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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Daniel Ikenson from CATO Talk – Debunking Trade Myths

On December 3rd, the Trade Club will be hosting Daniel Ikenson from CATO for a talk on debunking popular trade myths. The impetus is to develop a general understanding of trade and trade policy that has been badly misinformed by the perpetuation and persistence of certain myths. The program is centered around presentation, discussion, and refutation of the most pervasive myths about trade – falsehoods that most everyone has heard at one point or another and have been reinforced by Washington lobbyists, misinformed media, and campaigning politicians. The program is intended for free trade supporters, skeptics, and everyone in between.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Click Link Below for Follies Program

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Hult Prize at MIIS – Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow at 4:30 in the Irvine Auditorium as student teams present their social business ideas to tackle President Bill Clinton’s 2015 Challenge of Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and Beyond.  The event will be Emceed by Program Chair Jeff Dayton-Johnson and our panel of judges will include:

– Yuwei Shi (Dean, GSIPM)

– Jerry Hildebrand (Director of the Center for Social Impact Learning)

– Beryl Levinger (Distinguished Professor and Program Chair)

– Eric Stephenson (Portfolio Manager, The Cordes Foundation)

– David Dobrowski (Evaluations Officer, First 5 Monterey County)

Come out and support your classmates as they take on one of the world’s greatest challenges and look to become the official MIIS team in the Hult Prize Regional Final in the Spring.  We will have a hosted reception in the Irvine Atrium after the final presentation where the winning team will be announced.

Friday, November 14th, 2014

2014 Fall Graduation Group Photo Session

On Tuesday, November 18 GSIPM will be holding our 2014 Fall Graduation Photo Session beginning at 11:45 a.m. The pictures will take place on the steps of City Hall, adjacent to Friendly Park. The photos that will be taken are group photos, so we are asking that you arrive as close to 11:45 a.m. as possible. Our photographer will not be taking any individual photos.

Due to professional courtesy, family and friends will not be permitted to take photographs while our photographer is working. Shortly after the photo session, GSIPM will follow up with an e-mail explaining ordering and payment options.

The dress code for this event will be business attire. So please be prepared to dress appropriately for the occasion.

 

Friday, November 14th, 2014

GSIPM Dean’s Seminar: Design Thinking to Design Doing

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Management Intern Program – City of Phoenix, Arizona

Join one of the most respected local government management training programs in the United States! 

This one-year program offers:

  • Professional leadership development and mentorship in nationally acclaimed program
  • Multi-department rotations
  • Opportunity for a career in the nation’s largest Council-Manager local government
  • Full-time position with competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package

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If selected, you will learn about every facet of a large, urban, complex city operation from the ground up. During this exciting, and fast-paced year, you will:

  • work on a variety of assignments and projects that affect our community of 1.6 million residents;
  • gain exposure to innovative best practices in an our award-winning organization through your rotations in the City Manager’s Office and a department that provides direct service to the community;
  • participate in the process of setting city policy by staffing City Council meetings;
  • use research and writing skills by studying an issue, recommending solutions and drafting a management report;
  • work directly with residents and city staff on service delivery to the public.

Some of the projects completed by past participants include:

  • Providing staff support for the Pension Reform Task Force;
  • Conducting benchmark studies on weighted voting in regional governments;
  • Assisting in developing the city’s Sustainability Action Plan;
  • Analyzing best practices for apprehending real time graffiti vandals;
  • Developing a project-tracking database for the 2010 Census Complete Count Committee activities.”

– information retrieved from internship website

Requirements:

  • Have earned or completed all coursework for a master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field by June 29, 2015

APPLY THROUGH JANUARY 06, 2015 

Online at: phoenix.gov/interns or Call: 602-262-4800

For more information, Visit City of Phoenix Management Intern Program

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Lets get Sprintensive.

 

 

IPS and MPA students

Join us tomorrow evening to learn more about the upcoming change to DPP and the alternative learning semester, Sprintensive!

Wine and Pizza reception will follow! 

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Hult Prize at MIIS – Team Registration

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  The priority registration deadline for the inaugural 2015 Hult Prize at MIIS competition is this Friday, November 14th.  All you need to compete is a social business idea that tackles this year’s President’s Challenge, a team of 3 – 5 members and a 10 minute pitch.  The event will be hosted at the Irvine Auditorium on Friday, November 21st at 4:30.

  In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative this innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges.  Student teams compete around the world for a chance to secure $1,000,000 in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture and spend the summer inside the Hult Business Accelerator – an innovative incubator for social enterprise – and a one year membership into The Clinton Global Initiative.  The 2015 Hult Prize will focus on Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and Beyond – a challenge personally selected by President Bill Clinton.

  The winning team from the Hult Prize at MIIS event will be fast tracked to compete at one of the six Hult Prize regional finals events in San Francisco, Boston, London, Dubai, Shanghai, or Rio de Janeiro.  Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into the summer Hult Accelerator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.  A final round of competition will be hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at its annual meeting in September, where CGI delegates will select a winning team that will be awarded the million dollar prize by President Bill Clinton himself.  In the words of President Clinton, “The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces.”

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

New Workshop: Rwanda: 20 Years Since the Genocide

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We know the thought of adding something else to your schedule at this point in the semester may make you feel a little crazy! But this is going to be a great workshop. It is required for people participating in DPMI Rwanda but open to all MIIS students.

Here is the course description:

“2014 marked 20 years since the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Today, Rwanda has achieved all of the health-related UN Millennium Development Goals and has greatly increased the average life expectancy of its citizens. The country is regarded as a development success story by most in the international community. This course will cover the genocide and progress since as well as cultural issues, the upcoming elections, the strength of government institutions, and key local and regional actors in international development. In addition to coverage of political, economic, and social issues in Rwanda, participants will build self-awareness necessary to perform well in non-familiar, cross-cultural work environments. Students will learn about Rwanda’s many successes as well as its goals and modern challenges.”

Marie Kagaju Laugharn was a member of the Seeds of Empowerment at Stanford University’s School of Education. This project is dedicated to adapting technological advances for international development.

Previously, she worked as a Political Affairs Officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at The Hague, Netherlands.  At the United Nations Development Programme in Mali, Kenya, Central African Republic, and Rwanda, Laugharn managed projects on HIV/AIDS, governance, elections, and peace-building.

Marie Kagaju Laugharn received her M.A. in English from the Université Nationale du Rwanda and studied Economics at Lycée Notre Dame de Citeaux in Kigali, Rwanda. She serves on the Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission and is a board member for the Ihangane Project in Rwanda.

Register on Bannerweb: DPMI 8575. This course may be taken for 1 credit or audited.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

MIIS CySec Speaker Series Presents “Governing the Internet” by John Crain

Please visit the MIIS Cyber Security Initiative Speaker Series Page for more information.
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Friday, October 24th, 2014

ISSP Conference 2014 Speaker Highlight: Jeffrey Hollender and Hunter Lovins

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Greetings!

ISSP Conference 2014 is coming up.  This week, ISSP is proud to highlight two outstanding speakers and their events: Jeffrey Hollender and Hunter Lovins.  In addition to their sessions, both Jeffrey and Hunter will be inducted into the ISSP Sustainability Hall of FameRegister now to hear Jeffrey and Hunter, and to take advantage of the rest of our exciting line-up! 

Jeffrey HollenderJeffrey Hollender, Founder and CEO of Hollender Sustainable Brands.  Hollender Sustainable Brands developed and markets Sustain condoms, the first US brand of condoms that is certified to be fair trade, free of chemicals of concern, and sustainably produced. Jeffrey is also Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University and the co-founder of Seventh Generation. He is also a board member and former Board Chair of the Greenpeace US; co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 200,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy; and a board member of Verite.

The Responsibility Revolution: The Business Case for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Thursday Nov. 13, ISSP Conference 2014. Corporate responsibility today lies at the heart of many of the world’s most successful businesses. But to be successful, companies must incorporate sustainability into all aspects of business strategy. The Responsibility Revolution is as much about culture as it is about products. Responsibility is also about a systems-based approach, radical transparency, and leveraging the impact of business to regenerate a world faced with increasingly complex problems.

Hunter LovinsHunter Lovins, Founder and President of Natural Capital Solutions. Natural Capitalism Solutions educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. Hunter has co-authored several seminal works in the field, including the ground-breaking book Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution and most recently co-wrote The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass. She has taught sustainable business management at Bard College, Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, Washington, and Denver University, and was a founding professor at Presidio Graduate School’s MBA in Sustainable Management program.

The Edge Economy: Creating an Economy in Service to Life, Thursday Nov. 13, ISSP Conference 2014. The global economy rests on a crumbling precipice. It is based on unsustainable assumptions and business practices that are driving societies and ecosystems into successive collapses. There are many palliative “fixes” that can prop the system up-but only for a time. What is needed is a new economic paradigm, one based on recognizing that the economy depends wholly on preserving healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities. If humanity is at the edge, let’s explore that space. In nature, edges of ecosystems are where diversity and abundance are found. Entrepreneurs use edges to innovate. Sailing to find new worlds, they show that the Earth is not flat, and that a circular economy is possible. The Edge Economy is where we can begin to build a world that works for 100% of humanity.

Check out our other conference events and speakers, and register now!

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Denver on Nov 12-14 for ISSP Conference 2014.

Sincerely,

Maureen Hart, Executive Director
International Society of Sustainability Professionals

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Cuba J-Term Information Session – Wednesday, October 22nd

Curious about Cuba? Spend J-Term with us!

Dr. Jan Black will host an info session about the practicum on Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 -7:30 pm in McGowan 100.

If you’re thinking about joining the J-Term trip to Cuba, please come to the info session to find out more. This opportunity is open to all current MIIS students.

If you’re not able to make it to the info session, but are interested in the trip, please email us for more details.

Contact persons:

Dr. Jan Black, jblack@miis.edu

Carolyn Taylor Meyer, carolyn.taylor@miis.edu

Molly Moreland,mmoreland@miis.edu

Please include all three of us in your email so we can get back to you as quickly as possible.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

USTR Representative to Speak at MIIS

 

 

Trade club brings MIIS Alum and Director of Europe and Middle East Affairs of the United States Trade Representative to campus.

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Friday, October 10th, 2014

Hult Prize at MIIS Competition

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The Hult Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative and Monterey Institute of International Studies are dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs with the 2015 Hult Prize at MIIS competition.  The Hult Prize encourages the world’s brightest minds to compete in teams of 3 – 5 members to solve the planet’s biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises.  On November 21st, MIIS will select a winning team to advance to the regional finals.  Each regional winner will get to spend the summer inside the Hult Accelerator – an innovative incubator for social enterprise – and the champion receives $1,000,000 in start-up funding and a one year membership into The Clinton Global Initiative.  All you need to compete is an idea, a team, and a 5 minute pitch that addresses this year’s President’s Challenge:  Early Childhood Development in the Urban Slum and Beyond.

Get more information and register your team today at go.miis.edu/hultprize

Contact: Hprize@miis.edu

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Elections Workshop with Congressman Sam Farr

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

East Africa Forum at MIIS!

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Last Friday, October 3rd, marked the first East Africa Forum organized by the Monterey Institute. Nearly 50 participants came to enjoy the theme “Personal Transformation” through storytelling presented by two panels – a student panel and a faculty panel.  After the panels, the MIIS Africa Club treated participants to drumming and dancing, as well as a reception in the DLC space. The event was a success on many levels – it provided a platform for community members to talk about East Africa, and gave panelists a chance to share their experiences.

One of the speakers, Mugo Kennedy, participated as a representative of his organization, AfroArt East Africa. Check out his blog about the event here:

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

Human Centered Design Course

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For two years now, IDEO.org has partnered with Acumen to offer a course for those interested in learning about and practicing human-centered design. Join the over 25,000 individuals from 148 countries who have taken the course with us in the past two rounds, and become part of our flourishing community of innovative problem solvers.
Find out more below or visit the course page for additional information. Class begins on October 14th, so register now!

How does the course work? This course is designed with a group-guided learning structure. This means that in order to participate, you’ll need to form a team of between two and six people. Once you have your team, you’ll meet each week to learn the human-centered design process via the readings and workshop materials that we’ve created for you. Along the way, you’ll also tackle a social sector design challenge in your own community.

How much does the course cost? The Course for Human-Centered Design is free!

When does the course start and how long does it last? The course begins on October 14, 2014 and is designed to be conducted over a minimum of seven weeks, ending on December 2, 2014. However, you can also choose to do the course over a longer period of time if a different pace is right for your team.

Do I need to be a designer to sign-up for the course? This is an entry level course and does NOT require any prior design experience.

What if I’ve taken the course already? Human-centered design is all about practice, practice, practice! We encourage you to join us again in honing your human-centered design skills and have a brand new challenge to bring to the table. (Hint: think Amplify!)

What if I’m a more advanced human-centered designer? We’re looking for Course Catalysts to participate in this next round of the course and help our new human-centered designers learn what it’s all about. Learn more about this role and apply.

Who else is taking the course? You’ll join teams from around the world taking this course as part of the leadership classes offered by +Acumen. Last year, many participants found it valuable to take the course with their coworkers and explore how human-centered design can add new perspectives to their work—whether it be applied to nonprofits, social enterprises, educational institutions, or international aid organizations. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to share your learnings, ask questions, and get to know other course participants from around the world via an online community hosted on NovoEd.

Interested in signing up? Register by October 14th at: bit.ly/hcdcourse.

More information? +Acumen course ambassadors are holding precourse Meetups in cities around the world. Attend a Meetup to learn more and to meet other human-centered designers interested in taking the course.

More human-centered design? 
Sign up for Design Kit and join our 58,000+ community of practicing human-centered designers!

More questions?
Email HCDCourse@ideo.org

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Come learn about IEM organizations!

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

Trade Club hosts special guest Bryan O’Bryne

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

Apple Pie and Pineapple Sorbet: U.S. and Cuban Nationalism

Why is Cuba such a contradiction? Because Cuba is characterized by everything I was told the world should not be!  Socialist not democratic, communist not capitalist, systemic human rights violations, a dictatorship, inefficient, unproductive; should I continue?  I was able to get a sense of this notorious island during a seven day immersive learning excursion with twenty-seven other MIIS students and the renowned Professor Jan Black.

There was a time when I imagined Cuba as a socialist utopia. I had thought Cuba was going to be the national anthropomorphization of Eugene V. Debs famous quote that is “opposing a social order where it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives to secure barely enough for a wretched existence.  But, there is no substitute for actually visiting the country – after seven days in Cuba, I’ve realized that the little island nation, and the United States, are a lot more complex than I was led to believe in the comfort of my Midwest upbringing.

As an American, I grew up on the smell of apple pie; lightly toasted crust, crisscrossed across the top, somehow evoking feelings of liberty, justice…righteous stuff. You see, Cuba, at least for United States citizens, is one gigantic contradiction and trying to digest and make sense of the country through the nationalistic viewpoint from which my mind has been programmed to think, whether I like it or not, is no easy task. Close your eyes and think about apple pie. Now, envision biting into pineapple sorbet.  So, I apologize now if, and that is a big if, you get to the end of this blog and you walk away more confused than you started. That’s fine though. Cuba could be the poster child for the phrase; the more you know the less you think you know.

Our professor and guide Dr. Jan Black told us to experience Cuba using our five senses. I would like to take the liberty of taking you, my reader, along for the ride with the idea of trying to engage your five senses. Unfortunately, I am less likely to engage your sense of smell.  But, here we go:

We met with all different types of people, from Cuban foreign ministers to a diplomat from the U.S. Interest Section. We also met with individual Cubans, both pro-government and oppositionist. We met with U.S. expats working with the Cuban health system and Cuban students studying international relations. What was so trying after listening to all of them was that you could easily pick each one up and place them into two buckets, Cuban Nationals (CN) or U.S. Nationals (USN). Whether we were speaking to Cuban oppositionists or expat sympathizers of the Cuban government their rhetoric fit, nicely, within these two buckets. Their world-views and indeed those of us students had been systematically crafted by the nations from which they grew up and regardless of their support for either side or not they continued to use rhetoric that perpetuated the conflict between the United States and Cuba. What was most contradictory of all was that these two worldviews of the same conflict were like hearing two completely different stories for two completely different historical events told perpetually for generations upon generations without change.

How are these national worldviews constructed within a citizenry? It is often much more subtle than one would assume.  Irrespective of whether we understand nationalism as a positive or negative force, it is generally acknowledged that nationalism places the nation on the highest pedestal and viewed as the supreme agency of meaning, collective identity, and moral justification.  Critically noting that one of the powerful ways in which nationalism becomes historically instated is through its presumption that the nation is sacred, likening it to be equivalent to the church.  Interestingly, if nationalism is being valued as sacred within the population we can see its physical manifestation in the ritualized images of national leaders and national public ceremonies that are underscored by the nations presumed history of greatness. Harry Anastasiou, a professor of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University and world-renowned leader in the settlement process in Cyprus, goes as far to claim nationalism can be a justification for divine election.

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