SICI Workshop 2: Theory of Change

Date & Time

Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2019

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM


R-414B, David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, HKS

This workshop is now full and we can no longer accept RSVPs. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at

Measuring sustainability impact (social, environmental, and economic value creation) is extremely difficult. Measuring it for new ventures or projects, with limited time and resources, makes this process even more difficult. This workshop provides an introduction to Lean Impact Measurement, a lean and repeatable process that you can use to consider the sustainability impact of business model decisions during the development of your venture.

This hands-on workshop will help social innovators learn the framework and skills necessary to map your social venture’s relationship between actions/activities and positive social change. All are welcome and students working on new projects, or students who would like to identify their venture’s important impact areas, are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be run by Ingo Michelfelder, postdoctoral fellow at the Social Innovation + Change Initiative.

Ingo Michelfelder
Ingo Michelfelder is a postdoctoral fellow at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative. He transferred to SICI from the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, where he started and guided a research group focusing on the contribution of new ventures to social, environmental and economic value generation. One research stream aims at helping new ventures understand, measure, forecast, benchmark and improve their sustainability impact in a way that it respects their resource limitations and fast-changing business models, whilst generating data sufficiently precise so it is of interest for investors, accelerators, research, and policy ( The research team also uses secondary data to understand country-level contributions from new ventures to achieving sustainable development with a focus on policy implications. A third research stream aims to foster investments in early-stage cleantech ventures, through a combination of venture and investor strategies and policies.

At SICI Ingo aims to engage with students, new ventures, social innovation initiatives, for- and nonprofit initiatives as well as hybrid organizations, accelerators, impact investors and policy representatives across the SICI ecosystem and beyond.

Ingo has taught and coached ventures at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, the MIT Global Ideas challenge, MIT Legatum Center, MIT Entrepreneurship Lab, the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Technical University Berlin the Harvard Social Innovation and Change Initiative and external organizations such as the accelerator Yunus&Youth. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Chair for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the Technical University Berlin, and the degrees MSc in Management, Diplôme de Grande Ecole and Diplom-Kaufmann from ESCP Europe and started his career in strategy consulting at the Boston Consulting Group.

SICI creates intentional opportunities – often with limited spots – to support social innovators and the field. “No shows” are noted, as it breaks down the community environment of our events. If you have an emergency or serious conflict arise, please email the SICI Team at so that we can make this opportunity available to others.