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Social Innovation Intensive Application Deadline

What is the Social Innovation Intensive?

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 Intensive will consist of:

  • 5 group sessions between March 5th and April 20th on:
    • 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
  • 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
    • Articulate 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. 


Applications are due Friday, February 23rd at 11:59pm