VIA Social Innovation Newsletter

JAN-FEB 2017

Don't you know that ESI and DSI Programs happening now!

This spring we have an amazing team of social innovation coordinators who are all VIA program alumni! Learn more about these energetic innovators who are excited to inspire the next generation of changemakers in the US and Asia here: Meet the Spring 2017 Social Innovation team

For ESI program this year, we're excited to have 23 participants from Mainland China, Japan,Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. 11 students studying in Japan (Keio University, Kyoto University and Kyushu University) This program including opportunity in collaboration with 6 students from Stanford.

We have selected interesting classes from Stanford Online and +Acumen for you!

Stanford Online

  • Technology Entrepreneurship Part 2
    Are you interested in gaining valuable insights about entrepreneurship and developing a refined business model with an understanding of necessary partnerships, modes of customer relations, and learn what price and sales model to use? Stanford Online offers free Technology Entrepreneurship online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide

  • Human Trafficking Awareness
    Discuss the definition of human trafficking, its prevalence, and the places and industries in which it occurs. Examine whom it affects and the techniques used to force people into service and hold them there.


There're multiple dynamic sessions from Leadership to Business Models for Social Enterprise to help you untangle a complex problem creatively!

Upcoming courses starting January, 2017

  • Social Entrepreneurship 101
    Ever dream of changing the world or making a difference? You are invited to roll up your sleeves and join a group of entrepreneurs on a journey to change lives by changing systems.

  • Lean Startup Principles for Social Impact
    Learn how to test, validate, and adapt your vision of change to ensure you’re creating the greatest impact and investing your time in something that truly meets the needs of your customers and stakeholders. This course is appropriate for anyone who wants to try out lean methodologies to start a new enterprise or build a new program or initiative within an existing organization.

  • Business Models for Social Enterprise
    How can you create financial value while delivering products or services to the poor? The course uses methodology and content from the Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®). You’ll learn about 5 social enterprise models that Acumen has seen effectively create value, and then you’ll use the business model canvas to map out components of your own potential company.

  • Storytelling for Change
    Acumen believes that storytelling is an essential tool for changing the way the world tackles poverty because it starts with changing the conversations around what we see, hear, feel and know to be true. Change leaders see the world’s potential, and tell powerful stories that inspire action.

  • Networking Leadership 101: Building Your Core Professional Network
    The more leaders and organizations can manage and navigate their professional and organizational networks, the more they can achieve their goals. Personal networks are of utmost importance to leaders who consistently tackle the toughest problems, cross boundaries, rely on information from existing relationships, and need to make new connections all the time.

  • Systems Practice: An Approach to Move from the Impossible to Impact
    A systems practice is a way to make sense of complex environments and uncover the dynamics that have the greatest potential for impact. This course will lead you through each step of understanding a system, analyzing it to find points of leverage, and learning how to adapt in a changing environment.

See more FREE COURSES from +Acumen, click link below

TED talk from BAYCAT founder

Villy Wang has a dream to create a new kind of social enterprise that helps kids who, like her, grew up in the projects. Raised by an immigrant single mother in New York City, Villy’s desire to tell her story forged a passion for using the digital media arts to capture stories untold and to create social change. That’s why she founded BAYCAT. Here's Fantastic TED talk on her life journey toward creating social change through storytelling
A business against racism | Villy Wang | TED Institute

Opportunities to expand your boundaries

SE 100 Inspiring Social Innovators 2017

Social Enablers, one of the widely read content platforms on social entrepreneurship and social innovations globally, is all set to handpick SE 100 most inspiring Social Innovations and Social Entrepreneurs from around the world.

We are looking for emerging innovators in science, technology, design, culture, business, the arts -- and other fields covered by Social Enablers-- who excite us in their fresh and energetic approach, and Who already have a proven track record of early success.

Don't wait for the last moment The deadline to apply for a SE 100 Innovators Program is 12pm EST , 15 February 2017

Where to apply:

2017 IDDS Sisaket Design Apprentice facilitator

Are you interested in working with the Thammasat/DSIL Global Team to be a design apprentice facilitator for the July 17-August 5th Summit? This is an expense covered training opportunity in collaboration with MIT

Apprentice Design Facilitators are all local and will contribute significantly to the framing of the communities participating in IDDS Sisaket. Apprentice design facilitators will be expected to make local site visits with the leadership team in preparation for the summit

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Where to apply: