Winter 2016
 The Center for Social Innovation is celebrating the new year. In the spirit of collaboration, we are building on our work to create better connections between research and practice. CSI has newly joined a collaboration between the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and the BC School of Social Work to be formally launched later this year. BC Social Work's 2015 magazine  gave us an opportunity to explore this relationship, "By combining innovation with evaluation, we hope to shape new relationships between social scientist and practitioner. Instead of 'research informing practice,' we hope that 'research will become integrated with practice,' as social service agencies come together with the United Way, with Boston College, and with professionals in innovation to find solutions to the city's social issues."  To know more about this collaboration, see this  magazine article . CSI's role in the Social Work/United Way collaboration is one of many The Center has begun. Read on to learn more about a broad range of efforts with other academic institutions and practitioners, both locally and abroad. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively to bring about the change we know is possible.

City Awake and Michael Omi
CSI cosponsored Michael Omi's trip with the Research and Innovations in Social, Economic and Environmental Equity initiative at BCSSW. CSI's sponsorship was part of our participation in City Awake, a city-wide festival on social impact. Through City Awake's collaborations with organizations and institutions they provided over 50 programs for social impact over 10 days. The Center was excited to be part of this collaboration and invite the community in for a conversation on Racial Formation and the Future of Racial Theory.   More >>
Social Enterprise in Action
Last fall, Professor Seymour Friedland engaged students in real life consulting opportunities with three pioneering social enterprises. Instead of using fictional programs and creating fictional business plans, the class was divided into  three groups to support current organization. With these organizations, each group created an applied business plan. The goal was to give students a chance to see the  interworking   of a social enterprise while helping it to move forward in a social and business savvy way.
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According to Dr. Berzin, this need for empirical examples of success is the key next step in establishing the natural synergies between social innovation and social work in our nation's leading institutions of higher learning. 

Up date From Chile 
Over the past several months, CSI staff have been expanding our relationship with our Chilean nonprofit partners, as a follow-up to the projects which began over the summer. Mi Parque and the CSI decided to take our collaboration to the next step and worked on planning a youth-engagement workshop.   
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Why Social Work
Recently, members of the BCSSW Macro Social Work Student Group gathered to reflect on their year and 
their 'why', in a new workshop convened by Professors 
Tiziana Dearing  and 
Margaret Lombe  entitled "Remembering Your Why."
  • CSI CO-DIRECTOR, DR. STEPHANIE BERZIN Nominated to be on the Classy Awards Educational Leadership Council. More >>
  • CSI CO-DIRECTOR, TIZIANA DEARING Offered her expert perspective on Pope Francis' visit to the United States on MSNBC's The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart, as well as in the Boston Globe, WBUR's Radio Boston, the Huffington Post, and NECNMore >>
  • CSI CO-DIRECTOR,TIZIANA DEARING Shared guest commentary on The Learning Lab: Let's Do More To Connect With Youth.  More >> 
  • CSI CO-DIRECTOR, TIZIANA DEARING Interviewed on sustainable funding. More >>
  • CSI CO-DIRECTOR, DR. STEPHANIE BERZIN Served as moderator at Boston College screening and discussion of Raising America.
  • CSI ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, HUMBERTO CAMARENA Currently exploring innovations throughout the world, including Blind Café. More >>
  • CSI ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, HUMBERTO CAMARENA and GRADUATE ASSISTANT KATHERINE GERMAK  Have been planning a visit at BCSSW for Carolina Muñoz Guzman (the Dean of Social Work at PUC), Paula Miranda (professor of Social Work at PUC), and one student from their program. This visit will take place in April 2016.
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANTS KATHERINE GERMAK and DANIELLE JOSEPH Hosted a team of representatives from the Social Challenges Unit, based at the University of Warsaw, Poland.
  • CSI STUDENT ALISSA MARCHANT Testified at Massachusetts State House. More >>
  • CSI LAB STUDENT GROUP Elyse Casey, Katherine Germak, Julia MacMahon, and Alissa Marchant presented HOW CAN SUSTAINABLE CHANGE based on their CSI work at the largest women's prison in Chile, with the goal of improving mother-child attachment. More >>
  • CSI hosted Social Enterprise Delegation from Thailand, through a collaboration with WorldBoston, a local World Affairs Council working with the U.S. Department of State to coordinate public diplomacy and professional exchange programs for visiting leaders from around the world.

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