Tulane's 2nd Social Innovation Symposium now accepting applications

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Announcement and Call for Research Submissions for Discovering Social Innovation through Engaged Scholarship, Tulane’s 2nd Annual Graduate Student-Led Symposium on Social Innovation, March 19-20, 2015

Payson Center doctoral student, Maille Faughnan and newly conferred PhD, Dr. Joshua Schoop in collaboration with Tulane University’s Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) program and Tulane’s new Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, invite graduate students, post-graduate researchers, faculty, and independent researchers from any discipline to join a co-learning journey. Tulane Graduate students are encouraged to present their research, network, enhance skills, and shape the priorities in the field of social innovation, which seeks effective, novel, transformative solutions to social problems for which the value created accrues primarily to society. 

This year’s symposium seeks out grounded, collaborative, place-based, and action research that tackles the many complex problems facing 21st century global communities like New Orleans. The Symposium is looking for research addressing problems of health, environment, poverty, education, governance; opportunities for pro-poor and inclusive innovation, democratic engagement, well-being, etc.; and building social innovation ecosystems, accelerators, scaling, design thinking, complexity thinking, social laboratories, and community-based collaborative research.  

Formats for participation include:

  • Advanced Research,
  • Early Stage Research Round-tables,
  • Skills Workshops, and
  • Networking (The Wall, Open-mike, and Pecha-Kucha). 

See attached 2-page flier for more information.

Submit your application to participate by February 7, 2015. There is no cost to participate.

Questions? Have an idea? Not sure how your work fits in here? Email us at socialinnovation@tulane.edu or contact Maille Faughnan at mfaughna@tulane.edu or Joshua Schoop at jschoop@tulane.edu


Discovering Social Innovation through Engaged Scholarship is a symposium organized by graduate students from Tulane University, with Tulane University’s Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) program and Tulane’s new Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Keynote “New Day” Speaker is Jane Wei-Skillern, PhD on March 19, 2015: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Thursday, March 19, 2015 in Room 201 of Richardson Memorial Hall. The Symposium runs 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Friday, March 20, 2015 in Stibbs (LBC) and Flower Hall, Tulane uptown campus.


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