Our Top 5 Posts of 2014

It’s that time of the year when emails are flooding in with subject lines of “Thanks for a Great Year” and “Recapping 2014.”  The New Year is certainly a time for reflection and celebration so we thought we’d share our top 5 most viewed posts of 2014:

A moment of fun as we counted down to our 10 year anniversary#1: In Memory of Greg Dees

It was just over a year ago when we said goodbye to our founder and dear friend, Greg Dees.  We still feel his presence every day and are thankful that, as we said in this post, “his spirit and wisdom will live on through the many people that he inspired.”

#2: Impact Investing and Global Finance: The Big Picture

In 2014, CASE i3 Director Cathy Clark and her co-authors Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley released both a short e-book and a full length book, noting that “investing with the explicit goal of creating financial returns alongside measurable social and environmental benefits is catching fire.” This post launched the short e-book, Collaborative Capitalism and the Rise of Impact Investing.  Later in the year, Clark, Emerson and Thornley released the full book – The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism – read more about that release here.

#3: Capacity + Capital = Impact

We brought many speakers to campus to discuss issues of social entrepreneurship, innovation and impact investing.  This post recaps a visit from Laurie Spengler, CEO of Enclude who shared her “observations on global lessons for leveraging capacity with capital for impact.”

#4: Shaping the Future through Innovation: The 2014 Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference

Not even an “epic snowstorm” could stop the 2014 SBSI conference from being a success.  The day included a keynote from Seth Goldman, TeaEO of Honest Tea, and talks from dozens of other leaders in global health, education, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and social enterprise. We’re looking forward to the 2015 conference on February 11, 2015 – save the date!

The year in review is always a popular post – recapping our accomplishments from the academic year including SEAD, CASE i3, the Change Academy, student programs and more.

Some of the other favorites from the year?   Reflecting on September 11th and the “power of a small group of people”; announcing our 2014 SEAD cohort; students innovating on Ebola; discussing multilingual leadership and more stories from our students and alumni.

We hope you enjoy reading the CASENotes blog as much as we enjoying writing it.  Happy New Year from our CASE team to yours and join us in 2015 for more exciting posts and news!