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2016 Social Impact Conference

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Convene with Northeastern faculty, staff, and students to identify and address some of society’s most intractable problems .

On Tuesday, March 29,  Northeastern University faculty, staff, and students will convene with local, national, and global social change leaders for the 2016 Social Impact ConferenceMaking a Difference in a Complex World: Reimagining the Social Change ToolkitTogether we will explore how embracing complexity can help us better understand society’s most intractable problems and identify durable solutions. The day will feature:

  • Lola Grace, founder of the Middle East Children’s Institute, discussing how the complexity of the global refugee crisis manifests itself differently in the life of each child refugee.
  • Jeff Mohr, co-founder of Kumu, demonstrating how mapping the systems and networks associated with complex problems can help us navigate them more effectively.
  • Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor At-Large, sharing her personal perspective on why public office, policy, and civic engagement are powerful levers of social change.
  • Marisa Morán Jahn, demonstrating how multimedia art is being used to build a social movement for advancing careworkers’ rights.

Interactive workshops will engage participants in:

  • Visualizing social problems by mapping stakeholder relationships.
  • Collective problem solving through prototyping.
  • Developing strategies to embed racial equity in programs and organizations.

To complement the day’s theme, the Social Justice Resource Center will be conducting a voter registration drive. This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast, lunch, and reception included. Space is limited, so register today.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

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