March 15, 2011  
Change: Your Weekly Guide to Social Innovation @ Tulane
On the Calendar  

    3/17: Nonprofit Toolkit Series, Program Evaluation 2-4 PM   


3/18: Newcomb-Tulane College Grant Information Luncheon, 12 pm, Cudd Hall  


3/21: New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, Idea Village  


3/24: TUchangemaker Meeting 6:15 PM Norman Mayer 102 - learn about leadership opportunities


3/28: TUchangemakers Student Leaders application deadline


 View our online calender for event details 

It's that time of year again. The post-Mardi Gras blues are here and it's hard to fight the urge to wrap yourself in the shiny trophies won from the many almost-fatal bead battles. But you're a trooper and are ready to return to your do-gooder self, so we thought we'd help you get back into the feel good moments of being a changemaker.  


Spring is here, crazy squirrels and all, so be sure to put on the ultimate song to inspire you while you change the world.


Pat yourself on the back for picking the center of the social innovation universe for your college career. Not only does this city create great opportunities to give back to the community, but it also fills us with a spirit to always keep going in the thrills and throws (get it?) of life.   


Take a walk to cure MS (Multiple Sclerosis, not Mardi Gras Syndrome).  

Be the Change in your community.  

Catch the Recycle Mania and make Tulane as green as spring grass.  


And please remember to keep those in Japan in your thoughts. We went through this once ourselves and understand how great it feels to know that people really do care.   


In the name of well-worth battle wounds, squirrels that are nuts, and always being grateful,

The TUchangemaker Team

P.S. If the writing style of the newsletter looks sounds different this week, it's because we wanted to give our amazing in-house creative writer, Amy Holiday, a break. She's been doing an incredible job!

Wanted: Tulane Changemakers, Apply by March 28


Tulane is looking for students passionate about social entrepreneurship to apply to be a part of the

TUchangemakers, a highly selective partnership with Ashoka, the world's largest association of social entrepreneurs. We are currently accepting applications and nominations for the 2011-2012 leadership team.


TUchangemakers is a student group that acts as a platform for social innovation and entrepreneurship at Tulane, in New Orleans, and around the world. Tulane is one of only ten universities across the country selected as a Changemaker Campus, which brings together students, faculty and staff members to transform their universities into a hub for social change. The team consists of graduate and undergraduate leaders from across academic disciplines that:

�    Explore social innovation on campus and beyond

�    Engage in creating positive social change

�    Empower a network of student entrepreneurs focused on community solutions and sustainability   


TUchangemakers work in partnership with Ashoka U and Tulane's Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives to create an enabling environment where every individual has access to the resources, learning opportunities, role models, and peer community needed to actualize their full potential as changemakers.


If you are interested in joining this team, please feel free to set up a time to speak further regarding this opportunity.  We encourage you to begin by applying here today.  


What Matters to you? 


Matter L3C , a New Orleans Industrial Design and Consulting Group, provides tailored solutions to develop social needs initiatives. Matter's solution to Louisiana's icky-and-oh-so-sticky oily mess is The Bird Project. Founder and designer Tippy Tippens created the little soap birdies as a response to last year's oil spill.  


Made from biodiesel glycerin (read below for our very own Tulane social entrepreneurs turning grease to greener fuel), fair trade olive oil, aloe, activated black charcoal, and a woodsy cypress scent, these black birds wash down to a clean, white ceramic bird. Can it get any better, you ask? The Bird Project will be donating 50% of its profits to the Gulf Restoration Network and IBRRC.


In just a few weeks we will be at the one-year mark, so do your part by washing up with one of these lucky ducks. And for you keen observers, is there any coincidence that Bird Project and British Petroleum have the same initials? Maybe, maybe not...    


Fashionistas and do-gooders unite: looking good can mean feeling good too


Mardi Gras may be over, but the fun isn't. Erica Trani, owner and creator of In Exchange in the LBC, is throwing a party that will make you feel like a good and respectable citizen of the world (not that you aren't already, but there's always room for improvement, right?). 


The In Exchange Ethical Fashion Show will feature fair trade fashions from India and Nepal strutted to the musical stylings of Big History and Royal Teeth. Join fashionistas, social entrepreneurs, and those who just love a good time for a night of ethics, music, and good taste! 


March 25, 9 pm  

Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters Street, Warehouse District

Buy your ticket in the LBC or the Dana Center at Loyola for $8 and at the door for $10.   



We know Mardi Gras is over, but you can still use these tips - you never know with New Orleans!   


Bring your social venture to a new level with the SENO New Ventures Accelerator!


Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO) is currently recruiting 10 creative problem solvers tackling critical New Orleans problems in the impact areas of:

  • Blight / Housing
  • Healthy Food Systems
  • Infrastructure / Transportation
  • Education
  • Any New Orleans-Specific Issue
The Accelerator will provide individualized skill-building, mentorship and networks, and hands-on technical assistance. Past executive mentors have been John Elstrott, Chairman of Whole Foods, and Linda Stone, founder of the Green Project. Sounds like a great opportunity, doesn't it? And it is! So if you have a social venture and are rearing to go, make sure you apply.

Deadline to apply is April 1. Contact Andrea Chen at with any questions. 

Inspire: Entrepreneur Highlight
Larry Spegele and Brandon Iglesias clean up New Orleans grease with Refresh Environmental

Refresh Environmental is creating a biofuels company that reliably collects waste cooking oil from restaurants and turns the oil into biodiesel. The revenues derived from biodiesel sales will be used to further alternative energy technologies while promoting healthy eating habits. To learn more or get involved with Larry and Brandon's project, email them at  


For more information on the Changemaker Institute, which is helping Larry, Brandon, and many other student entrepreneurs reach their potential,click here.
What would you do with $20,000?

The NewDay Challenge will award up to $20,000 in seed funding to student entrepreneurs dedicated to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to social challenges. Applicants can be any student-created and student-led organization, program, or venture that benefits the New Orleans community.

We are looking for student ventures that:

  • Create social value
  • Plan to generate revenue to be sustainable
  • Solve a social challenge in New Orleans

You can learn more about proposal requirements and selection criteria on our website, or e-mail us at with any questions.

We are students. We are faculty. We are community allies. We are TUchangemakers.