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Farah Mithani

Farah Mithani
Urban Studies
BDP Certificate: 
Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Spring 2015

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Farah Mitahni spent the summer of 2013 interning with Pendulum Social Innovation Consulting, a firm that works with non-profit and for-profit social enterprises.”

What kind of work does Pendulum Social Innovation Consulting do?
Pendulum Consulting works with non-profit as well as for-profit organizations in forming strategies for growth and success. The strategies for growth and success developed by Pendulum are unique, innovative, and customized to fit an organization’s identity. Pendulum also takes part in many pro bono projects for organizations that lack the skills and expertise in certain areas and need outside assistance.

How did you find your internship with Pendulum?
I found out about Pendulum through my BDP advisor, Erin Thomas. I didn’t know much about Pendulum at first but upon learning more about the organization, I was immediately interested. Pendulum’s past work and its passion for transforming the community through its clients impressed me very much. I jumped at the opportunity to work with such a great firm.

Describe the work that you did as an intern. What type of skills did you gain?
As an intern I worked on a diverse array of tasks. With one of the clients we worked with, many different stakeholders were surveyed and we analyzed the surveys to determine the shortcomings as well as successes of the organization. The surveys allowed us to further develop projected metrics needed to achieve growth for the organization as well as ways to attain those projected metrics. I also worked a great deal on developing Pendulum’s first newsletter, which will be sent out to existing and prospective clients. My research, writing, and critical thinking skills became a lot stronger through my internship with Pendulum.

What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience internship?
I gained first-hand experience seeing how non-profits and social enterprises work, as well as the field of consulting. I saw the process of entrepreneurial ventures and witnessed the innovation that is necessary within the fields of consulting and entrepreneurship.

What did you learn through this experience about Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship?
From my Connecting Experience, I have learned that innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all aspects that can create significant change in the world. Innovation has the power to change the way people act and think about things, creativity grabs peoples’ attention, and entrepreneurship puts a creative and innovative idea into action.

In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
Through my internship at Pendulum Consulting I found a passion for the field of consulting and entrepreneurship. I also found that the concept and emergence of corporate social responsibility greatly interests me. In the future, I would love to either work in the fields of consulting and en