Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Social Change Agent Alexis Miesen (MS'04)
This is the story of Alexis Miesen (MS'04), who has taken her master's degree from the Columbia School of Social Work in some unexpected directions. First, she co-founded a locavore ice cream shop in Brooklyn, called Blue Marble. And now she and her partner have expanded the business to include a shop run by a women's collective in Africa. As Alexis explains in this film, Inzozi Nziza ("Sweet Dreams” in Kinyarwanda) is Rwanda's first and only local ice cream shop, and there are plans to replicate it as a micro-enterprise.
Feature on Alexis Miesen in the Spectum Special Edition, September 2013 (p. 19).
- Blue Marble Ice Cream
- Trailer for Sweet Dreams, a feature-length documentary about Inzozi Nziza, by award-winning filmmakers Rob & Lisa Fruchtman.
This video marks the first in an occasional series featuring Columbia School of Social Work students, graduates, and faculty who have served as agents for social change of various kinds. Suggestions for people to feature? Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.