Influencing UN policies: the art of people-watching

Earlier this year when I presented at a Youth Forum at the UN, I felt inspired to be sitting in the same seats as decision makers. But this week at the Multi-stakeholder Forum for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the feeling was different – that I could influence decision makers. Influencing decisions and policy means translating … More Influencing UN policies: the art of people-watching

An Informal Needs Assessment of Rural Mozambique

Angoche, a rural coastal district in northern Mozambique, is a hidden treasure.  I lived there for 10 weeks during my practicum, partnering with a local NGO.  I lived in a beautiful colonial home.  I ate the best seafood I’ve ever had (seriously, crab-lovers from all over the world come to this area for a taste). … More An Informal Needs Assessment of Rural Mozambique

Beyond the Basics – Global Engineering Education

In a recent article featured on Devex, Amy Lieberman sat down with several leaders in engineering education to discuss how programs and content are shifting. Dr. Bernard Amadei, Co-Director of the Mortenson Center, was one of those interviewed and shared some thoughts on the matter, “The field of engineering is changing. It’s no longer focused on the … More Beyond the Basics – Global Engineering Education

Sustainable Development Field Practicum: A Fundamental Part of the EDC Curriculum

No education in humanitarian engineering would be complete without a significant experience in a developing community. At the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities, this objective is fulfilled through the Sustainable Community Development Field Practicum, which is a critical component of the EDC curriculum. The practicum provides students with hands-on experience that requires them … More Sustainable Development Field Practicum: A Fundamental Part of the EDC Curriculum

Changing the World, One Backpack at a Time

Yesterday, Fast Company posted a piece on their website about people they called “philanthropreneurs” — individuals who use their wealth for social good, but not in a passive, “here’s-a-check” way. Their exemplars were Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation, and their active role in it, is transforming how other charitable organizations do their work. They pointed … More Changing the World, One Backpack at a Time