Social Innovation Lab

A 2-week experiential learning program that sets you up to change the world

Program Overview

This innovative 18-day in-person program equips you with essential skills to effectively start, lead or work in a purpose-driven, impact- focused organization. You’ll:

  • learn from inspiring social entrepreneurs and innovative organizations through hands-on workshops
  • work in collaborative teams on projects that advance UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • develop hard and soft skills such as: design thinking, operating under ambiguity, understanding world views, driving innovation, securing buy-in, and making change happen


You’ll also become part of an exclusive community of alumni and social entrepreneurs that supports your lifelong growth and development.

Key Program Elements

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Interactive workshops to help you develop skills for:

  • Understanding the basics of the local language and culture
  • Building empathy and using the human-centered design process
  • Innovating for the Base–of–the–Pyramid
  • Communicating and collaborating with diverse stakeholders
  • Making change happen
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Panel sessions with academics and experts will help you understand:

  • Current socio-political and economic factors in the country
  • Public, private and social sector’s impact on the project themes
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Project work with inspiring host organizations will help you build:

  • Team work and collaboration skills
  • Empathy, design and prototyping skills
  • Stakeholder communication skills
  • Courage and commitment to start and complete challenging projects

Learning Outcomes

Supported learning outcomes include:

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Understand

Understand the role of social entrepreneurship in addressing the needs of those at the base of the pyramid

Learn

Learn how purpose-drive, impact-focused organizations operate & the strategies they use to ensure greatest impact

Build

Build the skills required to design and prototype solutions that advance UN Sustainable Development Goals

Grow

Grow professional and personal skills required to start/lead/work effectively at a social enterprise

Suitable Disciplines

Business

Computer Sciences

Education

Engineering

Design

Health Sciences

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Humanities and Communication Arts

Medicine

Psychology

Social Sciences

Contact Hours

100 hours of Work Integrated Learning:

Featured Cultural Experiences

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Interactive workshops on local language and culture

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Fun activities to familiarize with destination (e.g., scavenger hunt)

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Hands-on experiences that immerse participants in the local culture (e.g., cooking class, dance lesson, etc.)

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Guided visits to places of cultural significance

Locations

Singapore

Thailand  (Bangkok)

Vietnam  (Hanoi)

All prices in Australian dollars.

Inclusions

Program Schedule