Community Leaders to Consider Pitch Tackling Food Insecurity

Approximately 13% of Rhode Island households are unsure where their next meal will come from. On Friday, May 4, at 1:15 p.m., Moses Brown School students will propose a way to address this problem to prominent Rhode Island social entrepreneurs, members of the MB community, and elected officials.

As part of “Economics of Social Innovation,” an upper school class taught by Dr. Gara Field and Dan Ohl, teams of upper school students worked under the mentorship of local industry experts to design, research, and prototype an innovative solution to the problems of food waste and hunger.

MB is pleased to welcome Seth Magaziner, Rhode Island Treasurer; Andrew Schiff, CEO of the R.I. Community Food Bank; Ken Wagner, R.I. Commissioner of Education; Alan Harlam, Founding Director of Social Innovation at Brown University’s Swearer Center, Current Director of Spiritual Entrepreneurship at Clal; Andy Moffit, Rhode Island’s First Gentleman; and Habib Gorgi ’74, Managing Director at Nautic Partners, LLC, Moses Brown alumnus, past parent, and past board chair.

“The Economics of Social Innovation” is a new elective in which MB students work closely with local entrepreneurs and businesspeople from socially-minded enterprises to solve real, immediate problems. By tackling real-world problems, students develop skills in researching industries, interviewing constituents, developing plans, and making formal business presentations to innovators and entrepreneurs — as they will do tomorrow.

This year the students’ focus has been food inequality in Rhode Island. They read The Growth Mindset and articles in The Harvard Business Review, and received feedback from Social Enterprise Greenhouse entrepreneurs, including MB alumni Ethan Binder ’15 (Founder & CEO of Go Peer) and Liz Newton ’91 (co-founder of Blackstone Valley Academy), as well as MB parents Navyn Salem (CEO & Founder of Edesia), and Scott Martin (social entrepreneur in Haiti). Students also recently pitched ideas to executives at Google in Cambridge, Mass.

The class is part of a new program in Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation, which aims to inspire young people to apply business mindset to social change and develop the skills of research, problem solving, innovation, and collaboration that are crucial to success in the 21st century.

We welcome you to join community leaders in attending this social innovation challenge pitch — #MBChallengesHunger2018.

The pitch will take place from 1:15-2:00 p.m. in Moses Brown’s Woodman Family Community & Performance Center, located in the center of campus.  Visitor parking is available in the Hope Street lot adjacent to the Gorgi Family Squash & Education Center.