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Social Innovation Day

Tuesday, April 8th

Join us for this year’s Social Innovation Day! Teams of Social Innovation and Leadership students at the Graduate School of Social Work will gather for a day long series of guided activities to develop innovative responses to social problems. Presentations are from 9:30-10:45am at the Idea Fair and from 3-5pm during the group presentations. The event will be held at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton Campus. Read More»

Lunch with Leader Andrea Perry

Friday, March 28th

12:00-1:00pm McElroy Commons

Our next Leadership Luch will feature Andrea Perry, LICSW, Executive Director of YouthConnect. The lunch will be held in the Faculty Dining Room, on the 3rd floor of the McElroy Commons, and space is limited 10 seats filled on a first-come first-served basis. If interested in joining the event please RSVP to Christopher Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu.

Lunch with Leader John Larivee

Friday, February 14th

11:50am-1:00pm McElroy Commons

The upcoming Leadership Lunch will be with John Larivee, CEO of Community Resources for Justice. The lunch will be located in the Faculty Dining Room, on the 3rd floor of the McElroy Commons, and space is limited 10 seats filled on a first-come first-served basis. If interested in joining the event please RSVP to Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu.

 

Lunch with Leader Mike Durkin

Thursday, December 5th

12:20-2pm McGuinn 526

Mike Durkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay And Merrimack Valley. The event seating is limited to 10 seats, and sign-up will be on a first come, first-served basis until the 10 seats are filled. Please email  christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve a seat.

Leadership: A Diasporan Diplomat's Reflections from Nigeria

October 10th, 2013

12:30pm to 1:50pm

McGuinn 334

A Social Innovation and Leadership & Global Practice Event. Presenter Atim Eneida George, a Foreign Service Officer for 30 years in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa will be sharing her experiences in leveraging public policy to eradicate poverty,promote social justice and gender equity.

How Are We Leading The Way?

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. More about the social innovation roundtable »

News

Empower Lunch

January 27,2014

Professors Tiziana Dearing and Stephanie Berzin, co-chairs of the Social Innovation & Leadership Program, hosted a luncheon with Bill Drayton, Ashoka Founder; Fernande Raine, Ashoka; Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Montgomery Professor of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University and Secretary for Health and Social Services at the Archdiocese of Boston; Monalisa Smith, President, Mothers for Justice and Equality; and Michael Gilligan, Chair, LIFT USA.Continue Reading»

"Social Business: A New Path for Capitalism?"

OCTOBER 17, 2013

Independent film producer and author Stephanie Failloux screened "Social Business", a new 50 minute film giving a fresh perspective on the potential for entrepreneurs to tackle social problems, seen through the example of a for-profit start-up in Cambodia. Stephanie Failloux shared with students and faculty her experience with using film as a medium to open minds and mobilize entrepreneurs into action. This event was sponsored by The Center for Social Innovation, GSSW Social Innovation and Leadership, and BC Venture Competition.

Leadership: A Diasporan Diplomat's Reflections from Nigeria

OCTOBER 10, 2013

On October 10th, the Center for Social Innovation welcomed Atim Eneida George, who spoke with students and faculty on her experiences in leveraging public policy to eradicate poverty, promote social justice and gender equity. The event was co-sponsored by Global Practice Concentration and Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL). Continue Reading»

How Are We Leading The Way?

JUNE 17, 2013

On June 17, leaders and partners from the public service sector, private sector, and academia engaged in a discussion around innovation and its practice in human service agencies. The event was cosponsored by the Providers’ Council, Massachussetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. Continue Reading»

Social Impact Bonds: "Paying for Success"

APRIL 18, 2013

Social Impact Bonds: "Paying For Success", a discussion on how funding innovation in social services leads to paying for RESULTS. The day featured a panel of social innovators: Edward Dolan, Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services; Caroline Whistler, partner at Third Sector Capital Partners; and Tom McKenna, the Executive Director of Roca. The event was hosted by the Center for Social Innovation and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Leading the Way: Social Innovation in Massachusetts

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. Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »

Social Innovation Day 2013

April 8,2013

Students in the Social Innovation & Leadership Program at the Graduate School of Social Work participated in a day long series of guided activities to develop innovative responses to social problems. Continue Reading »

Boston College Designated 'Changemaker Campus'

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 »

GSSW Social Innovation Leaders Looking Ahead

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 »

Social Innovation Day

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.

Social Innovation Symposium

FEBRUARY 2012

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.

2012 Social Innovation Lab Launch

JANUARY 2012

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.  
 

New Students for the Social Innovation and Leadership Program

SEPTEMBER 2011

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