Big thanks to everyone who was part of our 2022 Ideas to Serve Program! Check out a short video with the awardees of the Poster Showcase and Partner Celebration.
What is Ideas to Serve?
Ideas to Serve (I2S) focuses on community collaborations and promotes an in-depth understanding of social and environmental issues locally and globally. We take a comprehensive approach to social innovation, encouraging students to do the following:
- Be compassionate listeners
- Identify and build on the assets
- Research the solution landscape to learn from both what works and what failed
- Take a systems approach to identify the root cause versus the symptoms of the issue
Students who aspire to work closely with and learn from a community partner/civic entrepreneur, those who want to affect change in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), and those who are wondering how they can make a real, lasting, and appropriate difference in other people’s lives are ideal candidates for I2S.
In the 2022 season, student teams learned from and worked with our Atlanta area community partners and civic entrepreneurs. A series of hands-on workshops and discussions, complemented by conversations with experts from the frontlines, will equip participants with broadly relevant problem discovery tools and skills that they can apply in any field and career. The workshops are offered as part of the MGT4803 Social Impact course and they are open to any student interested.
The deliverable for I2S is a stakeholder map of the social issue student teams explore with their community partner's guidance. The I2S Showcase took place on April 18, where teams presented the outcome of their work to an audience of practitioners, community leaders, faculty, and students.
Participating I2S teams can apply to the Map the System Global Challenge as a part of our collaboration with the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School at Oxford. The top team(s) from I2S will represent Georgia Tech at Oxford and compete with teams focused on social impact from top universities around the world.