Social Innovation Workshop Series

This workshop series builds awareness of social innovation and related practices for direct application in capstone research projects or co-curricular projects. Whether your capstone or side project is service oriented or designed to solve real-world problems, these sessions are meant to train, support and inspire citizen leaders and innovators. Workshop participants are exposed to various social innovation funding opportunities available at GW through the Nashman Center and the Office of Sustainability, as well as through innovation competitions world wide.  Meet community partners at Nashman’s Design Lab Day on Friday, October 4th. Learn more here.

Innovation

Changemaker 101

Date: Wednesday, September 11th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Gelman 1st Floor Churchill Library

Changemaker 101 covers the basic training topics needed to address social issues and create change as citizen leaders. This session will provide you with an overview of what is social innovation, identifying a problem, importance of community research and resources to execute your ideas. 

Design Head

Design Think Your Project

Date: Tuesday, September 17th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30 pm

Location: GWIC, Tompkins Hall M06

Design Think Your Project covers the basics of human centered design, prioritizing the people in your project as the basis of innovation. Hands-on techniques for exploration through prototyping build on understandings gathered through empathy and creatively reframing problems.

storyteller

Storytelling 101

Date: Tuesday, October 29th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Gelman 702

Storytelling is a powerful tool that spreads good ideas and inspires us to take action. Come learn how to create your story in a way that draws attention and engages the hearts and minds of your audience.  

 

Design Head

Design Think Your Project

Date: Tuesday, November 5th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30 pm

Location: GWIC, Tompkins Hall M06

Design Think Your Project covers the basics of human centered design, prioritizing the people in your project as the basis of innovation. Hands-on techniques for exploration through prototyping build on understandings gathered through empathy and creatively reframing problems.

Design Head

Design Think Your Project

Date: Tuesday, February 4th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30 pm

Location: GWIC, Tompkins Hall M06

Design Think Your Project covers the basics of human centered design, prioritizing the people in your project as the basis of innovation. Hands-on techniques for exploration through prototyping build on understandings gathered through empathy and creatively reframing problems.

community

Relationship Building & Community Engagement

Date: Wednesday, February 5th

Time: 6:00pm -7:00 pm 

Location: District B114

Learning, researching and empathizing with your community is an important process as an innovator. This session will allow attendees to discuss how Asset Based Community Development and Community Asset Mapping assists in the process of building mutually beneficial relationships with the community. Attendees will also discuss the key elements to building lasting relationships with team members, community partners and other stakeholders.

finance

Funding Your Change Making Ideas: Grant Writing

Date: Friday, February 7th

Time: Starts 12:30pm

Location: TBD

Great ideas also need financial resources to grow and expand. Come learn grant writing skills to finance your changemaking ideas. This session will also provide financial resources on and off campus that you can take advantage of as you create and innovate. 

Social

Social Change Agent

Date: Wednesday, March 25th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: District B114

Have you ever been somewhere and thought the people were great and the goals were great, but the work could be done better? You aren’t a leader within the organization but you have been around long enough to be pretty sure there must be a better idea. How do you respectfully and effectively set out to make a difference? This workshop will focus on how to be a social change agent from the inside out in any space that you find yourself in.

 

 

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