Fielding and Social Innovation
Social innovation is a novel solution to a problem that is more effective, sustainable, or just than current approaches. 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, professional development, and organizational consulting. ISI professionals include Fielding alumni, faculty and students who conduct action-oriented research, train organizational leaders, lead community dialogues, and provide customized organizational consulting.
“ISI’s research team produced an informative case study for our organization that supported the value of year-round citizen engagement and community-based social action strategies.” — Anne Summers, Executive Director, Brico Fund
Using the latest research-based tools to engage participants in data-driven action and problem-solving.
ISI engages Fielding faculty, students, and alumni in innovative research projects that inspire change for individuals, organizations, and communities.
Meet Our Fellows
The ISI Fellows Program supports more than 50 Fielding alumni as academic partners to continue their professional work, apply for external funding, and publicize their projects. Applications are announced in February.
Kipness Fund Awardees
The Dianne Kipnes Endowed Fund for Social Innovation supports projects from Fielding alumni that demonstrate innovation and collaboration for improving the lives of individuals, organizations, or communities. Applications are announced in January.
Leveraging Fielding’s expertise in delivering programs through a blend of online and face-to-face learning.
ISI offers online continuing education (CEU) certificates that empower individuals to lead change. These opportunities can be customized for organizations (e.g., coach training for managers).
Connecting professionals with experts who have designed and transformed organizations.
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. Fielding faculty and ISI affiliates offer consultations and workshops customized for deans, department chairs, and faculty to understand and implement competency-based learning and/or prior learning assessment for doctoral education.
Creative Longevity and Wisdom
With initial funding from donors, this Fielding initiative has supported conferences, research, and a doctoral concentration https://www.fielding.edu/category/aging-longevity-wisdom/
Fielding also supports the ongoing Human Values in Aging newsletter. To receive the newsletter contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability
The Council provides guidance to the President to advance Fielding’s commitment to sustainability as stated in the university strategic plan.
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