Inequality, climate change, the changing nature of jobs, and the lack of social inclusion are just some of the complex and intricate problems we face. Many of the most promising efforts to find solutions to these problems are being crafted by organizations that work at the grassroots, local level.
Join us for a panel to discuss the landscape of social innovation in the US, followed by a brief showcase of some interesting social innovators in the Chicago area.
The panel will feature:
Brittany Butler, (http://sici.hks.harvard.edu/people/brittany-butler/), Adjunct Lecturer and Executive Director of the Social Innovation and Change Initiative (SICI) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government;
Eva Liu, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at Chicago Beyond;
Megan Everett, Director of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and a former Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy
The Social Innovation and Change Initiative (SICI) launched at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2016 with a mission to advance the study and practice of innovation with a social intent. SICI engages in the development and delivery of research, pedagogical content, and educational programs that help students, citizens, and organizations around the world, navigate the challenges of initiating and implementing social change. Through these core activities, SICI aims to illuminate the multiple paths social innovators can take to advance social progress across sectors.
Chicago Beyond is a youth equity platform fighting to give youth in Chicago's most economically fragile communities the opportunity to achieve their fullest human potential.
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens.
HAE is a global community where bold ideas and innovative approaches thrive.