Co-founded in 1995 by Fielding alumna and ISI Fellow Dr. Juanita Brown ’99, the World Café group process brings forth the creative power of conversation to engage questions that matter to participants.
Striving for more effective, efficient, sustainable, and just solutions to social problems
"Fielding was an early pioneer of the competency based learning method at the doctoral level. They continue to provide leadership in this critical area of educational reform." John F. Ebersole, President, Excelsior College
Fielding and Social Innovation
A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. Since 2002, Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) has helped individuals as well as nonprofit, business, and government organizations address societal problems via research, leadership, and organizational development. ISI consultants include faculty leaders and student fellows who work in communities to address critical issues through dialogue, research, and community service projects.
"ISI's research team produced an informative case study for our organization that qualitatively defined the evolution of year-round citizen engagement and community-based social action strategies."
Anne Summers, Executive Director
Fielding is one of the first colleges and universities to earn the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Through the Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding earned the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification in 2010 and 2015. University research and social change projects demonstrated community impact and a strong relationship to student learning. The assessment practices required by the Community Engagement Classification must meet a broad range of purposes: assessing community perceptions of institutional engagement; tracking and recording of institution-wide engagement data; assessment of the impact of community engagement on students, faculty, community, and institution; identification and assessment of student learning outcomes in curricular engagement; and ongoing feedback mechanisms for partnerships.