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.
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Civic Engagement and Social Change
ISI completed a case study of civic engagement and collective impact for social change in Milwaukee, WI.
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Alliance for Living and Dying Well
ISI researchers completed phenomenological study of Santa Barbara's Alliance for Living and Dying Well.
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of Ram Dass at the 2013 Positive Aging Conference
Since 2002 ISI has awarded $150,000 to doctoral students through Bushnell, ISI and Creative Longevity and Wisdom scholarships
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. Based on Fielding’s expertise in adult learning through a blend of online and face-to-face activity.
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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.
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Fielding’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate
offers strategies to advance your organization and your career.
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courses provide basic and advanced theory and methods to bring forth the creative power of conversation and engage questions that matter.
Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE)
is a virtual network of scholars and activists from around the world who are committed to research and action in support of knowledge and change related to women's and gender issues, such as education, diversity, health care, human settlements, the impact of globalization, public policy, and violence prevention.
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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.View Project Description
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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of ISI Fellow Anita Chambers' project.
Anita Chambers' (HOD '09) project develops dialysis clinics, mobile medical clinics for dialysis treatments.