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Doing Good Better

Fall Quarter Only

Center for Student Involvement – Community Service staff coordinate The Social Innovation Seminar Doing Good Better, a 7-week seminar. This free, non-credit seminar held fall quarter teaches students how to take action to solve local and global challenges. Doing Good Better supports students in carrying out their social innovation projects from idea through implementation. Online registration opens one month prior to the seminar dates.

Leadership for Social Change

Fall & Spring Quarters Only

Center for Student Involvement – Communication & Leadership staff coordinate Leadership for Social Change. Do you want to enact positive change and make a difference in your community? This non-credit seminar utilizes the Social Change Model of Leadership to inspire the development of the self, the group, and society. Participants will explore group communication and teamwork skills; clarify personal goals, values, and identity; and motivate others through inclusion, taking action, and creating change. You will be guided in a process of discovering how you can make a difference and improve your social world! Online registration opens one month prior to the seminar dates.

Innovation to Marketplace

Undergraduates only; offered by Rady School of Management

Innovation to Marketplace is an undergraduate course that encompasses social innovation projects as well as more typical business projects in the Rady School of Management.

Chicago Ideas Week

Around October each year

Chicago Ideas Week brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect, and activate the city of Chicago and beyond. With over 25,000 attendees annually, CIW is the global hub for new ideas, an ecosystem for innovation, and a playground of intellectual recreation.

Clinton Global Initiative U

Application due in Spring; Conference in Fall

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) is a gathering of over 1,000 students, youth organizations, and topic experts that come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Students make a "Commitment to Action," a concrete plan that addresses a pressing challenge in one of CGI U’s five focus areas.

CGI U seeks students with new and innovative project ideas, and detailed, specific plans of action that produce measurable results.

UC San Diego is part of the Clinton Global Initiative University Network, a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide $10,000 in seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses. Cat Lettieri, a staff member in the Center for Student Involvement's Community Service area, is UC San Diego’s Liaison for the CGIU Network. E-mail Cat Lettieri at clettieri@ucsd.edu to learn more.

Ashoka U

Hosted in February each year

Ashoka U catalyzes social innovation in higher education through a global network of entrepreneurial students, faculty, and community leaders who work together to solve real-world problems in new and creative ways.

Echoing Green

In 2011, Echoing Green launched Work on Purpose, a program to help young people build careers that are right for them and good for the world. A quarter century after General Atlantic's pioneering role in helping launch the field of social entrepreneurship, Echoing Green proudly continues to support next-generation talent in solving today's toughest social problems.

Project on Social Innovation at Harvard

The Project on Social Innovation is an online hub for social innovation from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. It features best practices, a toolkit, and ideas captured by the Harvard Kennedy School.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Stanford Social Innovation Review is a publication that informs and inspires leaders of social change.

Kapor Center for Social Impact

The Kapor Center for Social Impact relentlessly pursues creative strategies that will leverage information technology for positive social impact. We primarily work with underrepresented communities, focusing on gap-closing endeavors. We are particularly interested in social impact for communities that have historically been on the periphery of access to opportunity, participation and influence in the United States. We believe that when the community of tech leaders reflects the diversity of the United States, tech will play an integral role in closing gaps and disparities that exist in this country.

Net Impact

Net Impact is a community of more than 50,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world.

Global Engagement Summit

Global Engagement Summit is a five-day capacity-building summit for students committed to social change in their communities and around the world. Accepted delegates come together to develop the skills to better plan, execute, and participate in change-based projects. GES focuses not only on the “what” and “how,” but also challenges delegates to think critically about the goals, impact, and broader implications of their project.

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