For this week's blog I have an inspiring update for under-served populations everywhere from my last blog post - from the IVN - Israel Venture Network Conference that just completed in Israel while Iron Dome was doing its thing in the skies above... You can click on that below -
But first I want to showcase the work of two great young entrepreneurs - one who graduated with a BA in Integrated Science from NorthWestern - and the other who is completing an MSc with with behavioral neuroscientist Dr. V.S. Ramachandran at UCSD - for their pioneering efforts in the worlds of Health and Education that can, and already have! make a world of difference *wherever* their innovations are implemented - starting out in Chicago on the one hand; and innovating for and implementing on the ground in Haiti.
Yuri Malina - Co Founder (on the Left here) of SwipeSense;
and Elizabeth Seckel, Founder of NeuroTherapy Intl., Her work in Haiti has received recognition from President Bill Clinton and been featured in the popular press on the Discovery Channel, the New Scientist, Sunday Times Magazine, and Scientific American Mind.
Yuri Malina Co-Founded Design for America in 2009 "to democratize design for social impact” via a network of student-led design studios, while doing his BA in Integrated Science at Northwestern University. In this link below, you can watch him tell the story of how he got involved doing what he does and why - it's very engaging :-)
Here Yuri Talks about their Discovery of SwipeSense - a patent pending portable hand sanitation device, designed to radically increase hand sanitation compliance, and reduce infection rates in hospitals. He and his co-founder, Mert Iseri, developped SwipeSense as a part of Design for America's Northwestern Studio during the summer of 2009. SwipeSense is currently undergoing several clinical trials in the Chicago Area. :-)
Design For America managed to secure funding through Northwestern so that he and Mert could expand the organization full-time over the next two years. It now has over 600 Student members in 14 universities and still growinng.
Turning now to Elizabeth Seckel and her innovations with MIRROR BOX THERAPY
The Clinton Global Initiative show-cased Liz' efforts to Bring Mirrorbox Therapy & Training to Haiti
And earlier this year, Liz was invited to talk about Mirror Box Therapy at TEDxUSC this year in Los Angeles
and you can see that great talk here :
Liz and her volunteer team were awarded a UCSD grant to spread mirror box therapy throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic. They partnered with the UC Haiti Initiative, which is a global partnership for higher education that has established a twinning model between the ten campuses of the University of California and the State University of Haiti (UEH).
Elizabeth is completing the Startup Leadership Program, http://www.startupleadership.com/, a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network for outstanding founders and innovators, which should give her the tools to make Neurotherapy International a sustainable nonprofit foundation.
Follow Up to Last Week's Blog on Israel's Rather Different Social Network! -
Sir Ronald Cohen of the Portland Trust of London, Tel Aviv and Ramallah, gave an inspiring and hugely practical Talk on Social Investing and its successes at the just past IVN 2012 Conference in Tel Aviv, and he hi lights the efforts of IVN and his social enterprises and others in Israel now too - totally worth listening to here! I am so gratified to see the fruits of over 10 hard years of work on the ground in Israel and how much the deployment of over $20 million has and is continuing to achieve, thanks to the dedication and hard work of the IVN Network.
In closing my blog this week, I want to give a special plug and thank you to my friend and colleague, #CarlaJavits, CEO of REDEF who has done an awesome job of creating jobs for people that change lives! Click on the video below for further inspiration!