May 5, 2017
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
This year's symposium engaged participants in learning about Innovative Solutions in Changemaking. Speakers talked about social enterprise as a driver of industry change, the pursuit of change within government, and the role of collaborative financing in driving systems-level change. For more information click: here
APRIL 3, 2017
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Teams of first-year social work students in the Macro track will gather for a daylong series of presentations and collaborative exercises to apply the concepts they have learned this semester in a hands-on lab. Team members will conceptualize creative and sustainable solutions to societal issues and then present their solutions to a panel of experts for feedback.
March 8, 2017
MSW students and their field supervisors came together to learn from Rich Greif, Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Community Relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters. The focus was on how employees at all levels can help with an organization's external communications and social media presence--and why this is important for advancing an organization's mission.
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Fulton Hall Honors Library
The symposium will mark the first year of Boston College's new interdisciplinary minor in Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good. We will also celebrate the release of the book Managing for Social Impact: Innovations in Responsible Enterprise, co-edited by Professor Mary Cronin of the Carroll School of Management and Professor Tiziana Dearing, co-director of the Center for Social Innovation. Register here and view event program here.
JANUARY 20, 2017
The Executive Director of Small Can Be Big, Vetto Casado, sits down to speak with BC social work students. Small Can Be Big provides an online platform for people to do what they always do best in a crisis: help one another. By harnessing the power of small, direct donations, SmallCanBeBig.org and its online community of donors can make a big difference for families currently living on the edge.
DECEMBER 1, 2016
Cushing Hall, Room 208
Join the Shea Center for lunch with BC alum, Alex Moulle-Berteaux! Hear about his journey as an entrepreneur, engage in a lively discussion, and network with Alex & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Join the Shea Center for lunch with East Boston Savings Bank President and CEO, Richard Gavegnano! Hear about his journey as an entrepreneur, engage in a lively discussion, and network with Richard & fellow students interested in entrepreneurship.
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
Jolene Hernon (Communications Director, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice) and Jessica Shaw (Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work) explore how to communicate complex ideas in simple ways. Attendees are invited to grapple with how to translate their own work so that it can be put to use. RSVP is required.
OCTOBER 20, 2016
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop with Professor Samantha Texeira and the Social Work Library staff.
OCTOBER 5, 2016
CSI welcomes Ed Frechette, the Chief Innovation Officer of UTEC, to our office at the United Way for the first in our Nonprofit Leadership Innovation series.
Winners of the IF Challenge, a competition created through a partnership with CSI and the United Way Mass Bay, will be announced.
MAY 6, 2016
The Center for Social Innovation, CSI co-directors Professors Stephanie Berzin and Tiziana Dearing, and the BCSSW Macro Student Group are hosting its 2nd annual Boston College School of Social Work Innovation Symposium. The symposium will bring together four leading Boston-area innovators to share what they've learned in an interactive format.
The event is open to students, faculty, alumni, and field supervisors associated with BC Social Work, as well as members of the Boston nonprofit community.
APRIL 21, 2016
MARK LINTON is the President of Linton Strategies, a strategy and policy consulting practice based in Washington, DC, and a Visiting Fellow of BCSSW's Research and Innovations in Social, Economic and Environmental Equity (RISE) and the Center for Social Innovation. Linton will reflect on his experience working with some of America's most iconic cities as they charted their own paths for economic and community development.
APRIL 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
Join students and alumni for a Leadership Panel to celebrate and reflect on the impact that can be achieved from social innovation, and to inspire work and careers in solving complex social issues. Panelist: Daphne Psacharopoulos, SVP, Patients Like Me, Josh Anderson, Executive Director, Recruitment, Teach for America, and Rochelle Webb, President and CMO, Skate Shoe Inc., Member, Pipeline Angels
APRIL 11, 2016
The Social Innovation course has been preparing the students all semester for SID—and on Monday, April 11th, nine student teams will be onsite for a full day of innovation activities. The students’ goal is to develop an innovative solution to the social opportunity/problem they have identified.
APRIL 7th, 2016
Before assuming her role as the third generation president and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea in 2005, Cindi Bigelow spent 20 years in virtually all areas of the company that her grandmother founded. Cindi is instrumental in expanding Bigelow Tea into new channels while building awareness and brand engagement across social media—all to ensure Bigelow Tea is accessible everywhere, 24/7.
Mr. Joseph, as president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare, has championed the transformation of healthcare delivery to create efficient, high-quality, regional health networks.
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Mark is the President of Linton Strategies, LLC, a strategy and policy consulting practice based in Washington, D.C. Before founding Linton Strategies, LLC, Mark served President Barack Obama in a variety of capacities for over nine years, beginning in then-Senator Obama's Washington office.
11:50 am–1:00 pm
Doug Rauch is the President and Founder of Daily Table, which aims to make delicious, wholesome and affordable food available to all communities. Through their non-profit retail store, Daily Table sells quality prepared meals at affordable prices along with produce and other grocery items to the Dorchester community. 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.
Student Presenters: Elyse Casey, Katherine Germak, Julia MacMahon, and Alissa Marchant
HOW CAN SUSTAINABLE CHANGE be implemented in an environment such as a prison entrenched with rigid procedures and hierarchical barriers? Four BCSSW students aimed to combat that challenge this summer as they worked at the largest women’s prison in Chile, with the goal of improving mother-child attachment.
Michael Omi is a Sociologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also Associate Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society that brings together scholars, policy makers, and stakeholders to eliminate barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society.
11:50 am–1:00 pm
Rebecca Jackson-Garcia is the Associate Director of Training at Trinity Boston Counseling Center. The Trinity Boston Counseling Center provides mental health services to individuals and families with an emphasis on issues of high-risk youth, poverty, violence, and social or economic injustice. 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.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
The CSI will be hosting an exchange with a group of social entrepreneurs and business leaders from Thailand working to promote social enterprise and corporate social responsibility in their country. The annual exchange is part of a collaboration with WorldBoston, a local World Affairs Council working with the U.S. Department of State to coordinate public diplomacy and professional exchange programs for visiting leaders from around the world.
MAY 1, 2015
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
The CSI is hosting its inaugural Boston College School of Social Work Innovation Symposium. The symposium will bring together three leading Boston-area innovators who are advancing practice in their fields to discuss their approaches in a dynamic, interactive workshop format. The focus of this year's symposium is to develop innovative solutions for economic justice - a key issue of our time. More info»
APRIL 15, 2015
Listen to the CBS Boston radio program as Co-Director Tiziana Dearing speaks about the recent police shooting of Walter Scott. Listen to the full interview and caller Q&A HERE
APRIL 7, 2015
2:30-5:00PM, Barat House (Newton Campus)
Social Innovation Day 2015 will give Social Innovation and Leadership students an opportunity to engage in social innovation firsthand.Through interactive experiences and activities, students will develop their own innovative solutions to social issues. Join us as they present their prototypes to judges and audience.
The most recent session in the BC Center for Social Innovation's Leadership Series, run in partnership with the United Way, featured a new paradigm for the series by which attendees were able to learn from a leading nonprofit practitioner, apply what they learned in practice, report back, and revisit those learnings with the leader in a follow-up forum. Read the blog post here.
Professor Tiziana Dearing, co-director of the Center for Social Innovation, has released a new book Managing for Social Impact: Innovations in Responsible Enterprise, co-edited by Professor Mary Cronin of the BC Carroll School of Management. The book is an Amazon #1 new release in business ethics.
In partnership with the United Way, BCSSW’s Center for Social Innovation launched a Speaker Series held at a shared space in Boston’s Seaport. The Series’ second speaker was Yolanda Coentro, the president and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, whose mission is to “equip nonprofit executives and middle managers with the skills needed to strengthen their organizations.” We sat down with Yolanda after the series to ask her a few questions about Social Innovation. Check it out here!
This fall, in partnership with the United Way, BCSSW’s Center for Social Innovation launched a Speaker Series. The series has been designed to bring together BCSSW field supervisors with MSW students in a forum where they can hear from innovative nonprofit practitioners, and then share what they’ve learned with each other in real time. The Series’ first speaker was Ed Frechette, Chief Innovation Officer at UTEC, a Lowell-based organization whose mission is to “ignite and nurture the ambition of proven-risk youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.” Click Here for some of his thoughts on Social Innovation.
The IF Challenge to end homelessness announced its winners on September 22, 2016. Three organizations won a combined $55,000 to implement their innovative ideas: Children's Healthwatch, HomeStart, and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership. Curious what they came up with? Come check out their solutions!
The partnership of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College and the United Way for the IF Challenge to end homelessness was recently featured in Mass Nonprofit News. Check out the article here!
The Center for Social Innovation at the Boston College School of Social Work and the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship at BC's Carroll School of Management have been chosen as the official academic partners for the Forbes $1 million Global Change the World pitch competition. Boston College students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in screening applications.
Congratulations to all of our student groups who participated in our fifth Annual Social Innovation Day. Once again, teams of first-year social work students in the Macro: Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL) assumed the challenge of innovation and created new solutions to multiple complex issues. Over the course of the day, students participated in an idea fair, team scenario building, and rapid prototyping in order to determine the best solution for their team’s social problem. Students came equipped with a substantial amount of research and understanding of social issues, which included human trafficking, criminal justice, and immigration.
CSI has continued its partnership with Pontifica Universidad Catόlica (PUC) in Chile. In 2015, the partnership brought eleven students to Chile for a Social Innovation Lab. The collaboration focused on student participation in the innovation process and leveraged the cross-cultural expertise of the two universities. To strengthen this cross-cultural partnership, the BCSSW and CSI hosted representatives from PUC. The representatives were Carolina Muñoz-Guzman, Director School of Social Work, Paula Miranda social work faculty member, and Constanza Ramirez Morales, social work student.
The Center for Social Innovation and the Social Innovation and Leadership program (SIL) was developed to train social work students to enhance the growing field of social innovation by combining the practice of entrepreneurship with traditional empathy-building skills taught in social work. In order to better understand this experience, we would like to highlight some of the experiences outside the classroom and inside the social work field.
Boston College School of Social Work professors Tiziana Dearing and David Takeuchi were at the White House on Monday for the launch of the Obama Administration’s new initiative, Expanding Opportunity with Open Data on Building Stronger Ladders of Opportunity: A White House Demo, a program for which BCSSW will serve as an initial academic research partner.
Elliot Joseph is president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare. According to his official bio, Joseph has “championed the transformation of healthcare delivery to create efficient, high-quality, regional health networks. Throughout his career, he has focused on reshaping healthcare organizations through the building of regional integrated delivery systems and creating and sustaining organizational cultures that reward innovation, accountability and engagement in service to patients and families.”
Mark Linton has built an impressive career as a leader in advocating for social change. During nine years on the staff of Senator and then President Barack Obama, he has served in various leadership roles, including as Acting Chief of Staff for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and asExecutive Director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities.
The end of a calendar year can be a good time to reflect on where we are in our lives, and where we would like to go. Recently, members of the BCSSW Macro Social Work Student Group gathered to do just this, in a new workshop convened by Professors Tiziana Dearing and Margaret Lombe entitled “Remembering Your Why.”
A not-for-profit retail store, Daily Table’s mission is to “help communities make great choices around food by making it easy for them to choose tasty, healthy, convenient, and truly affordable meals and groceries” in a “respectful manner that honors our customer, engendering dignity.” Daily Table is able to do this in its first location, in the Dorchester section of Boston, by providing both ready-to-eat meals priced to compete with fast food shops, and grocery items at prices well below average.
This November, Rauch visited BC Social Work to share his expertise with students as the latest featured guest in the school’s Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series.
This fall, Professor Seymour Friedland is engaging students in real life consulting opportunities with three pioneering social enterprises. Instead of using fictional programs and creating fictional business plans, the class was divided into three groups to support current organization. With these organizations, each group is creating an applied business plans. The goal is to give students a chance to see the interworking of a social enterprise while helping it to move forward a social and business savvy way.
The Center for Social Innovation and City Awake collaborated on bringing Professor Michael Omi to BCSSW on November 9th. City Awake works to "unite and empower the Boston community" through its second annual City Awake Festival for Social Impact. Through collaborations with organizations and institutions City Awake provides over 50 programs for social impact over 10 days. CSI was excited to be part of this collaboration and invite the community in for a conversation on Racial Formation and the Future of Racial Theory with Michael Omi.
On November 9, from 5-6:30 p.m. in McGuinn Auditorium, the prominent sociologist Michael Omi will speak at BCSSW on the third edition of his groundbreaking and classic book Racial Formation in the United States. First published in 1986, but substantially revised and re-released this year, the book provides a transformative venue for discussing the social construction and politics of race. During this event, Omi will discuss what’s “new” in the new edition, consider contemporary events through the lens of racial formation theory, and reflect on future trends in racial theory. All within the Boston College community are encouraged to attend.
Most of the current literature on social innovation is focused on an entrepreneurial path to effecting change – in short, building new organizations to solve social problems. But schools of social work focus much of their work on assisting existing organizations. For this reason, many in the field have either dismissed, or ignored, opportunities to participate in projects related to social innovation.
As the former president of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston, Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing has a profound knowledge of the inner workings and missions of the Church. This role, in addition to other executive positions such as founder and CEO of the anti-poverty start-up Boston Rising, has also helped to shape her exceptional understanding of poverty in America.
It’s no surprise, then, that Dearing was a much sought after voice in the media during Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States. Over the course of about a week’s time, Dearing appeared on national television news and radio, the nation’s major newspapers, and across various online outlets. Dearing offered her unique perspective as a female Catholic leader speaking expertly on the Pope’s messages and work, particularly with regards to poverty, inequality, and Catholic Social Teaching. Here’s a recap of a few of those many appearances.
Innovation flourishes in spaces where the mind is encouraged to run and jump and play, where collaborators become catalysts, and where serious research breaks new ground. At BC Social Work all that is happening, and more—in three stimulating environments.
Throughout the course of this magazine, you’ve heard from innovators who inhabit new arenas in social work, finding novel ways, as Dean Godenzi wrote, “to effect change at tables and in spaces across the globe.” At BC Social Work, our points of entry may differ—we are social workers, neuroscientists, public health scholars, social entrepreneurs, sociologists, managers, clinicians and executives, practitioners and researchers—but our motivation is the same: to build a more just world.
This student-authored blog chronicles a BCSSW course, where, in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catόlica de Chile (PUC), students assessed mother-child attachment in Chile’s largest women’s prison.
Stephanie Berzin led a unique course in conjunction with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica designed to get students engaged in a collaborative innovation project focused on a women’s prison in the capital city of Santiago. Follow the experience of four BCSSW MSW students on their blog The Chilean Context: Exploring and Analyzing Visitation and Mother-Child Attachment in a Santiago Female Prison.
In partnership with 3 human service agencies in Santiago and Pontifica Universidad Católica of Chile, the CSI facilitated a two-week Social Innovation Collaborative. Throughout the collaborative, student teams from both universities partnered with the agencies to address specific issues previously identified by the agencies.
MAY 6, 2015
Last fall, the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College began a partnership with Pontifica Universidad Catόlica in Chile to engage in a collaborative innovation project involving faculty, students, and Chilean NGOs. This July, the collaboration will enter its final stage as a group of 12 BC students travel to Santiago, Chile. Continue Reading»
MAY 1, 2015
The Center for Social Innovation held its first annual Social Innovation Symposium, focusing on innovative strategies to address economic injustice. Through a combination of panel discussions, workshops, and bump & spark activities, the symposium highlighted the influence of the built environment, access to assets, and social capital on fostering economic justice. Continue Reading»
APRIL 10, 2015
During our Fourth Annual Social Innovation Day, students from the School of Social Work once again assumed the challenge of engineering new solutions to complex issues. To prepare, students came equipped with a substantial amount of research and understanding of social issues, which included human trafficking, food justice, and sexual assault. What resulted from the day is nothing short of solutions with potential for high impact and innovation. Continue Reading»
MARCH 26, 2015
This Spring, a trio of current BCSSW MSW students showed that they’re already innovating in unique ways, and flexing enough collective muscle to be recognized by two of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to social innovation: the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the Hult Prize Foundation. Dana Loatman, Greg Cassoli and Stephanie Brueck, along with colleagues from the Lynch School of Education and the Carroll School of Management, were named regional finalists in the annual Hult Prize Foundation $1 Million Social Enterprise Competition. This was a prestigious commendation; out of 20,000 entrants worldwide, only 300 made the regionals. Continue Reading on the Innovate Blog»