The Center for Social Impact and Innovation
The Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Glasgow Caledonian New York College is dedicated to empowering innovative minds to create a sustainable and equitable world.
Our Mission: Sustainable Innovation
Through research, community engagement and cross-sectoral collaboration, the Center for Social Impact and Innovation seeks to re-imagine business and consumption as innovative forces for a regenerative future. The mission of the Center is heavily interconnected with GCNYC’s broader Common Good mission. Leveraging GCNYC’s international legacy, the Center provides opportunities for broad-range cultural and intellectual exchange in service to global scholarship, social impact and a circular economy.
Social Impact Events
The Center hosts events, on campus and virtually, that bring together thought leaders in sustainability and social justice. Our students, alumni and the greater community have the unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders, entrepreneurs and applied researchers dedicated to sustainable innovation.
Our speakers have included:
- Debbie Wei – Activist, Community Organizer, and Educator
- Stanley Litow – Professor and Innovator in Residence at Duke University and President Emeritus of the IBM Foundation
- Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of the Grameen Bank
- Caroline Boudreaux, Founder, the Miracle Foundation
- Fred Swaniker, Founder and CEO, the African Leadership Academy
- Michelle Bradley, Senior Data Analyst at B-Lab
- Maxine Bedat, Founder, the New Standard Institute
- Mariano Bernardez, Executive Director, Performance Improvement Institute
- Venky Raghavendra, Senior VP Safe Water Network
You can view recordings of our past events here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykI7ILpqgTKasEte6ec7Qw
Sustainability Thesis Partnerships
One effective way organizations and businesses can contribute to the Common Good is through social impact and sustainability partnerships. GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact and Innovation offers students the dynamic opportunity to align their master’s theses and collaborate with organizations, social enterprises and governmental agencies. Working closely with these partners, students apply their research to practical solutions for social improvement and the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
View more details about our speakers, and register for upcoming events.
For Students Interested in a Thesis Partnership
Pursuing a Thesis Partnership is an elective activity, and a successful thesis is not predicated on a thesis partnership. Students could have a sustainability partnership by way of an existing professional relationship or through a current partner of the Center.
For Organizations Interested in Participating
Establishing a thesis partnership with a student can begin with an existing relationship with a current GCNYC student or directly with the College who can pair you with a student whose thesis aligns to your organization’s objectives. In partnering with a student on their master’s thesis, your organization will be working closely with GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact and Innovation, giving your organization access to a community of businesses, non-profits, professionals and academia.
Past & Current Thesis Partnerships
Researching sustainable innovation across industries, GCNYC students are working with the following companies and organizations for their master’s thesis.
Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit specializing in addressing critical global challenges by catalyzing change in key systems such as Food, Fashion and Energy. For over 20 years, Forum for the Future has been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.