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SIE – Social Innovation Exploration

We think every student is an innovator at MIT, even if sometimes that title can be intimidating. SIE is focused on welcoming first year students intothe social innovation and entrepreneurship community and introducing the MIT PKG Public Service Center as an entryway to public service and meaningful social change. 

In teams, students will design interventions that solve a pressing social issue facing MIT’s campus — food insecurity — through the lens of climate and sustainability. The program involves five days of:

  • LEARNING about social change, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and systems-thinking approaches to food and sustainability on our campus;
  • REFLECTING on the role that power and privilege play, for which communities food insecurity is the biggest challenge and why, and how social identities impact our world views 
  • EXPLORING the social innovation and entrepreneurship pathways on campus; and
  • DESIGNING interventions to this year’s problem space by building rapid prototypes, applying principles of community-centered design, and considering social entrepreneurship frameworks.

Dates: Tuesday, August 20 – Saturday, August 24, 2024
Number of Participants: 20
Cost: No charge