Pizarro: Santa Clara University puts spotlight on social enterprise

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg and Graham MacMillan, senior program director for the Citi Foundation, were presented with the first Magis Global Changemaker awards at a benefit dinner Sunday for Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society.

Nearly 300 people attended the event at SCU’s Locatelli Center and perused displays that highlighted the various projects under the umbrella of the Global Social Benefit Institute, the primary program of CSTS, which supports social entrepreneurs who use Silicon Valley innovations to improve the lives of the poor in countries around the world. The projects are both small and large, ranging from helping African women start their own clean water and sanitation programs to making and distributing solar light bulbs for places without electricity.

In addition to the honorees, guests heard from event chairs Maria and Wim Roelandts; SCU President the Rev. Michael Engh; Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; the Rev. Michael McCarthy, executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education; the Rev. Michael Garanzini, president of Loyola University Chicago; Jim Koch, founding director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society; and Thane Kreiner, the center’s executive director.

Source: Mercury News (link opens in a new window)

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