Fall 2010: Campus Reading Celebration features Muhammad Yunus’s book, Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. The Campus Reading Celebration was a program in which the entire campus read the same book and engaged in discussions about the book across their courses and with the author during a campus visit. Donors contributed $5000 so that the campus community received free copies of the book.
January 2010: CI establishes the Yunus Social Innovation Medal to be awarded annually by Professor Yunus in conjunction with the university to individuals who have a longstanding commitment to social transformation.
February 2010: CISB is launched with speech by Muhammad Yunus to sold-out public forum in Thousand Oaks, CA. Yunus also visits campus and talks with a campus-wide audience about his book.
February 2010: First Yunus Social Innovation Medal is awarded to Steven M. Hilton, CEO and President of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. He has a long-standing relationship with Yunus and is supportive of his groundbreaking work in microcredit and social business. The award was presented at the launching ceremony of the CISB.
August 2010: Held two workshops on campus (one for faculty/administration, another for members of the broader local community) about the social business concept, led by the Grameen Creative Lab
August 2010: Received seed funding for the CISB from the Hilton Foundation ($100,000 over three years)
November 4-5, 2010: President Richard R. Rush spoke to the Global Social Business Summit in Wolfsburg, Germany. Faculty Director Andrea Grove and Vice President for Advancement also attended and held a panel about the CISB.
November 9-13, 2011: Faculty Director Andrea Grove attended the Global Social Business Summit in Vienna, Austria, and the preceding Academia Day, during which she presented about the new Social Business degree programs.
May 31, 2012: The Triple Bottom Line Business Network, created by CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy), and the CISB co-sponsored a symposium: Emerging Business Models for Social and Environmental Sustainability. Speakers were Dermot Hikisch of B Corp, Martin Loeffler of Grameen Caldas, Andrea Grove of the CISB, Marsha Bailey of Women's Economic Ventures, Janet Garufis of Montecito Bank and Trust, and Maricela Morales of CAUSE. Attendees heard about new models such as Benefit Corporations and Social Business. For more information about the Triple Bottom Line network, contact Maricela Morales, CAUSE, email@example.com, and about the CISB, contact Andrea Grove, firstname.lastname@example.org.