Workshop: What is Social Innovation?

This virtual event will cover the history of social innovation and new techniques used by nonprofits and NGOs to solve global challenges.

Workshop: What is Social Innovation?

About this event

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship presents “What is Social Innovation?”. This 1 hour virtual learning experience will cover the quick history of social innovation and the new techniques used by nonprofits and NGO’s to solve global challenges, and real world examples of social innovation and entrepreneurship. This virtual learning experience will contain lectures, a case study, and videos.

What Will I Learn

Tools gained at this workshop will benefit those with a passion for social change, inclusion and diversity, and those at the early stages of exploring their own innovations, ideas, nonprofits, and social enterprises. We encourage participation from teams and individuals that have identified a problem they would like to solve.

About the Facilitator

Scott Stein is the Associate Director for Student Entrepreneurship at GW. Scott has worked with Ben & Jerry's, the State of Oregon, Main Street Alliance, and as a social entrepreneur, facilitator, and design thinker developing and implementing new approaches to solving social problems.

Special Guest, Lauren Behr, Senior Advisor, Scaled Impact through Innovation & Investment at Chemonics International

Lauren Behr is a business strategist with 12 years of experience designing organizational systems that promote innovation and transformation in the international development context. As the Senior Advisor for Scaled Impact through Innovation and Investment, she leads efforts and partnerships to promote human-centered design and to scale solutions within Chemonics International’s innovation ecosystem, and oversees standards for achieving scaled impact and investing in social innovation on programs worldwide.

Chemonics is a global development services firm, with 45 years of experience solving complex challenges in 150 countries around the world. Lauren is also responsible for managing Chemonics’ Lead Scale partnership with the UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab, a platform for youth engagement and impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Lauren serves both as a member on the UNLEASH Secretariat’s Innovation Team, and on the Innovation Advisory Board, providing input on strategy and programs. On the Innovation Team, Lauren co-created the UNLEASH+ incubator program for early stage, social impact ventures, which has supported the launch and scale up of 75 innovative companies and organizations since 2019. Lauren is a Prosci-certified change management practitioner, and she holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Three learning outcomes

  1. Overview and definitions of social innovation, social entrepreneur, and social enterprises
  2. See real world examples of social impact
  3. Learn from leaders of NGO’s on how social innovation is used to solve global challenges.

Limited Availability

This workshop is limited to 30 participants. A wait list will start after 30 first people have registered.


Please note that this is an online event. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the session.