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Off-Campus Partners

Marquette’s Social Innovation Initiative welcomes all like-minded individuals and organizations who embrace positive social change through innovative approaches that attack root causes of social problems. In keeping with the Initiative's goal of serving as a regional convener, we would like to learn from, and work with, you and your networks!

Guiding Principles

Embrace complexity and myriad perspectives: collaborations and constant idea-generation are key to potentially successful solutions.

Quick answers seldom exist: if it were easy, someone else would’ve already done it!

Humility is a virtue: self-promotion is obstructive, while empathy and an openness to learning from others are wonderful leadership attributes.

Iron sharpens iron: constructive input makes a good idea even better; focus on increased human capability – a key outcome of good social innovation – and celebrate (re)iteration as necessary and solid due diligence.

Know yourself: good ideas are plentiful, but solid execution is rare... so where do you fit best in working toward systemic change and solving complex social problems? (Driving one piece of a potential solution is better than owning a big idea that sits undeveloped.)

Be a Changemaker!

The Executive Social Innovation Leadership Experience (SILE)

Can we solve social problems instead of managing them? SILE is an executive education program for non-profit leaders and change-oriented stakeholders that focuses on issues and frameworks for the solution-minded.


Brady Corporation

The Burke Foundation

H2O score

J.J. Keller Foundation

Johnson Controls

ManPower Group

MiKE and Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC)

Milwaukee Business Journal

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article

Milwaukee Wave

New York Times

Riverview Gardens

Social Enterprise Alliance

State of Wisconsin - Dept. of Children and Families



US Venture Fund for Basic Needs

Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Wisconsin Eye

Zilber Family Foundation

Recent Press:

Fox 6 News, Humaniod Robotics at MU

Journal Sentinel, H20 Score

Appleton Post Crescent article

Appleton COTS

Riverview News Release



“Ultimately, we must understand the
need to be agents of change.”       

Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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Marquette as Changemaker Campus