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Social Innovation Initiative at Marquette University
Igniting Innovation
December 2013

Social Innovation at Marquette updates
Woo with University LeadershipWow! What a semester! Check it out below ... how can the Social Innovation Initiative bring value to your efforts in 2014 and beyond to change the world?

Over 20 teams of MU undergraduate honors freshman, business students, MBA students and graduate Trinity Fellows participated in the Social Innovation Design Contest, four social enterprises emerged as a result of the executive education SILE in the Fox Valley - a real-time example of an emerging community-wide social innovation ecosystem, and the FixesU project aims to be used as a teaching tool in 500 class rooms by this time next year.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

More impact in action.

Featured video - Humanoid Robotics at Marquette
Social Innovation Featured VideoAs featured on the cover of Milwaukee Mag and Fox 6 News, Marquette students and faculty at HEIR Lab explore how Humanoid Robots can solve social problems related to health and education.

Featured event - Champions for Change
Riverview GardensAre you a Marquette Basketball fan and a Changemaker? Brady Corporation sure is. Social innovators driving change from the Marquette community will be featured on the Bradley Center Jumbotron and the men's basketball home court during eight Big East games this season. Support your Changemakers!

Changemaker Spotlight - Dr. Andrew B. Williams
Dr. G KrenzProfessor and John. P. Raynor, S.J., Distinguished Chair; Director, Humanoid Engineering & Robotics (HEIR) Lab.

"I'm interested in helping students develop and market innovations that will lead to everyone having an ethical and affordable humanoid robot in every home to assist children and adults from all backgrounds with life tasks, healthy living, and learning in a culturally relevant and socially intelligent manner."

Dr. Williams Fun Fact:
I play and write songs on a folk guitar and like to play piano by ear!

Did you know?

Dr. Williams is author of the book, "Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives," and its corresponding blog. Dr. Williams was also recently named an NPR Black Tech Game Changer and one of Milwaukee Magazine's 20 Most Creative People.

Check out the NEW Social Innovation Initiative webpage.


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Wise Words


"What would it take for a paradigm shift? What conventional wisdom do you hold on to that may prevent your mind shift? How can we build sustainable solutions to social problems instead of continuing to manage recurring problems?"


- Deanna Singh,

Executive Director of the Burke Foundation

Excerpt from SILE Encore! Presentation




Dec. 11th

Faculty Champions and SIPRS Holiday Gathering

Jan. 11th
Champions for Change recognized courtside during men's basketball game


Jan. 30th

What about Social Entrepreneurship? How it impacts you, your business, and Milwaukee's future.

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