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Social Innovation - Where do I Start?

Social Innovation in action at Tech and in our communities.

Social Innovation in action at Tech and in our communities.

A guide to social innovation at Georgia Tech.

The term social innovation (SI) has been around for 35 years, and yet we are still defining what it means. In this series of collaborative blogposts brought to you by the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact (ILSI) and Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) we will dive into the definition and practice of SI, make an inventory of SI related programs, courses, and resources on campus, and will discuss some great examples of SI in action at Tech and in our communities.

Our first segment will attempt to answer the question many of you interested in learning more about social innovation might be asking yourselves ‘ where do I start’ and our answer is get involved and here are some suggestions to how:

Take a course this spring that explores SI:

Explore the Innovating for Social Impact Program

Enroll into a VIP:

Sign-up for an SLS short course: The Building Blocks of ABCD

Participate in the Ideas to Serve Competition by enrolling in the I2S workshop series (MGT 4803: Social Impact)  and working with a community partner through the Problem Discovery Track or by submitting your independent project through the Solution Discovery Track. Top teams from I2S will represent GT at the Global Map the System Challenge at Oxford.

Apply to a Study Abroad Program that focuses on UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Intern with a community partner as part of the SLS Summer Internship Program

Become a Social Impact Fellow with ILSI and work with a nonprofit in Atlanta

Work towards a minor:

Join one of these student organizations:

Attend a speaker event on the topic: the Impact Speaker Series and various SLS events can provide an introduction to SI. Or check out the Impact archives to access several recordings on this topic.

Whether you are just beginning to explore social innovation or you have been involved in this field for a while we hope you will find something on this list that is for you. We look forward to bringing you the rest of this blog series and if you are part of a program or organization that we should add to this list please reach out to us - this is just the beginning!

Be sure to check out this blog to learn more about social innovation at Georgia Tech.

The Insitute for Leadership and Social Impact is an interdisciplinary institute that promotes servant leadership and social innovation that contribute to a more just, caring, and equitable world. Learn more about our work! 

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