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Ashoka Changemaker Summit Helps Weave Our Future

The following is a blog post by Dr. Laura Murphy: Changemakers are already (re)making the future. Check out the 2021 Ashoka Changemaker Summit, “a global milestone to share cutting-edge ideas that change systems for the better. Meet other doers, shapers,…

Dismantling the Tennis Industry in the U.S.: Designing a New, Inclusive System – “Pluriversal Tennis”

In the summer Dr. Anna Monhartova presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. The title of Dr. Monhartova's work is Dismantling the Tennis Industry in the U.S.: Designing a New, Inclusive System – “Pluriversal Tennis” .  This study…

New Taylor Center publication from the Research & Scholarship team brings complexity thinking to sports-based youth development organizations aiming for system change

In an article for the Journal of Strategic Innovation & Sustainability titled  “The Value of an Ecosystem-Based Approach to Organizational Sustainability: The Case of a Hybrid Sports-Based Youth Development Social Venture in the US South”, Dr. Anna Monhartova and Dr.…

Insights from ISIRC following Ida

In this post, we are reporting out on the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 2021. ISIRC is normally a major fall event for the research & scholarship team, but given Hurricane Ida, dealing with ISIRC shifted to the back burner with our own households facing…

Taylor Center Releases New Monograph: A Map of the Landscape of Social Innovation Theories

If you are curious to learn more about the field of ‘social innovation’ and make sense of divergent perspectives, arguments, paradigms, and language surrounding this theme, the Taylor Provocation #3 should be on your summer reading list.  I definitely wish…

Art Museums and Social Change with Megan Flattley

Hello again! Megan Flattley, 2020-2021 Taylor Center Research and Scholarship Graduate Assistant and art historian here, in my previous blog posts I introduced my own research on art and social change, as well as the possible intersections between Social Innovation…

Taylor Center Hiring Research & Scholarship Graduate Assistants for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

The Taylor Center is hiring Graduate Assistants in Research and Scholarship for Social Innovation to start in Fall 2021. This is a paid position to support social innovation/changemaking research/scholarship programming for the August-May academic year. The GAs for Research and…

Taylor Center Co-Organizes Conversation on Applying a Social Innovation Lens to Community-Engaged Scholarship

On Friday, April 9, 2021, the Taylor Center partnered with the Tulane Center for Public Service and the Tulane University Mellon Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship to host a panel of Mellon Program alumni to discuss the intersection of social innovation with community-engaged scholarship (CES)…

Social Innovation and Community-Engaged Scholarship: What are they?

Hello, it’s Megan Flattley again! (Ph.D. candidate in Art History/Latin American Studies, former Mellon fellow in Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES), and current Research & Scholarship Graduate Assistant for the Taylor Center). In preparation for an upcoming social innovation (SI) conversation with…

Introduction to Social Innovation with Taylor Graduate Assistant Megan Flattley

Are you a Tulane University scholar struggling to understand what the nascent field of social innovation is about? Have you seen or heard of the Taylor Center and wondered what it was or how it could help you in your…

Taylor Team Presents Community-Engaged Research Project at Engaged Scholarship Symposium

On March 16th, Taylor team member Máille Faughnan and community partner and Executive Director of PlayBuild NOLA, Angela Kyle, presented a talk titled “Pausing in the Pandemic: Reimagining Community Engagement in New Orleans.” The talk was part of The Lang…

Highlights from the October Social Innovation Conversation:  From Faculty Member to Nonprofit Director

The second Social Innovation Conversation of the 2020-21 academic year brought in two Tulane faculty members to share their interesting journeys from faculty members to directors of non-profit organizations with socially innovative missions. Dr. Shannon Blady and Dr. Mallory Monaco…

First Social Innovation Conversation of Fall 2020: ISIRC Recap by Taylor Scholars

At the Taylor Center’s first Social Innovation Conversation of Fall 2020, our speakers gave a recap for individual presentations at ISIRC 2020 in the “DT & Beyond”, “Hybrid Enterprises”, and “Theoretical & Methodological Futures” conference streams. Over thirty participants in the…

Taylor Team presents at ISIRC 2020

This September, Taylor Center team members gathered around their computers to participate in the first-ever virtual International Social Innovation Research Conference 2020 (ISIRC). ISIRC is an annual conference for scholars from around the world to share their research on, in and about social…

Máille Faughnan leads session on(re)framing practices in design thinking

On Friday, May 15, 2020, I led a session on (re)framing practices in design thinking for the monthly Design Thinking the New Orleans Way virtual breakfast series. The purpose was to invite participants to reflect on how we can “frame”…

Fast 48 @ 10” visual-rich report ready for viewing

The Taylor Center Research & Scholarship (R&S) team identified the long-running “Fast 48” design thinking weekend workshop as a priority for internal program review back in 2017. When this internal learning process started, the tenth Fast 48 was just coming up,…

Learning From PlayBuild NOLA

On Monday, February 17th, we held our Spring 2020 Social Innovation Conversation: "Decolonizing Social Innovation Research: Learning From PlayBuild NOLA." Angela Kyle, the Co-founder and Executive Director of PlayBuild NOLA, and Dr. Máille Faughnan, Taylor Center Research Fellow, shared their…

Taylor Team Presenting at the March 2020 AAC&U Diversity, Equity and Student Success Conference

The Taylor team will be attending the upcoming Diversity, Equity and Student Success conference here in New Orleans. Four members of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation will be presenting at the convocation, hosted by the Association of American Colleges and…

New Taylor Provocation Paper Available

Announcing the newest Taylor Provocation paper: A Theory of Change-Making: An Ecosystem Approach Dear educators, administrators, students, and community members interested in changemaking on your nearest campus, read our newest “Taylor provocations” paper. The team of authors are: Máille Faughnan,…

Taylor Center Announces PIVOT Un-Conference for Summer 2020

What does a world of many centers look like? How might we get there? The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (Taylor) at Tulane University  together with the The Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group of the Design…

Apply to the 2020 International Social Innovation Research Conference

Researchers can now apply to present at the twelfth annual International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC). Heralded as “the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference,” ISIRC 2020 will be held on September 1-3, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Jay Friedlander,…

Fall 2019 Silent Scholars’ Writing Retreat

On November 1, the Taylor Center hosted its first Silent Scholars’ Writing Retreat of Fall 2019 semester at the Taylor Center’s Warehouse District location. Thirteen scholars, including Tulane faculty, Tulane graduate students, and a local writer—gathered to ‘silently’ work on…

Social Innovation Conversation October 2019

On October 21, 2019, three recipients of the Taylor Changemaker Catalyst Award gathered in the Taylor Center classroom to share findings, insights about research methodology, and musings about how social innovation and change-making influences their scholarly work. Tulane School of…

Taylor Research Team Presents in Glasgow

What happens when philosophers, social scientists, designers, and social entrepreneurs start talking? New ideas for change, I hope. In early September 2019, I traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to attend the 11th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), the “world’s leading…

Social Innovation Attracts Interdisciplinary Work

By Abigail Bean and Alexandra Greengrass. Christopher Oliver, PhD, never expected to work with an academic center focused on social innovation. “I  was a little taken aback because when I heard the term ‘social innovation,’ I thought of business schools……

Fresh Food for New Orleanians, by design: The Liberty’s Kitchen + Top Box Foods Design Krewe

Photo: Anjali Prasertong Video: Jennifer Scarnato Miller Check out this video to learn more about a  collaboration. The Design Krewe was a project with Liberty’s Kitchen (LK) and Top Box Foods (TBF), where Taylor trained selected graduates of the Liberty…

Tulane researchers analyze design thinking in global health

Photo: Paula Burch-Celentano. By: Mary Johns. When a GE designer learned pediatric patients were often frightened by MRI scans, he transformed the experience into an adventure. With a touch of imagination, paint and special effects, the machines morphed into submarines…

Theaster Gates

NEWDAY DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: Theaster Gates (b. 1973, Chicago, USA) lives and works in Chicago. Gates creates work that focuses on space theory and land development, sculpture and performance. Drawing on his interest and training in urban planning and preservation,…

Changemaker Institute update: Top Box Foods launches Healthy Corner Store Collaborative

Healthy Corner Store Collaborative grand opening event on Sept. 15, 2017. Photo courtesy Top Box Foods – New Orleans. Top Box Foods – New Orleans is co-coordinating a pilot project to increase access to healthy, affordable groceries in food insecure…

SE Professor studies effects of lead on mockingbirds

Photo: Paula Burch-Celentano By: Barri Bronston Note: Jordan Karubian is a Taylor Center Social Entrepreneurship Professor.  Could mockingbirds, known for mimicking the sounds of other birds, also be mirroring the effects of lead exposure in humans? Tulane University researchers have received…

SE Professor launches website to preserve vibrancy of local culture

Photo: Paula Burch-Celentano. By: Mary Cross. Note: Vicki Mayer is a Taylor Center Social Entrepreneurship Professor.  Whether filming the march of Mardi Gras Indians or recounting the history of Mimi’s in the Marigny, Tulane students have created articles, podcasts, photography, essays…

Aron Chang selected as 2017 Visiting Scholar

Aron Chang is visiting Taylor for a 12-month term beginning July 1. During his time with Taylor, Aron will engage with Taylor faculty, fellows, students, and staff through existing Taylor programming. Building upon his conversation with SE Professor, Dr. Thomas…

LAURA ROSANNE ADDERLEY APPOINTED TAYLOR FACULTY FELLOW

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Laura Rosanne Adderley as a Taylor Faculty Fellow beginning February 20, 2017. Laura Rosanne Adderley is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Tulane…

Taylor Senior Fellow Teaches Students to Explore the Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is at most people’s fingertips everyday. But we may not understand its implications and complexities. “When you speak to Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa to retrieve info, or use Facebook, you’re actually engaging with artificial intelligence,” said Shawn Rickenbacker,…

JEANNE FIRTH SELECTED AS 2017 VISITING SCHOLAR

Jeanne Firth is visiting from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she holds a LSE Studentship. Jeanne is a PhD Research Student in Human Geography and the Environment and is part of…

Jesikah Maria Ross Appointed 2016-2017 Taylor Senior Fellow

The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce community media pioneer Jesikah Maria Ross as a 2016 – 2017 Taylor Senior Fellow. Ross will visit Taylor throughout the academic year to give lectures,…

SPREADING HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN TO RURAL KENYA: WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

Read about Maille Faughnan‘s experience as an HCD facilitator in Kenya. “Today, we are all human-centered designers,’ one participant proclaimed at the end of an all-day workshop. Others around him nodded; some cheered. The mood in the room was giddy…

Introducing Xiao Xiao: Inventor, Artist, Human Computer Interaction Researcher, and Spring 2016 Taylor Visiting Scholar

The Taylor Center announces Xiao Xiao as the Spring ‘16 Taylor Visiting Scholar. Xiao Xiao will be leading the module: Smash Course: Prototyping Interactivity for Music, Movement, and Medicine. This module will introduce a set of techniques for prototyping interactive…

@TaylorTulane: The intersection between tennis and social entrepreneurship

Seventeen years ago, Anna Monhartova arrived at Tulane University as a student-athlete on the tennis team. She’s still here after earning a doctorate in international development and co-founding a tennis and life skills program for schoolchildren after Hurricane Katrina. Now…

Liz Ogbu, Azby Fund Lecture, In collaboration with the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Forum Tulane

The Taylor Center is proud to announce that Liz Ogbu, the first Taylor Fellows Expert-in-Residence, will host a public lecture on  November 9, 2015 at Tulane University, School of Architecture at 6pm. A reception will be held at 5:15pm in…

Jane Wei-Skillern, PhD, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Jane Wei-Skillern is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley.  She holds a PhD from Stanford University and her research focuses on the leadership and management of social enterprises. …

What Exactly Does Research in SISE Look Like?

Photo of a participant in The Cookbook Project, a social enterprise founded and run by Allisa Billfield and Tulane alum, Adam Aronovitz. Alissa is a featured speaker at the SI Sympsium. I have a really cool SI program to tell…

Cultivating An Ecosystem For Youth Development

Tulane University students work alongside high school youth at Grow Dat Youth Farm. The challenges of global youth employment are well documented (ILO, 2013). It is clear that youth around the globe without meaningful opportunities are much more likely to…

Have Research on Social Innovation?

Whether it’s in the preliminary stages or has already been published, apply to present it at the second annual graduate student-led symposium on social innovation! This year’s event, Discovering Social Innovation through Engaged Scholarship, is a one-day research symposium on Friday, March…

Phil Auerswald, 2013 Presidential Fellow at George Mason University, & Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Innovations

Philip Auerswald is the 2013-14 presidential fellow and an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University. His most recent book is “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy”. He is the founder of Innovations, a…

Liz Ogbu: Designer, Urbanist, Social Innovator

Liz Ogbu is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long…

SE professor Dr. Laura Murphy discusses her work

Building upon Tulane’s strengths in civic engagement and service learning, we are proud to introduce the first class of Social Entrepreneurship Professors. Laura Murphy was named the Carnegie Corporation of New York Professor of Social Entrepreneurship last spring. Murphy is…

Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka

Bill Drayton started the nonprofit organization, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 1981 to help support and celebrate social entrepreneurs — individuals who create new and innovative ways to solve social problems. He is considered as the ‘godfather of social…

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