Transparent Gatekeeping: Part 2

October 1, 2021SICI News, Blog

This blog post is SICI’s September 2021 newsletter. Sign up here to have our newsletter delivered to your inbox at the end of every month. About a year ago, we put out a newsletter on the topic of transparent gatekeeping, reflecting on ways that institutions like SICI might shed more light on the application and … Read More

Video | Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business

September 30, 2021SICI News, Blog

On September 23, professors Julie Battilana, SICI’s founder and faculty chair, and Tiziana Casciaro, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, had a live conversation on their new book, “Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business.” HBS alumna Sheryl WuDunn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and business executive, moderates … Read More

Meet the 2021 Cheng Fellows!

September 15, 2021SICI News, Blog

The 2021 Cheng Fellows are building healthy communities, reimagining education systems, creating economic security and opportunity, and changing narratives. They include intrapreneurs, educators, nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, organizers, and community change-makers. The 2021 cohort represents students across four Harvard schools: HBS, HGSE, HKS, and Harvard College. This cohort exemplifies the strength and promise of cross-sectoral, cross-community social problem-solving.

A Year of Power

August 31, 2021SICI News, Blog

We could not be prouder to work with SICI’s Founder and Faculty Chair, Julie Battilana, than we are today as she releases her first book: Power, For All: How It Really Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business. Power is a word we all hear and use often, and yet this book makes it clear that … Read More

Sensemaking and Impact

July 31, 2021SICI News, Blog

Since COVID 19 emerged on the scene, an increasing collection of broad social issues have been reconceptualized as health issues in the public sphere. For example, while public health experts have long pointed to discrimination, employment status, and the neighborhood you live in as major social determinants of health, it seems much more common these … Read More

Using the Academy for Social Good

June 30, 2021SICI News, Blog

As summer descends, three questions have been circulating in our SICI community on both a personal and professional level:  Which voices could, should, and will most influence what our “back to work” reality looks like? Will all of us, or just some, have jobs to get back to (will recovery be V or K shaped)? … Read More

Forging a Collective Purpose

May 31, 2021SICI News, Blog

May at Harvard is a time for graduation, celebration, and reflection. This month, our team participated in multiple moving, tear-filled closing ceremonies involving the always inspiring SICI community. I believe I speak for all staff and faculty when I say we cherished each one a little more than usual this year. We have been through … Read More

Lessons From Our Community

April 30, 2021SICI News, Blog

April at SICI was focused on engaging and learning virtually alongside a wide variety of social impact organizations outside of Harvard University. Online platforms have come a long way in just one year’s time and I was hearted by the deep sense of humanity present in the communities I encountered. Starting in early April, we … Read More

Step Up, Step Aside, Share Power

March 31, 2021SICI News, Blog

In honor of Women’s History Month, our SICI team has been inspired to read about projects that elevate women: highlighting their perseverance, leadership, wisdom, creativity, and aspirations for equity and inclusion around the world. In light of the violence and oppression that women, and particularly BIPOC and trans women, must face, this work could not … Read More

Expanding Empathy

February 28, 2021SICI News, Blog

This month, thanks to encouragement from our SICI colleague Mu-Chieh Yun, I took some time to read about a recent wave of Anti-Asian violence, rolling across the United States, often in connection with xenophobic narratives related to COVID-19. I was surprised by how little I’d heard, given the ballooning numbers Mu described. After discovering this … Read More