Social Entrepreneurship Through Eco-Enterprise in Turkey 2010


Jeff Holoubek – Teaching Fellow, Eagle Rock School in CO


The most sustainable learning occurs when fully immersed in a rich experience, which is why my time in Turkey with Lisa was so transformative. Whether exploring the nooks and crannies of Istanbul, the cultural melting pot of the world, or working with the local residents of Ayvalik, a fishing village nestled on the coast of the Aegean Sea, I was constantly immersed in an exchange of culture and learning that serves me to this day. I couldn’t have asked for a better facilitator of that experience than Lisa DiCarlo, who used her countless connections and anthropological intelligence to make our journey one of the most fulfilling of my life thus far. 


Dan Catalano – Business Developer, US

“Turkey opened my eyes to a way of learning that uses the soul to enhance cognition – in other words, to follow my heart to as a guide to improve my learning. Where most of my private education has focused strictly on logic – the experience was fully integrated and therefore exceptionally more powerful.

For example, my goal in Turkey was to learn about economic development models. I learned its purest form – economic development is simply pulling ongoing activities from an informal market into a formal system under modern government, which can then be accounted for and taxed. The economy is already there, it just isn’t recognized by modern capitalism. This understanding could only be made in the field, and I now use analysis like this as a business developer, entrepreneur, researcher and manager.”

Vanessa Brownstein – TechTarget Marketing and Advertising Analyst


Professor DiCarlo’s Social Responsibility Eco-Entrepreneurship course was an unforgettable intellectual adventure for my classmates and myself.

Being introduced to Turkey through the study of Social Innovation contributed to a well rounded educational experience and understanding of Turkey and Turkish people. This subject allowed for us to learn about many aspects of the country and culture; we gained insight into Turkey’s history, society, environment, economy, innovation, business practices, and educational system. We heard testimonies from people at all levels of the social class allowing a robust understanding of the society we were experiencing first hand. Each interaction with the Turkish people, whether it was on the street or in an educational setting, proved invaluable.

All of the students benefited greatly from Professor DiCarlo’s extensive experience within Turkey.  Professor DiCarlo’s personal connections and immense knowledge of the area and the culture had a tremendously positive contribution to our educational journey in countless ways. Not only were we introduced to people and places that we would have never experienced without her guidance, we also felt safe and comfortable in this foreign environment. Being in Turkey with Professor DiCarlo was more than an educational experience; it was an extremely meaningful and enlightening personal undertaking. The hands-on learning contributed to a feeling of empowerment in the educational experience, as we were an active part in creating it. My peers and myself formed a strong emotional connection with each moment we spent in Turkey, making every experience a lesson, whether intended or not. The personal involvement increased the excitement of learning and our ability to absorb information. Suffice it to say, this two-week immersion course taught more than any semester-long classroom-based course in my four years of college.