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
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News and Announcements from the Institute for Social Innovation
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.
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.
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.
With funding from the National Science Foundation’s HBCU–UP Program, Fielding Graduate University partners with the Society of STEM Women of Color (SSWOC) to offer an annual Conclave Leadership Colloquium. This event prepares women of color in the STEM disciplines for leadership roles within their disciplines and the national higher education community. Participants who complete the ten-hour Colloquium earn a Continuing Education Certificate from Fielding. Course enrollment requires registration in SSWOC https://www.sswoc.org/.