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Higher Education’s Social Responsibilities & Its Relations with Society and Business Community: Report from First Annual Summer Palace Forum

The Rockefeller Center is led by talented staff and faculty, whose expertise is often called upon to speak at events large and small.  The Center's Deputy Director, Sadhana Hall, was a featured speaker at a new conference in China during the summer of 2013.  Read on for takeaways and highlights.

On June 29-30, 2013, the University of International Relations’ Center for International Strategy and Security Studies and Marietta College’s China Institute and McDonough Leadership Center co-sponsored the First Annual Summer Palace Forum in Beijing, China. Forum speakers and participants discussed the relationship between higher education, the promotion of social responsibility, and the preparation of students for the workplace. Forum organizers included speakers from Marietta College, Harvard Business School, Princeton University, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College and leaders of major Chinese enterprises.

Julia McElhinney named Perkins Bass Intern for Summer 2013

Julia McElhinney was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2013 internship, with generous support from the Perkins Bass ’34 Public Affairs Internship Fund. She interned with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington DC.  The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent not-for-profit research group that works tirelessly to ensure governmental policy, corporate practices and consumer choices are informed by thoughtful and engaged scientific research. “I look forward to incorporating what I have learned about the importance of sustainable, small-scale food and farm systems into my academic and professional interests in community building,” says Julia.

Julia is a member of the Class of 2014 at Dartmouth College. She is an Environmental Studies Major and a Studio Art Minor studying the intersection of public policy, planning and design as it relates to public placemaking. Julia has a keen strong interest in the role food and agriculture play in the creation of resilient communities. As a Presidential Scholar, Julia researched strategies for comprehensive community planning and design.

Startup Experience: Using Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Solve Social Problems #SocEnt

Henrik Scheel, founder of the Startup Experience Inc., brought the sun from California earlier this month, enlightening the Dartmouth College community with his workshop — How Might We Improve Lives Through Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship?

The Startup Experience re-defines design thinking and entrepreneurship. It inspires people to search for the most effective business that will ultimately improve an issue in the world, such as poverty.

And so the Dartmouth College community, composed of students, faculty, residents, and staff, participated in a two day workshop filled with several insights from experts that inspired and motivated groups to create a new business. Three of the groups that actually won prizes for having an exceptional idea for a new business were: Motivation Imagination, FairWorks, and Switch Green.

Rocky Hosts Hamm Leadership Program

In late July, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center welcomed twenty-four student visitors from all over the world to Dartmouth. Hailing from Pakistan to Venezuela to New Hampshire, the students participated in the Charles J. Hamm ’55 Leadership Program at Philips Exeter Academy.

Hamm program participants spent the summer questioning leadership theories, studying notable leaders throughout history, and developing personal leadership skills through interactive projects. Dartmouth was a natural stop for Hamm program participants; the Rockefeller Center’s mission of public policy and civic leadership, co-curricular, and curricular offerings fit well with the Hamm program participants’ interests and goals.

PRS Students Present on New Hampshire’s #Medicaid Managed Care Plan

PRS student Mark Sheridan ’15 testifies to various New Hampshire officials regarding the NH Medicaid Managed Care Plan on June 25, 2013, in Concord, New Hampshire.  PRS student Lorelei Yang ’15 was also presenting.


Mark Sheridan and Lorelei Yang from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord on June 25, 2013 to present on the implementation of New Hampshire’s Medicaid managed care plan.  NH State Representative Laurie Harding and members of the NH Senate requested a report on the topic. 

Q&A with Henrik Scheel, Entrepreneur and Founder of The Startup Experience

Henrik Scheel, the founder of the Startup Experience Inc., seeks to instill a sense of responsibility in people to improve the broader world through entrepreneurship. Scheel believes that design thinking is valuable tool in finding and/or creating opportunities that can improve social well-being through human-centered business solutions. Henrik Scheel is a Danish serial entrepreneur currently living in San Francisco where he focuses on startup projects in entrepreneurship education and telecom.  After working in innovation management, he moved to Silicon Valley where he founded Startup Experience Inc. Through Startup Experience he has formed partnerships with governments, NGOs and corporate non-profits in 15+ countries and is striving to transform entrepreneurship education in today’s school system.

Henrik Scheel: "How Might We Discover Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Social Good?" on Thursday, Aug 1 at 5PM @ecovator

Aligned with Dartmouth College’s own mission, Henrik Scheel, founder of the Startup Experience Inc., seeks to instill a sense of responsibility in people to improve the broader world through entrepreneurship. Scheel believes that design thinking is valuable tool in finding and/or creating opportunities that can improve social well-being through human-centered business solutions. 
Henrik Scheel is a Danish serial entrepreneur currently living in San Francisco where he focuses on startup projects in entrepreneurship education and telecom. While still an engineering student, Henrik founded two companies in IT and Design Thinking. He then worked with the Global Research team at Vestas Wind Systems and became specialized in strategy development and Innovation Management. In 2010 he moved to Silicon Valley where he founded Startup Experience Inc. Through Startup Experience he has formed partnerships with governments, NGOs and corporate non-profits in 15+ countries and is striving to transform entrepreneurship education in today’s school system. 

How to Become Climate Problem Solvers and Leaders - Free, Open Event on 7/18/13 at 12:30 PM

Have you ever wondered how to influence change and become a leader in climate science? Find out more at a free, public event co-sponsored by the Climate Institute and the Rockefeller Center!FREE Light LUNCH will be available. When: Thursday July 18,2013 - 12.30 – 2 pmWhere: Rockefeller Center, Morrison Commons, Dartmouth College.

RSVP REQUESTED FOR FOOD ORDERINGThe Climate Institute and its Dartmouth Interns are here on campus to present ways in which you can become active in climate problem solving and become leaders in the field. The Climate Institute is the world’s first NGO based solely on addressing climate change. Formed in 1986, its primary aim is to empower students through research and the communication of climate awareness. We are now looking to spread the word of how to become involved in the dynamic world of climate science. 

Rockefeller Center Funds 33 Students for Summer 2013 Public Policy Internships

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center is one of several Dartmouth centers that grants funding support for unpaid internships to undergraduates. Rockefeller Public Policy Internship Grants are designed to enable students to work in an unpaid non-profit or governmental agency on issues of public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities that help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state or national level. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to students through a competitive application and interview process each term. The deadline for Fall 2013 consideration is Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Congratulations to the 33 interns funded by the Rockefeller Center, working in a variety of host organizations during the Summer 2013 term!     
TIP: Expand the slideshow above to full-screen (the button on the bottom right), then click "show info" to view the student's bio.

Did you know that we post a variety of internship opportunities for students to consider? Click here to see all posts related to internships.

Journey to the Promised Court: Dartmouth First-Year Fellow Shares #SCOTUS Experiences #DOMA #Prop8

At approximately 9:10 am on June 26, I got it—my golden ticket. With it, I gained access, not to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but to the Supreme Court of the United States where I heard the justices pronounce, explain and dissent some of the most important human rights rulings since the Civil Rights era.

Here, behind the magnificent marble columns and Greco-style carvings evoking ideas of justice and power, nine justices decided the fate of so many. Before the proceedings began, however, I took a moment to reflect on the last 12 hours that brought me to this moment of reckoning.

It started with a Twitter post saying people were already lined up at the court entrance at 6 p.m. the night before. Along with three of my Dartmouth cohorts, I raced to secure a spot. Arriving at 10:30 p.m., we became a tentative 60th in line. We were quite unsure if we'd make it inside. Someone said only 47 slots would be open. But we were determined. Hey, you never know.

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