Taylor hosts three different types of visiting experts including NewDay Speakers, Taylor Senior Fellows, and Taylor Visiting Scholars. Each type contributes a different experience and compliment Taylor’s work in social innovation and design thinking.
Born from the spirit of the Social Innovation Symposium, the Conversations in Social Innovation series engage young scholars, research partners, and knowledge enthusiasts in discussions about research efforts through Taylor and the community, in a casual round table setting. The conversations allow participants to connect their research with the pursuit of social innovations as well as new, effective, and system-aware solutions to persistent social problems. Taylor aims to promote networking, explore pathways in social innovation research, and advance our social innovation research collaborations among the center, Tulane, local universities, and community partners. We welcome doctoral students, faculty, post-doctoral researchers keen to learn more about research in social entrepreneurship, design thinking and social innovation.
Since 2010, Taylor has welcomed prestigious individuals, experts in their field, according to the criteria of the original gift agreement from the donor. They are recognized as “social entrepreneurs” through Ashoka, Skoll, other relevant organizations. The visit generally involves a Monday or Wednesday evening formal public speaker event, a formal reception, guest lectures at SISE introductory classes, intimate meals with smaller groups, and other activities. The individual receives an honorarium, travel and accommodation. Following the funder’s vision, NewDay speakers may not be invited back again.
Since 2015, Taylor Senior Fellows – who serve as experts-in-residence – are nationally or globally recognized scholar-practitioners in social innovation, social impact design, or other appropriate fields. Funds cover an honorarium, travel, meals, and accommodation. The Taylor Senior Fellows are expected to contribute meaningfully through lectures, trainings, workshops and other activities associated with Taylor. Our first Taylor Senior Fellow was Liz Ogbu, a globally renowned social impact designer, who engaged with Taylor and the local community over 3 separate visits. Her participation included a public speaker event, class visits, brown bag seminar, Ashoka U 2016 Exchange participation, and in-house team consultations.
Taylor Visiting Scholars
Since 2016, these individuals bring specific expertise in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social impact design to the Taylor community. They should be able to contribute to Taylor’s mission in a meaningful way and spend time at Taylor and with our campus and community constituencies. The Taylor Visiting Scholar program is a way to build the capacity of local experts and scholars in social innovation and to integrate visitors attached to other institutions and organizations. The Taylor Visiting Scholar status does not necessarily entail funding (i.e., honoraria, travel support), although some funds might be possible depending on the Taylor budget. This designation is less formal than NewDay Speaker and Taylor Senior Fellow, and self-nomination is possible. The first Taylor Visiting Scholar was Xiao Xiao, MIT scholar, inventor, and Louisiana native who spent 5 weeks at Taylor, offering special workshops and joining conversations.
The Suggestion Box
If you have a person in mind but are not sure how well he/she will fit or which category is appropriate, please contact Heather Marinaro, Taylor Department Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to suggest someone through more informal means, e-mail your nomination to email@example.com. Include the individual’s name, institution, website, and brief rationale for your suggested visitor. Suggestions will enter an online suggestion box for consideration by the entire Taylor Change Team.
If you have any questions about visitors, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.