Social change­makers see the world as it is now and imagine what it could be. What’s in between, that’s the work.

We are an accelerator of positive social change. SICI supports visionary social innovators and strengthens the ecosystems they need to thrive.

We are intentionally located at the Harvard Kennedy School where the intersection of public, not-for-profit, for-profit, and social enterprise sectors come together.

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2023-24 Cheng Fellows

We are thrilled to announce the 2023 cohort of Adrian Cheng Fellows. This year, Fellows are advancing climate justice, transforming public health, building more equitable education systems, and strengthening institutions. They are activists, nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, and community change-makers. Representing seven Harvard schools — HBS, HKS, HMS, HSPH, HGSE, HGSD, and Harvard College — this cohort exemplifies the strength and promise of cross-sectoral, cross-community social problem-solving.

To make social change, we need each other.

Social changemaking is a new and evolving field. We aim to contribute to the field’s growth and the value society places on changemaking work. We share what we know and discover.

We come together both seasoned and new to the work—students, scholars, writers, educators, and philanthropists, as well as representatives from community movements, governments, and socially conscious companies.

Whether you are new to social changemaking or a seasoned innovator, we invite you to learn with us through our courses, research, and fellowships.

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We work to illuminate the multiple paths people take to make sense of complex problems, harness power for good, and create a brighter future for the causes that call them.

What our community says

Philanthropy has a vital role to play in shifting changing directionentrenched systems and corresponding power structures — shifts that are essential for systemic rather than one-off fixes.

Our donors invest in uncovering and spreading the ideas, methods, and solutions to create lasting systemic progress.

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Across the world, social change is underway.