Institute for Social Innovation2021-09-02T17:52:28+00:00

Charles McClintock, PhD

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.

The Brico Fund

“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 offers Fielding alumni an academic partner to continue their professional work, apply for external funding, and publicize their projects.

Meet Our Fellows

Kipness Fund Awardees

The Dianne Kipnes Endowed Fund for Social Innovation supports projects from alumni of Fielding’s School of Psychology and School of Leadership Studies that demonstrate innovation and collaboration for improving the lives of individuals, organizations, or communities.

Meet The Kipness Fund Awardees

ISI Fellows Publications

ISI supports research, professional development, and organizational consulting projects that build human capital and sustainable change.

ISI Fellow Publications

Professional Development

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).

Team Coaching Certificate
The World Cafe

Organizational Consulting

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.

Special Initiative

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.

Advisory Council
Emerging Sustainability Goals
Fielding Graduate University open triangle

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News and Announcements from the Institute for Social Innovation

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