Skip to main content
Boston College School of Social Work
Center for Social Innovation



For more on the lexicon of

Social Innovation

Click Here



Apply for the MSW Program in Social Innovation

Join the CSI Mailing List!


What is Social Innovation?

In the face of persistent and increasingly complex social problems, leaders are utilizing innovation to support the development, implementation, and sustainability of transformational responses to social needs. 


social innovation graphic




Creative ideas, paradigms, and concepts about solutions that respond to social needs




Sustainable approaches, strategies, products, policies and/or programs that develop comprehensive capacities to address social problems




Alternative processes, practices, and/or organizations that meet social needs and strengthen social justice