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Frontiers in Research
ISI engages Fielding faculty, students and alumni in research projects that inform innovation and change for individuals, organizations and communities. ISI teams use the latest research-based tools to engage participants in data driven action and problem solving.
View a list of research projects

Civic Engagement and Social Change

ISI completed a case study of civic engagement and collective impact for social change in Milwaukee, WI.
View Civic Engagement study here

Alliance for Living and Dying Well

ISI researchers completed a phenomenological study of Santa Barbara's Alliance for Living and Dying Well.

Positive Aging Conference

ISI supports this annual event in collaboration with Institute for the Ages
Read a summary of the 2014 conference.
View a video of Ram Dass at the 2013 Positive Aging Conference

ISI Scholarships

Since 2002 ISI has awarded $150,000 to doctoral students through Bushnell, ISI and Creative Longevity and Wisdom scholarships

Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) Fellows

The CMM institute accepts new Fellows annually to complete and present a project on selected projects that take a “communication perspective” and contribute to the common good.

To find out more about the program or about current and former fellows, please click here.

CMM is seeking proposals for students working in CMM to present their work during the Learning Exchange in October. They are offering a travel stipend to help defray costs.

To learn more about the event and where to go to learn more about the stipend, please click here.
Profsesional Development
ISI offers courses and certificates for professional development and continuing education that empower individuals to lead change. These opportunities can be customized for organizations (e.g., coach training for managers), and are offered for graduate and CE credit. ISI programs have enrolled hundreds of professionals since 2002. ISI makes use of Fielding’s expertise in delivering programs through a blend of online and face-to-face educational activity.

Learn more about current offerings

The Evidence Based Coaching Certificates are designed for aspiring coaches who seek certification from the International Coach Federation and the Center for Credentialing in Education.

Learn more about our Evidence Based Coaching certificates
Fielding’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate offers strategies to advance your organization and your career.

Learn more about the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

World Café
courses provide basic and advanced theory and methods to bring forth the creative power of conversation and engage questions that matter.

Learn more about the World Café courses 
Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) is an engaged and diverse ecosystem comprised of global members committed to research, collaboration, and action in support of women’s and gender issues. WNGE is focused on impacting change with cross-cutting measures in sectors including education, health care, environment, violence prevention, equality, and globalization.

Learn more about WNGE
ISI Fellow Mark Bissell (HOD '02) has secured funding through The Orion Group in Newport, NH for a second round of research fellowships with Youth development agencies. The primary goal of this Fellowship is to create learning, research, clinical practice, scholarly writing and publishing opportunities for Fielding doctoral students, while concomitantly advancing the mission of The Orion Group and its associated agencies. Fellowship awards vary from $2,000 to $6,000 depending on duration and effort.

Learn more about this Fellowship opportunity.
ISI works with Fielding's Sustainability Workgroup to integrate best practices throughout the University. 
Organizational Consulting
ISI works with business, government and nonprofit agencies to implement organizational development projects. ISI consultants consist of faculty, students and alumni with broad experience in facilitating change through face-to-face and online interventions.

Foundation Center Project on Online Learning

The Foundation Center is the world's leading source of information on philanthropy, fundraising, and grant programs for nonprofit agencies, with offices nationwide. ISI is developing a blended learning prototype to pilot in New York City.

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ISI Fellows

This program is for Fielding alumni who would benefit from having an academic partner to help them secure funding or other support for their professional projects.

View a list of ISI Fellows

ISI Fellow Kerul Kassel (HOD '11; faculty member in ODL master's program) has published The Thinking Executive's Guide to Sustainability. (All proceeds benefit the Institute for Social Innovation.)

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Anita Chambers' (HOD '09) project develops dialysis clinics, mobile medical clinics for dialysis treatments.

View a video of ISI Fellow Anita Chambers' project.
Denise Frank (MA CP '05) published an article titled “My Patient and the Mouse” in the Winter 2015 issue of Self & Society: An international Journal for Humanistic Psychology.
Click here to read this article.

Creative Longevity and Wisdom Awards

Fielding recognizes individuals for outstanding societal contributions through their research, creative work, or social justice accomplishments.

View a list of the recipients of this award

This year Fielding acknowledges the unique contributions of Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

View the presentation on Lawrence Ferlinghetti 

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Contact ISI:

Orlando L. Taylor, PhD
VP, Strategic Initiatives
and Research
Director, Institute for Social Innovation

1101 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 450 Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 202-753-2020 
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