Event: Net Impact Happy Hour with Dave Chase

January 31, 2010

Thinking of a career change? Looking to reinvent your self? The focus of the Happy Hour will be to network and discuss career changes. Dave Chase will lead the conversation by sharing some of his experience in changing careers. He will speak on how he conducted the career shift and some of the interactions he had.

So, join us for a drink after your class on Saturday to network and help inform your transformation to becoming a leader in the new green economy.

Where: E.F. Lane Hotel
When: Saturday,February 13, 2009
6 PM to 8 PM

Alumni connections: Conversation with Dave Morrill

January 26, 2010

Conversation with Dave Morrill
January 18, 2010
By: John Costa

Dave Morrill, is an ANE Green MBA alumni, class of 2009. He is one of the founding members of the ANE Net Impact chapter and also part of the first co-leader team. Currently he is working as the Assistant Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator for Keene State College.

On January 18, 2010, I had a chance to catch-up with Dave and hear about his life, post-MBA. He started working at Keene State in September 2009. His responsibilities include managing, advising, and organizing the students who participate in the ROCKS (Recycling On Campus at Keene State) program. One of his long-term visions is to create a campus wide composting program including a methane digester. The primary challenge is developing a system that fits the campus.

In response to my questions on jobs and careers, Dave recommended that I seek out volunteer opportunities. Dave actively volunteered, in the Keene area, before and during his MBA career. The network he built through his volunteer jobs, played a vital role in landing his current position at Keene State.

If you are interested in contacting Dave, you can reach him at dmorrill@keene.edu or 603-358-2567

Event: Communicating “Green” to Consumers and Investors

January 22, 2010

Net Impact invites you to join Mark Bates of the Continuum Design Consultancy and Jeff Rosen of Antioch University New England for a morning exploring issues of communication facing social purpose businesses in today’s marketplace. How can businesses translate their message of sustainability to consumers and investors in order to find success?

Where: Antioch New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, NH 03431
Dance Studio
When: Friday February 12, 2010
10am – 12:30
Contact: Sarah Maine
(646) 295-6590
Brianna Bain
(619) 788-2038

This event is free and open to all.

Mark Bates will present the Colorblind research study. Increasingly, Green issues are influencing purchase decisions, but what does Green mean to a consumer? There’s no right answer, of course, but there are several ways to think about how consumers make choices in regards to sustainability, recycling and product lifecycle. And choice is the key. Consumer’s purchase decisions depend upon many factors. Green issues add to the knowledge and opinions that affect the decisions and may swing the balance one way or the other.

To help to answer this question the Continuum Design Consultancy started a conversation with consumers in the form of the Colorblind research study. Colorblind is an ever-evolving study of how consumers feel about sustainability. Continuum engaged hundreds of consumers from across the country to find out what “Green” means to them.

Jeff Rosen will speak on the challenges of running a social purpose business profitably and in a way that attracts investment. Social purpose businesses are constantly faced with the difficulty of internalizing external costs and locating customers who are willing to pay a premium for their products while competing with other businesses that are equally socially purposed in operations and intent.

Social purpose entrepreneurs to be able to communicate the value of blended returns – social, financial and environmental – in order to attract social capital.

About Mark Bates:
Principal, Product Innovation, Continuum
Sustainability Champion

As a principal in the Product Innovation group, Mark is responsible for leading design teams in creating successful solutions for our clients, their users, and the planet in a wide range of industries, including consumer products, industrial equipment, business and medical equipment.  Working with our client team, our internal team and external resources, Mark directs design teams that define and balance the needs of the client with the needs of their customers and consumers in a sustainable way.

Since joining Continuum in 1995, Mark has been involved in the design and management of several major programs.  Projects include; consumer goods for P&G, Coleman, Sunbeam, Oster, Charbroil, OXO, KVH, Winiamando; business electronics for Motorola, APC, PictureTel, and IPC; and medical and life science products for Herman Miller, BioMerieux, Dade, OraPharma, and US Genomics.

Mark has taken a leadership role on several initiatives aimed at growing and positioning Continuum as a leader in the industry.  Initiatives include the development of a robust and consistent project management experience for both our clients and our project teams.  After extensive design research in main-land China, Mark has helped define and strengthen Continuum’s presence in China.  Mark is currently leading Continuum’s efforts to become a more sustainable company.

Prior to joining Continuum, Mark held the position of Manager of Industrial Design at Motorola’s Information Systems Group.  He also gained significant experience in all aspects of product development at Data General Computer (acquired by EMC).

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport.

About Jeff Rosen:
Adjunct Faculty, ANE Department of Organization and Management
Financial Manager, Solidago Foundation

As a resource economist, working in the mid 90s, Jeff focused on viable methodologies for analyzing project impacts, according to rigorous sustainability requirements.

He has been a serial entrepreneur, owning several start-up small businesses, and serving as the financial officer for several food sector companies on their own growth trajectories. He has also served as the senior financial manager for several non-profits, including his current role at a progressive grant maker, the Solidago Foundation. In this role, he heads up the foundation’s social purpose investments, and gets to work with many other foundations, working to carve out the new social capital marketplace.

At Antioch, he urges his students to think small. He designs course content to help students to think in numbers, to understand what it takes to convert big thought into daily business or community practice. Jeff feels strongly that the next challenge for the sustainability movement lies in developing practitioners who can implement its broadest objectives in the smallest components. He helps his students recognize that even patient capital investors require a return and to identify the common and sustainability oriented skills they will need to run profitable businesses, or serve a community that calculates both social and financial returns.

Jeff has a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Masters of Science in Resource Utilization from the University of Maine.

Career Resource: How to Find a Good Green Job

January 20, 2010

If you are a Net Impact member, join us for this incredibly relevant “Issues in Depth” call with Katie Kross.  Register now!

How to Find a Good Green Job: Practical Tools for a Sustainable Business Job Search

February 12 2010 Katie Kross, Associate Director with the Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke University
9:00-10:00 am PDT
12:00-1:00 pm EDT
5:00-6:00 pm GMT
Sustainability is an idea whose time has finally come. Everywhere you look these days, companies are touting carbon neutral goals, green consumer products, cleantech investment strategies and energy efficiency accomplishments. But can you really find a job in this field? Absolutely. Join Katie Kross for a conversation about MBA career paths in corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), socially responsible investing, sustainability consulting, renewable energy, and other green industries. She’ll share practical tips, tools, and resources gleaned from hundreds of interviews with MBA students and alumni who have successfully navigated the sustainable business internship/job search.
Register for the Call

Katie Kross
Katie Kross
Katie Kross is a sustainability career coach, MBA student advisor, and business school administrator.  She is an Associate Director with the Corporate Sustainability Initiative at Duke University and author of the new book Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability (Greenleaf Publishing, 2009).  An MBA graduate herself, she has developed career support and mentoring programs for students interested in sustainability and counseled hundreds of individual students and alumni on their career paths.  A distinguished member of Net Impact, she also helped found the Triangle, North Carolina professional chapter of Net Impact.

(Note: Profession and Purpose is available to Net Impact members at a 25% discount through Greenleaf Publishing. Link: http://www.netimpact.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=3016.)

Post Event: Learning Lab on Participatory Learning

January 13, 2010

Ron Maine talked about his experience with Participatory Learning and Action. He served as an Adult and Extension Education Specialist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for 22 years. His work has taken him all over the world including countries like Portugal, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and so on. He received his training in participatory learning from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

Ron Maine on Participatory Learning and Action

Participatory Learning and Action are approaches where the people are fully engaged and participating in the processes of learning about their needs and opportunities, and in the action required to address them. Ron talked about some of the tools that they developed and used throughout his years of working for the UN. One example he showed us was of the workers in a vineyard drawing the timeline of their farming methods as he was explaining the process to the team that included Ron. Through explaining the process and visualizing the process using the timeline, the workers were able to recognize what their problem was. Can you guess what it is?

Vineyard timeline

Participatory learning and action is seen as one of the effective ways of finding sustainable solutions to some of the big problems that face us today. Aside from the fact that the people involved know the most about the problem, by having them involved in the process and decision making, they are more likely to commit to the solutions and be accountable for them.

It was a great event, hearing from someone whose work involved working with people to find solutions. He also gave wonderful insights to some in the room who shared their experiences and/or struggles with participatory methods. Ron graciously shared with us a copy of the document talking about the different participatory tools that he developed. If you’d like a copy, send our membership director, Tom Bregman, an email request.