USC IDA’s 1st General Meeting of 2010—
Tuesday, Februrary 2nd (tomorrow!) at 7:00pm in VKC 111.

We will be hosting Robert Moore, a USC graduate and founder of MDM International, as well as a talk from Global Business Brigades about their recent service-learning trip to Panama.

The Vision of MDM is to make the greatest positive impact on the world’s poor in a way that is self-sustaining and long term. Through an innovative approach that combines the realms of business and philanthropy, MDM hopes to pioneer a culture of giving in developed countries that focuses less on simply donating to the poor and more on empowering them. MDM is currently in the research stage of a project to set up a company in India to manufacture and distribute the FastBloc building technology. MDM will target developers who are building low-cost housing to enable them to bring the cost down and the quality up of the homes that they are selling and renting to the lower-class market. (

Global Business Brigades (GBB) is a national, non-profit organization committed to help build and sustain various micro-enterprises around the world through enabling undergraduate students to go on trips or “brigades” to develop professional business skills with specific hands on projects. This month, USC GBB sent 26 students to Panama to consult local farmers. This week-long brigade encompassed working one on one with local honey bee farmers, collaborating on sustainable business ideas, and empowering the community to move forward. GBB is different than any other program at USC because it mixes practical business skills, philanthropy, and traveling abroad together in a very ambitious way. Interested to learn more? Come hear Jessica, one of our IDA executive board members, and President of GBB, Chanel, share about their experiences in Panama and find out how you can apply to go on a service-learning trip!

We hope to see you all there!