Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation, July 29 - August 4

Your Weekly Guide to Exciting Events in Greater Boston
  • By Sylvia Dao
  • Published on July 28, 2017
Summer Blog Series

With a portfolio of 106 organizations and social businesses, the Social Innovation Forum wants to help keep our community informed, active, and social through our Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation Summer Series. Each week we will share events being hosted by our past Innovators and Entrepreneurs. Be sure to get out there and support our inspiring Boston nonprofit community!

Social Innovation Forum Community Summer Series | July 29 – August 4  

1. Learn English for free with Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), a 2003 Innovator
English for Advancement Info Session

August 1, 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Not a native English speaker? Don’t miss this chance to improve your English skills to prepare for new career opportunities! This free program comes with a job coach who could help you find a better job. To be eligible, you must speak some English and are legally authorized to work in America. If interested, come to the information session hosted by MPDC and JVS Boston for more details.

This event is open to the public. Please contact 617-213-8610 if you have questions.  

2. Explore the flavors of summer with Mill City Grows, a 2014 innovator
Farm to Table Cooking Class  

July 30, 12:30 am – 2:30 pm | Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St, 4th Floor, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852

Wondering how to make summer dishes that are both tasty and healthy? Join Mill City Grows’ cooking class to learn fantastic recipes and try samples of dishes made with local products fresh from the farm. Whether you are a good cook or not, this fun weekend activity will give you some great family bonding time!

Registration is recommended, as classes are limited to 15 people. Cost is $15 per family, free for community gardeners and past Farm to Table Family Class students. Don’t forget to bring your own Tupperware in case there are leftovers.

3. Get movin’ with InnerCity Weightlifting, a 2012 Innovator
Moves On The Roof

August 1, 5:30 pm –  6:30 pm | Kendall Square - For exact location, please contact Josh Feinman, Director of Development at joshf@innercityweightlifting.org.

A picturesque rooftop view sounds like great motivation for a Tuesday evening workout! Work up a sweat with ICW from the rooftop garden of Kendall Square. The workout is sure to be fun and challenging for all ages and fitness levels. Moves on the Roof is a free summer workout series organized by InnerCity Weightlifting. The organization seeks to reduce youth violence by providing networks, opportunities, and space for economic mobility and social inclusion.  

4. Discover your artistic talent with Artisan’s Asylum, a 2014 Innovator
Watercolor Painting Workshop

August 3 - 17, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm | 10 Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143

Everyone can be an artist and so are you! Come to this three-week workshop to learn some basic elements of composition and design as well as different watercolor techniques. Register today to discover new artistic inspiration!

Artisan’s Asylum’s watercolor painting workshop series welcomes students over 18 years old at all levels. Tickets are $90 for all three classes. Completed tool kits can be purchased at Artist and Craftsman in Central Square. You can also acquire the materials separately. Check here to be best prepared for the classes.      


Sylvia, through a Forest Foundation Fellowship, worked as the Communications & Operations Intern at Social Innovation Forum during the summer of 2017. She is currently studying media and communication at Temple University.

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