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Marquette receives Gates grant to benefit new Marquette University-New York Times partnership

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has selected Marquette University for a social innovation grant to benefit a new Marquette University–New York Times partnership. Marquette was one of 10 grantees in a field of approximately 1,000 applicants from 85 countries. The Foundation’s funding program, called Grand Challenges, requested proposals for projects with a “world-changing level of potential.”


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Getting Started

Social entrepreneurs are "individuals with innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change" according to Ashoka, a pioneering organization in the field.

This research guide serves as an information resource for students. Use the blue tabs (above) to discover key books, articles, websites, and videos about the field. 

Further down this page are links on social innovation @ MU, and some blog and article feeds on the topic.

Here are related research guides that may be helpful include: 

Social Innovation @ Marquette

In September 2010 Marquette was named the 10th higher education "Changemaker Campus" by Ashoka Institute, a leader in social entrepreseurship--the practice of applying sustanainable business models to solve social problems. Read more about the goals of AshokaU here.

Below are some links to pages with information about what's going on on campus. 


FIXES blog (New York Times)

"Fixes explores solutions to major social problems. Each week, it examines creative initiatives that can tell us about the difference between success and failure. It is written by David Bornstein ..."

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Stanford Social Innovation Review articles

Below you can see the titles of recent articles in this influential magazine.  But to get the complete full-text, click here instead, and search using keywords from the title.

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Historical Examples

Ashoka provides the following historical examples of leading social entrepreneurs (see source):

  • Susan B. Anthony (U.S.) Fought for women's right's and helped spearhead the adoption of the 19th amendment.
  • Vinoba Bhave (India) Founder of the Land Gift Movement, a redistibution of land to India's untouchables and landless.
  • Maria Montessori (Italy) Developed a new approach (Montessori Method) to early childhood education.
  • Florence Nightingale (U.K.) Founder of modern nursing and fighter for the imprvement of hospital conditions.
  • Margaret Sanger (U.S.) Founder of Planned Parenthood, she led the movement for family planning efforts.
  • John Muir (U.S.) Naturalist and conservationist, founder of the National Park System and the Sierra Club.
  • Jean Monnet (France) Responsible for post-WWII reconstruction of the French economy.

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