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Center for Social Innovation


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 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

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

From Financial Services to Social Services

January 22, 2014


Campion 139

We invite GSSW students, staff and faculty to join us for a presentation and conversation with Michael Gilligan,'77, Chairman of the Board of LIFT Boston. LIFT’s mission is to help community members achieve economic stability and well-being. They are working towards establishing a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country’s fight against poverty.

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 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 »

Social Innovation Training

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.

Social Impact Bonds:" Paying for Success"

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.


Cradles to Crayons

April 22,2013

7:00PM Devlin Hall Room 008

CSI welcomes Lynn Margherio,Founder and CEO of Cradles to Crayons-an organizaton that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play.

Social Innovation Day

April 8, 2013

Social Innovation Day 2013 will give Social Innovation and Leadership students an opportunity to experience Social Innovation firsthand.Through interactive experiences and activities,students will develop their own innovative solutions.

More Than Words

February 7, 2013

1:00PM McGuinn Room 334

CSI welcomed three representatives from More than Words, an organization that empowers youth who find themselves in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless or out of school how to take charge of a business who shared their experience of running a successful and sustainable social enterprise.

Social Innovation Dialogue

OCTOBER 25, 2012

Social Innovation and Leadership Program students will engage in a dialogue about social innovation with Guest Ben Gidron of Ben Gurion University.


The Social Innovation Experience

MARCH 20, 2012
1:00-5:00 p.m.
2101 Commonwealth Avenue

First-year Social Innovation and Leadership Program students come together for an experiential social innovation learning opportunity. Innovation Day focuses on four sessions to help students develop a plan for social innovation. These activities integrate some of the processes used in the GSSW Social Innovation Lab model.

Social Innovation Lab: Rapid Prototyping Day

MARCH 13, 2012
9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
2101 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor

The Social Innovation Lab at Boston College welcomes selected agency leaders to a day-long meeting aimed at developing a prototype to respond to their identified social problem. Agency leaders will work collaboratively to address pressing issues and identify possible solutions. 

The Social Innovation Symposium

FEBRUARY 1, 2012
6:45-9:00 p.m.
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

The Graduate School of Social Work and the Boston College Capstone Program hosted the first Social Innovation Symposium at Boston College. Sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts, the event included 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

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