Science, Technology, and Society
Social investment to help the most vulnerable.
The global development bridge consists of many bricks. Among them: social investing, support of developing-world entrepreneurs through grants and microlending, small-scale cleantech like solar radios and cookstoves, and empowering women. And a recent study by SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society assesses best practices—and shares lessons learned—from around the world on how to support these efforts.
Download and read the Coordinating Impact Capital PDF.
Coordinating Impact Capital: A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses, looks at how “impact investors” launch and grow social enterprises to yield meaningful returns.
Sometimes those returns take time—twice as long as other types of investments. Another lesson: Syndication is a winning strategy, perhaps in terms of sharing risk; so is passing the baton, where investors work sequentially.
A young mathematician at SCU has helped equip police in Santa Cruz and L.A. with an algorithm that predicts where crimes might happen next. Is this the future of policing?
A veteran chronicler of Silicon Valley looks at why the high-tech industry needs—and wants—folks who know how to tell a story.
Kurds, Arabs, countrymen: Shakespeare Iraq brings the Bard to Ashland like you’ve never heard him.
A statue that’s gazed on the Mission Gardens for 130 years gets a much-needed restoration. As layers of paint are peeled away, stories of the past emerge.
They make Erik Hurtado ’13 WCC player of the year and the No. 5 pick in pro soccer’s draft.
There’s global interest in a Massive Open Online Course in business ethics.