Save the Date... October 4, 2012!
Join the Elfenworks team as we pay tribute to the sixth group of inspiring and selfless changemakers who are lighting the way to a brighter future at the In Harmony with Hopesm awards ceremony on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The evening of celebration will be held at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame. Look for your invitation to this not-to-be-missed annual event in early September and visit our awards page for more detailed information on the honorees in the coming months.
Dignity for Domestic Workers
Marci Seville and Hina Shah, with the Elfenworks Center for Employment Justice at Golden Gate University School of Law, recently published a paper on the rights of domestic workers in the Albany Law Review. In their article, "Domestic Worker Organizing: Building a Contemporary Movement for Dignity and Power," Shah and Seville trace the history of the domestic worker and explain why the work itself has been undervalued and the workers marginalized. They close by reviewing the current status of domestic workers and look to what lies ahead.
The Tools for Ethical Social Entrepreneurship
Speaking on a topic near and dear to her heart, Dr. Lauren Speeth lectured on "Leadership Ethics and Entrepreneurship" as part of the St. Mary's College, School of Economics and Business Administration Speaker Series. Addressing the crowd of future (and current) business leaders, Speeth discussed attributes of leadership, and what makes a leader worth following. Delving into the details of the tool she has found most helpful in her work as a social entrepreneur, Speeth explained the Seven Pillar methodology and worksheet tool that she developed following a conversation with former president Jimmy Carter in which he laid out the seven principles that have guided his significant lifetime of work. (Speeth's book, Intelligence and Compassion in Action: The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurs, will be published later this summer.) She concluded her talk on a note of hope, telling her audience that abundant joy comes from that intersecting space where you're working at something you love doing and which you are good at and addressing the real needs of the world.
- "[Dr. Speeth's] inspiring and hope-filled presentation was energizing!"
- "The Seven Pillars surely will stick with me. You have shown me two paths to leadership, sharing credit and partnership, which I will put in practice."
Creativity Flows as Students Promote Justice through Film and Music
For the fifth straight year, Elfenworks partnered with Campus MovieFest (CMF) and College Battle of the Bands to discover emerging artists who are "talking" about creating change through their work. The CMF Hollywood red-carpet awards ceremony was held at Universal Studios' Globe Theatre on June 23.
Lauren Speeth, joined on stage by CMF founder David Roemer, congratulated all the students across the country who entered this year's contest and invited them to submit again next year. "Students, we're grateful to you for partnering with us, using your creative passion to raise awareness about so many social justice issues in creative, insightful ways," she told them. "Don't let anyone tell you you're the future; you're the now, and our world is in very good hands with you!"
Actor Nate Parker (best known for his roles in Red Tails and The Secret Life of Bees) helped Speeth present the awards.
- First Place (and $10,000) went to Gisella Gutierrez of Rutgers University, for her film entitled Taking a Stand, a music video that addresses the appalling reality of human trafficking in this country.
- Second Place (and $3500) was awarded to Ryan Palm's A Day of Hope, in which he examined the trials of an unemployed middle aged woman struggling to find a job in a high-tech world. Palm is a student at Hunter College.
The judges had a difficult time making their selections. Elfenworks bestowed several special awards on a number of films that we didn't want to pass over:
Battle of the Bands
The competition in the College Battle of Bands echoed the intensity of the movie competition. Ultimately, The Thirstbusters, whose song, "Finders Keepers," rails against corporate greed, edged into first place and earned the $5,000 prize. Second place was awarded to Lonely Biscuits' "Deep Dish" and third place went to Annie Dingwall's "When the Lights Come On."
If you're a college student (or know one), tell them about the Elfenworks Social Justice award at Campus MovieFest and College Battle of the Bands. It could be the start of something big! We recently learned the Elfenworks Social Justice music winner from 2009, Eyeshine, has won the national competition Gimme the Gig, II. Congratulations, Eyeshine!