- Senior Fellow at Columbia University's Institute for Tele-Information at the Graduate School of Business and former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Community Engagement (CTICE), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
- From 1998 through 2001, under the Clinton Administration, advised the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) on IT Policy. Nominated by Laurie Perrine, Counsel for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
- Raised more than $13 million to provide a network for a consortium of 30 schools, 20 community-based cultural organizations and for-profit technology service providers - totaling 136 community technology centers - for the NYC CTC (Citywide Training Center) Bank Project.
- Rockeller Cultural Innovation Fund (2012-2014) - Grant received for developing a Mobile Augmented Reality System (MARS) for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute that will digitally landmark key historical and cultural events in El Barrio.
- Apple New Media Center (1994) - grant received for the development of a consortium of universities and companies innovating the use of new media technologies in education.
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Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Investing
Social entrepreneurs not only have a particular set of skills, they possess a certain orientation towards their chosen industry and the world which they are committed to change.
In a course at the Columbia School of Engineering where Microsoft funded research to study successful social entrepreneurs, we came up with a description for this frame of mind as that of the "visionary practitioner," or VP. The visionary practitioner is someone who has demonstrated the ability to go from idea (or "vision) directly into practice or realization. They are able to connect directly to the customer/client/beneficiary and engage in the generation of a solution of the perceived problem, seemingly through force of will. Of course, there is more to it than that. When comparing the attributes of VPs, they all demonstrate certain characteristics that can be categorized into hard skills and value sets:
- Participatory designer/thinker
- Business acumen
- Team-oriented in leadership style
- Subject matter expert
- Incessant learner
- Tempered impatience
- Driven with moderation
- Singular focus (without sacrificing multi-faceted approach)
- Value for diversity and inclusion