Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation, July 30 - August 6

Your Weekly Guide to Exciting Events in Greater Boston
  • By Alexandra Williams
  • Published on July 28, 2016
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Welcome to our seventh 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. 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 30 – August 6 


1. Get Outside and Save the Earth with the Mystic River Watershed Association, 2015 Innovator
Water Chestnut Removal Project
July 30, 9 am - 1 pm | Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, Somerville, MA 02145

Join the Mystic River Watershed Association on their quest to remove an invasive plant from the Mystic River. Enjoy the outdoors while helping protect our natural environment! Head out in canoes to hand-pull water chestnut from the river or stay on land to help put the chestnuts in the dumpster to be composted. All supplies are provided. Bring sunblock, shoes you don't mind getting wet, a water bottle, and a friend!


2. Go to the Theatre with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2007 Innovator
A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by ASP's Michael Forden Walker 
July 30, 3 pm & 6 pm | Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown, MA 02129

Travel back in time to Shakespeare’s era at Actors’ Shakespeare Project Youth Intensive summer production. Support Boston’s youngest aspiring actors and get in a good laugh at this Shakespeare comedy. Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) is an award­-winning professional theater company with a Resident Acting Company and extensive education, youth and community programs. The youth ensemble has spent the past three weeks learning Shakespeare’s language, voice, movement, and stage combat, guided by ASP company members and experienced teaching artists. Tickets to the performance are completely free and reservations can be made by emailing Lindsay at lindsay@actorsshakespeareproject.org.


3. Mix and Mingle with Silver Lining Mentoring, 2014 Innovator
Summertime Social  
August 3, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Savin Bar and Kitchen, 112 Savin Hill Ave., Dorchester, MA 02125

Join Silver Lining Mentoring for an evening of networking and celebration! Silver Lining Mentoring is an organization dedicated to empowering youth in foster care to flourish through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. Come out and enjoy complimentary appetizers and learn more on how you can be involved. The event is free and RSVP is required.


4. Push Yourself with InnerCity Weightlifting, 2012 Innovator
2016 Summer Workout Series 
Starting August 3, 5:30 pm | The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, between High St. and Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02111

InnerCity Weightlifting (ICW) reduces youth violence by connecting proven-risk young people with new networks and opportunities, including meaningful career tracks in and beyond personal training. ICW uses the gym to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobility and social inclusion, disrupting the system that leads to urban street violence. In collaboration with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, ICW will be holding its 3rd annual Summer Workout Series: A series of fun outdoor workouts, free to the public, run by ICW coaches and student trainers for the first four Wednesdays of August. For more information on being a corporate sponsor and to RSVP, contact Josh at joshf@innercityweightlifting.org.


5.  Listen and Learn with Company One Theater, 2015 Innovator
Closing the Gap: A Conversation on Intergenerational LGBTQ History 
August 4, 7:30 pm | Company One Theatre, Roberts Studio Theatre

Immediately following the 7:30 pm show, join the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis’ John Rosario-Perez and cast members of THE T PARTY for an engaging, intergenerational panel on the history of the gay rights movement, from the Stonewall riot to present-day challenges and triumphs.

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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