Bagels Beyond Boundaries provides an informal space for students, staff and faculty to engage in discussion over bagels and coffee. Speakers from different sectors illuminate examples from their own experience or research on ways to bring people together across boundaries to address a particular issue. These discussions typically take place on one Friday morning each month.
February 24, 2017: Ripple Effects Mapping for Complex Collaborations
This Bagels Beyond Boundaries discussion, led by Scott Chazdon and Melvin Giles, introduces Ripple Effects Mapping (REM), a participatory group process designed to document the results of program efforts within complex, real-life settings. The REM process engages program participants and other community stakeholders to reflect upon and visually map the intended and unintended changes produced by a complex program or collaboration. Our two presenters, an evaluator and a community organizer, will describe their use of REM to document the impacts of community gardening efforts in two neighborhoods near downtown Saint Paul. These efforts engaged the Ramsey County Master Gardeners (Land Connectors) in community building efforts to link community and backyard gardens and gardeners.
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January 27, 2017- Fourth-Sector Collaboration for Social Impact: Reducing Poverty and Malnutrition in Bangladesh
- This Bagels Beyond Boundaries featured a case presentation about Grameen Danone Foods Ltd., a hybrid fourth-sector organization that transcends sectoral boundaries to reduce poverty and malnutrition in Bangladesh. Graduate student case winners from the fall semester Integrative Leadership Seminar presented on this integrative venture, which is aimed at reducing poverty and alleviating hunger and malnutrition in an environmentally sustainable manner in Bangladesh.
October 7, 2016 - Pushing Forward U.S. Cuba Policy: The Effects of the Embargo on Intersector and Intergovernmental Collaboration
- How far have we come since President Obama announced his new Cuba policy? What effect does the current economic embargo on Cuba have on individuals, businesses, government, and international organizations? Mr. Kovar will detail changes since December 2014, including removing Cuba from the terrorist list, reestablishment of diplomatic relations, several rounds of regulatory loosening of the embargo, the beginning of scheduled commercial flights to Cuba, and bilateral discussions on issues from the environment, to claims, to the return of fugitives from justice. He will describe the restrictions put on these efforts by the current economic embargo and the effects on intersector and intergovernmental collaboration.