organizations, hospitals, bloggers and companies around the world. Content Creator Position Description Purpose of the Position A content creator,…

Taylor Named Recipient of Ashoka U Collaboration Fund.

The Network Advisory Committee (NAC) and Ashoka U announced Taylor as one of the three recipients of the “Ashoka U Collaboration Fund”, a grant for Changemaker Campuses to collaborate on an initiative, program, or research project that advances campus-wide changemaking…

How Might We Weather the Storm Season?

A Team-based Introductory Design Workshop Last Friday, about 18 participants came from Tulane and local community to join our final “Design Thinking and Donuts” of the year for a Team Challenge to Plan for Hurricane Season. Participants came from local…

ReFOCUS Summer Internships

ReFOCUS is a nonprofit based in New Orleans that implements Photovoice projects.   The Photovoice methodology provides cameras to marginalized groups of people with the goal of showing issues, policies, and life from their own point of view. ReFOCUS is in…

TAYLOR is Moving

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is excited to announce our new partnership with Howard Tilton Memorial Library. This upcoming fall, the Taylor space will move from Flower Hall to the fourth floor of the…

Taylor Student Showcase Celebrates Changemaker Institute Alumni & Awards Students Over $50,000

An equipment-share lending library for STEM classroom supplies that provides teachers with resources to safely and effectively implement hands-on learning. An accessible, comprehensive, unbiased and free voter’s guide covering all local New Orleans elections A game product that promotes education…

PROGRESSIVE PHILANTHROPY: Impact Investing

In the spirit of spreading the ideas of philanthropy and changemaking, Director of the Taylor Center, Kenneth Schwartz shares a letter titled, “Unleashing the power of endowments: Philanthropy’s Next Great Challenge” from Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. For…

A Glimpse into the Lab, “TAYLOR Your Life”

“I have been to tons of career service workshops/seminars over the course of my years at Tulane, but none were as personal or ‘taylor-ed’ to my specific areas of interest and my non-professional life goals as TYL. The program helped…

LAURA ROSANNE ADDERLEY APPOINTED TAYLOR FACULTY FELLOW

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Laura Rosanne Adderley as a Taylor Faculty Fellow beginning February 20, 2017. Laura Rosanne Adderley is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Tulane…

Taylor Senior Fellow Teaches Students to Explore the Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is at most people’s fingertips everyday. But we may not understand its implications and complexities. “When you speak to Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa to retrieve info, or use Facebook, you’re actually engaging with artificial intelligence,” said Shawn Rickenbacker,…

How Might You Redesign the Parade Experience?

On February 24th, students, community members, and faculty gathered at the Taylor Center to tackle a challenge for a special edition of Taylor’s human-centered public crash course, Design Thinking and Donuts: Mardi Gras. During this two hour, hands on session,…

Dorothy Stoneman, Founder of YouthBuild USA

Dorothy Stoneman is the founder and former CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc. a program that helps low-income unemployed 16 to 24 year olds work toward their high school diploma or its equivalent while building affordable housing for homeless and low-income…

Global Livingston Institute Internships Available in East Africa

Travel and Internships with GLI The GLI is excited to connect students with their academic and professional interests throughout East Africa. Part of the listen, think, act framework requires that students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the complexity…

Taylor Senior Fellow Looks to N.O. for Inspiration

Documentary artist and community media pioneer jesikah maria ross, who uses all lowercase, is visiting Tulane University this month, and again in April, as a Taylor Center Senior Fellow. Her February visit includes leading a Changemaker Institute workshop, class presentations,…

JEANNE FIRTH SELECTED AS 2017 VISITING SCHOLAR

Jeanne Firth is visiting from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she holds a LSE Studentship. Jeanne is a PhD Research Student in Human Geography and the Environment and is part of…

Applications Open for Taylor Student Fellowships for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Taylor is seeking a diverse team of responsible, open-minded, motivated, and dynamic “changemaking” Student Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants should be excited about supporting their peers and enhancing changemaker action and engagement on campus and in the community. Student…

New Internship with Flux: Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation

About Flux Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation: Flux Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (Flux) is a consultancy based in New Orleans, USA, which provides social programs with the ability to make data-driven decisions about their evolution and impact. Flux works with both…

Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design

On January 10, 2017, the Tulane City Center was re-dedicated as the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design. The Center was founded in 2005 and has completed over 85 projects with countless students, faculty, and community partners in…

SARU MATAMBANADZO APPOINTED RATNER FAMILY AND NEWDAY II PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Saru M. Matambanadzo as the Ratner Family and New Day II Professor of Social Entrepreneurship beginning January 1, 2017. Saru M. Matambanadzo, Ph.D., joined the…

SE Professor Thomas Sherry and Lousiana Bird Life

For Sherry, acting chair of Tulane’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the connection between Louisiana’s varied bird life and its abundant water features is clear. “Besides Louisiana with all its wetlands supporting some of the biggest and most diverse…

Top 5 Finalist Teams Selected

Tulane announces five finalists for $1 million Dead Zone Challenge By Roger Dunaway (roger@tulane.edu) The National Advisory Committee for the Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge has selected five finalists for its $1 million cash prize, which will be awarded to the…

Jesikah Maria Ross Appointed 2016-2017 Taylor Senior Fellow

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce community media pioneer Jesikah Maria Ross as a 2016 – 2017 Taylor Senior Fellow. Ross will visit Taylor throughout the academic year to give lectures,…

Exploring the Problem Solving Methods for Social Innovators

Taylor Research Fellow, Joshua Schoop, has been working on developing an Innovation Toolkit for government and as a lead investigator exploring the potential for behavioral economics as an innovation in family planning. This post is drawn from these experiences and…

Changemakers in NOLA Education

Professor in Social Entrepreneurship, Shannon Blady, has spent the fall semester introducing first year students to socially innovative initiatives currently shaping the landscape of education in New Orleans. The course provides opportunities to explore many avenues of work with K-12 students and…

Living and Learning as Changemakers in New Orleans

This fall, in partnership with the Taylor Center, Tulane Housing and Residence Life launched the Changemaker Residential Living Community (RLC) at Paterson House, a living learning community for students interested in making positive social change. In addition to co-curricular programming,…

T. Morgan Dixon, Co-founder of GirlTrek

NEWDAY DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: T. Morgan Dixon is the Co-Founder of GirlTrek, a groundbreaking three-year-old national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C that inspires and supports African American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives – simply by walking. Through…

Problem solving through design

A team of Tulane University students is collaborating with the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking to bring hands-on, creative problem-solving opportunities to campus. The group launched Design for America (DFA) Tulane, an interdisciplinary team of students,…

SHAWN RICKENBACKER APPOINTED 2016-2017 TAYLOR SENIOR FELLOW

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Shawn Rickenbacker as a Taylor Senior Fellow for 2016-2017. Rickenbacker is an architect and creative technologist whose work focuses on the convergence of digital and…

TAYLOR Your Life: Changemaking Career Development Program Launches at Taylor

“Everything that makes our daily living easier, more productive, more enjoyable, and more pleasurable was created because of a problem, and because some designer or team of designers somewhere out there in the world sought to solve that problem…Designers imagine…

Reawakening Human Potential: The Refugee Opportunity and The Hult Prize Challenge

  Taylor Research Fellow, Josh Schoop, has been integrating his research on the refugee crisis with his work with the Hult Prize Foundation. Read about his experience below.  During the past four months I have had the chance to work…

SPREADING HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN TO RURAL KENYA: WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

Read about Maille Faughnan‘s experience as an HCD facilitator in Kenya. “Today, we are all human-centered designers,’ one participant proclaimed at the end of an all-day workshop. Others around him nodded; some cheered. The mood in the room was giddy…

PlayBuild Named Winner in KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center For Social Innovation and Design Thinking  is proud to announce that our community partner Playbuild was selected as a winner in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award innovative ideas to…

Taylor Welcomes 8 New Student Fellows

Taylor is excited to introduce and welcome our eight new student fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year Taylor Student Fellows work closely with the Taylor faculty and staff to engage Tulane students in academic and co-curricular activities in social innovation,…

The Times-Picayune Loving Cup goes to Phyllis Taylor

On August 25th, Phyllis M. Taylor received the 2015 Times-Picayune Loving Cup for her dedication to the New Orleans community. The Loving Cup was established for the unsung heroes who make our community a better place and Mrs. Taylor becomes the 113th…

Leah Berger Jensen Appointed Director of the Tulane University Nitrogen Reduction Challenge

Kenneth Schwartz, Director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce the appointment of Leah Berger Jensen as Director of the Tulane University Nitrogen Reduction Challenge as of July 1, 2016. Jensen…

SAMANTHA FLEURINOR APPOINTED PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE TAYLOR CENTER

As the Program Coordinator for the Taylor Center, Fleurinor manages Taylor’s marketing communication, oversees the student funding award process, advises student organizations, and supports Taylor programming. Previously, Fleurinor worked in housing for four years in various roles, including Resident Advisor…

Tulane University, Taylor Center awarded $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award

Tulane University has been named the inaugural recipient of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award. The award recognizes Tulane for achievement in finding powerful solutions to local, regional, national and global challenges through the university’s…

Changemaker Institute Alumna’s Venture Releases Impact Report

Haley Burns (Tulane, ’15), a Changemaker Institute alumna, took her venture, Fund 17, full time after graduation. Fund 17 creates livelihoods by empowering community entrepreneurs via training and resources to underserved entrepreneurs in New Orleans. Click here for the full…

PlayBuild Selected as Finalist for $1 Million ‘Play Everywhere Challenge’

Taylor Partner PlayBuild is an NGO focused on transforming under-utilized urban spaces into exciting kid-friendly environments for play and learning. Full press release below. From the Playground to the Neutral Ground Together, We Can Bring Play Everywhere The state of play is about…

Taylor Student Showcase Features Budding Social Entrepreneurs

An intentional living community where homeless youth in New Orleans have a safe place to live, learn and work. A community gardening project that aims to alleviate the mental health burden and malnutrition of shelter populations. A smartphone photography program…

Director Ken Schwartz Speaks about Taylor on WWNO

What Is The Phyllis M. Taylor Center For Social Innovation And Design Thinking? On “Notes from New Orleans” on WWNO, Director Kenneth Schwartz spoke with Sharon Litwin to answer the questions, “What is Social Innovation” and “What is the Taylor…

Dr. Laura Murphy Appointed Associate Director of Design Thinking for Social Impact

Professor Murphy has spent the past five years as one of the inaugural endowed, “Social Entrepreneurship Professors”, developing the original design thinking and social innovation initiatives including the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) Design Thinking course which launched as…

Jordan Kassalow, Co-chairman and Founder of VisionSpring

Dr. Jordan Kassalow is co-chairman and founder of VisionSpring, an organization providing radically affordable, durable, attractive glasses to people at the base of the economic pyramid. They are the main recipient of Warby Parker’s “buy one, give one” program and have delivered over 3…

Saru Jayaraman, Co-founder and Co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Center United

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC in…

Van Jones, President and Co-founder of Dream Corps, CNN Contributor

Van Jones is a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political correspondent. He is the Founder and President of Dream Corps — an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our…

Two Reluctant Entrepreneurs Tackle Challenge of Copyright Duration

Elizabeth Townsend Gard, a professor of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) at Tulane University’s Taylor Center, was researching British literature when it became clear that she would have to learn something about copyrights. It was 1994, and Gard was…

Taylor is Expanding and Looking to Hire a New Senior Program Coordinator

The Taylor Center is expanding! We are accepting applications for a Senior Program Coordinator through May 8, 2016. The Coordinator will work with the Program Manager and Assistant Director in the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking to…

Community Activists Have To Be Persistent

“Anger is actually a good motivation to start something if you channel it in positive ways.” —Sandy Rosenthal, Levees.org When Sandy Rosenthal spoke about leadership skills to a New Orleans women’s organization on Thursday (April 7), she issued a call…

A’s and Aces Semester + Summer Internships & AmeriCorps Position

Fall and Spring Positions  A’s & Aces is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008 with a mission to provide academic assistance, life skills and tennis to New Orleans public school children.  Our sport-based youth development model is…

Tulane’s President Michael A. Fitts View From Gibson: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in New Orleans

Each week Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts shares reflections in his The View from Gibson blog post. This week’s post related to the entrepreneurial and spirit of social innovation that has been omnipresent in New Orleans over the last…

NEWDAY SPEAKER JORDAN KASSALOW, FOUNDER OF VISIONSPRING

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking invites you to join us on April 18th, from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at LBC Kendall Cram for and evening with Dr. Jordan Kassalow, our final NewDay Speaker…

Designing Transformative Service Learning Experiences with Dr. Richard Kiely

The Center for Public Service (CPS), Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT), and the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (TAYLOR) are excited to present Designing Transformative Service Learning Experiences with Dr. Richard Kiely at…

Inauguration of President Fitts Celebrates Boldness, Creativity and Interdisciplinarity at Tulane

“It is a great and humbling responsibility to lead any university. It is the privilege of my life to lead Tulane.” —Michael A. Fitts, President of Tulane University On behalf of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and…

President Emeritus Scott Cowen Teaches Leadership at Tulane

“The future of our country and the world depends on effective leadership, and I want Tulane students to be at the forefront of leading and changing our world.” —President Emeritus Scott Cowen It is a Tuesday morning, and Scott Cowen…

How to Make a Difference: The Nitty-Gritty Details of Social Innovation

Although the Ashoka U Exchange 2016 has come and gone, the impact of the many discussions, workshops and site visits will have long-lasting reach. The Ashoka conference helps with this goal by presenting stories from other innovators around the nation.…

TEDxTU 2016: CUTTING EDGE CONVERSATION

Taylor invites you to join us on March 10, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., for a night of cutting edge conversation with innovative and fascinating speakers. TEDxTU celebrates and cultivates social innovation in New Orleans. Our city is stewing a satisfying gumbo…

SARU JAYARAMAN: TAYLOR NEW DAY SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

Taylor invites you to join us for a discussion with organizer, social entrepreneur, and author Saru Jayaraman on Monday, March 14, 5:30-6:30 PM at Richardson Memorial Hall Room 201. Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities…

HEATHER MARINARO APPOINTED AS TAYLOR DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR

We are delighted to welcome our newest member of the “Taylor Change Team.” Heather Marinaro joined the Taylor Center in a key management and organizational role as Department Administrator. Prior to joining Taylor, Heather worked in the Tulane Law School…

Fund 17 Fellowship Opportunities

New Orleans based nonprofit, Fund 17, is seeking qualified applicants to its summer fellowship program. Fund 17 works to create sustainable livelihoods in the 17 wards of New Orleans by providing training and resources to underserved entrepreneurs. Fellows go through…

The Insider: Behind the Scenes of the TEDxTU Event

Every year Tulane University hosts CEOs, slam poets, student activists and filmmakers all under one roof at one of its most popular events of the year: TEDxTU. This huge event is put on by an entirely student-run team. Right now…

Introducing Xiao Xiao: Inventor, Artist, Human Computer Interaction Researcher, and Spring 2016 Taylor Visiting Scholar

The Taylor Center announces Xiao Xiao as the Spring ‘16 Taylor Visiting Scholar. Xiao Xiao will be leading the module: Smash Course: Prototyping Interactivity for Music, Movement, and Medicine. This module will introduce a set of techniques for prototyping interactive…

Fueling Innovation to Ignite Higher Education: Ashoka U Exchange 2016, hosted by Tulane University

Fueling Innovation to Ignite Higher Education Imagine a world where higher education institutions across the globe serve as vehicles for positive, sustainable social impact and innovation. This year, Tulane University is proud to host the 2016 Ashoka U Exchange from February 25-27,…

Taylor Staff Helps Develop Cross-Sector Leadership Program with National Leaders

Now more than ever, today’s college students are drawn to public service, understand the value of teamwork, and crave real-world experiences that leverage traditional classroom teaching. Blending these features into an educational strategy is an opportunity and a challenge. The…

Internship Opportunities with Solitary Gardens

Jackie Summell, a local artist and activist, is seeking volunteers and/or interns to help with  Solitary Gardens, a project where garden beds will be the size of solitary prison cells to provide a platform for collaboration, education and commiseration between persons…

Summer Abroad Program Offers Rare Opportunity to Study Social Innovation

While students are just getting back into the swing of the spring semester, it’s not too early to start making plans for the summer, especially if a summer abroad program is something that’s on the radar. The Tulane University Office…

Dr. Brice Miller Role Expanded To Include Community Engagement, Outreach and Diversity Initiatives

January 25, 2016 – The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking announces the expanded role of Dr. Brice Miller focusing on Community Engagement, Outreach, and Diversity Initiatives at Taylor and the Tulane School of Architecture. In…

Taylor Partnership with PitchNOLA 2016 Supports Funding for Community Solutions

Since the first PitchNOLA in 2009, the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane, along with Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and Propeller, a nonprofit that incubates and launches socially minded ventures, have sponsored the PitchNOLA:…

Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list includes 5 Tulane graduates, including 1 Changemaker Institute alum

Five Tulane University graduates have appeared in the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30,” a new list of 600 entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents in 20 different sectors. The Tulane alumni hail from a range of industries, including consumer technology, manufacturing, education…

Hannah Horowitz

“I consider myself a changemaker because I believe in the best in people and dedicate my work to fostering the capacities for good and growth within us all. As we cultivate our own leadership capacities, we realize how much we…

Lily Bacon

“It’s so clear to me that the passion found in Changemakers on Tulane’s campus is too big to be satiated by any combination of academic or extracurricular opportunities. I’m absolutely thrilled that Tulane is introducing the Changemaker LLC – now…

SISE Professor Connects Students with Inner Workings of Hollywood Movie Business

SISE Professor Elizabeth Townsend Gard provided Tulane law students a unique opportunity to learn more about the way the movie business works from the inside out. During a weeklong visit to Los Angeles, a contingent of Tulane Law School students…

Taylor Fellow Reflects on Lecture by Liz Ogbu

“It seems really simple,” said Liz Ogbu as she described her solutions to design challenges at Jacaranda Health, a maternity clinic in Nairobi, Kenya… When we are searching for ways to truly impact the lives of others, we must listen…

Eugene “Gene” Cizek FAIA, PH.D Professor Emeritus

Remarks — Kenneth Schwartz FAIA Tulane School of Architecture Homecoming Reception November 6, 2015  Welcome to all alumni, faculty, students, parents, friends — Homecoming, Reunions and Family Weekend have become bigger and bigger each year; a wonderful opportunity for alumni…

@TaylorTulane: The intersection between tennis and social entrepreneurship

Seventeen years ago, Anna Monhartova arrived at Tulane University as a student-athlete on the tennis team. She’s still here after earning a doctorate in international development and co-founding a tennis and life skills program for schoolchildren after Hurricane Katrina. Now…

Liz Ogbu, Azby Fund Lecture, In collaboration with the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Forum Tulane

The Taylor Center is proud to announce that Liz Ogbu, the first Taylor Fellows Expert-in-Residence, will host a public lecture on  November 9, 2015 at Tulane University, School of Architecture at 6pm. A reception will be held at 5:15pm in…

Internship Opportunities with Unity

UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a nonprofit organization that leads a collaborative of 63 organizations providing housing and services to the homeless thereby striving to prevent, reduce and end homelessness, is seeking student interns.  In addition to raising and distributing funds for…

Empathy and the business of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Empathy — the ability to recognize and respond to the feelings of another person — is the closest connection between two human beings. Empathy also is the place to start when undertaking an innovative enterprise, says Yonah Schiller, executive director…

Changemaker Institute Profile: Network Voluntours

Network Voluntours is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that promotes diverse economic development in New Orleans by connecting visitors and locals with local community organizations to create unique, and mutually beneficial, experiences. “The idea is to connect the nonprofit sector in…

New Orleans transplant encourages new generation of social innovators

As Director of University Partnership and Social Innovation, Stephanie Barksdale has spent the past five years working with social innovation at Tulane, helping to establish the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship minor. About a year ago, a $14.5 million endowment…

Nitrogen Reduction Grand Challenge offers $1 million prize

Beyond its Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane is looking to have a larger impact with its Nitrogen Reduction Grand Challenge, which challenges teams to alleviate hypoxia, an oxygen deficiency in water created from excessive nutrient enrichment. Tulane board…

Internship Opportunities with GrowDat Youth Farm

3 Intensive Internships available with Grow Dat Youth Farm, a NGO that nurtures a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Position 1: Program Intern This intern will provide logistical and administrative support to the Program…

Deans List: Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture

The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the head honcho – giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.…

Metropolis Magazine Highlights Tulane School of Architecture’s Social Innovation Agenda

Now, with the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, many are revisiting the extent of Katrina’s impact on the area and reassessing how the disaster has shaped how designers can deal with catastrophe and hardship on a broader scale. In these discussions, Tulane…

Two A’s and Aces Students Are No. 1 in Tennis

Congratulations to SISE Director Dr. Anna Monhartova for her recognition in social entrepreneurship through her work with A’s and Aces. The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association, recently released the final rankings for the 2014-15…

Entrepreneurial Support Platform FailUp Launches at Tulane

FailUp builds supportive communities in social entrepreneurship at universities across the country so they can produce better businesses. The platform has launched at Tulane and will expand to other universities in the future. Founder Ethan Levy, an  alum of the Taylor Changemaker Institute and…

Design Thinking Colloquium with Professor Joanna Lombard @ University of Miami on October 16

Professor Joanna Lombard, dean at the University of Miami and Tulane School of Architecture alumna, will be hosting a Design Thinking Colloquium at the University of Miami. Professor Lombard co-teaches in the Ecosystem Science and Policy program and is an architect and Professor…

Collaboration Announced Between Taylor and Grow Dat Youth Farm

  (New Orleans, September 9, 2015) –– The Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University is pleased to announce the inaugural “Community Innovator’s Circle” pilot partnership with Grow Dat Youth Farm. Through this exciting year-long partnership,…

Tulane University’s The Green Room Podcast Explores Entrepreneurism in NOLA, Post-Katrina

When we think about Social Entrepreneurship in New Orleans in recent years, what role did Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent recovery and rebuilding play in the entrepreneurial mindset? It’s a somewhat common notion that entrepreneurism in New Orleans is a…

NPR Profiles Tulane School of Architecture for Work Done Post Katrina

Building on a long tradition of engagement and design excellence at the Tulane School of Architecture….. More than 100 years to be precise, but with a special focus and intensity over the past 10 years, NPR features Tulane School of…

Kids, kitchens and cultural cuisines: Project trains locals to teach healthy cooking to youth in ‘food literacy’ effort

When The Cookbook Project (CBP) ­– a food literacy non-profit – taught skeptical students in the Lower 9th Ward at Our School at Blair Grocery how to make marinated mushroom po-boys, only one of the 18 kids had ever tried…

Empower New Orleans Micro-Entrepreneurs with Fund 17

Fund 17 is a nonprofit social enterprise hoping to create a new economic system of opportunity in New Orleans. The organization is dedicated to combating opportunity inequality in the 17 wards of the city by providing micro-entrepreneurs with financial tools…

Learning about social justice and the subjunctive in Guatemala

Tulane Ph.D. Student, Jessica Liddell, won a Taylor Changemaker Catalyst Award to spend her summer in Guatemala, where she took Spanish classes at a non-profit language school run by community activists and conducted HIV testing sessions in Spanish.  “For my engaged…

Dean Schwartz Writes Op-ed Piece for the Times-Picayune, “Post-Katrina Lessons in Building a Stronger Community.”

Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Tulane City Center students designed and constructed an award-winning eco campus housing a teaching kitchen, offices, composting toilets, produce…

Taylor’s Visionary Donor at the Aspen Ideas Festival

“After Katrina, many thought our city would never come back. But 200 years ago this year, an unlikely group fought the battle of New Orleans…. a combination of pirates, regular militia volunteers, Native Americans, free men of color, and at…

Millennial Awards shine spotlight on New Orleans’ young achievers

Kemberley J. Washington, Ann Monhartova, Dana Ray and Katie Moore at the Millennial Awards at the National World War II Museum. Saturday, July 25, 2015. (Josh Brasted Photo) Now in its third year, “The Millennials: A Salute to Service” awards…

Ashoka names grad student ‘Emerging Innovator’

Her upcoming training in Kenya will mark Sydney Gray’s return to East Africa, where she had worked on a project that brought improved access to water for rural communities. (Photo by Ryan Rivet) When Ashoka chose 100 people from across…

Tulane officially opens $1 million ‘dead zones’ challenge

Tulane University has announced the next phase of an international competition that will award $1 million to the entrepreneur, researcher or inventor with the best plan to reduce the amount of crop fertilizer entering the world’s lakes and oceans through…

Small Businesses Generate Solutions to Poverty

The author of the book Out of Poverty, world-renowned social entrepreneur Paul Polak talks about his approach to eradicating global poverty at a lecture jointly sponsored by Tulane University, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation and 4.0 Schools. (Photo by…

A Healthy, Green and Fun NOLA Bike Culture

Rising Tulane senior Evan Walter spearheads the Tulane Bike Enthusiast Initiative. Starting at the end of finals week, the group began collecting bikes usually abandoned around campus by students, to be donated to the Youth Empowerment Project. (Photo by Ryan…

Hollywood South Is New Orleans’ Second Go At Becoming A Center For Film Industry

Diamond Film Company hoped to set up shop on Bayou Saint John in the early 20th Century. Photo from: Louisiana Research Collection  A century before New Orleans was dubbed “Hollywood South,” the Crescent City was poised to become a major center…

Trash to Treasure group battles wastefulness at Tulane

This week, Trash to Treasure is conducting an extensive collection process, taking in clothes, dorm supplies, bedding and anything else students don’t want. The group plans to resell the goods or donate them to charities in the fall semester. (Photo…

Paul Polak, Social Entrepreneur and Author

For the past 30 years, Paul Polak has worked to help design and produce low–cost, income–generating products that have already moved more than 20 million people out of poverty. With the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how…

Tulane’s Support for Social Innovation

Earlier this year, I had the immense privilege of attending the Ashoka U Exchange in Washington D.C. as a part of the Tulane delegation. The Ashoka U Exchange, an international conference attended by about 700 people this year, seeks to…

Changemaker Institute Summit showcases social innovators

Jennifer McNulty, above, right, senior program coordinator for social innovation at the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, discusses this year’s class of participants with Changemaker Institute fellows Hannah Horowitz, left, and Elias Garcia, center, by her side. (Photos by…

Who Wants to Take On A New Fellow Role at the Taylor Center?

The Taylor Center will offer two new opportunities for Fellowship roles: a Design Thinking Fellowship and a Programs and Event Coordinator Fellowship. I talked to Julia Lang, Senior Administrative Program Coordinator at the Taylor Center, to get a better idea of…

Who Wants to Be A Taylor Center (Changemaker Institute) Fellow?

I’m sure many of you have noticed a couple marketing pushes on this blog, on our Facebook page, or in our newsletter surrounding the Changemaker Institute.  For those who don’t know, the Changemaker Institute is a 7-week incubator program in…

Advancing Leaderly Capacities

A young person works at Grow Dat Youth Farm. In my last blog, I discussed the cultivation of ecosystems for youth development. I highlighted the importance of interconnected change mechanisms, the role of feedback loops, and how change mechanisms can…

Who Wants to Be A Taylor Center (Marketing) Fellow?

As a marketing fellow myself, I really feel I gained so much more than I expected from this fellowship.  I initially stumbled over this position after searching for a job to replace my work-study job. Read more at the student-curated Change…

Kenneth Schwartz, Tulane architecture dean, named head of new Phyllis M. Taylor Center

Ken Schwartz, Tulane architecture dean, named director of Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. (Tulane Public Relations) Kenneth Schwartz, dean of the Tulane School of Architecture, has been named the founding director of the Phyllis M.…

Kenneth Schwartz, Tulane Architecture Dean, named first Sacks Chair in Civic Engagement & Social Entrepreneurship

Kenneth Schwartz, Tulane Architecture Dean, named Sacks Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship. The below announcement was circulated to the entire Tulane Community on April 6, 2015. Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:  On November 17, 2014, President Fitts and Tulane…

Looking for an Engaging Service Learning Class?

You should definitely check out the Intro to SISE class (ID: SISE 2010). In the 2014-2015 school year, SISE and Grow Dat Youth Farm piloted a partnership to serve as the service-learning component for Josh Schoop’s class and to offer…

Jane Wei-Skillern, PhD, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Jane Wei-Skillern is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley.  She holds a PhD from Stanford University and her research focuses on the leadership and management of social enterprises. …

Student semifinalists to compete during Entrepreneur Week

Six semifinalists vying for a total of $40,000 in startup cash in the 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition will present their ventures to a panel of judges on Monday (March 23) during Entrepreneur Week. The event, which is free and…

8 Independent Documentaries to See and the Petition to Sign in their Support

I used the Engaged Learning Award offered by CELT to fund my trip to the Media That Matters conference at American University in Washington D.C. The Engaged Learning Award is awarded to students interested in attending conferences, workshops, or other programs…

Students launch voting quiz website

Photo by David J Dalley A student group on campus has decided to combat low voter turnout with their own voting website based on dating site algorithms, starting with the upcoming SGA elections. The new website is a part of…

What Exactly Does Research in SISE Look Like?

Photo of a participant in The Cookbook Project, a social enterprise founded and run by Allisa Billfield and Tulane alum, Adam Aronovitz. Alissa is a featured speaker at the SI Sympsium. I have a really cool SI program to tell…

CALLING ALL GRAD STUDENTS!

It’s pretty widely known that Tulane offers undergrads the many unique opportunities to participate in social innovation programming, including earning a minor in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. However, there’s not as much social innovation programming for grad students.  Programs,…

Brett Jenks, President and CEO of Rare

For more than twenty-five years, Rare has empowered local communities in over fifty countries to shift from being resource users to environmental stewards. Rare’s unique approach trains local leaders to lead change, leaving a legacy of increased capacity and a…

Tulane program to bring bio-innovation to the marketplace

The National Science Foundation has chosen Tulane University as an Innovation Corps Site, an effort to broaden the effect of Tulane’s technology-based research in the commercial marketplace. A Tulane news release said the project, titled Tulane I-Corps Site for a Resurgent…

Program seeks to put Tulane biotechnology on market

The National Science Foundation is giving Tulane University money to help push technology-based research into the marketplace. The project, Tulane I-Corps Site for a Resurgent New Orleans, is being funded with a $163,000 grant from the NSF. It will involve…

Meet Tomorrow’s Work on Purpose Facilitators!

Tomorrow, Green Wave Market’s Claire Beauchamp and CELT-SI’s Becky Otten will facilitate our next WoP workshop.  Because the theme is “Take Perspective… Someone Else’s,” I thought I’d ask them about their perspective on facilitating these workshops! Read more at the…

Highbrow Highway

Fund 17 founder Haley Burns reacts on OUT TO LUNCH.  Photos at Commander’s Palace by Chet Overall. Haley Burns is leading a New Orleans economic revolution. It’s called Fund 17. Based on the microfinance model that won Muhummad Yunus a…

Cultivating An Ecosystem For Youth Development

Tulane University students work alongside high school youth at Grow Dat Youth Farm. The challenges of global youth employment are well documented (ILO, 2013). It is clear that youth around the globe without meaningful opportunities are much more likely to…

Tulane $1 million prize aimed at low-oxygen ‘dead zones’ could be first of many prizes

Backed by an initial $1 million donation from thePatrick F. Taylor Foundation, Tulane University on Monday launched a Grand Challenge prize program to find a new technological solution for the low-oxygen hypoxia areas known as “dead zones” that form off…

Want to be an Ignite OC?

The due date for applications to be an Ignite OC are fast approaching! To get a better idea of what it takes to be one, I interviewed Elias Garcia, a former Ignite OC and a Changemaker Institute fellow for CELT-SI, and…

TEDxTU: How to create tomorrow

After a series of speakers at the TEDxTU event in Dixon Hall on the uptown campus, students got the chance to talk to the presenters about their ideas for change. (Photo by William Smith) Michael Goldberg may be the CEO…

Want to Find a Job You Love after Graduation?

I’m sure every Tulane student is feeling the stress of finding a job for after graduation right about now.  Preferably, a job that they love to do. Well, have no fear…. WoP is BACK! Read more at the student-curated Change…

PitchNOLA winner comes full circle

An aspiring social entrepreneur gets the audience involved at the annual PitchNOLA competition on Jan. 28 on the Tulane University uptown campus. (Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo) When entrepreneur Larry Irvin Jr. took the Freeman Auditorium stage at last year’s PitchNOLA…

‘Be willing to take risks’

Matt Flannery advises would-be entrepreneurs to take risks. The co-founder of microloan site Kiva.org, he lectured at Tulane University on Thursday (Jan. 29) for the NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series. (Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo) In his journey from software…

Over $10,000 Granted to Three Social Ventures at PitchNOLA 2015: Community Solutions

Every year, Propeller, the social innovation hub and accelerator, hosts  PitchNOLA 2015: Community Solutions, a live business pitch competition that asks New Orleanians to explain how they plan to drive progress in their community. The event was held last night…

Education startup wins top prize at PitchNOLA event

In January 2012 entrepreneurs Larry Irvin and Kristyna Jones founded a new startup with the goal of inspiring more African American men into careers in the field of education. Read more about PitchNOLA at New Orleans City Business.

Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T) seek to change NOLA education

Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T) just won PitchNOLA’s grand prize of $5,000 for their initiative to close the achievement gap for at-risk students by inspiring and incentivizing men of color to choose education as a career, starting in New Orleans.…

Matt Flannery, Co-Founder, Kiva.org and Puddle.com

Matt began developing Kiva in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005 Matt left his job to devote himself to Kiva full-time. As CEO for ten years, Matt led Kiva’s…

Changeworks: Making the perfect pitch

2013 PitchNOLA: Community Solutions semi-finalists line up to hear the judges’ deliberation. (Photo: Propeller) Imagine you have an idea. A great idea. An idea for a social venture that could change New Orleans. Maybe it’s a bold new solution for…

Have Research on Social Innovation?

Whether it’s in the preliminary stages or has already been published, apply to present it at the second annual graduate student-led symposium on social innovation! This year’s event, Discovering Social Innovation through Engaged Scholarship, is a one-day research symposium on Friday, March…

Tulane gets $14.5 million gift to create Center for Social Innovation

Tulane University announced plans Monday to create a new center focusing on social innovation and entrepreneurship, using a nearly $15 million gift from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. The $14.5 million donation from Phyllis Taylor, the foundation’s chairwoman and a…

Remarks from the Celebration of the Life of Stephen Paul Jacobs, Held December 6, 2014

The Celebration of the Life of Stephen Paul Jacobs included more than 100 people who were at Richardson Memorial Hall to honor the memory and generosity of Stephen Paul Jacobs. Along with Steve’s family, friends and colleagues, also in attendance…

A heart for helping others

Sophomore Roxanne Heston wears a scarf and pin from South Africa after returning from an international conference in that country on civic engagement in higher education. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano) A smiling photo of Roxanne Heston leads off her LinkedIn…

Elevator pitch may bring you thousands

In addition to the $10,000 prize, which will be determined by judges including Matt Flannery and Leslie Jacobs, entrants in the annual PitchNOLA competition are eligible for the Audience Favorite Award. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber) Have an idea to solve…

$15 million donation from Taylor Foundation to fund SISE center, new professors

Phyllis Taylor, a Tulane University board member, recently awarded Tulane $15 million to create the new Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Read more at The Tulane Hullabaloo.

India’s Sanitation Crisis

I struggle with the fact that some of my best friends in the world are forced to defecate outside. They belong to the latest generation of poverty-stricken Indians, enduring the indignity of not having a toilet. My friends represent just…

Tulane receives $15 million gift to create social innovation center

Tulane University has received a $15 million gift from Phyllis M. Taylor, the chair of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation and a member of the Board of Tulane, marking one of the largest single donations in the school’s 180-year history. The…

Taylor Foundation gives $15M to Tulane

Phyllis Taylor, a Tulane University board member and chair of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, announced a $15 million gift to the university to establish the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Taylor said that the…

Changeworks: Cookbook Project Teaches Food Literacy

While teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam, Adam Aronovitz noticed a disturbing trend in local eating habits. As part of an English lesson, Aronovitz had asked his students to name their favorite foods. He found the answers shocking. Pizza, fried chicken…

How to succeed at creating change?

“Instead of saying ‘fight the power,’ why not transform that power into an energy for good in the world?” said NewDay lecturer Scott Sherman on Wednesday (Oct. 22) at Tulane. (Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo) What needs to be in the…

PitchNOLA contest seeks ideas on solving local economic, social issues

Scott Sherman, PhD, Founder, Transformative Action Institute

Scott Sherman is a writer and researcher on the most effective methods of social change. He has worked on nonviolence and social justice projects from the war-torn island of Sri Lanka to the inner cities of America. He is an expert…

Tulane’s Changemaker Institute Partners with 52Businesses to Revitalize Program

Changemaker Institute is the social venture incubator at Tulane University that matches student’s social ventures with experts in the New Orleans community. The Institute recently went through the52Businesses bootcamp, a New Orleans accelerator, to help focus on “change” and revamp…

‘Design thinking’ sparks innovation

A Tulane alumna, Ann Yoachim works within the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program at Tulane, teaching students to use “design thinking” to tackle complex problems. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano) Design thinking — think of it as a new spin…

Buy green, feel good

Students and community members buy local at the Green Wave Community Market. (Photo from the Green Wave Community Market) If eating green and buying locally sounds like a good idea, that’s because it is a good idea. It’s the driving…

Better sanitation means power in India

The Humanure Power team’s first facility opens in July in the Supaul district of Bihar, India, where toilets for men and for women provide power to the community. (Photo from Anoop Jain) Humanure Power, the brainchild of Tulane University alumnus…

Biomedical engineering students enjoy SISE design thinking exercise at Flower Hall

On Friday, September 26 Prof. Ann Yoachim of SISE led two-dozen Biomedical Engineering seniors through an intense 50-minute design thinking exercise at the newly furnished creative space in Flower Hall.  Prof. Lars Gilbertson—instructor of the students’ capstone Team Design course…

Anoop Jain from Humanure announced as Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner

Old women carry toilet pot replicas during the International Toilet Festival organised by NGO Sulabh International on the occasion of World Toilet Day on November 18, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Photo by Subrata Biswas/Hindustan Times On Saturday at the…

What you really learn in England

It all started with a really bad Google search. Not “bad” as in “inappropriate;” “bad” as in “poorly worded,” one of those Google searches where you write out a whole phrase or question because you’re not quite sure what you’re…

Identify a Root Cause: Social Innovation Program Speaker Take-Aways

If you have a desire to create positive social change, this article is for you. Here are things I learned from SIP that you should keep in mind as you continue to learn, fail, and grow. Identifying a root cause…

Student designs Flower Hall second floor to house SISE minor

The Tulane School of Architecture has partnered with the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship program’s faculty and students to design and construct a space on the second floor of the Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation. The…

Learn from failure, entrepreneurs advise

Leaders of four business incubators discuss the boom of entrepreneurship in New Orleans and how law students can contribute at an Aug. 27 panel on the Tulane University uptown campus. (Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo) The best advice for aspiring entrepreneurs…

Meet Your 2014 CELT-SI Marketing Staff!

Meet the 2014 student marketing team with CELT-SI (now call Student Programming at the Taylor Center). Read more on the student-curated Change Hub.

Good News Memo Fall 2014

Summer is a busy time for the staff at the School of Architecture. While most students and faculty are away, they continue to work on our behalf all year long. We have made tremendous progress on a number of issues…

Tulane in Puerto Rico – Learning about Sustainable Nutrition on an organic farm

I had heard of WWOOFing from a Tulane student who presented at a forum and whom received grant money to participate in this program in Argentina. WWOOF, which stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, is an organization that allows…

EXPLORE ignites first-year students

New Orleans artists and community activists Derek Shackelford (“Shack Speaks”) and Ayanna Molina, affiliated with True Love Movement, discuss the role of artists as activists and their responsibility to bring awareness to social issues. (Photo by Sally Asher) Do artists…

WWOOFing Abroad – A Month on a Farm Sanctuary in Puerto Rico

When I began looking for something to do during the summer, I knew I had my share of choices. I could find an internship and complete tasks in an office for three months, I could get a minimum wage job…

Family Friendly

Human beings love doing things in groups. It starts off with fun birthday parties when we’re kids, and goes all the way to desperate attempts to have fun at conferences — which is why so many of them come to…

The Insider: Students turn trash into treasure

It is cheaper to discard a $59 microwave at the end of the school year than it is to keep it in storage between semesters. That’s why Trash to Treasure, a new student group at Tulane University, is providing a different…

Dean’s Blog: 2014 AIA New Orleans Design Awards

At the Tulane School of Architecture we are often reminded of our role in the larger architecture community in New Orleans and beyond. The New Orleans Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently honored three projects associated with the…

Preservation Matters III

PRESERVATION MATTERS III  The City of New Orleans is the backdrop and inspiration for many of the programs and projects affiliated with the Tulane School of Architecture. The climate and geography, the redevelopment and recovery post-Katrina, and, most of all,…

Phil Auerswald, 2013 Presidential Fellow at George Mason University, & Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Innovations

Philip Auerswald is the 2013-14 presidential fellow and an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University. His most recent book is “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy”. He is the founder of Innovations, a…

Liz Ogbu: Designer, Urbanist, Social Innovator

Liz Ogbu is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long…

Building a TSA Tradition

By Vincent Baudoin, TSA M.Arch 1 (’15) Vincent Baudoin is a two-year advanced standing graduate student who received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia in 2007. He is working with me throughout the semester on a…

Welcoming a New Degree Program to TSA*

I recently had the pleasure of announcing the inauguration of a new degree program at the Tulane School of Architecture to our university community: a four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSA) degree. This program will add dimension and energy…

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Allen Eskew, FAIA

It was with great sadness that we learned of Allen Eskew’s passing on December 10, 2013.  I had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know Allen quite well over the last five and a half years.  He was a…

Welcome Message – All School Meeting

I am deeply grateful for the widespread recognition of what we have been able to accomplish together over the past five years. The School of Architecture is in an excellent position, and this is a direct result of faculty and…

David Bornstein Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network

David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is the co-founder of the Solutions…

The Evolving Objective of Education in Architecture

This entry is an update to one I wrote in 2009, covering some of the same issues and with some excerpts taken directly from my earlier piece. However, there are some new perspectives as well emerging from my reflections back…

Sal Khan, Education innovator and founder of Khan Academy

Described as Bill Gates’ favorite teacher, Khan is on a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. He started Khan Academy to offer open access to quality, self-guided learning tools online. The Academy, which grew out of…

Tulane School of Architecture and Our Evolving Identity

I am very pleased to announce the launch of our new website. As the School has evolved in the post-Katrina years, we have seen added focus on many forms of engagement that have situated the students and faculty of this…

$20k available to student entrepreneurs

Check out our Google+ Hangout about the NewDay Challenge, a contest for Tulane students to compete for up to $20,000 in seed money to start a social venture that benefits New Orleans. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Kristen Richmond, Co-founder of Revolution Foods

Kristin Goos Richmond founded Revolution Foods in 2005 with Kirsten Tobey to transform the way kids eat. Revolution Foods now serve 600+ lunchrooms and over 120,000 meals each day to students across 9 states and employs more than 750 community…

Hurricane Sandy and New Orleans

With the arrival of the New Year, it is an appropriate time to write about some of the work we have been doing toward the end of 2012 in response to the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,…

Thom Mayne FAIA Lecture

January 28, 2013 Welcome Tulane students, faculty, guests from the New Orleans community as well as students and faculty from several of the other Schools of Architecture across the great state of Louisiana. I know you’re here, because I received…

Andrés Mignucci

Francisco Rodriguez, Dean at University of Puerto Rico Thank you Dean Schwartz. I appreciate Orval and Andreina Sifontes for making this possible. I was fortunate enough to deliver the first lecture, and its always a pleasure to come back to…

Martin Fisher, Co-Founder and CEO of Kickstart

With a desire to help people help themselves, Martin Fisher co-founded and is CEO of Kickstart, an organization whose mission is to get millions of people out of poverty quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably. Martin Fisher, an engineer, inventor and social…

Kate ORFF Lecture

From Richard Misrach’s Petrochemical America 01 October 2012 INTRODUCTION Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA Favrot Professor and Dean View Lecture HERE I am pleased to start this introduction with a recognition of the sponsors of this talk – the Azby Fund of…

Irvin Mayfield Lecture

View Lecture HERE Welcome! For those who are new to the Tulane School of Architecture lecture series, my name is Kenneth Schwartz. Each year, as dean I have the great pleasure and privilege of putting together a series for the…

Reflections on Four Years

Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA Favrot Professor and Dean I am looking back on my four years at Tulane School of Architecture, living in and learning about the amazing City of New Orleans. The following notes are brief reflections, and I am…

Sonal Shah, Economist

Economist Sonal Shah joined Tulane for a lecture about pushing the boundaries of traditional business and social models, and how new models of innovation are needed to solve our society’s pressing social challenges. Shah recently served as the Deputy Assistant…

Tulane Entrepreneurs

Student and alumni examples of how Tulane University is empowering students to make the world a better place.

Bill Strickland, President & CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Bill Strickland was born in 1947 and grew up in Manchester, an inner-city neighborhood of Pittsburgh. His life changed when he became inspired by high school art teacher Frank Ross, a skilled artisan on the potter’s wheel. Today, Manchester Bidwell…

Paul Rice – Tulane University New Day Speaker Series

After working for more than a decade in Central America and helping Nicaraguan coffee farmers improve their livelihoods through an organic coffee export cooperative, Paul Rice opened TransFair’s first “national headquarters” in 1998 to bring the fair trade movement to…

Paul Rice, President and CEO of FairTrade USA

After working for more than a decade in Central America and helping Nicaraguan coffee farmers improve their livelihoods through an organic coffee export cooperative, Paul Rice opened TransFair’s first “national headquarters” in 1998 to bring the fair trade movement to…

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, Founder of Birthing Project, USA

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo worked for the state of California from 1976 to 1991 as a public health administrator, and during that time, noticed that families often struggled to pay for the care of infants born with serious health problems. When she…

Nishith Acharya, Executive Director of the Deshpande Foundation

Nishith Acharya is Executive Director of the Deshpande Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s global activities, including strategic planning, grant making, evaluation and advocacy efforts for a wide array of causes, issues and partner organizations around the world. The foundation…

Tale of Three Cities – Global Opportunities for the Tulane School of Architecture: Shanghai, Rome, Rio Di Janeiro

VIMEO https://player.vimeo.com/video/37665019?badge=0 In addition to and amidst my ongoing work in New Orleans, I am in the middle of an exciting two-month period of international travel designed to expand and enrich global opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni of the…

SE professor Dr. Nghana Lewis discusses her work

Nghana Lewis, the Louise and Leonard Riggio Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, is an associate professor of English and African & African Diaspora Studies. She is the founder and executive director of Encouraging Student Scholarship & Excellence through Native-Centered Education (ESSENCE),…

SE professor Byron Mouton discusses his work

Byron Mouton, the NewDay Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, is a professor of practice at Tulane’s School of Architecture and director of URBANbuild, the school’s design/build program. In this video, Mouton discusses how the URBANbuild program is helping reinvigorate lower-income neighborhoods…

KIPP: Beyond Z – Proving the Possible?

A recording of NewDay Speaker Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and superintendent, KIPP Houston. In partnership with Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives.

SE professor Dr. Carol Whelan discusses her work

Carol Whelan, the Paul Tudor Jones Professor in Social Innovation, is a professor of practice in the Tulane Teacher Preparation and Certification Program in Newcomb-Tulane College. In this video, Whelan discusses the impact students in her class have when they…

SE professor Aaron Schneider discusses his work

Aaron Schneider, the Jill H. and Avram A. Schneider Professor in Social Entrepreneurship, teaches comparative politics, international political economy and Latin American politics as an assistant professor of political science at Tulane. His research explores the intersections of wealth and…

Dr. Mike Feinberg, co-founder of Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Foundation

Dr. Mike Feinberg is co-founder of KIPP, a network of 57 public charter schools across the U.S. serving poor and minority students. Nearly 80% of students completing eighth grade at a KIPP school go on to attend college. KIPP, the…

SE professor Dr. Laura Murphy discusses her work

Building upon Tulane’s strengths in civic engagement and service learning, we are proud to introduce the first class of Social Entrepreneurship Professors. Laura Murphy was named the Carnegie Corporation of New York Professor of Social Entrepreneurship last spring. Murphy is…

All School Meeting Remarks

September 2, 2011 Welcome everyone! We’ll be covering a number of topics this afternoon including: Welcome by leaders of our student organizations Introduce new faculty and staff I will discuss my priorities for the year Presenting Richardson Memorial Hall Sustainable…

Architecture and Jazz

I was recently talking to a friend about an early interaction I had with someone who has become a friend. Irvin Mayfield is a Grammy award-winning musician and engaged citizen of New Orleans. He and I first met at a…

Tale of Three Cities

Global Opportunities For The Tulane School of Architecture: Shanghai, Rome, Rio Di Janerio.   In addition to and amidst my ongoing work in New Orleans, I am in the middle of an exciting two-month period of international travel designed to expand…

Good News Memo

The summer months have been very active at Richardson Memorial Hall. Most importantly, we welcomed several new faculty and staff colleagues as well as new graduate students in architecture and sustainable real estate development, a few new undergraduate transfer students,…

Richardson Memorial Hall Sustainable Strategies 1

Kenneth Schwartz, Dean A number of events and issues involving our “Sustainable Strategies” for Richardson Memorial Hall have evolved in significant ways over the past several months. I thought it would be timely to provide a summary. Although there are…

Career Explorations in Architecture Summer Program

I am writing today on a cool and sunny morning in New Orleans. This note celebrates our Career Explorations in Architecture High School Program, established over 25 years ago. We are proud that this program will be running again this…

Student Profile: Laura White

Tulane student Laura White talks about the opportunities she’s had to research best practices in social innovation around the world – even as an undergrad.

Deborah Bial, Founder of The Posse Foundation

Posse is a nonprofit foundation that has developed one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. Founded in 1989, Posse identifies inner-city high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership…

Tulane/IBM Starter Building Pilot Program and Partnership

This partnership began with a lunch in Manhattan. I wanted to meet with a School of Architecture and Freeman School of Business alumnus named Randall Dalia (TSA’80) whom I had heard about from several other alumni. Mr. Dalia is an…

Bill Shore, Founder of Share our Strength

The NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series presents prominent leaders from across the field of social entrepreneurship to share their own experiences, challenges, insights, thoughts, and recommendations to students and the community. The speaker series provides the Tulane community an…

Earl Martin Phalen – NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series

The New Day Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series presents prominent leaders from across the field of social entrepreneurship to share their own experiences, challenges, insights, thoughts, and recommendations to students and the community. The speaker series provides the Tulane community…

Len Riggio, Chairman of Barnes and Noble

Beginning with a single college bookstore in 1965, Mr. Riggio built Barnes and Noble, one of the largest enterprises in the history of American retail.  He is widely known as a visionary in the bookselling industry, and as a brilliant…

Ammar Eloueini: Relfections

by: Elizabeth Davis TSA Graduate Student (‘12) Elizabeth Davis is a two-year graduate student having received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia in 2006. She is a participant in our new “Graduate Research Assistant” program, where…

James Timberlake FAIA – Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Lecture

James Timberlake FAIA Kieran Timberlake Architects Philadelphia, Pennsylvania I am delighted to welcome everyone to the first lecture in the Tulane School of Architecture lecture series. We have a fantastic lineup for the year, including: Ammar Eloueini – New Orleans…

All School Meeting Remarks – Fall 2010

Welcome everyone! As you know, yesterday was the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. President Obama was in New Orleans along with many others from across the country and the world. As we…

Representing and Celebrating the School’s Work

When I came to the school two years ago, many of you spoke with me individually and during the series of small lunch gatherings I hosted in the fall semester of 2008 and early 2009 about the absence of exhibitions.…

Tulane School of Architecture Commencement Address 2010

Kenneth Schwartz FAIA, Dean Welcome On behalf of the faculty and staff of the school, let me offer our heartfelt congratulations on your achievements at Tulane and in the City of New Orleans, and our best wishes for the months,…

richardson Memorial Hall Improvements

When I visited Tulane during the search process two years ago, President Scott Cowen asked what I thought about Richardson Memorial Hall. I told him then and I still believe now that the building is fantastic in many ways. Any…

Blake Mycoskie, Founder and CEO of TOMS Shoes

TOMS’ simple promise to give a pair of new shoes to children in need around the world with every pair sold is revolutionizing the way consumers shop.  The One for One business model has encouraged conscientious consumers to purchase and…

Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka

Bill Drayton started the nonprofit organization, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 1981 to help support and celebrate social entrepreneurs — individuals who create new and innovative ways to solve social problems. He is considered as the ‘godfather of social…

2010 NewDay Challenge Video

The NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is a competition for social entrepreneurial ventures developed by Tulane students whose primary goal is to effect social change in New Orleans. Want a chance to win up to $20,000 to turn your idea into…

Architectural Education: Continuity and Change

The construction of an effective curriculum is an iterative and cumulative process. A student’s outlook and experiences are profoundly influenced by the way a curriculum unfolds. Beginnings are particularly important, and traditions of design pedagogy within a school can be…

Darell Hammond, Founder of KaBOOM! Playgrounds

Darell Hammond grew up with seven brothers and sisters at Mooseheart, a group home outside of Chicago. The Mooseheart community instilled in Darell the power of volunteerism and helping those less fortunate.  His journey would eventually lead him to co-found…

All School Meeting Remarks – Fall 2009

The following notes were part of my address to the TSA Community at our first All School Meeting of the year. WELCOME EVERYONE! There is good news on several fronts. We don’t have a hurricane and Shaun Donovan, Secretary of…

New from Tulane School of Architecture

We have completed another Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. My wife and I were given all sorts of advice on what not to miss – by students, faculty, and friends from the community. We had a great time with…

Architecture School

I started to study architecture and other modes of visual expression when I was thirteen or fourteen. I don’t think this is unusual for many students in architecture school. Art and architecture interested me initially in visceral ways. Paintings were…

Alumni Have Been on my Mind

One of the pleasures of serving as Dean is getting to know alumni. As I reflect on the first four months at Tulane, I realize how important my numerous interactions have been in forming a better and more complete understanding…

Design Build Recover

In the summer of 2005 a group of students undertook a design-build studio at Tulane under the direction of professor Doug Harmon. After a successful experience developing a thoughtful interpretation and transformation of a shotgun house, they were set to…

Imagining New Orleans

Architects imagine. Lately most of my imagination has been focused on Tulane University and New Orleans. This is a city that escapes simplistic description, and it feels almost pointless to try. Nonetheless it is my home now, and I am…

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