9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Boston College: Brighton Campus
2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA
How are we Leading The Way? will be an opportunity for social sector leaders and partners to discuss social innovation among social sector organizations in Massachusetts. The event will bring together participants of the Leading the Way report, organizations that are seeking to learn from master social innovators, and public sector participants interested in social innovation.
April 13, 2013
9:00am-5:00pm Bogota, Colombia
CSI co-director Dr.Stephanie Berzin will present a training on social innovation to Fe Y Alegria.
April 18th 12:30 to 2:00pm
McGuinn 5th floor lounge
Come hear how innovation is changing the landscape of funding of the future.
Panel Presentation: : Edward Dolan, Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services; Caroline Whistler, partner at Third Sector; and Tom McKenna, the Executive Director of Roca.
CSI Co– Director Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes along with faculty members at the Center for Social Innovation have worked together to complete this detailed report on social innovation and its practice occurring in Massachusetts. Twenty three socially innovative organizational leaders across the state were interviewed for this report. Click here to view the Providers Council Report
March 14, 2013
Boston College has been named a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, a global association of leading social entrepreneurs. Ashoka cited BC’s use of social innovation as “a pathway to social justice,” noting the establishment of a social innovation program in the Graduate School of Social Work. Continue Reading »
FEBRUARY 19, 2013
With an important major milestone completed, organizers of the Graduate School of Social Work’s social innovation initiative are now planning for its next phase, including an effort to involve other Boston College schools, departments, and programs.
Nearly three years ago, GSSW Associate Professors Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Stephanie Berzin launched the initiative, establishing a center to coordinate activities that promote social innovation — a growing field that blends entrepreneurship and practices from business/management and other disciplines to address social needs.Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »
March 20, 2012
Eight teams of Social Innovation and Leadership students at the Graduate School of Social Work gathered for a daylong series of guided activities to develop innovative responses to social problems. Using strategies of scenario building, open innovation, and rapid prototyping, each team developed and presented their innovative solution to a panel of experts.
The Social Innovation Symposium, hosted at Boston College by the Graduate School of Social Work and Capstone Program (an undergraduate seminar series in which students reflect on their college experience and preview life beyond the University), was sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts. It brought together more than 250 students and faculty at Boston College to stimulate thinking about social innovation and social change. The symposium and follow-up classroom discussions encourage students to consider opportunities in the social sector and help build a sense of community among the next generation of social innovators. The event featured a panel of social innovators: Earl Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read; Jim Laughlin, director of communications of Life is Good; and Eric Scharwz, co-founder and CEO of Citizen Schools.
The Boston College Social Innovation Center launched the 2012 Social Innovation Lab. In its second year of operation, the Lab will be working with four social service agencies from Massachusetts. Innovation Teams from each agency will engage in a series of face-paced activities, beginning with identifying a social problem, working to develop a prototype, and ending with the pilot testing of at least one of the prototype components.
The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work welcomed the first cohort of students to the Social Innovation and Leadership Program. Co-chaired by Professor Stephanie Berzin and Sloan Center on Aging and Work Director Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, this new program engages macro social work students in training and experiential learning about social innovation and paradigms of sustainable social change.
Read more in GSSW Magazine