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Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
Tomorrow I will be fortunate enough to be traveling to Antarctica, taking part on a once in a lifetime opportunity, The Expedition Antarctic 2009. This is an 11-day student and change makers expedition to Antarctica led by the polar explorer Robert Swan, OBE; the first person in history to walk to both the North and South poles. The Expedition is sponsored by BP and 2041. The team is composed of 63 people from 15 countries and 30 universities and includes experts like Peter Senge or Vivienne Cox, Executive Vice President and CEO of Alternative Energy at BP.
The conversations that will take place on the journey relate to climate change and its relationship with other key challenges such as the provision of energy, water, food, etc. But most importantly, it represents an incredible opportunity to make of this life changing journey the first chapter on a collective conversation, one which explores collaborative interventions and projects which will help us take global actions at a local level.
(Motivation Video before the Expedition)
Upon our return, and while sharing our experience with others, it will be difficult to go beyond the initial perceptions of the penguins, the cold, the clothing gear, which for a Mexican is, not surprisingly, a first time experience. But how can we go beyond this noise, certainly necessary and a “must” introduction to the people back home, but with whom we are obliged to go a step further, and share the moments, the conversations and the magic we are to live in the days to come.
In order to do that, we will begin by sharing the experience “live”. I will be blogging, together with a team of 8 people, on a daily basis from Antarctica. You can follow the conversation, interact and know our exact location during the whole Expedition at Expedition Antarctic 2009.
You can also have a view of the Expediton through Google Maps.


Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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Acumen Fund is now offering summer associate positions for Portfolio Associates, Knowledge and Communications and Business Development in New York, Pakistan and India. Aplications will be accepted until Februrary 20th.
We worked this past LAUNCH with Rob Katz in a workshop devoted to the Base of the Pyramid, where we envisioned creative and innovative BoP solutions/products for the world’s poorest. Now you will have an opportunity to dive deeper into the conversation, an opportunity you should not miss.
Acumen Fund is global philanthropic venture capital fund that seeks to prove that small amounts of philanthropic capital, combined with large doses of business acumen, can build thriving enterprises that serve vast numbers of the poor at the base of the pyramid. Be part of the conversation!
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Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
For third straight year, the Social Responsibility Forum will be taking place at IE Business School, November 14 and 15. This is our annual main event which brings together experts who engage in social and environmental issues, be it through corporate social responsibility, starting their own social enterprises or through business endeavours in the environmental arena. Led by IE Students, this years program is fantastic! From social entrepreneurs such as Jonathan Robinson, Barry Colemand and Dr. Andreas Heinecke, who design novel business ideas to tackle social and environmental problems, to trendsetters who work inside today’s mature companies as advocates of policies that take into account the whole range of stakeholders and the environment.
This year we will welcome Mr. Jeremy Legget, chairman of Solar Century and climate change specialist as our keynote speaker.
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See the full program.
See the list of speakers.
Take part on the career fair and networking event on Saturday.
Compete at the Social Entrepreneurship Buiness Plan Competition, by Sumaq.
Save your spot! We have limited capacity and it promises to be a blast.


Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
I have always had a struggle to find a compelling and inclusive way to address ethics, that is until now. Luckily for me, I had the chance to meet Oscar Motomura at the 2008 IC of AIESEC. If we consider ethics to be the choice for the common good, I share with you the “Reflections on ethics and the process of making things happen: effective implementation of solutions for critical sustainability equations.”
If ethics is the choice for the common good (global reach and including all living beings):
1. Deciding to act small because it is more comfortable… is not ethical;
2. Deciding to hold back (your proposals, ideas and actions) because you don’t want to go against “the group” … is not ethical;
3. Deciding to doing the possible instead of trying to make the impossible possible… is not ethical;
4. Deciding to use just a part of your potential (to “save” it for self interest purposes) … is not ethical;
5. Deciding not to act, to stay silent, letting fear stay in the way… is not ethical;
6. Deciding to conform to the “letter of the law” instead of persisting on the path defined by the “spirit of the law” … is not ethical;
7. Deciding not to try because nobody tried it before… is not ethical;
8. Deciding not to pursue the perfection and conform to what seems “negotiable” … is not ethical;
9. Deciding to postpone bold actions again and again “waiting for the right moment” … is not ethical;
10. Deciding to “play the game” and pretend that you are not seeing the manipulations underway… is not ethical;
11. Deciding to live in the realm of ideas, diagnosis and theories instead of taking the risks and going for actions… is not ethical;
12. Deciding to act only when all is scientifically proven, even when the truth is self evident… is not ethical;
13. Deciding to reject all radically creative ideas (yours including) when the “traditional-not-so-radical ideas” have not been working… is not ethical;
14. Deciding to reject every proposal that looks “idealistic” or “utopic” … is not ethical


Waya Quiviger, Director of Special Projects, Social Impact Management
IE Business School is pleased to announce a new “Training and Mentoring Program for Women-Led Business”, as developed by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) together with the Center for Diversity in Global Management and the Department of Entrepreneurial Management at the IE . Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) is an African NGO working to foster peace in Africa. Since its inception in 1996, FAS has striven to strengthen and promote the leading role of women in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts on the African continent.
This Training and Mentoring Program is generously sponsored by the Government of Spain (AECI). Its aim is to assist 25 entrepreneurial women who have established business enterprises with strong growth potential in Liberia, DRC, Rwanda, Senegal, Mozambique and South Africa. Once identified, these 25 female entrepreneurs are paired up with one or two volunteer International MBA students who, over the course of the summer, will 1) meet them in person in Madrid during the women’s on-site training; 2) visit them for 2 to 4 weeks in their respective countries and give them personal assistance for their business locally; 3) continue their business consulting over email. Of the 25 candidates, 10 will be selected after the summer to present their business plan to a panel of investors in Geneva in October. Some IMBA students will have the opportunity to accompany their business mentee to Geneva.

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Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
Here are some Jobs on Base of the Pyramid, ranging from COO positions to Management Consulting and Microfinance Development:
Chief Operating Officer at Scojo Foundation. The Scojo Foundation is a global social enterprise, currently operating in 13 countries, which creates jobs and sustains livelihoods through the sale of affordable reading glasses to the 700 million people who require clear, up-close vision to read and work.
Intellecap is looking for an Editor with Microfinance Insights in Mumbai; Senior Associates – Publications and Knowledge Advisory in Mumbai; Senior Associates/ Associates – Training and Research in Hyderabad; Senior Associates/ Associates – SME & Microfinance Development in Hyderabad; Senior Associates/ Associates – Management Consulting in Hyderabad; and Senior Associates/ Associates – Finance in Hyderabad.
Take a look at all Intellecap job postings. Intellecap is a leading consulting firm focused on capital advisory and innovations for the inclusive finance space, endeavoring to create and deliver mainstream, profitable solutions to address the problems of poverty and expedite sustainable development.
Internship at Engineers for Social Impact (Internship with application’s deadline on March 2nd). Engineers for Social Impact is a unique fellowship program to connect the best engineering talent to the most credible social enterprises that drive market-based solutions to development in India.
Associate, New Ventures Program, World Resources Institute. New Ventures promotes sustainable growth in emerging markets by accelerating the transfer of capital to businesses that deliver social and environmental benefits at the base of the economic pyramid.
Director, TED Fellowship Program. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
Also have a look at a report which Net Impact made on December 2007 on Job’s in the CSR arena.


Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
On February 21st we will have at IE Business School a conversation which brings together a Sustainable Perspective.
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Arthur Dahl, Coordinator of the UNEP/University of Geneva Programme of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy will talk in regards to “The limits and potentials of planetary sustainability”, using an environmental systems perspective to set the context within which business must evolve in the decades ahead.
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Augusto Lopez Claros, Former Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum will base his contribution on “Why good policies matter” The meaning of sustainability from a global economic perspective.
The session will be moderated by Daniel Truran, Secretary General of EBBF.
It will take place February 21st, at 18.00-20.00 at Serrano 105, IE Business School.
To reserve your seat send an email to


Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
Paty Ruiz Corzo will be at IE Business School this coming Wednesday, November 21, sharing a conversation with both environmental practitioners and IE students. After the SR Forum and IE Alumni Day, we could ask for no better closing roundup speech than with Paty. Both Ashoka and Schwab Fellow, Paty gives meaning to a whole life devoted to social entrepreneurship. Having the opportunity to share a conversation with her is something you should not miss. She will be talking about her work at Grupo Sierra Gorda and her most recent project, involving a CO2 emissions market driven by local communities at the forests of the central part of Mexico.
Please do save the date (November 21) and time:
14.00-15.30: Meeting with environmental practitioners (Maria de Molina 13, Room C-202)
15.30 – 16.30: Conference – Workshop with IE Students (Maria de Molina 13, A-203)
About Paty and her work at Sierra Gorda:
Over the past sixteen years, Martha Isabel (or Paty, as everyone refers to her) has been working to protect this unique area of the world (Queretaro, Mexico). The result has been the creation of a grassroots environmental movement that has transformed the natural resources management practices of the local population and reoriented public investment from government authorities. The Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), which she and her husband founded, addresses the survival needs of the 100,000 men, women and children living in this biosphere by promoting alternative economic approaches while preserving the area’s endangered ecosystem. GESG engages the residents in programmes that enhance and protect the biosphere including reforestation, sustainable forest management, environmental education, preservation of species, sanitation and community improvement, agro-forestry, sustainable agriculture and composting. As a result of its visible success, in 1997, the Mexican government designated the area as the first federally protected reserve in Mexico.


Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
The 2nd Annual Social Responsibility Forum, titled “Find Your Impact”, hosted by IE Business School and the IE Net Impact chapter will take place November 14th and 15th.
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In our second year hosting this event, we are once again determined to guide and indeed, challenge IE students, faculty, and our community to find their impact in matters of corporate social relevance. Our experience at IE has been defined by a combination of our business and social interests. In the same spirit, this forum merges these themes to provide a platform for like-minded individuals to share their experiences and knowledge. We have brought together experts from the areas of corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and renewable energy to lead us towards a responsible business model for the new millennium.
Jose María Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica and passionate advocate of the environment; Pamela Hartigan, Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Alberto Vollmer, CEO of Ron Santa Teresa and Founder of Proyecto Alcatraz; Jonathan Robinson, Co-Founder of The Hub; and Bibi Russell, Founder of Bibi Productions are some of this year’s exceptional speakers. The event will be broadcasted live by webcast.
See our invited Guest Speakers.
Register at the event and join us!


Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
Madrid, October 10, 2007. IE Business School is No.10 in the world and No. 1 in Europe in the biennial MBA ranking published by The Aspen Institute‘s Center for Business Education. The Aspen Institute ranking, known as “Beyond Grey Pinstripes”, is considered the most prestigious of its kind and evaluates how social and environmental issues are integrated into the MBA programs of 100 top international business schools.
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“In the Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, success is measured not by how much new MBA graduates earn or how many offers they get,” said Judith Samuelson, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, “but by how well prepared they are to guide a company through the complex relationship of business and society, where issues relating to the environment or the well-being of a community can impact a company’s performance and reputation.”
The ranking’s authors highlight the fact that IE Business School offers an extraordinary number of courses with relevant social or environmental content in comparison with other schools. IE Business School’s longstanding commitment to society permeates every one of its initiatives, to the extent that IE now has a dedicated social impact management department that plays a pivotal role in the school’s day-to-day activities.
“At IE we are acutely aware of the need to generate knowledge about responsible leadership. This concern translates into initiatives like our seminars on ethics, the IE Alumni Chair in Corporate Ethics and IE research centres dedicated to eco-intelligent management, diversity and corporate responsibility,” says Joaquín Garralda, Vice Dean of IE Business School and Director of the PwC-IE Centre for Corporate Responsibility. “We know how important it is to have an integral vision of how business decisions impact the environment.”
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