It's time to GET CREATIVE. Want new ways to test ideas and tackle problems with empathy? CITY's hands-on Design Thinking Intensive will give you the tools to think and create like a designer and tackle tough problems of any shape or size. Through a cross-campus design challenge, selected students will form teams to design solutions that address a real challenge here at Yale.
Our team, plus invited design experts, will walk you through the design process: framing a problem, engaging your sense of empathy with users, researching the dynamics of your challenge, asking questions and prototyping—from drafting quick mock-ups to iterating on elegant solutions. Collaborate with creative minds from all over campus, and get your hands dirty making something crazy and new!
No design experience required. Students from all disciplines encouraged to apply!
Program dates: 5 sessions, beginning March 29 and ending April 19.
Application due: Feb., 22 at 11:59pm
The Social Innovation Intensive will engage students who care deeply about social issues in exploring a variety of models and approaches and reflecting on their own motivations and disposition in order to define opportunities for collaborative changemaking. The intensive will be led by Tsai CITY staff, including CITY’s new Fellow-in-Residence Baljeet Sandhu—one of Yale’s World Fellows and an award-winning UK human rights lawyer whose work spans human rights, social innovation, and social and economic justice. The Social Innovation Intensive is presented in partnership with Dwight Hall at Yale, the Center for Public Service and Social Justice.
The Intensive will consist of group session and individual sessions. The five group sessions between March 5th and April 20th will explore different approaches and models for changemaking, the important of community buy-in no matter your approach, the many pitfalls and challenges of trying to create and scale change, frameworks for thinking about ethics and power when it comes to your own role in leading and contributing to positive change. Each participant will have a series of individual mentoring sessions throughout that time, to guide you in the process of tracking your own reactions and reflection throughout the learning process, interviewing social change leaders who work on issues you care about, and articulating your WHY and the METHOD of social change that best suits you.
Who is the Social Innovation Intensive for?
This program is for you if you care deeply about a cause, but you’re not sure what kind of action would be most impactful (or that you are personally equipped or positioned to create).
This program is for you if you’re passionate about putting communities at the heart of social change initiatives.
This program is for you if you can’t seem to choose a single cause that matters to you, because they all matter to you and you see them as interconnected.
This program is for you if there are so many things to care about—and the scope and urgency of all of those issues sometimes overwhelms you and makes any practical action seem grossly insufficient.
This program is for you if you’re skeptical about whether starting a venture or organization would actually be productive—and you want to understand other models for collaborating, contributing, and making change in partnership with communities.
This program is for you if you have more questions than answers—and if some of those questions keep you up at night.
This program is for you if you want to understand yourself better, so that you can better help others.
Program Dates: 5 sessions, March 5-April 20
Applications Due: Fri., Feb. 23, 11:59pm
re you interested in tackling healthcare’s toughest challenges? Do you have a unique way of approaching a problem and arriving at a creative solution? A joint program between Tsai CITY and Yale New Haven Health System’s Clinical Redesign Group will provide students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines a first-hand look at challenges facing frontline clinicians, inviting students to provide a fresh perspective and create innovative solutions to some of healthcare’s toughest challenges.
Program Dates: 8-10 weeks beginning in March.
Applications due: Fri., March 2, 11:59pm.
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Have you ever wondered how surgeons, physicians and researchers come up with ideas for their biomedical innovations? Is it related to their daily work or not? In a joint program between Tsai CITY and the Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology, you will get a look inside “a day in the life” of a diverse group of surgeons, physicians and researchers followed by an intimate round table discussion where you can learn more about the ventures they started.
Hear about their idea, how it originated, why there was a need for a solution, challenges in the early days of getting it up and off the ground, and where to find new opportunities.
Program Dates: 6-session series begins the week of March 26. Applications due: Fri., March 2, 11:59pm.
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Podcasting is having a renaissance--with 67 million Americans listening each month. Overall at least 112 million Americans have listened to podcasts. The medium has continued to see innovative new approaches take hold -- from looking at a variety of timely issues through a particular lens (Nancy), to exploring one topic in a variety of unexpected ways (Reply All), to exploring a forgotten criminal case in the search for new clues (Serial).
In the Podcasting Intensive, led by Nick Quah, who writes the definitive podcast industry newsletter, Hot Pod, we’ll figure out what makes a podcast successful, talk to top names in podcasting and explore possibilities for creating the next great podcast.
Blockchain for a democratic peer-to-peer solar economy
Blockchain technology promises tools that, if used strategically, can disrupt many sectors of the economy. This intensive will dive specifically on how blockchain can be used in a transition away from hydrocarbons, empower communities with Distributed Energy Resources and enable a transactive peer-to-peer smart energy economy. It will use as a case study an ongoing project, in collaboration with the MIT MediaLab, to deploy community-owned microgrids in Puerto Rico, whose power network was devastated by the path of 2017 Hurricane Irma and Maria.
If you are interested in clean energy, blockchain, combining big ideas for solving global environmental challenges with innovative entrepreneurship, this is an intensive you will enjoy!
Practical skills that will be developed in this intensive: Solar and microgrid system design, Ethereum smart contract development, deploying Smart Load on the Internet of Things, new financial models for solar energy scale-up.
Bonus: Attending students will be eligible for a summer internship to help accelerate the Puerto Rico community microgrid project.
Social technologies for frictionless crowd-collaboration that address systemic challenges.
We have inherited the 21st century with serious social and environmental challenges, and we cannot solve these alone. Scaling collaboration may be the most important technology for this generation to develop. This intensive will take the concept of open innovation, initially developed as a corporate strategy, into a new scale. One that leverages the early web 3.0, exploring how blockchain technology in web platforms can facilitate frictionless global collaborations and crowd-based startups with democratic profits. Fundamentally, this intensive will challenge us to ask: what are key social technologies that can help us address old world problems in new ways? And how can we combine them in a space for open innovation to happen?
If you are a pragmatic idealist, if you care about massive world problems and sustainable development goals, if you plan on launching a startup with 10’000 other co-founders, if you want to learn more about blockchain, or simply be willing to step outside your comfort zone and have exciting discussions with other Yale students... then this is an intensive for you!
Practical skills to develop in this intensive: Think about systemic problems with new perspectives, learn how to identify solutions & opportunities, how to use blockchain technology for democratic organizations, open source techniques such as Git, how to legally collaborate using smart contracts and open distribution licenses, work collectively with other students and city staff on a shared project.
Bonus: Attending students will be eligible for a summer internship to help accelerate CITY’s Open Innovation Lab.
Retail stores are about to be "Amazoned" into oblivion leading to a loss of thousands of entry-level jobs that are not being replaced. Does it have to be this way? Do we have to return to rampant consumerism and conspicuous consumption in order to have a robust and vital in-store shopping sector of our economy? Is it only the convenience and price of online shopping that has caused so many customers to cut back or cease their in-store visits and purchasing?
Could some of this - even ALL of this - be fixed by simply creating a better store or better experience? Join us as we rethink and redesign what it means to “go shopping.”
How do we create a “NetZero” world? From a building that produces as much energy as it consumes to a business eliminating its waste to landfill, to a country committing to carbon neutrality, the concept of "Net Zero” is increasingly being adopted across sectors and applied innovative and ambitious ways. The Yale Net-Zero Action Group will bring together a group of motivated students from across disciplines together with real-world projects for countries, campuses, companies, and communities to help accelerate the transition to a Net-Zero economy.
The Net Zero Action group will serve as a catalyst for innovative/entrepreneurial thinking and team building, as well as an opportunity to gain professional experience in stakeholder engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Are you interested in creating a new model for journalism that reveals the truth in one corner of the world? With so much local journalism lost to shrinking revenue and the decline of print, how can we reclaim the local story in a way that is meaningful and brings insight into the broader picture of culture, society, religion, politics and more?
In this intensive, we’ll look at different models of storytelling at the local level, from independent publications to digital literary magazines. We’ll examine different models of supporting hyper-local journalism and learn from leaders who are doing groundbreaking work in the new media landscape.
Women with full-time jobs still earn only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. African-American women earn 64 cents and Latina women earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. 62 million girls are denied an education all over the world. Around the world, only 22 percent of all national parliamentarians are female. We need innovative and catalytic solutions to change this.
The Gender Equity intensive will focus on how can we use innovation and entrepreneurship to create system change for gender equity. We will host guests who have used innovative tactics to tackle issues of gender equity, and engage in dialogues and action-oriented workshops.
Curious about what goes on in a lab? Want to see what happens when you combine design and science? During the Hands-On Biotech Intensive students will be guided in multiple laboratories to learn how to grow cells, design and fabricate nanoparticles, and perform two types of microscopy to obtain beautiful, high-resolution images that may be used for scientifically-inspired design projects.
Kickoff Session: February 5, 2018.
Applications are now closed.
For the food-obsessed, the secret chefs, and the ambitious eaters—step away from your studies with an extracurricular intensive (a deep-dive, 5-session workshop) you can really dig your teeth into from Tsai CITY and the Landscape Lab. Over five weeks, CITY’s 5-session food intensive will explore how to take an idea or prototype for a food product—like your crazy idea for plankton-based pasta, the recipe you’re working on for a super-high-tech energy bar, or the local-food-based meals you've been stocking your freezer with—from a big idea in your dorm kitchen to the global market.
The five sessions will walk you through the steps of transforming an idea into a product, and a product into production: addressing ethics, sourcing ingredients, manufacturing food products, defining your brand, taking goods to market, and working towards scale. Learn from industry experts about the best techniques for creating your own secret sauce, the right person to talk to for your key ingredients, and what a recipe for success looks like in the food industry. Develop your idea, your pitch, and your brand through discussion with industry experts, group critiques of what you're working on, and in-depth mentorship.
Dates: February 2-March 2; Fridays, 2-5pm.
Applications are now closed.
Calling all artists! A joint program between Tsai CITY and Dwight Hall, the Public Art & Tactical Urbanism Intensive will help students reimagine art as a social practice while providing them the resources to create a piece of public art in the New Haven community. Through a series of workshops, students will explore public art as a form of social, economic, and political empowerment on the local level and be empowered with the techniques needed to ideate and implement grassroots interventions that benefit local neighborhoods.
Dates: 8 weeks, beginning in February; Applications Due: Feb. 2, 2018, 11:59pm.
Applications are now closed.