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Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
Center for Social Innovation

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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Been a Long Time Coming: Social Entrepreneurship in Later Life

January 2014 -- In 1997, (formerly Civic Ventures) took a bold step and began public conversations that challenged assumptions about the experience of aging and the productive capacities of older adults. Rather than viewing older adults as being on "a decline toward dependence," understood that the creativity, energy,experience, passion, and competencies of older adults could be harnessed to address many of the world's problems. ...  View the Report »

Social Innovation + Leadership Program Hosts Leadership Lunches

Leadership Lunches are designed to expose SIL students, and other Boston College students interested in leadership, to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders will bring their strengths in administration, policy, and change management/transformation to the discussion. These Lunches typically begin with a few basic questions on leadership, followed by a student-initiated Q & A. Upcoming Lunches»

The Social Innovation Lab

This year the Social Innovation Lab has partnered with Ruta N Medellin in Medellin, Colombia to offer an international Social Innovation Lab.Read More»