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The Carolina Seminar on Innovation for the Public Good (formerly the Carolina Seminar on Social Innovation) sits at the cross-section of the two core strategies of UNC’s overarching “Blueprint for Next” strategic framework: “Of the Public, for the Public” and “Innovation Made Fundamental.”

This seminar will play a catalytic role in amplifying the mission of Carolina by providing an educational pathway for our faculty and students to explore modern changemaking and practice the skills necessary to contribute toward meaningful change in the world. Participants will explore evidence and promising based creative problem-solving approaches and early, team-oriented, customer/community discovery methods to develop solutions that address pressing human concerns.


Daniel Gitterman

Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professor and Chair of Public Policy

Melissa Carrier

Director of Social Innovation, IEED and Adjunct Professor of Practice, Department of Public Policy

Liz Chen

Design Thinking Lead, IEED and Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Previous Carolina Seminars

The Carolina Seminar on Social Innovation

The Carolina Seminar on Social Innovation brought together scholars and practitioners with interests in social innovation. Social innovation is defined as a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. Ultimately, the most difficult and important problems cannot be solved without involving the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

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