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A New Paradigm for Sustainable Social Change

The Center for Social Innovation is a premier resource for innovation training, support, and research. Social innovation encourages the development of new ideas and directions for solving social problems, both creatively and effectively. Our aim is nothing less than transformative social change.

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This month, Oxford University Press released Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society, a scholarly review of the national initiative from the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW). The book is co-edited by Boston College School of Social Work Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor James Lubben and features the perspectives and research findings of eight BCSSW faculty and staff members. Co-Director Stephanie Berzin contributed a chapter on harnessing technology for social good. 

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CSI Co-Director Stephanie Cosner Berzin releases new book Innovation from Within: Redefining how Nonprofits Solve Problems (OUP, 2018)

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In an ever-evolving human services landscape in which social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, and social enterprise are gaining strength, it's even more critical for nonprofits to embrace new processes and integrate what works in order to challenge the status quo and generate greater social impact. Innovation from Within: Redefining How Nonprofits Solve Problems (Oxford Uinversity Press, 2018) tailors fundamental social innovation concepts to be consistent with the distinctive context of nonprofit work, including organizational history and relationship with the community, board assets, established human resources, and social sector knowledge among others.


Innovation from a Within provides a framework and concrete tools for nonprofits to leverage their existing resources and mobilize social innovation into action. This book is a resource for faculty, researchers, and practitioners to galvanize a movement of nonprofit and human service leaders to understand, practice, and implement social innovation.