Ashoka U's Virtual Accelerator for Changemaking Education

The Commons is an online, professional development program for faculty and staff engaged in social innovation education initiatives. Over the course of a semester, participants are grouped into small cohorts and supported by a Cohort Coach as they work to advance a core component of social innovation education (such as creating a new course or mapping student learning journeys) at their institution.

Participants leave the Commons with concrete plans to meet their goals of advancing social innovation and changemaking education across their institution.


“I can’t imagine doing this work without access to colleagues who have been there before.  I’m so grateful for the Commons experience, and to know that I can continue to learn from my cohort in the future.”

– Cynthia Sarver, Assistant Director, Social Innovation Collaboratory, University of St Thomas


Join us for our next session of the of the Commons in Spring of 2018! As a participant you will gain:

Professional Development  – The Commons is an opportunity to build broad field knowledge and context. Participants gain concrete skills in core areas of importance for social innovation education.

Curated Connections to Peers – Build strong ties with peers and learn from their diverse perspectives through activities, peer reviews, and presentation evaluations.

Guided Learning Journey – Each is facilitated by a Coach with in-depth knowledge of social innovation and an understanding of the field that is aligned with Ashoka U’s philosophy.

Connection to Broader Ashoka U Network – Connect to peers in your cohort, to your coach, and across cohorts to over 20 peer institutions advancing social innovation in higher education.

Check out these slides for an overview of the experience.