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 support, 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.


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

Learn more about our award-winning program, the Social Innovation Fellowship, in a visual report.

So what is social innovation?