Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation, August 24 - 31

Your Weekly Guide to Exciting Events in Greater Boston
  • By Alexandra Williams
  • Published on August 21, 2016

Welcome to our tenth and final installment of the Putting the “Social” in Social Innovation Summer Series! With a portfolio of 99 organizations and social businesses, the Social Innovation Forum wants to help keep our community informed, active, and social. We hope that you have been able to join in on the amazing events that have been hosted by our Innovators and Entrepreneurs. With summer coming to a close, make sure you continue to support our inspiring Boston nonprofit community. 

Social Innovation Forum Community Summer Series | August 24 - 31

1. Prepare CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Packages at ReVision Urban Farm, 2008 Innovator
Volunteer with ReVision
August 24, 9 am - 12 pm | Contact Tammy Blocker tblocker@vpi.org or 617-236-1012 x227 for more info

Victory Programs' ReVision Urban Farm is an innovative community-based urban agriculture project that grows produce in its own fields and provides access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to residents of our ReVision Family Home and our extended community. ReVision is looking for extra hands to help prepare CSA (community supported agriculture) packages on Wednesday, August 24 from 9 am - 12 pm. They also have additional opportunities for individuals and groups through mid-November. If you are interested in booking a date, please contact Tammy Blocker at tblocker@vpi.org or call 617-236-1012 x227. 

2. Listen and Learn with Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, 2016 Innovator
Open House
August 24, 5pm - 7 pm | 15 Christopher Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

The last Wednesday of every month the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute opens their doors to any and all to come learn more about programs, services, and events happening at the Peace Institute. Learn how you can be involved as a volunteer, seek services if you are in need of support, and discover ways that you can become a part of continuing the promotion of peace and mental and emotional wellness in our communities. This is an exciting opportunity to experience learning about practical topics and tools for healing and transformation. 

3. Eat Good, Feel Good with Dorchester Community Food Co-Op, 2016 Innovator 
Fresh Fridays 
August 26, 6 pm - 8 pm | 191 Bowdoin St., Dorchester, MA 02122

Come out for this yummy and festive "Homegrown" event featuring Cape Verdean band Pepe Bana, delicious food from La Sanghita Cafe (co-op) and hands-on gardening demonstrations by community gardeners! All are welcome! The Dorchester Community Food Co-op is an initiative to build a community and worker-owned cooperative market that provides economic opportunity and healthy affordable food. The Co-op will be a community asset, providing space for education and cultural activities, and will be a dynamic center for healthy eating and sustainable living that celebrates the rich diversity of Dorchester.

4. Understand Health Inequities with Madison Park Development Corporation, 2003 Innovator 
Unnatural Causes Film Series 
August 30, 6 pm - 8 pm | Hibernian Hall 184 Dudley Street , Roxbury, MA 02119 

As part of the Madison Park Development Corporation’s seven part movie screening and community discussion about health inequities and why Roxbury residents in particular have poorer health outcomes than residents in other Boston neighborhoods, this movie will look at the case of Turbucle bacillus. Through the story of the Marshall Islands portrayed in the movie Collateral Damage, viewers will discuss why two billion people worldwide are infected with the Turbucle bacillus each year (the major bacterium source for Tuberculosis), but only nine million people actually get diagnosed as having Tuberculosis. Light refreshments will be served and Spanish subtitles are available. Please RSVP to Marah Holland at 617-849-6223 or mholland@madison-park.org.  

5. Make Art and Money with with Artisan’s Asylum, 2014 Impact  Entrepreneur 
Free Arts Marketing Consulting  
August 31, 6 pm - 9 pm | 10 Tyler St., Somerville, MA 02143

This Free Arts Marketing Consulting with Jesa Damora is available for any artist, maker, and craftsperson! Get strategic advice on how to sell you art, to whom, and for how much. Work with Jesa in a brainstorming session on figuring out how to put all of the pieces together to make a sustainable art life. She provides business development and guidance on everything from individual projects through long-term mentoring. She brings to this her background as an architect and executive director of a building consortium, as well as an upbringing at the center of the Mid-Century Modern Movement. She is a Harvard graduate and a published writer, is working on a book about the art market in the digital age, and produces a television show for SCATV. Email her at jesa@funnelcakemarketing.com to make an appointment. 

6. Continue to Support our Amazing Social Innovation Forum Community 
Putting the “Social” in Social Innovation All Year Long

As the summer winds down, and we head into the hectic fall, remember to continue to support your local organizations, communities, and SIF’s portfolio of Innovators and Entrepreneurs who are adding value to our society each and every day. Innovation and social impact are so important, but can only be realized through collective and sustained effort. Thank you for following along with our 2016 Summer Series Putting the “Social” in Social Innovation blogs! 

About the Author

Alexandra Williams worked with SIF during the Summer of 2016 as a Social Innovator Accelerator Summer Program Intern through the Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowship. She is​ currently​ a senior at Yale University studying Political Science with a focus on urban development and public policy​.​

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