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The Social Innovation Initiative, a program of the Swearer Center for Public Service, promotes an open culture of collaborative learning and community impact with programming focused in four key areas: venture development, academic connections, campus activities, and life beyond Brown.

All of our work is supported and made possible by a  powerful network of changemakers who are starting, working for, and contributing to social impact ventures around the world.

Learn more about the support we offer to students and alumni through:

  • venture developmentfunding, intensive skills training, and advising needed to build powerful ventures
  • academic connections: courses that help students develop a dynamic understanding of social innovation 
  • campus activities: student groups dedicated to social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • life beyond Brown: connections to professional experiences, fellowships, and funding opportunities that prepare students to lead

So what is social innovation?