Transformation starts with modest steps

Letitia and John Carter are well-known in the region for the R.I. Innovation Fellowship program run through the Rhode Island Foundation. Now in the midst of judging for the third class of winners, the fellowship awards up to $300,000 spread over three years to each of two chosen applicants to test and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve any area of life in Rhode Island. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



PBN Editorial

Transformation starts with modest steps

Posted 1/6/14

Letitia and John Carter are well-known in the region for the R.I. Innovation Fellowship program run through the Rhode Island Foundation. Now in the midst of judging for the third class of winners, the fellowship awards up to $300,000 spread over three years to each of two chosen applicants to test and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve any area of life in Rhode Island.

The four ideas being supported so far include: the creation of an entrepreneurial hub much like Betaspring to connect Rhode Island-based creative-industry sectors; support for new retail brands online and then help for them to transition to vacant storefronts in the state; the creation of a fleet of mobile design labs aimed at out-of-school experiences for children and subsequently the creation of a design curriculum for schools; and an effort to eradicate Hepatitis C in Rhode Island.

For the innovation fellowship alone, the Carters would be worth recognition. But they created another program through the Rhode Island Foundation, giving “Spark” grants to individual projects proposed by third-grade teachers in any public or charter school in Providence. This school year the program has committed $75,000 to projects in 22 of the city’s 24 elementary schools, projects that reach beyond simple academic education in ways that stimulate both students and teachers.

The Carters’ efforts are more than generous – they reveal a deep attachment to the state and a belief in the transformative power of the individual given a little push. We all should thank them. •

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Estate and Corporate Income Taxes are changing next year, and business owners and executives should know the details. The PBN Summit on November 6th will provide those details and more - including how much Obamacare's Employer Mandate could cost.
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement