Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) is a multidisciplinary project team, where students work with a faculty member while earning credit. Professor Kirk Bowman directs the Global Social Entrepreneurship VIP offered through the Nunn School and sponsored by Rise Up & Care. It operates under the philosophy that effective and efficient global philanthropy is more important than ever and that innovators and leaders must be from the local communities.
Students can earn 1 or 2 credit hours in VIP while working in teams that produce documentary film, children’s books, and other materials that both generate resources for marginalized communities in Brazil and Colombia and also elevate the status of local role model superheroes. Students use their skills and creativity to help transform communities in Brazil and Colombia: one neighborhood at a time. They use a new model of global philanthropy to maximize efficiency and empower local leaders. A program perk is that next year they will travel to Colombia to pick a local partner, produce a documentary film and children’s book, and provide expansion money to local superheroes. Their first children’s book launched on September 14, 2020.
Former students have found the course and VIP project enriching, leading to tremendous satisfaction and optimism. Bowman is confident students will genuinely make a difference.
Skills needed: animation, augmented reality, web design, branding/social media, writing, Spanish language, fundraising/development, innovation, and leadership.